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Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 8:46 am  |  72 responses

Post Up: Kobe’s Triple-Double

And The Truth hits 20k.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Philadelphia 101, Indiana 75

After getting John Walled on Tuesday, the Sixers bounced back in a strong way against an Indiana team that brought zero offensive firepower to the table last night. Andre Iguodala (11 points, 9 boards) shut down Danny Granger (7 points, 2-14 FGM-A), while Elton Brand led the way for Philly, scoring 25 and collecting 12 rebounds. Other notable numbers: Jrue Holiday swiped 4 steals, Marreese Speights grabbed 11 boards, and Evan Turner went for 12 points in 23 minutes off the bench.

Charlotte 85, New Jersey 83

Up 10 and with five minutes to go in the fourth, the Nets really looked like they had this one. But the ‘Cats stormed back, and D.J. Augustin drained a pair of free throws with 30 seconds to go that put them ahead for good. The Nets had their fair share of opportunities, as including a missed jumper from Travis Outlaw with 10 seconds remaining that would’ve tied it up. After the rebound bounced around the paint, Outlaw got the ball back, and instead of pulling back out or calling a timeout with five or so ticks still remaining, he forced a contested J that didn’t fall in. Why Always Boris Diaw led Charlotte with 24 points, and Gerald Wallace put up an efficient 20 and 11.

Atlanta 94, Detroit 85

Momentum is a terrible thing to waste. Or something like that. The undefeated Hawks (5-0) took down the all-defeated Pistons (0-5), staying close in the first half and then jumping ahead in the second. Josh Smith led the team with 22 points (also: 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal), and Al Horford scored 18 in the win. Ben Gordon (now averaging 20.24 ppg) continued what’s been a great season thus far with 22, but was the only bright spot on an otherwise rough night for Detroit. Their next opportunity for a first W comes tomorrow against Charlotte.

Orlando 128, Minnesota 86

The Magic scored 78 (!) points in the first half against the TWolves, and had this one all but wrapped up by halftime. Dwight Howard put up a monstrous 18 point, 16 rebound, 8 block performance in only 23 minutes, and was also one of seven Orlando guys who scored in double figures. Minnesota is going to struggle a lot this year, but against teams that can dominate down low, it only gets worse. Let’s just move on.

New Orleans 107, Houston 99

This isn’t a huge early-season storyline (yet), but it’s been pretty damn awesome to have Chris Paul back and healthy. CP3 scored 25, dished 8, and stole 4 in the W, putting in 13 of his 25 in the game’s final three minutes. Between the returns of Paul and Lil Wayne, November is shaping up to be a nice-looking month for Nawlins. Just sayin’. Also, don’t look now, but the Hornets (4-0) haven’t lost yet. On the contrary, the Rockets (0-4) haven’t won yet, which is kinda disappointing, given their talent and potential. Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin both scored 18, while Yao Ming had 15, but there’s only so much one can do when limited to 24 minutes per contest. Luis Scola grabbed 16 boards, and I’m continually satisfied that I scooped him up in my fantasy draft. Keep it up, my dude.

Boston 105, Milwaukee 102

Last night’s first nationally broadcasted competition was a great one, with the Celts and the Bucks battling past regulation and into extra time. Carlos Delfino curled around a screen, found a seam in the paint and put in an open lay-up with 10 seconds left in the fourth to force overtime, but Paul Pierce’s strong OT earned Boston the victory. Pierce drilled two free throws—the first of which gave him 20,000 points—to put his team up four and seal the deal with a minute to go. I’m seriously dumbfounded by how he did that; after nailing the first to give him 20K, the crowd erupted, The Truth showed them love back, and then, through all of the emotion, he somehow focused hard enough to hit a second freebie and give the C’s a two-possession lead. Definitely a cool moment. Andrew Bogut led Milwaukee with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and it’s nice to see him getting back on track after struggling with injuries at the end of ’09-10.

Dallas 102, Denver 101

In a battle of West Coast contenders, the Mavs sweated this one out and barely held on. Carmelo Anthony (20 points, 15 boards) found some space against Caron Butler with the clock running down, and put up a jumper that was thiiiis close to falling in and getting the Nugs a W. With NeneBirdman and Kenyon Martin all out, Gary Forbes got his first NBA start and scored 12. For Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki had a beastly night, dropping 35 points and grabbing 12 boards. They’ve got Denver again on Saturday.

Utah 125, Toronto 108

After jumping out to a 41-22 first-quarter lead, the Jazz held on in the second half and upped their record to 2-2. Deron Williams had 22 points and 14 dimes, while Al Jefferson scored 27 and Paul Millsap went for 21. For the Raps (1-3), Andrea Bargnani’s (26 points, 9 boards) statistical domination carried on and Sonny Weems added 23.

L.A. Clippers 107, Oklahoma City 92

Was really hoping this would provide some better competition, but not mad at all at the Clips getting on track. Eric Gordon scored 27, while Eric Bledsoe—filling in for Baron Davis—put in 17 and distributed 8 assists in a quality effort. Kevin Durant (16 points, 6-24 FGM-A) didn’t come with the fire last night, and LAC had a good handle on the game by the beginning of the fourth.

San Antonio 112, Phoenix 110

Another great one between West Coast contenders. Tim Duncan dominated the inside with 25 points and 17 boards, while Richard Jefferson made it rain—mostly from the left corner—and had 28 on the night. Plus, the Spurs won in Arizona for the first time since January 2009, which had to feel good.

Golden State 115, Memphis 109

Monta Ellis has been bringing the pain, and he held it down with 39 points in a hell of a showing. Rudy Gay (35 Points) kept up, but the rest of the Grizz didn’t, and GSW was able to hold on. David Lee had a David Lee-esque 16 point, 15 rebound performance, and Dorell Wright added 25 in the W.

L.A. Lakers 112, Sacramento 100

Kobe, apparently already in mid-season form, went for a triple-double (30-10-12), and the Lake Show banged this one home like we’ve come to expect. Pau Gasol had 22 and 11, and Lamar Odom kept his strong play going with 18 points and 8 boards. ‘Reke Evans led the Kings with 21, but it just wasn’t happening for Sacto. Maybe next time?

Performance of the Night: Definitely a few legitimate candidates, but I’m giving this to Superman, if only for the fact that he did it with so few minutes. Dwight Howard: 18 points, 16 rebounds, 8 blocks, 1 steal, 23 minutes.
Moment of the Night: Gotta be The Truth hitting 20k. Clap for him!

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Is it too early to say that KD was slurped on WAY TOO HARD this offseason? Nice line by the Kobester too…..like the Heat, I’ll wait to start assessing the Lakers until they play a team with a pulse.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Kulchakris

    What’s interesting is, I read an article on the possibility of the Miami Threet winning 72+ games. Aren’t the defending champions 5-0? Shouldn’t that speculation also apply to them? Eboy, interested to hear your thoughts, as the resident Heat lover.

  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    True Eboy. Maybe KD thought people wouldnt go hard at him?

  • Dagger

    Everybody is paving over Durant’s performance last night (one of the worst I’ve seen from a superstar) and his generally terrible start to the season, but it’s worrying. The Thunder are at .500 and Durant is a big part of the reason why. He hasn’t been the best player in any of his team’s games so far. Here’s hoping he turns it around, and fast. EIther way I don’t see the Thunder as the juggernaut some people have been predicting – they’re a long ways from title contention yet.

  • http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/ Anthony

    Richard Jefferson is the most regular Spurs so far, glad to see all the hard work he did with Pop this summer pays off.

  • Ugh

    I guess that pay cut made RJ focus on his game.

  • jsmoove

    17, 8, 15, 3 and 1 shooting 70%. Once again Rondo displayed why he is hands down the best pg in the league. The only guys even close to challenging him at this point are Chris Paul and Westbrook.

  • jahmai

    Durant will be fine, he hasn’t played well the first 4 games but once he gets his rythm, he’ll show why alot of people consider him a top 5 player right now. KB is looking very good, never thought he’d be off to such a good start after that horrible preseason (I know, it’s preseason, but still..). I think he wants that MVP award, I know he cares more about championships but if you know Kobe and his competitiveness he’ll want that MVP too. After watching hist first 5 games, he’s got a good shot.

  • reflex

    Can’t help but think Orlando are nothing but flat track bullies, which is a shame as I like Howard a lot

  • reflex

    Also Kobe stays beasting, the granddaddy of the NBA still putting in work, gotta love him

  • JoeMaMa

    Didn’t MJ go something like 3-18 against the Knicks in the playoffs? That doesn’t define him, nor will KD’s slow start. He’s a serious baller. He led the league in points last season, and it’s not like he got worse. He’ll dominate. And man….Monta Ellis is a joy to watch. Last thing: if Eric Bledsoe get 2/3s of of last night’s production consistently, the Clips should trade BD for a bag of chips. Which they can then give to BD.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I dedicate Kobe’s performance last nite to the guys who said he is on the vast decline. I also hope the KD slurpfest will end for a while bc the is simply a jumpshooter. He’s great but he relies on that jumpshot way too much.

  • KB8toSG8

    I hope KB paces himself…he’s going beast mode too early.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    The funny thing is Kobe looks like he is pacing himself,which I believe is actually helping his game.He is being patient and is making fundemental plays. The only time he tried to go into “beast mode” last night was when Luther Head was guarding him and that was when he started forcing the issue and making mistakes.

  • Dre

    KAP, Kd is much more than a jump shooter that guy can play ball. Is he not allowed to have a bad game… Kobe shot good last night but he traditionally is not a high percentage scorer. Also have the Lakers played a playoff team yet this year? It was a great performance but it’s nothing to go crazy over.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Dallas has emerged as my 2nd team in the West. They have the size now to hang with the Palm Trees in LA.
    Oh, and Dirk is ridiculous.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I can’t tell you who the playoff teams are since this is the first nine days of the season. I mean they beat GSW and held them to less than 90 who are 3-1 and are avg over 100 pts a game and they beat a mediocre Suns team and an improved Grizzlies team. None of the games were ever in doubt except the Rockets game. Lol at saying he’s not a high percentage scorer. 45% is pretty good percentage.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    It is something to go crazy over because all summer all everyone said was Kobe is on the vast decline and the knee is gonna give him trouble. Instead, Kobe has been killing it. The guy had over 20+ points heading into halftime the last two games and has been shooting over 50% since the Houston game on opening night.

  • http://yahoo.com eboyhater

    Theres nothing wrong with Kobes knee

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

    Beats mode to early? Kobe doesn’t even look like he is trying out there. He is really relaxed right now!

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    I really don’t understand how anybody,not from boston, can be a celtic fan. What is there to like? I know rondo is goin crazy with the assists and ray allen is the tim duncan of sg’s, but is it worth havin to watch the constant flopps?(davis, rondo, pierce) or the elbow then running away?(KG) or the complaining of every refferee hating the celtics?(Doc)

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Kap – if this was Kobe three years ago you wouldn’t feel the need to go “HA – There it is. A Dominating game!” because he did that every game. Are you so stupid that you truly believe Kobe is just as good today as he was three years ago? You don’t think he’s lost some speed/explosion? Somehow he is magically the only player that doesn’t slow with age?You still think he has it in him to pump out another 10+ games in a row of 40 or more? I’m trying to figure out if your in denial or really just that stupid.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Sigh…I just want the Kobe doubters who said he’s on the decline to see that they were wrong. Of course I think he can still drop 40 any night he wants. He doesn’t need that same explosion to score. He kills guys silently.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I think Kobe is better than he was three years ago because he’s a much efficient scorer and has become a great playmaker. Just because he lost some hop doen’t mean he has become a worse player. On the Coach K show the other day he said this is the best he has felt in the last two years. He’s on a mission this year because of the doubters like you and what’s going on in Miami.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    The Greatest Laker EVER, The second Greatest SG EVER and approaching with one or two more rings/Finals MVP, The Second Greatest Player EVER. BAR NONE. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Kap……we’re waiting.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Kap – He is on the decline. Its a fact of life. Every player’s performance gets worse with age. That doesn’t mean Kobe is a bad player, that doesn’t mean he still can’t have a dominant season. That just means he’s not as good a player this year as he was a few years ago. Are you such a fanboy that you can’t admitt that?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I know he’s lost some bounce but at the same time he’s become more efficient and a better playmaker. However, when he gets hot he can still go off for 40-50 because of his ability to make crazy shots while contested and that dangerous pumpfake and footwork.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Eboy…Have you started the Christmas countdown?

  • T-Money

    I think LA’s height advantage is overstated. Bynum is always injured. And even when does, he rarely cracks more than 15-20 mins in the playoffs. Pau and Lamar are not taller than your average 4/5. What really sets apart LA is talent, not height. There’s not a more versatile big man combo than Pau and Lamar, they can do it all.

  • add

    EBs back to double double form

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    What do you expect him to say Kap? “Um, I’m feeling pretty beat up and its getting harder and harder to get out there every game”. Of course he’s going to say he feels the best he ever has. He’s “a much more efficient scorer” because he’s taking less shots. He’s taking less shots because his body can’t handle him going all out all game for every game of the season. Kobe is still one of the best players in the game, but if you honestly think he can still put up numbers like he used to, then I’ll leave you to your fairy tale.

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    24 started off killing last year he was even an early favorite for MVP by December he’ll be tired inefficient and gunning

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Mvp23100…he became inefficient because he sustained that avulsion fracture agst NJ last year, sprained his elbow, and hurt his knee. Not making excuses but that’s the reason for the dropoff last year after the new year.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    He did average 25ppg 7 reb 5 assist on 46% FG and 40% 3pt last year in the playoffs. That’s some inefficiency huh?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Kap….I already have my Christmas tree up.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Some thoughts:
    Dirk took 31 shots!! woooo! (still made 15, so there..) after he’d been shooting so efficiently during the 1st few games, he seems to have wanted this one badly. Lucky Melo couldn’t stick the jumper, Saturday should be fun.

    Adam is so right about that PP moment, icewater in them veins. That’s one for an NBA ad in the future.

    KG better watch who he provokes, i’ve played with Bogut (scrimmages) and met KG (Nbaeuropelive), my money’s on the big aussie.

    Steve Nash kinda lost that game for his team, his usual one legged fallaway jumpers weren’t falling late in the 4th but he still forced up 4 in like 5 posessions. Meanwhile, the high pick&roll that worked quite well with Warrick just got abandoned. Oh well, another thrilling game between those two squads.

    Go Mavs!

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Jesus Kap! Here are Kobe’s playoff numbers the last few years:

    06-07 = 33 ppg
    07-08 = 30 ppg
    08-09 = 30 ppg
    09-10 = 25 ppg

    See how those numbers go down? That’s a decline.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Yea that is some decline. 30 ppg to 25 ppg with a bad knee. I think he should retire now. Say it ain’t so…

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Again, no one is saying he’s a bad player. Just that he’s on the decline. Damn you are slow.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    And its 33 to 25 ppg

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Good to see Brandon Bass has been freed over there in Orlando. That guy’s got game.

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    @Diesel i see your chart on Kobe’s decline based on ppg, but couldn’t it be attributed to the fact that he had better players as the years went on?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Thank you Tina…

  • JTaylor21

    This dude Kap is funny, his got an excuse for everything someone says about kobe. Example: Person #1- Oh he always starts off shooting good in the first few weeks of the season but declines after a month, Kap- his neck and back was shattered in 5 different places. Person #2- Kobe’s numbers have declined the past few playoffs, Kap- oh his big toe and jaw was broken. STOP with the lover boy excuses, it doesn’t look or sound good for a man to be defending another man so passionately. Just give up and agree that despite what he does the first few weeks of the season, his shooting percentage and numbers plummets as the season wears down and the playoffs near because contary to popular believe, dudes shooting percentages sink faster than the titanic as the games gets tighter and the second season nears. Dude has NEVER shot higher than 46% in his career and has under 42% numerous times in the playoffs, and it’s not going to change anytime soon.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    @Tina and Kap – I’m pretty sure he had the exact same team in 08-09 as he did in 09-10.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Same for the year before.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    My boy JTaylor…

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Yea but Gasols numbers increased and Artest took more shots than Ariza. Therefore…He was getting more production from the other players.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    That “center” the Hornets used to bother Scola into a bad shooting night was MONEY in the fourth. At one point mid-quarter, and with CP on the bench, he swished 3 straight jumpers! Nice form, and methinks the Rockets frontcourt wasn’t paying attention to his scouting report.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I meant Jason Smith (watching the re-run right now)

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Kap – Pau Gasol averaged 1 more point per game in the playoffs from 08-09 to 09-10. Artest’s average actually went down 4 points. Are there any other excuses that you need me to discredit?

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    If your argument is Artest took more shots than Ariza: Ariza averaged 15 ppg in the 08-09 playoffs. Artest Averaged 11 in the 09-10 playoffs.

  • HeavenCent

    @Kap i don’t think anybody’s saying he should retire or come off the bench, they’re just saying he’s not as good as before. Is that really such a crazy statement to make? Hell, doesn’t that just mean they think he was even better before???

  • jonny

    Sorry seed, but Magic Johnson is the greatest Laker ever.

  • http://Egotastic.com Michael

    @ KAP

    If you’re going to defend Kobe, you can at least post his real umbers

    06-07- 32.8pts, 5.2rbs, 4.4asts .462fg%

    07-08- 30.1pts, 5.7rbs, 5.6asts, .479%

    08-09- 30.2pts, 5.3rbs, 5.5asts, .457%

    09-10- 29.2pts, 6.0rbs, 5.5asts, .458%

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If it’s not too early for the media to slurp Rondo, it’s not to early to question the earlier slurping of Durant.
    (Slurping is just a nasty word.)

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Thanks Michael. That sounds even better.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Shouldn’t Baron Davis be on the block right now? Seriously, the Clippers look like a much happier team without him playing.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I don’t think they can unload that huge contract they gave him. I wish someone paid me millions to see how fat I can get.

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    LOL@ Allenp “slurping is just a nasty word”
    THANK YOU!!!

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    @Diesel i’d say Kobe is aging not declining. :)

  • Conoro

    Bryant averaged over 29ppg over the course of last season’s Playoffs, you idiots…

  • Conoro

    “They’re next opportunity for a first W comes tomorrow against Charlotte.”- SMH, Slamonline Writer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Yeah we really need to retire this slurping/riding/homer lexicon. Whatever happened to the good old fashioned “fanboy/fangirl” talk? Fair commenters, let us set the standard for inter-team relations.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Conoro–Ha, my bad. Write a thousand words after midnight, and after a full day of work, and you’re bound to pull at least one dumb mistake. My fault.

  • tRay

    I’m not impressed with the Lakers(who really haven’t played anyone) PS-Laker fan speaking

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Really enjoying these Post Ups, Adam.

  • janglesjr

    Kobe Bryant maliciously attacks five people….

    http://hoopstopia.com/?p=110

  • http://slamonline.com J Dizzle

    Who cares if Kobe’s stats are declining? He has one of the deepest teams in the league, it’s a blessing for him to be able to do less. At the end of the day, Kobe is the one you want taking the final shot. 5 (maybe 6? can’t remember) game winners last year people; Kobe is clutch. It’s funny seeing people here using any little stat to try and discredit KB. It’s the intangibles that make him great. It’s all about the WINS and the CHAMPIONSHIPS. Kobe makes it happen.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    What Teddy-the-Bear said. Adam is really good at this!

  • Conoro

    No problemo, Mr. Figman. I was just being an asshole.

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