Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  38 responses

Post Up: London Calling

The Nets and Raptors go the distance on their Euro trip.

by Anton Kudriavtsev / @TheDiesel

Timberwolves 96, Wizards 103

While most rookies have hit the rookie wall, John Wall is slowly starting to climb over his. Wall scored 18 points, dished 8 assists, and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds as his Wizards outlasted the Wolves. Kevin Love put up 20 points to go with 21 rebounds  (his 11th 20/20 game this year), placing Minnesota up one point before Trevor Booker scored 6 critical points in 90 seconds as Washington went on a 13-5 run to close out the game. What’s better – fundamentals or athleticism? Love got his usual positioning and was inches away from grabbing a rebound before Booker soared over him for the put-back dunk.

Raptors 136, Nets 137 (3OT)

Who would have imagined that the most exciting game of the day would be between teams that had a combined 35 wins before the game? The Nets completed their London sweep as they narrowly beat the Raptors in triple overtime. Travis Outlaw (14 points) scored the last 8 points for the Nets while the extra periods gave players to raise their stats. Brook Lopez led the way with 34 points and 14 rebounds, Deron Williams had 21 points and 18 assists, and even the Masheen scored 25 points. Andrea Bargnani scored 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Toronto but missed the final isolation jumper to win the game. D-Will made a jumper in the 2nd overtime with 9.8 to play to tie the game at 126 before DeRozan (30 points) missed a jumper, sending the game into triple overtime. Vujacic made 3 free throws and Outlaw took the game over offensively and defensively, blocking Bargnani’s shot, hitting long jumpers and hustling for put-backs to push the lead to 7. Though the Raptors scored 8 straight points, Outlaw iced the game with two free throws and Bargnani’s jumper did its best LeBron impression, abusing the rim. Dear London – if you are wondering, the answer is “yes, the Nets and Raptors always play this well back home!” Can I interest you in the purchase of these franchises?

Pacers 95, Rockets 112

The Rockets earned a much-needed win with a rout over the Pacers, led by Kevin Martin (20 points) and Air Chase Budinger (18 points). Houston never let the game escape from them, taking advantage of Indiana’s poor shooting in the first half then finishing the game with an 18-4 run in the 4th quarter. Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 for the Pacers.

Kings 102, Jazz 109 (OT)

Al Jefferson and Raja Bell led the Jazz over the Kings in overtime to stop their home losing streak. Jefferson (27 points) scored 6 points in overtime as Utah outscored the Kings 10-2 in the period. Bell (16 points) hit two key jumpers and added a steal in overtime to put the Jazz up 5 with 17 seconds to play. DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 18 rebounds but the Kings didn’t make enough plays in overtime to give them a chance. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to outfit your players with Power Balance wristbands?

Bobcats 69, Blazers 93

Without Stephen Jackson, the Bobcats didn’t have enough offense to compete as they fell to the Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points while Patty Mills hit 4 triples off the bench as Portland look to get home court advantage in a potential 1st round match-up with the Nuggets. Mills and his Australian accent make anything sound positive, he should be the voice of the organization whenever a player gets traded: “Eh Prizzy, sorry about the trade, mate! Come on down and I’ll put a shrimp on the barbie for ya. Cheers.” Gerald Henderson scored 16 points for Charlotte.

Nuggets 94, Clippers 100

The Los Angeles Blakers took down the Nuggets thanks to a few young stars delivering when it mattered most. Blake Griffin had 18 points, 12 rebounds, and a career-high 9 assists and Eric Bledsoe stepped in for the injured Eric Gordon to score 15 of his career-high 20 points  in the 4th quarter (in addition to his 7 steals) to lift the Clippers to their second win of the month. Nene had 25 points and 14 rebounds as Denver used a 14-2 run in the 4th quarter to bring them within one but L.A. maintained control after Mo Williams (17 points) hit a three-pointer to give the Clips a cushion while they worked the clock. The Nuggets are now 5-2 after the Melo trade.


“Check My $tats” of the night: Blake Griffin – 18 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 block.

Separated at Birth of the day: Anderson Varejao and Carlito.

I’m out like Bargnani in the clutch.

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  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    Los Angeles Blakers! Love that one!

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    One of the first things I look for each day is what the stats of Kevin Love are. That guy is amazing!

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Did any team with a winning record played last night? This look like the opening pieces 4 tonight games… I can’t wait!
    I hope the Bulls beat the Heat and the Spurs beat the Lakers.
    The Post Up is so interesting when those 2 teams loose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Big game against the Spurs today, I HAVE to watch it. Yeah sure I got Footloose rehearsals that dont end til 4:30 but I’ll be able to catch enough of the game.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    i’m glad the Nets-Raptors game turned out to be a thriller. good for the NBA and good for the London crowd.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Dwill please, lose the headband. Blake so close to getting a triple double, again. He’s special, a PF who has ridiculous hops, body strength, size, quickness, work ethic, great mentality and he also gets the vision? This is not fair. Bulls-Heat, CAN’T WAIT!!! Let’s go Drose! BTW if Bulls beat Heat and Drose has a huge game, he’ll be a pretty sure bet for MVP.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Umm, Germs, you know people have been calling the Clips the LA Blakers all season long, right?
    Anyways, damn, I am excited about the Heat/Bulls game!
    First two games were in Chicago where the Bulls have been almost unbeatable.
    Bulls haven’t been so good on the road, so I really want this one.
    Especially after they beat the Magic in Orlando for the first time since Loul Deng was the only current Bull on that squad.
    Plus I don’t want the Bulls to be the first of the top four teams
    to lose to the Heat.
    We shall see though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I think the Bulls will take today’s game

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    Man… Jay Triano is a HORRIBLE coach… the Raptors had three last shot attempts to win the game and he drew up the absolute worst plays possible. I don’t know what was worse, that play for bargnani or the decision mking by bargnani. u have 15 seconds, so rather than try to cret anything, u stand in the same spot for 14 seconds and just jack a 20 foot contested J… smaaart

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    @Enigmatic; Yeah, I know, but still like the sound of it!

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    I gotta strip the “Lebron is the best player on the planet” title from him. I don’t even know who to give it to though, but this is ridiculous.
    Mike Miller has been absolutely atrocious.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I’m prematurely giving that crown to Rose. This kid is a killer. There can be no denying it, he is the MVP right now.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Well, well.
    “Super Team” 0.
    ACTUAL team 3.
    No more excuses, Heat fans. Wade, Bosh and James all played. Bosh didn’t go 1-18. The Heat played at home.
    Face it, the Bulls are the better team.
    And Rose is the MVP. Not James or Wade. Rose is 3-0 against them.
    Not Howard. Rose is 2-1 against him.
    I could definitely see it going to someone on the Spurs (Bulls split season series with them) but who??

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

    ^Matt Bonner?!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic


  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    That’s a truly fantastic Separated at Birth.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Derrick Rose is easily the MVP this season and is fighting for that best point guard spot. The more I watch, the better decision maker he becomes. His eight assists may be more due to the offense the Bulls run, and not a knock on his passing skills as an elite point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Lebron missed ANOTHER clutch shot??? SMH

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Eboy is turning over in his future grave-site right now, and he isn’t even inside of the coffin yet

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Cryami Heat!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    LMAO, Anton is gonna have to add to that Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan picture he put up not a while ago

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I’m so proud of the Lakers today, they really dominated.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    If we’re [the collective] going to give Derrick Rose the MVP this season, doesn’t that also by default make him the best PG?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Darce, hmm maybe. I think he might be the best PG, it’s between D.Rose and CP3 for best PG. D.Rose just might have surpassed CP3 but I’m not too sure yet

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Dacre: …. No.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    No arguments, Rose is MVP. So far.

  • Bruno

    some miami fan said Chicago wasn’t going to win on sunday … yeah right and by the way LA won too!!! great sunday

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’d respect the Heat more if they could just take a loss, even their fourth in a row, more gracefully.
    But dudes crying? Dwyane Wade saying the world got what they want in the Heat losing games?
    C’mon son! The Cavs took their 20+ consecutive wins better.
    Also, the MVP doesn’t always go to the best player or even best at their position.
    I think Malone was a better PF when Barkley win his MVP.
    Hakeem was a better C when Robinson won his MVP.
    I think KG played slightly better than Duncan both years TD won MVP, though Duncan’s teams were much more successful.
    Rose being the best PG is debatable, but not clear-cut and certainly him winning the MVP doesn’t automatically make him the best at his position.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    *20+ consecutive losses.
    The Cavs WISH they had 20 consecutive wins!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Co-sign Enigmatic, the MVP award goes to the person who attributes the most to his team’s success, so yes, D.Rose should win the MVP award. But now that I think about it no it doesn’t automatically mean he’s the best PG. It just helps his case.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown


  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    what Myles?

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/load-o-bull/2011 Diesel

    The crying was coming from Bibby realizing he gave up $6mil for this. Or from Wade…maybe he just continued on from the crying he was doing to the refs all game. But who am I kidding, we all know it was Bosh. Projection for Heat fan’s excuses tomorrow:
    1. Fire Coach Spo
    2. Heat were built for the post season, not the regular season (forget the fact that they haven’t beat any of the teams they’d face in the post season)
    3. Wait till Haslem gets back.

  • http://sl.com Krishan


  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    If therefore you wish to claim that Derrick rose has contributed the most to his teams success and therefore merits an MVP award; whilst incidently playing point guard for his team and how does this not weigh heavily in favour of him also having the label as the NBAs best point guard? Just curious… I for one don’t know how Chris Paul can have such a LOCK on the label when he hasn’t actually done much more than get numbers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Darce, I said the MVP would definitely help Pooh’s case

  • Mike From Spain

    heeee he he he he… I want to see all these Heat fans that used to say Lakers fans were delusional, and that saying that the regular season does not count was one lame excuse for the poor performance the Lakers were showing. Karma is a bia**ch, E-baby!

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Dacre: Was Dave Cowens better than Kareem? Was Willis Reed/Wes Unseld better than Chamberlain? Or Thurmond? Was Dr. J better than Bird? Was David Robinson better than Shaq and Olajuwon, Was Iverson better than Bryant?
    The answer is, no.