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Sunday, February 19th, 2012 at 10:12 am  |  23 responses

Post Up: Spur of the Moment

Gary Neal gets clutch, and Tony Allen gives Memphis a second straight tip-in win.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

I usually don’t do weekends, but let’s give this a try…

Spurs 103, Clippers 100 (OT)

All Chris Paul had to do was hold onto the inbounds pass with less than 10 seconds to play, and the Clips would have sewn up a rare win against San Antonio with some free throws. Unfortunately, not only did he bobble it in the backcourt, but the ball fell into the hands of Gary Neal, who he himself had just bobbled away a potential game-tying possession for the Spurs. Neal found himself lined up perfectly for a three-pointer that tied the game, since he was in the backcourt guarding Randy Foye 75 feet from the Clippers’ hoop. It was one of the crazier plays we’ve seen this year, and one that Paul post-game called “the worst play I’ve been a part of since I’ve been in the NBA.” In overtime, Neal hit the go-ahead three-pointer, and the Spurs escaped with the Clip-crushing victory—San Antonio’s 10th in a row (22-9 overall). Neal finished with 17 points (5 threes), but it was Tony Parker and Tim Duncan who led the charge for the Spurs—Parker with 30 points and 10 assists, and Duncan with 17 rebounds and 11 points. LAC wasted a 22×20 night from Blake Griffin (and his normal array of dunkage) and 21 points apiece from Paul and Randy Foye and lost in impossible fashion, dropping to 19-10 on the year.

Nets 97, Bulls 85

With Derrick Rose sidelined for a fifth straight game, the Nets won their first game since February 1, and did it in relatively easy fashion. New Jersey jumped out to a monster 22-3 lead early on behind hot shooting from Kris Humphries (who finished with 24 points and 18 rebounds), and were up by 15 at the end of the first quarter. Deron Williams scored a game-high 29 points, and the Nets only turned the ball over 9 times while keeping the Bulls under 40 percent shooting for the game. New Jersey is now 9-23, and according to coach Avery Johnson, center Brook Lopez is expected to start tonight against Milwaukee. You know things were bad for Chicago when veteran Mike James (only just recently signed to a 10-day deal) was the team’s leading scorer, with 16 points off the bench, plus he had 7 assists. Carlos Boozer matched James’ 16 points, but Luol Deng shot just 5-14 (14 points) and Joakim Noah had exactly 0 points in 21 minutes.

Grizzlies 104, Warriors 103

Yesterday’s Post Up was dubbed “Right Place, Right Time.” And for the second straight day, that would have been an apt description of the Grizzlies’ late win, since this time Tony Allen was the man who tipped in a Rudy Gay last-second jumper (this one with 5 seconds to play) to lead Memphis to another win in those hideous Tams unis. Allen even admitted he was “just at the right place at the right time” as the Grizz improved to 18-14 and ruined a night when Steph Curry dropped 36 and his backcourt mate Monta Ellis went for 33 points. Gay’s miss was eerily similar to the previous night’s, and again a Memphis player snuck in for the game-winning tip—this time Allen, who finished with 11 points. Gay had 19 to lead the Grizzlies, who also got 17 and 13 from Marc Gasol and 18 points off the bench from OJ Mayo, while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor as a team. Memphis overcame 19 turnovers, and both teams led by double digits at one point in the game, but it came down to crunch time, and for a second straight night, the Gs came through in the clutch. Golden State drops to 11-17 on the year, helped in no way by Dorell Wright, who shot 0-7, scored 0 points and failed to box out Allen on the game-winning play.

Trail Blazers 97, Hawks 77

Nicolas Batum had 22 points and 8 rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge returned with 19 points and 10 boards after missing a pair of games while nursing a sprained ankle, and the Blazers improved to 17-15, avoiding a fifth straight loss at the Rose Garden. One game after scoring zero points and having his role as the starter questioned, Raymond Felton had 14 points and 9 dimes, while Jamal Crawford played just 13 minutes and didn’t score a single point. Portland went on a 19-9 run to end the first half, and went to the break with a 52-37 lead. The Blazers—who were outrebounded in seven of their previous 8 games—won the rebounding battle 50 to 27. The Hawks, meanwhile, shot worse than 26 percent from the three-point line, and struggled to find offense outside of All-Star Joe Johnson (19 points, 8-17 shooting) and shoulda-been All-Star Josh Smith, who posted a ridiculous 14 points, 10 boards and 9 assists. JSmoove continues to put up crazy numbers, unlike his point guard, Jeff Teague, who shot 1-10 (5 points) in 30 minutes.

Line of the Night: Humphries? Parker? Griffin? Curry? Smith? I wouldn’t be mad at any of ‘em.

Moment of the Night: The worst “assist” of CP3′s career, and Tony Allen’s tip-winner.

Dunk of the Night: Blake Griffin is not human.

Tonight: A 10-game sked starting with Linsanity vs. the Champs at 1 before Magic-Heat on ABC at 3:30.

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  • Aamir K.

    But I can’t blame CP3 Because he couldn’t get the ball b/c it would have been a backcourt violation, so he let it go

  • derby

    Nice footwork Gary…

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    That turnover by paul was pretty surreal. Wow.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Lol, the Horribulls were back yesterday!
    That wasn’t CJ Watson, Ronnie Brewer, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah!
    That was Kevin Ollie, Trenton Hassell, Eddie Robinson, Marcus Fizer and Eddy Curry!
    Bulls played like sh*t yesterday. Just like the good ol’ days!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    A backcourt violation is better than basically throwing the ball to a wide open Gary Neal for the gametying 3ptr.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Clips – Spurs was a great ending, CP3 is so nice to watch in the 4th.

  • Heals

    Spurs v Clips was actually 3 games in 1. TP, TP, TP!!! The man is playing unreal right now (and getting the usual amount of Spurs love from the media while he/they are tearing up the L right now). OJ getting big buckets and rocking the PEwing while doin it for bonus style points. Props to GS man, I mean they’ve been involved in 4-5 of the most entertaining games all year…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Man Tony parker is beasting!

  • Mike Mihalow

    Man, the look on Chris Paul’s whiny face when he threw the ball straight to Neal was priceless. Going backcourt or not, you never throw the ball towards your own goal, especially right at the other team’s best 3-point shooter while standing right at the 3-point line. Idiotic move by Paul. He should have just thrown the ball up in the air, toward the other basket.
    It kinda makes me wonder if those Chaps uniforms threw him off, since they look just like the Clippers home jerseys.

  • Mike Mihalow

    On the first YouTube video, what broadcast was that? That didn’t sound like the guys who call the Spurs games, but the one guy was pretty ecstatic when Neal hit the three.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I guess everyone is overlooking the fact that is was a horrible pass to Paul from whomever was inbounding the ball.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Paul didn’t have to even touch the pass

  • http://basquetcapital.org.ar Argentine Pro

    wow cant belive that paul pass, but i think the worst thing about this play is Clippers #4 (is it buttler?) he realy buys into neals fake of taking it to the hoop and dosent contest his 3 point shot.
    why would you give a shooter an open 3 insted of contesting his shot down low. i know things happen really fast and sometimes u dont even have time to think , but if youre making millons of dollars to play this game u should at least be focused and know what the score is.

  • http://i40.tinypic.com/x2rkia.gif IAMORANGE4EVER

    I must say, today was a good day.

  • http://i40.tinypic.com/x2rkia.gif IAMORANGE4EVER

    I gotta go cause I got me a drop top. And if I hit the switch, I can make the @$$ DROP.

  • Matt Park

    It wasn’t Chris Paul’s fault… It was Ryan Gomes who inbounded the ball and he managed to pass it to Chris Paul the ONLY split second when he shouldn’t have. I think that VDN really screwed the pooch on this one. Why didn’t Butler or even Paul inbound. Mo and Foye could have been put in because the only thing they needed to do was get fouled and make the free throws… Hell, having Paul inbound and have the next four best free throw shooters on the floor would have been better than this.

  • shutup

    Wow Lin looking more and more impressive, Smith looked good too in blue and orange

  • Mike Mihalow

    The Clippers inbounder didn’t know Paul was gonna keep running. He could have put his foot down and stopped before running backcourt. They had to hurry and inbound it to avoid the 5-sec call. It was partially credit to good defense on the Spurs.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Jeremy Lin is a monster.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    ORANGE – If I ain’t told you yet, I was dead wrong about Lin. I always believed he was worthy of being in the L but clowned you when you said he was the Knicks answer at PG.
    I’m a believer, dude’s a beast!!

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    ORANGE – If I ain’t told you yet, I was dead wrong about Lin. I always believed he was worthy of being in the L but clowned you when you said he was the Knicks answer at PG.
    I’m a believer now, dude’s a beast!!

  • IMORANGE4EVER

    That’s cool Enigmatic. Lin is BALLIN and winning a lot of people over now. Fellow Oaktown native Jason Kidd gave Lin much respect after the game was over. He said Lin reminds him of Nash in D’Antoni’s offense, which in Jason Kidd’s opinion is a point guard’s dream system.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    That’s cool Enigmatic. Lin is BALLIN and winning a lot of people over now. Fellow Oaktown native Jason Kidd gave Lin much respect after the game was over. He said Lin reminds him of Nash in D’Antoni’s offense, which in Jason Kidd’s opinion is a point guard’s dream system.

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