Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 8:35 am  |  39 responses

Post Up: We Run L.A.

A doubleheader in Hollywood, plus big wins for Philly, Memphis and Cleveland.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

With about five minutes left in the Clippers-Warriors game, I realized that both L.A. teams hosted home games on Sunday, within a span of about 7 hours. That is so cool. And hey, it wasn’t a half-bad doubleheader. But there were 6 other games on the schedule on Sunday, so let’s get to it.

Sixers 106, Knicks 94

The boo birds were out in full force last night, as the Knicks dropped their 5th game in a row. The Sixers boosted a 2-point halftime lead with a monster third quarter (outscoring the Knicks 38-24) behind 12 of Lou Williams’ game-high 28 points, and ran away from New York, leading by 21 at one point. Evan Turner posted a career-high 15 rebounds, plus 24 points, Andre Iguodala got flirty with a trip-doub (19-7-8) and Philly shot 51 percent from the field in the win. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 22 points, but shot 5-13 and Jeremy Lin shot 5-18 (14 points) and had 6 turnovers to his 7 assists. In New York’s five straight losses, opponents are scoring 110.6 points per game.

Lakers 97, Celtics 94

People get excited about Lakers-Celtics, and when they play games like this, it’s hard not to. It was a heated game at times—well, I guess only if you ask Metta World Peace, who took on everyone from Paul Pierce to Rajon Rondo. Kobe Bryant, mask and all, scored 10 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead jumper with 41.7 seconds remaining, Andrew Bynum delivered another big bucket late and the Celtics’ frantic attempts to tie on the game’s final possession fell short as Los Angeles improved to 25-16 and 18-2 at Staples Center. Oh, and Bynum’s monster basket? Kobe called the audible, “deferring” to his young center in the clutch. After falling behind early, Boston used a 20-7 run to end the first half to get back into the game, and the Celtics even had a 5-point lead with 2:38 to play, but that’s when they stopped scoring—literally, as the Lakers scored the last 8 points of the contest. L.A. has won the last three meetings between these two teams, the latest behind Bynum’s 20 points and 14 boards, a 13-13 double-double from Pau Gasol and a big-time advantage inside: Boston was outscored 42-30 in the paint and 17-8 on second chance points. Rondo joined the NBA’s team of superheroes with his pre-game sunglasses situation, and he poured in a team-high 24 points and 10 assists for the Cs, but even with all 5 starters in double figures, Boston succumbed to the Lake Show’s late theatrics. The Celtics are 5-11 on the road this year.

Cavaliers 118, Rockets 107

With Kyle Lowry sidelined due to illness, the Rockets had no answer for Kyrie Irving, who turned it on late and delivered a 21-point, 5-assist, 6-rebound performance to push the Cavaliers past Houston. In Lowry’s absence, Luis Scola did all he could to lead Houston, with 30 points and 8 boards, but the Cavs outscored the Rockets on the break (18-5) and scored a season-high 118 points on the night to get their third straight win. Antawn Jamison scored a team-high 28 points and Cleveland won despite allowing H-Town to shoot 51 percent on field goals. Lastly, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—Kevin Martin has disappeared. Against the Cavs, he had as many turnovers as points (3) in his 16 minutes of action. Consider: even Jonny Flynn scored 4.

Magic 107, Pacers 94

It probably shouldn’t be quite this lopsided when two Eastern Conference All-Star centers match up, should it? Dwight Howard racked up 30 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, while Roy Hibbert could only com eup with 10 points, 2 boards, 2 blocks and 2 steals, as the Pacers dropped their 4th in a row. Orlando used Howard’s muscle inside to get open looks from deep, hitting 10 three-balls to just 1 for Indiana. JJ Redick and Quentin Richardson stepped into the starting lineup for the Magic with Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu out (Hedo due to suspension) and Orlando didn’t skip a beat—Redick dished out a career-high 9 dimes to go with his 18 points and QRich had 10 points. At one point, the Magic led by 29.

Bucks 105, Raptors 99

If Linsanity is dying down, Ersanity is alive and well. Ersan Ilyasova scored 31 points (including 3-3 on threes) and had 12 rebounds in a career-high 44 minutes, as the Bucks snapped a 4-game road losing streak to improve to 17-24 on the year. Brandon Jennings struggled with his shot again (4-14, 11 points), but Drew Gooden added 21 points, Mike Dunleavy had 19 and Milwaukee held Andrea Bargnani to just 11 points on 4-10 shooting in his second game back from injury. Toronto let a double-digit lead first-half lead slip away despite 16 points from Jerryd Bayless and 21 from DeMar Derozan, and the Raps are now 13-28.

Grizzlies 94, Nuggets 91

Ty Lawson’s first basket of the ballgame got Denver to within 3 points with just under 5 minutes to play, but OJ Mayo put the Grizzlies up 5 with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 57 seconds left to play, and Denver turned it over on the game’s last possession—they didn’t even get a shot off with a chance to tie it—and Memphis improves to 24-16. The Nuggets had 24 turnovers, none more costly than the last one, as Andre Miller bobbled away the home team’s last attempt to avoid being swept by the Grizz this season (3 games by a total of 7 points). Memphis shot 51 percent from the field, got a game-high 22 points from Mayo, and has now won 6 of 7. Meanwhile, Danilo Gallinari failed to score a single point in his 21 minutes of action (0-5 FGs, 5 rebounds, 4 nifty assists). Also, Brent Barry called Chris “Birdman” Anderson “the man with the dragon tattoo.” Good one, Brent!

Hawks 106, Kings 99

Both teams went small for a lot of this game, as the Hawks adjusted to the Kings’ 3-guard lineup and beat Sacramento at its own game. Josh Smith continues his “I shoulda been an All-Star, bro” campaign, this time dropping 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 each of assists, steals and blocked shots. Atlanta let the Kings hang around by turning the ball over 23 times and allowing DeMarcus Cousins to look like Magic Johnson on at least one occasion. DMC finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds and the Kings hit 10 threes to keep SacTown in it until late, but Marvin Williams delivered the dagger with a fast break dunk plus the foul with 27.7 seconds left to give the Hawks a double-digit lead. Joe Johnson chipped in 21 points for ATL, which took home its 8th straight win over Sacramento in the all-time team series.

Warriors 97, Clippers 93

What’s up with L.A. guards and The Mask? CP3′s nasal fracture on Friday forced him to rock the plastic last night, and though he finished with 23 points despite the extra headgear, the Clips fell behind big early to the Warriors and couldn’t complete a furious comeback. Dorell Wright started hot, scoring 16 of his 20 points in the first quarter, and Golden State held a 13-point lead by halftime, ballooning to 21 in the third quarter. But Lob City came all the way back to tie the game at 83 with 4:30 to play on a Blake Griffin dunk. Golden State wouldn’t fold, though, as a Brandon Rush tip-dunk and a David Lee spinning layup on consecutive possessions gave the Warriors a 5-point lead with 1:30 remaining, and the Clips fell to 23-16 on the year. Monta Ellis led GSW with a 21-6-11 line, while his backcourt mate Steph Curry started but played only 9 minutes on his tender ankle.

Lines of the Night: Ersan Ilyasova’s 31 and 12, or Dwight Howard’s 30 points, 13 boards and 5 dimes.

Moment of the Night: Drama in Hollywood. Acts I, II and III.

Dunk of the Night: Kenneth Faried drops the hammer on the Grizz.

Tonight: ESPN has Bulls-Knicks and Celtics-Clippers, plus I’ll have my eye on Wizards-Spurs and the 4 other games on the schedule. Catch you all in the morning.

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  • Fat Lever

    Linsanity is over! The Knicks stink. Not even considered a quality win for the Sixers. And ET? Yea, the kid can play.

  • AD

    evan turner should become their goto scorer

  • Drig

    Just so you guys know, Kobe scrapped the final play MikeB drew up for him and drew up a new one for Bynum. I wish Kobe played like this more often. Scoring in bunches in Q4 when the team arguably needs him the most. And I’m half disappointed……where’s that Kobe-Bynum oop that looked nasty and the botched and 1 call?

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    The Lakers-Celtics game is Exhibit as to why Kobe and the Lakers can be so maddening. Kobe took over at the end with some timely passing, and timely shots. More importantly, the Lakers fed the post the majority of the game. If only Kobe and the Lakers would play this way all the time. Not saying they would win the ‘ship, but they would be better than the 4th seed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    My post should say “Exhibit A”. Drig’s comment reinforces my point. especially at this point in Kobe’s career, you would think playing this way would be his default.

  • T-Money

    seriously… i don’t know. kobe seemed pissed when mike b called a time out while he was ready to put the moves on pierce. then he had an epiphany and asked for bynum to take the last shot? mike b was talking like he was the one that made the call. / pierce can’t guard kobe. at all. and kobe knows it. i don’t know why doc made the switch as ray allen was doing ok.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    The time is NOW for Evan Turner. Let’s go young man, time to take Paul Pierce’s spot in the ASG. Linsanity will fall even harder because of the SLAM cover jinx.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    cosign kulcharis, they have big men that nobody can stop but they REFUSE to pass to them

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i didn’t know were to post this, but the post up gets a lot of traffic. Is anyone down to start a slam commenters pool for the ncaa tourney.

  • jazz

    When was the last time the Knicks were relevant, or dare I say it decent ? Team seems to be all fart no $#!t. Nothing but hype. I fail to see why so much fuss is made about them these days.

  • Drig

    Woah….you guys follow the ncaa as well?!?! @Kris………I’d say Metta turning into Ron and the rest of the guys being aggressive sort of rubbed off on Kobe. Aside from a few games when he feels like heat-checking when he’s obviously ice cold, he responds favorably when the team comes out running. And Pau was solid. Am happy. This LA team can contend for the Chip like this with a minor trade all right. Just let Blake get more minutes ( who the hell cares who starts? I want players demanding more time. ) than Fish and if our SF position is set ( it’s always clicked in big games ) , watch out!

  • Seun

    evan turner is reacher unprecedented territory with his rebounding ability for a guard. right now he has 24.3 DREB% thats easily the best in the league for a guard and the best for a guard since 2006 when jason kid grabbed 20.3% of the rebounds while he was on the floor. This alllows him to start a fastbreak and for the sixers to get easy point. Te guy is amazing and as long as Douh Collins keeps allowing evan turner to play with the ball in his hand the sky is the limit for this kid.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I’m more than down to have a section for the tourney. As for the Lakers they looked ready to beat the hell out of the Cs early but a couple KG jumpers and Rondo lay ups boom they’re back. Good win though but I’m always concerned that speedy guards will be the death of us.

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

    Have the Rockets given up on Kevin Martin or something? He’s been playing like 15 minutes a game now, even though he starts, and shooting like 3 shots a game.
    Also… Evsanity?

  • robb

    Nothing like a good victory over those damn Celtics

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Amen robb

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Ilyasova got skills!!! He gets slept on.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “I shoulda been an All-Star, bro” campaign… Awesome! lol… Oh yes, and Amen robb.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Good for Evan. Dude’s confidence was shot last year with Collins jerking around his minutes.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    And somehow Evan Turner was still a FA in my fantasy league as of this morning. I’ll take that, thank you very much

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I was actually one of the few idiots that thought that Evan Turner might be better than John Wall. I was wrong, but I was high on dude. Still am. He has a chance to be very very solid. He could be the offensive version of Dreguadala. Less D. More O. He could be a 18, 6, 6, guy in the League imo.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He’s already one of the best rebounding wins in the league. I see like 22-8-5 as his ceiling

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I definitely want to go that direction nbk, because I think dude has those skills with out doubt, but on a winning team i’m not sure Evan is that 22-8-5 guy. He could be, but as of right now I see him as a winner that would give you more like the 18-6+5+ guy. I do think Philly needs to start riding that horse though. Kid is uber-talented.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    What I like about him is his ability to play 3 positions. He’s more cerebral, so I always figured he come along a little slow, just like in college

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  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Evan Turner is Lafayette Lever 2.0.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    So the Lakers win and suddenly the brilliant Mike Brown offense is not called into question. I have a feeling that Lakers have a separate Road and Home offense.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LOL Nick, Wish that was the case. Has there ever been a worse Home to Away winning percentage disparity in league history??

  • Heals

    If the LAL are legit they beat my C’s by 10+ yesterday…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow, there was a team a couple years ago that only won one road game. Mighta been the Nets or Wizards.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah, but how many did they win overall? 15? I mean the Lakers are 18-2 at home… But like 6-14 away from home… That’s a ridiculous disparity.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    That’s still a 13 game disparity….

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    14* sorry, on my phone today, gonna be a lotta typos

  • Drig

    @heals………saying “my Cs” and then saying they’re so bad that legit contenders should beat them by 10+ points on a given night doesn’t sound right…….

  • LA Huey

    Rubio’s done for the season =(

  • Heals

    @Drig, they’re 7th in a weak EC, my bad I’ll only use “we” when they’re winning and atop the standings. Last week all the locals were building up the Mia W, today it’s the C’s. This Bos team (minus JO, Wilcox up front, Mia without Bosh) is one that LA (if legit) should have their way with (at home nonetheless), but it was a grind from halftime onward. If they can’t captialize on the advantages they had over Bos yesterday better than they did they’ll be lucky to get out of the first round…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I really don’t understand how JR Smith got fined for that Tahiri photo. It’s his personal Twitter account. He posted a picture of a butt. You can see that on television everyday.
    I think because it was him, people didn’t really discuss what that meant.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Heals that’s fair, but you don’t think the Celtics “get up” a little bit more for the Lakers games? I know vise versa they do. Barely beating the Celtics isn’t what i’m concerned about. It’s the fact that the Lakers can beat the Heat and Celtics, but lose back to back games in between to Wizards and Pistons that is mind blowing to me.

  • Heals

    @Mos def Lake, they coulda folded before half, but made it happen until the last 2 mins. You could prob speak to this better than I, but I figured yesterday would’ve been an ideal opportunity for Pau-Num to impose themselves at both ends resulting in Bos scoring in 80′s and LA getting what they got. The LAL are tough to figure man, the D looked like it was coming together, but the O was awful (scoring 80-low90′s), now it seems reversed (giving up leads vs Was and Det), but getting points when they need them…