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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  22 responses

Post Up: Winning Time

The Heat win in overtime, Gerald Green with the dunk of the year and the T’Wolves fall.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Covering and watching 10 games in five days has me wiped, and yesterday was a marathon of a day. Woke up in Jersey, road tripped out to Long Island, stormed the court after Vermont won the America East Championship, hopped on the train back to Manhattan, caught the Big East Tournament Final and then it was all NBA when I got home. Damn, that’s a lot of hoops. All that (plus a lost hour) left me with very little time to get caught up in full on all of last night’s games, so please excuse another abridged version of today’s Post Up. We’ll be back full force this week. Thank you to everyone who reads and comments for the continued support—we appreciate all of you.

Trailblazers 100, Wizards 99

The Wizards allowed LaMarcus Aldridge to do whatever he wanted against them. When it was all said and done, the All-Star had 30 points on 12-15 shooting, 10 boards, 3 assists and 0 turnovers. Jamal Crawford scored 23 and Ray Felton had 21 to help snap the Blazers’ two-game losing streak. John Wall had 25 points, 8 assists and 0 (!!) turnovers, but didn’t get much help elsewhere. Jordan Crawford and Nick Young shot a combined 7-26 from the field and 1-8 from behind the arc.

Heat 93, Pacers 91 (OT)

Last night’s Miami-Indy game saw 13 lead changes and 15 ties and neither team could get the momentum swing they needed to pull away. Dwyane Wade hit a 19-foot jumper with .01 seconds left in the extra session to give Miami the lead and the win down in South Beach. Wade finished with a game-high 28 points while Lebron James tallied 27 points, 8 boards and 4 assists. James was also responsible for forcing overtime after he hit a corner three with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 85. Indiana was led by Danny Granger who finished with 19 points and 7 boards while David West chipped in with a 15-10 double-double.

Pistons 105, Raptors 86

The backcourt duo of Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight combined for 39 points and 15 dimes as the Pistons made light work of the Toronto Raptors in Detroit last night. In the first quarter alone, Knight outscored the Raptors by his lonesome; he had 15 points to T.Dot’s 14. The Pistons never trailed and led by as many as 31 on their way to their third straight victory. Andrea Bargnani made his return to the lineup last night after missing 26 games with a strained calf. He finished with 8 points on 2-8 shooting.

Rockets 112, Nets 106

Gerald Green had one of the best in-game dunks I have ever seen in this one. Along with that huge dunk, Green finished with 26 points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough as the Rockets had six players score in double figures to steal a victory on the road. Goran Dragic finished with 23 points and 8 assists while Kyle Lowry looked on from the bench. Luis Scola finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds and was credited with the go-ahead bucket after Gerald Green accidentally tipped the ball into his own basket.

Bulls 111, Jazz 97

Four of the first ten Chicago rotational players missed the game for one reason or another, but it didn’t matter. Carlos Boozer led all scorers with 27 points and Kyle Korver hit six three-pointers to finish with 26 points. DRose had 24 points and 13 dimes and the Bulls were able to overcome their injury problems thanks to their depth and the young MVP’s distribution of the ball. Paul Millsap finished with 26 and Jamaal Tinsley dropped 10 dimes off the bench.

Thunder 122, Bobcats 95

Kevin Durant had 26, Russ Westbrook had 23 and James Harden had a career-high 32 as the Thunder rebounded from the previous night’s loss to the Cavs and beat up on the hapless Bobcats. This one was over by halftime as the Thunder mounted a 22-point lead late in the second quarter.

Hornets 95, Timberwolves 89

Adding insult to injury, the T-Wolves dropped a game to the lowly Hornets one night after losing Ricky Rubio for the season with a torn ACL. Kevin Love did his usual thing with 31 points and 16 boards but Chris Kaman battled him right back with 20 points of his own. Jarrett Jack, who has been having a good year down in ‘Nawlins (someone please get him out of there), had 17 points and 7 dimes and Greivis Vasquez chipped in with 12 off the bench. The Hornets were able to hold off Minnesota late in the game thanks to clutch free throw shooting.

Suns 98, Grizzlies 91

Just like that, the Suns find themselves two games under .500 and right back in the thick of things out West. After trailing 46-35 midway through the second, PHX ripped off a 16-2 run that gave them a 53-51 lead and momentum at the half. The Suns have now won seven of their last nine and have been getting some great minutes from Jared Dudley. Last night, the BC alum led his team with 17 points and 7 boards. Steve Nash had 15 assists and Marcin Gortat had 15 and 9 boards. Rudy Gay had 21 points, 8 boards and 5 assists but shot just 7-20 from the field while being guarded by Grant Hill.

Warriors 111, Mavs 87

Steph Curry’s lingering ankle injury came back to haunt him again last night. Curry, who was making his first start since returning to the lineup after a tendon sprain in his right foot kept him sidelined, left the game with seven minutes to go in the third after he sprained his ankle. No word yet on how serious it is. The Warriors jumped all over the Mavs from the beginning; they opened up an 11-point lead in the first quarter behind David Lee’s 13 opening period points. Lee finished with 25 and 9 boards. Nate Robinson added 21 and Monta Ellis chipped in with 20 points and 8 assists. Dirk led the Mavs with 22 points but they didn’t have the legs to keep up with the youthful Warriors late in the game.

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  • Salty

    First!

  • MUBWAR

    heat pacers was just a nice game. they put up a fight and still got handled. so many clutch bucket in that game for the heat. Lebron with the 3 to send it to OT. Bosh to tie it at 91 with a min to go. Then the heat closer did what he does. Warriors Mavs was just sad. The mavs might be worst defending champs since the ’07 Heat. they’re just bad

  • t-sizzle

    not to nitpick, but Trailblazers won 110 to 99. and james harden had 33 pts

  • t-sizzle

    and reallyyy.. what is up with steph curry?! the dude is like Mr. Glass. warriors fans must be really worried each time he plays

  • tiquan

    lol at lebron’s face on the link. Looks like his lips are searching for dwade’s mushroom …. nevermind cant make deragatory comments.

  • tiquan

    way to show up lebron im proud of you

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Green looked like he could’ve gone higher but adjusted as he was about to crash in to the rim. That was some serious hops!

  • el_larsen

    nice pistons win but the raptors were very bad
    the road trip will answer the playoff (!!!)dreams
    welcome back gerald green,you belong in the league,and not only for the dunks

  • ripslam

    Steph Curry, SMH. Just have him play in a full plaster leg cast already. Yikes.

  • Blasphemy

    The possession were Lebron hit that game tying three was an example of gorgeous execution. They did not force the issue at all. They had multiple options, dribble drives and movement. It was aesthetically well orchestrated. I haven’t watched much heat games but can anyone tell me if there offense is still unimaginative or was this just a fluke?

  • MUBWAR

    number 1 half court offense this season should answer that question for you blasphemy.

  • 130623

    @ blasphemy nope the Heats offense is much better than last year, much more cohesion, chemistry and creativity, there are still times the ball sticks but few and far between, in short they look alot more comfortable

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Curry was clear to come back last night. It’s not a bad sprain.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    The end of the Heat game gives me hope that the Heat can close it out this year as the trade deadline approaches it seems everyone else is playing for second place.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    ^^cosign. as soon as I turn my head or don’t have enough time to watch lebron shows signs that his clutchness is returning…

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    That Gerald Green dunk is one of the greatest in – game dunks of all time.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    Or maybe it never left dur hur

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

    Evan Turner is the truth. He took a year longer than most other high draft picks to come into his own, but he’s been balling out of his mind his last three (or something) starts. Averaging 12-15 boards a game and 22-26 ppg (I don’t want to do the math lol) for a 6’4 shooting guard… Funny how everyone wrote him off last year.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I think a lot of people assumed he would come along a little slow. He did in College. And Doug Collins brings Young guys along gradually

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    Slow down there Teddy, that’s three games.

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

    STEVE NASH and the Suns faithful are back in the thick of things for a few weeks. This is a great jump out of the blocks…. GUNNING FOR THAT 8th seed ya’all. : )

  • Jetstar7

    Gerald Green sure took no time in reintroducing himself to the NBA. Could’ve kissed the rim on that one.

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