Thursday, January 14th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  36 responses

Post Up: Rockets Outlast Wolves

And DeJuan Blair was beasting.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

What. A. Night.

#Ilovethisgame. #whereeverythinghappens. #I’msorryNetsfans. #3OTFTW! #HappybirthdayAaronBrooks #DeJuanBlairisaballer

If I was to explain the night in Tweets and/or hashtags, they are just a sample.

Wednesdays are always packed, but this was just wonderful.

First, there was Dirk reaching 20k for career points. And then, check this tweet from Art Garcia of NBA.com: @ArtGarcia_NBA: Nowitzki was asked if he knew the long standing ‘O’ was for him reaching 20K points: “Yeah, I’m not retarded.

Can’t you just picture him saying this sitting at a table as he swats a fly dead? I can. The standing O was really nice. Even if the Lakers spoiled the game by pulling out the victory, late. It was slightly scary and sickening to see Kobe lying by the bench with his legs propped up, trying to get his back right. I’m sure he’ll be fine in a few days, but I don’t even like being reminded of the fact that one day I’ll have to face the reality that one of the best players to ever suit up and play this game, to dedicate everything that he is to becoming the best, is going to slow down and eventually not be playing basketball.

Anyway, one day is not today or tomorrow or whatever. SUBJECT CHANGE.

Aaron Brooks. The waterbug turns 25 today and he wore some new shoes last night and played 59 minutes scored 43 points and had just one turnover as the Rockets hung on to outlast the TWolves, 114-120 in triple overtime.

The Rockets appeared to have the game under control, until a halfcourt heave from Corey Brewer sent the game into the initial overtime. From there, the players battled it out and finally, the Rockets prevailed. Sticking his tongue out as he exhaled, Shane Battier expressed the fatigue that all of the players showed as they walked off of the court, having given their all to the game that they –and we– love.

It was a great one.

Al Jefferson had 26 and 26 in the loss. Wild.

Also in Oklahoma City there was a battle going down as the Thunder took the Duncan-less Spurs to overtime, falling 109-108 thanks to a Rodman-esque sprawled out save from the 0-for-10 Manu Ginobili that set up the pass to Richard Jefferson –the same guy that I said I didn’t feel in San Antonio, yesterday– for a shot to win it. Now, in that game, rookie DeJuan Blair had himself a game to remember. With 28 points, 21 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots, who needs ACLS? Not Mr. Blair.

So freaking great to see him kill it like that. So good to see a guy save the game after going 0-for-10 from the floor. Shows the importance of hustle, grit and determination.

For the Thunder, KD had 35 (but seven turnovers) and Russ Westbrook was awesome with 25 points, six boards and 13 assists. He’s getting better by the game and more and more comfortable with finding the balance between shoot, distibute and attack. It’s fun watching him develop.

The Suns gave up a 24-point lead to the Pacers and lost as Danny Granger scored 33 points. Steve Nash took an elbow to the face, received seven stitches and came back, but it wasn’t enough to save the Suns.

Might have made Raptors fans feel a little better about their team giving up a 23-point lead to the Pacers on Monday night.

In New Jersey, the Celtics annihilated the Nets. In the first quarter. It was over before it began even without Rasheed and KG. It wasn’t good. Pretty. Or anything happy. Just ask Russ.

This did make me think of something, though: Who would you rather be? Kiki or Flip? A team that’s awful or one that seems to find more and more trouble, distraction and disarray with every single passing day?

You tell me.

Oh yeah… Apparently Bill Walker had one ridiculous slam. I wasn’t watching that game, because, well.. Yeah. We’ve been through this already. That, and I was liveblogging a game of my own for work.

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  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    David Lee , all star forward. Has a nice ring to it.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    I think the dunk you’re talking about is by Tony Allen. sick oop from pierce. rockets game was absolutely crazy with that halfcourt shot by brewer. And then Ellington for 3ot. Aaron Brooks was just unbelievable.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    sorry Bill Walker had a good one too.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    If the Suns only had to play the first quarter, they would go 82-0, easy

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Amare for tyrus thomas and captain kirk make it so.

  • vtrobot

    TA, Bill Walker, Giddens, etc. Dang. The Nets let the entire game be highlight reel footage. I think every player on the C’s had a play of the night moment. I know it was the Nets, but the C’s looked very, very good. That’s a lot of talent and some tight team play. Rondo is BALLING. The C’s and the Lakeshow are very banged up, but no one should want either of them in the playoffs. I hope that both teams are at full strength for a brutal Finals. Hawks/C’s playoff matchup could also be epic this year. Holly, I knew you’d be freaking out this AM. What a night of ball.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    28 and 21 for DeJuan Blair. I wish Dumars would have drafted this kid.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Tad, blair is only going to be good for about 8 years, austin daye will be peaking in about 8 years. Dumars gm of the 2000′s!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long


  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I’ll take 8 years of good DuJuan Blair over 0 years of good DuJuan Summers Bryan…I guess that’s unfair to Summers, he could be a good NBA player, but knowing Detroit they’ll get rid of him before he gets a chance to get consistent minutes for them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Jukai. The Raptors could say the same thing, they always play well then crumble in the second half.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    I was being incredibly sarcastic. Tad knew.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    And Blair is a beast. I SERIOUSLY thought Detroit was going to pick him up in the draft.

  • tavoris

    it’s not taking Granger long to get back in the groove, is it?

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Brad: harris = homeless man’s tony parker, and we all know how I feel about tony parker.

  • http://upandfresh.eu frednetick

    When was the last time someone recorded a 26/26? Amazing (even with 3OT)
    In my memory, Chris webber with his career game sth like 51 pts 26 rbs, but i can’t remenber .. oops the shaq monster game (61/26 as well ?)

  • http://upandfresh.eu frednetick

    Damm in fact 8 other players in the last 20 years including Ch.Barkley (34/26), Webber (51/26), Oneal (31/26) , K.Willis (29/31), The Oak (26/35!!), Dwight (28/26), Dikembe (27/29) and …lorenzen wright (33/26) WTH happened to Wright this day !!

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    wow I hadn’t even seen about Jefferson’s 26/26. there was no mention of his stats at all during the game! those houston homers kept going on about Brooks! (okay, not completely without merit). but damn, Jefferson!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I saw the Corey Brewer half-court shot live, yet I didn’t watch the 3 overtimes. Wow. Aaron Brooks and Al Jefferson are awesome.
    And Russell Westbrook is going to be one of the best point guards in the NBA some day. Like top 3.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    al jefferson and Kevin love have been tag teaming the boards since david khan said he didn’t know if they could play together

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wayne Ellington can PLAY! He was hitting clutch shot after clutch shot last night. The T-Wolves have a great young core right now. Imagine if they’d drafted someone else besides Ricky Rubio for one of their picks?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Thanks for the stats, fred. Whew, 35 boards for the Oak Tree? Unreal.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Imagine if they didn’t take Johnny Flynn. Or traded Rubio for a scoring threat off the bench. They would have like 13 wins

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I’ll take that as sarcasm.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    good. But i agree they have a great young core.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Haha sounds good.

  • ciroqobama

    Will someone explain to me why Ty Lawson isn’t getting any burn lately ?

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    two words: steve nash and chris paul. haha i mean two words: chauncey billups

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    George Carl has terrets

  • RV

    Hisham…they definitely mentioned jefferson’s rebounding total a few times during the game…

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Thanks RV. Apparently I didn’t catch that. But I stand corrected. And I did exagerate on the whole homers thing. I mean, watching the BOS-ATL game earlier this week was absolute torture having to listen to Tommy Heinsohn all game long. That guy is unbelievable

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    The NBA: Where pro-Celtics hyperbolic vitriol happens.

  • bigdoggchad

    That was Ty Lawson first game back from a sprained ankle. Don’t think Ty is 100% yet and George Karl doesn’t want him to re-injure it.

  • bigdoggchad

    At least I hope that was the reason. Hope Karl hasn’t fallen back in love with playing Carter big minutes.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Just read on the huffingtonpost that Gilbert has been charged with a felony. Not many details.

  • Drew

    Ty isn’t 100% yet. Yesterday afternoon, the team thought he wouldn’t play, but right before the game he seemed to get better. With the Nuggs winning easily, it made no sense to play him and risk making his ankle worse.