Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  15 responses

Post Up: Heat Outlast GSW

While KD and Russ West help the Thunder roll.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Pretty quiet Tuesday on the slate last night, but of the four games played, two were close. In my opinion, the game of the night was in Miami as the Heat escaped with a 110-106 victory after Ronny Turiaf bobbled a perfect pass from Steph Curry and turned over what would have been an easy, easy bucket.

That one hurt.

And I know people will/have said that Curry should know his personnel and that Turiaf doesn’t have the best hands, but what are you supposed to do with 8.8 seconds remaining when you’ve got a guy who is wide open by the basket? He had to make that pass, didn’t he? In my mind, he made the play that he thought was the easiest. Even thought it didn’t work, I can’t fault him for it.

A rookie trying to make the right play is okay with me.

After Turiaf turned the ball over, Carlos Arroyo sealed the Miami victory by making two free throws. Dwyane Wade had 35 points on 15-for-23 shooting to go with six rebounds and 12 assists. QRich and Beasley each added 15 points and Jermaine O’Neal scored 14 points to go with 12 boards, but he had an epic fail late, missing two free throws with 8.8 seconds remaining, giving the Warriors an opportunity to take the game.

The Warriors had just eight guys in uniform, even after calling up Reggie Williams and signing him from the D-League. Anthony Morrow had 24 points to lead Golden State while Curry added 18 to go with eight assists while CJ Watson had 20 points and six steals. Seriously, the D-League has been a Godsend for the Warriors and it’s been really nice to see so many guys show they belong in this league when they do get their chance.

Let’s not forget Kelenna Azubuike, anyone. My original favorite D-League call up. Yup.

Loving rookies and D-Leaguers, the Warriors are a no-brainer for me to root for. Throw in Ronny Turiaf and Raja Bell and, well, yes. Just yes.

In Detroit, the Pistons hung around but fell apart late, dropping the 105-100 decision to the Celtics. New Celtic, Nate Robinson led the charge, scoring 14 points in just 15 minutes of action. While Boston trailed early in the fourth they used a 16-4 run to move past the Pistons and get the W. It was a disappointing night for Detroit as Ben Wallace badly missed two free throws down the stretch, making it 2-for-20 from the line for him in his last five games. Wallace also left the game with a knee injury.

In OKC, the Thunder found themselves in a battle with the Sacramento Kings, but they prevailed thanks to a 39-point performance from Kevin Durant and a 30-point, 13-assist double-double from Russell Westbrook. The Kings hung around and Tyreke Evans (27 points, six rebounds, five assists) and Carl Landry did (17 points) their best, but the Thunder walked off of their home floor with the 113-107 victory. Really hope you caught Westbrook’s crazy 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer. I don’t even know how the guy managed to get a shot off, let alone make a three. Looked like he took some contact, too.

Also: To state the obvious, Evans is really, really, really good. He’s putting up 25/5/5 and somehow we’ve almost become used to it already. Crazy. Crazy good.

In LA, the Lakers played a crappy first half against the Pacers before flipping the switch at halftime and then rolling to a 122-99 victory, thanks in large part, to a third quarter that saw LA outscore Indiana, 38-17. Yup, that’ll do it. Pau Gasol finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe scored 24 — including a beautiful shot to beat the buzzer– and Jordan Farmar scored 24 off of the bench. Troy Murphy led the Pacers with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Dahntay Jones scored 16 off of the bench.

Okay, time for me to retire because every second word I type is a typo. Hate that! Before I go, is anyone else having trouble getting used to Carl Landry in his Kings uni? I still expect him to be in Rockets red every time I see him.

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  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Ron Artest was beast mode last night.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Bryan, that’s hilarious. Last night I was like “man I can’t wait to write on SLAM and say that Ron Artest is beasting right now” lol.

  • tom
  • Hangtime Hec

    Could what tom just did be considered as trolling? I am not to hip to this internet jargon. And wade had like 5-6 dunks yesterday! Its exciting that man play the sport of Basketball.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Reggie Williams was a big surprise.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    What was hilarious about Westbrook’s 3 point buzzer beater at the half is that it was his first made 3 point attempt in two months.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Tyreke is very, very good. And Landry looks weird in general and even more so in a Kings uni. I like his low post scoring though. He IS undersized and it shows.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Tyreke’s teammates give him the ice grill because of his penchant for dominating the ball. Just saying

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    JR Smith’s Transformers tattoo FTW

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Most teams let their best player dominate the ball.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    No doubt. But, it’s a bad sign when your teammates start getting pissed. I saw some bad body language out of Cassipi and Hawes the other night, and saw the same thing when Martin was there.

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    it looks like thunder kids are ready to make some real noise in the postseason, they play top5 defense and actually match up well against anyone besides lakers

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Allen, there are definitely a lot of egos on the kings right now and Casspi and Hawes are two of them, I am not sure it is Tyreke’s ball dominance that is the only thing irking them, I think they are also not thrilled with losing time to Landry. Hopefully, they will be able to work it out cause Tyreke is pretty good and Casspi will only get better. Hawes, I think he needs to realize that he just isnt as awesome as he thinks he is.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    IF only the Knicks could have gotten Curry, they should have traded Nate and others to get Curry. I thought he would be the steal of the draft and he is. The Curry Show is in full effect.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Roy Hibbert didn’t play great last night, but he has the potential to be really, really good–All-Star caliber. His offense is so polished right now.