Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 9:40 am  |  36 responses

Post Up: Wall Triple-Doubles Up

While Michael Beasley drops 42 points. Wait, what?

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Golden State 122, New York 117

A real heartbreaker for Knicks fans like yours truly. Led by Amar’e Stoudemire’s 33 points and 10 boards, New York caught up after falling behind big in the early third, but just couldn’t jump ahead and hold on for a victory. The guy the Knicks shipped off this summer, David Lee, went for 28 and 10, while Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry combined for 47. The roughest part of this one was easily the fact that the game was so winnable, but the home team didn’t make the needed late stops, and a pair of missed free throws by STAT late in the fourth certainly didn’t help. The Knicks have Minny on Friday, while GSW is in Chicago tonight.

Milwaukee 108, Atlanta 91

This one became All Bucks Everything in the second, and Milwaukee never looked back. Corey Maggette came off the bench to drop 20, while Brandon Jennings scored 19 for the second straight night. Atlanta wasn’t terrible (they shot 49.3 percent from the field), but didn’t get a big game out of any of their guys and ultimately fell flat. The Hawks have now dropped three straight after a great 6-0 start. They’ll look to turn that around against Utah tomorrow.

Washington 98, Houston 91

He’s already made his presence known, but if a triple-double (19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 dimes) isn’t John Wall’s official NBA introduction, I don’t know what would be. So here’s a Post Up welcome, dude. Andray Blatche and Al Thornton both dropped in 20, while Yi Jianlian scored 13 and blocked 4 shots. Unfortunately, Rockets center Yao Ming hobbled off in the first quarter and didn’t return, so here’s to the big fella getting back out there ASAP.

New Jersey 95, Cleveland 87

In the second half of a home-and-home, the Nets got revenge on the Cavs, jumping ahead in the fourth behind Devin Harris’s 31 points and Anthony Morrow’s 21 points and 5 threes. Mo Williams left in the third with a groin injury and didn’t return, so hopefully he can get back on the court ASAP. Why does it feel like I’m repeating myself?

Charlotte 101, Toronto 96

This one was close to the end, and the Cats must’ve breathed a sigh of relief after downing the Raptors and avoiding a 1-7 start. Stephen Jackson scored 10 points in the fourth (20 total), Gerald Wallace went for 19 and 14, and Tyrus Thomas had 14 points, 5 blocks and hit four clutch free throws in the win. Toronto fell to 1-7 themselves, but got 23 and 9 outta stat machine  Andrea Bargnani. They’re in Orlando tomorrow night.

Utah 104, Orlando 94

Last night’s first nationally televised game certainly didn’t let viewers down. The Magic were up for the majority of the game, but Utah stormed back in the fourth behind Deron Williams (30 points, 14 assists), who put on a Paul-Millsap-against-Miami-like performance. Millsap and Al Jefferson combined for 44 points and 13 boards, while Dwight Howard was held to 14 and 9. No word on whether or not a Raja Bell speech between the third and fourth quarters was the difference maker.

Dallas 106, Memphis 91

Two important stats: A. The Mavs had 30 assists and 9 turnovers and B. The Mavs shot 54.1 percent on 46-85 from the field. So yeah, they won. Jason Terry led them with 25, while Dirk Nowitzki went for 20 and 10. Zach Randolph (23 and 9) seems to be back and healthy, which is cool, but the rest of the Grizz were quiet as they took an L.

Oklahoma City 109, Philadelphia 103

Not to be a huge downer or anything, but I’m consistently skeptical at just how good these Thunder are, specifically because of how good Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are in proportion to, well, everyone else on the team. It’s cool that these guys are becoming great before our eyes (which is happening—both had 31 in the win), but there’s gotta be better production outta the rest of the roster if we’re gonna consider them a serious contender. Just sayin’! Westbrook, specifically, was awesome last night, as his 31 came along with 12 dimes and 5 boards. Jrue Holiday dropped 17 points and distributed 11 assists before fouling out for the Sixers, who are now 2-6 and are in Dallas Friday night.

San Antonio 107, L.A. Clippers 95

I watched the majority of this game, then watched the highlights, then studied the box score, and to be completely honest, I have no angle to approach this mini-recap with. The Spurs were and are just a better team, and it showed. Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson each had 21 points, and, wait! Eric GordonChris Kaman and Baron Davis were all out with injuries for LAC, so that’s kind of a hook? No? OK, it’s getting late and I’m drifting off. Apologies. San Antonio is now 6-1, though nobody seems to be talking about them being a top team in the West this season. Should we start?

Minnesota 98, Sacramento 89

In your daily WTF?! moment, Michael Beasley scored 42 points in 42 minutes last night. Yeah, I don’t know. I didn’t see this game, and haven’t seen highlights yet either, but all of these online news sources are telling me it’s true. Is it wrong if I just don’t believe them? Well, I don’t. Click the above game score if you’d like to see some stats, though I’m pretty sure they’re all lies.

Performance of the Night: JW over Beasley, just because he did more across the board. So, John Wall: 19 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds, 6 steals, 1 block and 1 fresh alley oop.
Moment of the Night: Gonna go with Deron putting Utah on his back and lifting them to a second straight ridiculous victory, this time over Orlando. The Heat then the Magic, in back-to-back nights? And with a sick performance from Williams, this really is proving to be the year of the point guard.

Back tomorrow, peeps.

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  • http://bulls.com C-Lo_The_Great

    Dam……… John Wall is spectacular

  • http://bulls.com C-Lo_The_Great

    Dam………..John Wall is amazing.

  • webstarr

    Deron Williams=muthaf#*king monster

  • The Philosopher

    I’m genuinely happy for Beasley.
    I mean, they straight clowned him in Miami. D. Wade always talking to him like he was this child, when Beasley has arguably been through more than Wade, anyway.
    Beasley’s development being slowed by Wade holding the ball until there are 3 seconds left, then gives the ball up to Beasley to choke on.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Beasley’s mid-range jumper was unstoppable. John Wall took advantage of Ish Smith and an injured Lowry last night…it just wasn’t fair.

  • Bruno

    san antonio & utah playing really good … warning!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    What’s with the disrespect to Beasley? Playing PF and playing with DWade hindered his development for a minute.

  • hoodsnake

    Dwights jumper is coming along nicely like Rondo’s. Not.

  • t-sizzle

    you all saw that david lee elbow to chandler?? daaang

  • Hammer

    Its funny that people r slurrping the jazz. The jazz do this every yr. They have gr8 performances like this,then they string 2gether some bad games and go n2 a couple slumps during the yr. And then go out n the 1st or 2nd round of the playoffs. Expect the same 4 this yr. Cuz when it matters the most,they will NOT b there

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    No mention of Kevin Love?

  • Hammer

    And u gotta feel 4 yao. Cuz even if he does come back,he will not b the yao of old. Doesn’t look good 4 him

  • feez22

    Free Kevin Love.

  • feez22

    The minnesota timberwolves had a meeting in the offseason and headed by none other than KAAAAHHHHNNNNNN they came to the conclusion that the ONLY player on the roster that was a lock to be a starter was none other than DARKO… i feel sorry for timberwolves fans… Free kevin love.

  • hangtime Hec

    “Never Say Die” seems to be the Utah Jazz mantra for the season.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Kulchakris

    As a Wizards fan, I can barely contain my excitement for the Great Wall of Chinatown. Especially since that may be the ‘Zards only bright spot this season. Also, is it possible the two Florida teams are not as good as we thought?

  • Jose

    Binog, B-Easy had/has it in him…now he has that chance…

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    If giving that Jazz credit for overcoming 20 point deficits on the road to shock legit championship contenders is slurping…I mean, it’s not like anybody’s saying they’re contenders themselves.

  • wall-e

    Rose took several L’s last night without even playing a game. There is absolutely no way he is in the discussion for top PG in the league.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Damn, wish I could have seen the Beasley game. And your recap about the Clips vs Spurs game was pretty much all that needed to be said. The Clippers are a poorly coached team, and they play like it.

  • Bruno

    the yao of old?? yao always dissapoints so … he is the same old yao

  • Hammer

    @lahuey. Ok give them credit. But that’s it. Its cats like bruno that issue out “warning” signs like the jazz r gonna b a threat n the western conference,is what I was referring 2. Don’t go overboard w/this jazz team. Gr8 win, but that’s bout it

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Uh, kevin love went 9 8, yawn. Spurs are for real, and will win the title.

  • Riggs

    no mention of tyreke stinking up the place? and no mention of kevin love?? also the OKC thunder are without jeff green who is their third scorer.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Told everyone before the season even started John Wall was a top 8 PG and top 25ish player. Kid is amazing

  • JTaylor21

    I love Kobe Bryant with all my heart…Im sorry for all the dumb ish I said about him. I watched a documentary on the guy that chanmged my opinion. And f*ck all who have a problem with this.

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

    LOL @JTaylor, ahah nice one.

    I try to not get too exited about the Spurs, sure we’re 6-1 but we only played non-playoffs caliber team so far. The real good news is that Richard Jefferson is finally clicking, he knows his role on both end of the court and that’s a huge plus for us. And we’re still waiting for the return of Matt “Rocket” Bonner, i call him “the Rocket” but “the Spacer” sounds cool too.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    If this is the real Jtaylor ,you used to be a Kobe Bryant fan too, what documentary did you watch. But you have to admit after playing for 14 seasons, to still be considered one of the best is GREAT!!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @JTaylor…welcome to the light my friend. We welcome you with open arms.

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

    If Spoelstra doesn’t make adjustments against the Celtics tonight he should take his talents to the unemployment line.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Anton is still a beast.

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

    oh yeah i forgot, Boston-Miami tonight, cant wait.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Where’s that cranky old muhf@kka eboy. He’s never on the boards when it’s a holiday. And why is it that only veterans get off on veterans day.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i Predict Erik Spoelstra as the next coach of the Clippers. Oddly similar to the 2006 situation with Stan Van Gundy getting booted from MIami and finding stability in Orlando.

  • http://zapata10.wordpress.com Adrian Zapata

    @Hammer didn’t the Jazz make the Western Finals 2 years ago? I’d say their a legitamate team.

    As for the Spurs, I think we got our groove back, 2nd or 3rd in the West in my opinion.

  • bubblecat

    Andrea Bargnani is NOT a stat machine!