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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  39 responses

Post Up: Bragging Rights

The Nets defeat the Knicks in Brooklyn.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Nets 96 (9-4), Knicks 89 (9-4) F/OT

Though it was only the thirteenth game of the season for both teams, the atmosphere had a similar feel to a Playoff game. This one was close throughout and one thing is for sure: the Nets are for real. The two teams matched up very well and whenever one made a run, the other would counter with a run of their own, and neither team led by more than seven. But in the end, the Nets–aided by a few huge Jerry Stackhouse three-pointers–outlasted the crosstown (no, I will not call rivals yet) Knicks.

With the game coming down to the wire, Brook Lopez had a chance to put the Nets up when he stepped to the free throw line. Instead, Lopez missed his second, leaving the game tied up with 22 seconds to play. The Knicks had a chance to win but a jumper from the wing by Melo fell short and provided the New York City faithful with some free basketball. In the extra session, Stackhouse hit a three with three and a half minutes to go that broke the tie and gave New Jers–ahem–Brooklyn all the momentum and propelled them to a victory over the Knicks.

Quick Hitters:

– New York only had 14 assists on 33 made shots. They really missed Jason Kidd last night.

– Melo ended up with 35 and 13 boards but he also missed six free throws. Tyson Chandler scored a career-high 28 points and was a bully down low on both ends of the floor.

– BK got a great team effort. Gerald Wallace scored 16, Brook Lopez finished with a 22-11 double-double and Deron Williams scored 16 and dropped 14 dimes.

– Reggie Evans is such a pain in the ass.

– Ray Felton had a terrible game. But that’s my dude, so I’ll just leave it at that.

Spurs 118 (12-3), Wizards 92 (0-12)

The Wizards’ season just continues to get worse and their schedule doesn’t get any easier with the Blazers, Knicks and Heat coming up this week. The Wiz were close after the first, trailing by four, but in the second the Spurs shifted into a different gear and the rout was on. With three minutes to go in the first half, the Spurs ripped off a 10-0 run and took a 60-48 lead into the half. The Wizards never sniffed the Spurs again as San Antonio pushed the lead to as many as 29. Seven San Antonio players scored in double-figures, including Boris Diaw (16), Tiago Splitter (15 and 12 boards) and Tony Parker (15 in 22 minutes).

Quick Hitters:

– Nene missed the game with a sore foot.

– The Spurs have now won 13 straight over D.C.

– San Antonio shot nearly 60 percent from the field.

– Jamal Crawford led the Wiz with 19.

Pistons 108 (4-11), Blazers 101 (6-8)

A game between two teams who probably won’t be making much noise late in the season featured interesting individual matchups between point guards Brandon Knight and Dame Lillard and forward/centers Greg Monroe and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Pistons second year PG got the best of Lillard, going for a season-high 26 points while holding Lillard to a season-low 12 on 4-18 shooting. Down in the post (dawg), Aldridge went for a season-high of his own with 32 points and grabbed 10 boards while Monroe had his usual 20 and 10.

The rest of the game was pretty good, too. The Blazers went on a 7-0 run late in the third, cutting the deficit to four. Detroit, who has had a habit of letting double-digit leads shrink in each of their home losses, responded with a 7-2 run to finish the quarter, highlighted by a Kyle Singler three in the last second to push the lead to nine. Detroit opened the fourth with threes from Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva to make it a 13-point game. The contest never got closer than six after that.

Quick Hitters:

– Detroit shot 60 percent from three.

– Kyle Singler has been giving Detroit some good minutes as of late. Last night he started at the two and finished with 16 points on 6-7 shooting and 10 boards in 36 minutes of play.

Bucks 93 (7-5), Bulls 92 (6-7)

The Bulls have certainly had the Bucks number lately, having beaten them nine-straight times. Last night, Chicago jumped out to a 27-point lead and looked like they were on easy street en route to their tenth straight dub over Milwaukee. Instead, the Bucks used a huge fourth quarter to climb back and stun the Bulls in Chicago.

Chicago led by ten at the half then hit five three-pointers in the third quarter to extend the lead to 27. That should have been good enough but the Bulls only hit five of their last 22 shots. The Bucks took full advantage of their opponents’ sudden cold streak by scoring the last six points of the third quarter and going on a 13-0 run to open the fourth quarter. The run was led by reserves Ersan Illyasova, Ekpe Udoh, Beno Udrich, Mike Dunleavy and Doron Lamb who played the entire fourth quarter. The group eventually finished the game on a 31-4 run and after Rip Hamilton’s buzzer-beater rimmed out, the Bucks walked off the floor victorious while Bulls fans left the United Center in disgust.

Quick Hitters:

– With Brandon Jennings limited due to an ankle injury and Monta Ellis having an off night, the Bucks bench came up huge. Illyasova finished with a season-high 18 points (14 in the second half) and the five reserves who ended the game finished with an average of +19.

– Rip Hamilton dropped 30 but shot 2-8 in the fourth.

– Rookie John Henson got his first start and finished with 11 points in under 15 minutes.

Grizzlies 84 (10-2), Cavs 78 (3-11)

Though they struggled without Mike Conley (flu) and trailed most of the game, Memphis eventually pulled out the win on their home court and continued their great start to the season. The Cavs came out hot, shooting 50 percent for much of the game and really giving the superior Grizzlies a run for their money. But in the fourth, Memphis outscored Cleveland 22-9 which was enough for them to get ahead and stay ahead through the end of regulation. Tony Allen’s clutch defense proved to be key. The lockdown defender came up with two huge steals that sprung a 10-2 run in the fourth and carried the Grizz to victory. Anderson Varaejo continues to play tremendous basketball and last night he snatched 22 boards (to go along with 15 points) which were more than Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay combined.

Quick Hitters:

– Zach Randolph ended his double-double streak at 11 games with a 19-point, 8-rebound effort.

– The Grizz only had 16 assists as a team which was only one more than their season low of 15.

– Dion Waiters scored 15 for the Cavs.

Thunder 114 (11-4), Bobcats 69 (7-6)

Man…that was ugly.

Jazz 105 (8-7), Nuggets 103 (8-7)

The Nuggets jumped out to an early 16-point lead and threatened to run Utah off the court with their uptempo style. Instead of succumbing to the Nuggs’ fast break, the Jazz went big and used their physical style of play to get themselves back in the game. After allowing the Nuggets to shoot 73 percent from the field in the first half, the Jazz finally turned it up on defense and started to take away the easy looks Denver was used to and held them to 36.1 percent shooting in the second half. Down 11 at the half, Utah found an offensive spark in the third quarter and broke off an impressive 14-0 run. First Marvin Williams and Al Jefferson each hit layups then the Jazz scored eight points in under a minute due largely in part to back-to-back three’s by Williams and Randy Foye. When they were finally done, the Jazz looked at the scoreboard and saw that their halftime deficit was now a two-point lead.

Late in the fourth, Derrick Favors came up big. The 6-10 post presence finished with 19 points and 7 boards but it was his free throw shooting that proved to be the difference. After Andre Miller tied it up at 102 with under a minute to go, Favors grabbed an offensive rebound, got fouled and sank both of his freebies. Miller then attempted and missed a three and Favors was right there waiting for another offensive rebound. He was once again fouled and hit one of two on the other end with under six seconds to go. The Nuggets had one more chance to win or tie but couldn’t get a shot off as the clock hit zero.

Quick Hitters:

– The Jazz are 6-0 at home.

– Al Jefferson finished with 28 points and 5 boards and Jamaal Tinsley chipped in with a season-high 15 points and 6 dimes.

– Kenny Faried had 21 and 9 for Denver and Ty Lawson scored 16 and dished out 9 assists.

Hornets 105 (4-9), Clippers 98 (8-6)

Nine three-pointers and 33 points from Caron Butler wasn’t enough for the Clippers to beat the Hornets at home last night. New Orleans completely shut down Blake Griffin, holding him to a career-low four points on 1-9 shooting. The Hornets, on the other hand, got big contributions from Greivis Vasquez, Ryan Anderson, Jason Smith and Austin Rivers. Vasquez finished with 25 points and 10 dimes, Anderson and Smith each with 17 and Rivers with 14. ‘Nawlins took an 11-point lead into the final quarter and eventually stretched their lead to 17 after Vasquez hit his fifth three-pointer of the game. LA got as close as six with under two minutes to play but they went cold from deep and the Hornets hung on for a much needed win.

Quick Hitters:

– I really enjoy watching Greivis Vasquez play basketball (minus the turnovers).

– CP3 finished with 20 points and 8 dimes.

– This was only the fourth time in 173 games that Griffin failed to reach double-figures.

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  • KipSmithers

    Knight’s been playing very well the past few games.
    I hope Doran Lamb gets more playing time.

  • Anthony Dixon

    Vasquez had really been impresive.. Shoutout to the MD superstar

  • Comment_System

    Vasquez for MIP?

  • Gilford

    Jamal Crawford?

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Knicks vs Nets had that playoff atmosphere last night. Deron and Joe “MAX” Johnson both struggling with their shots, Wallace give them good energy on both ends, Brooke Lopez with a double double, and Jerry Stackhouse wouldn’t miss. Great team for them. Melo was rolling, I was just surprised that he missed so many free throws. And did Reggie Evans outrebounded the Knicks by himself? Raymond Felton down the stretch thought he was Westbrook. He kept shooting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    Blake Griffin really needs to step his game up. He’s been really disappointing so far this season.

  • Lauren

    Off-topic but just had to note that your name made me laugh…nice work

  • Dutch Rich

    Where Brooklyn at!? And where was Joe Johnson. His play was absolutely pathetic last night. We needed him badly.

  • Max

    It should be Jordan Crawford instead of Jamal in the Wizards-Spurs recap.

  • Caboose

    Sideshow Bob the All Star.

  • Junior Taylor

    I was among those that criticized DWill’s play and attitude last season but I have to give the man props for what he has done so far this season with Brooklyn. He’s still struggling shooting from the field but he has cut down on his TOs, FGAs, 3PAs and playing better on the defensive end. Not to mention, the Nets own the 2nd best record out East, the man should be in the MVP convo.

  • KipSmithers

    It’s funny when people don’t get it. they’re like “Who would name their kid Kip?”.

  • elmaar

    Expected Knicks Nets to be chippier.
    Lebron James is the best player in the world easily, but, man, KD is creepin up.
    Chris Paul after the game said that they lost to a less talented team that was well-coached.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Monty Williams is the best coach in the NBA after Greg Popovich and maybe Rick Adelman.

  • LakeShow

    Tyson Chandler is averaging .7 blocks this season….

  • LakeShow

    Oh… and Reggie Evans rebounds the same amount as he does….

  • Slick Ric

    I wouldnt go that far, But I have noticed how good of a coach he is, he’s just been dealt a bad hand with the injuries. His teams always compete and play hard.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford
  • LakeShow

    For reals.
    He is averaging more rebounds than points and he is averaging over 14ppg!

  • Caboose

    Which is why it baffled me how people think Chandler is the best center in the east.

  • Caboose

    Haha he’s having a crazy year. Who’s more valuable to the Cavs, Kyrie or Varejao?

  • LakeShow

    Oooh…

    Kyrie.

    But that’s my opinion.

    His ability to dictate pace and score at will is, to me, more important than ALL that Side Show does. I love his energy and hustle, but Kyrie is the most important player on that team imo.

  • Caboose

    All good points, I’d take Varejao though for defense.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    You don’t watch much basketball, huh? Griffin has been much improved from last season.

  • LakeShow

    Fair.
    An argument could easily be made.
    I could and would do it for either of them.
    I wasn’t going to give everyone’s least favorite answer of “both are equal in importance” lol.

  • Caboose

    If you’d said Varejao, I might have just said “Nope, Kyrie’s playmaking is more valuable.” ;)

  • LakeShow

    Haha,
    “My maaaaan.”
    *Denzel voice*

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    Oh yes, his 17ppg, 9rpgs on 49% shooting is a TON better than his 22ppg, 12rpg on 50% shooting his rookie year or even his 21ppg, 11rpg on 55% last year huh? STFU, assclown. Obviously YOU aren’t watching much basketball.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    Oh yes, his 17ppg, 9rpgs on 49% shooting is a TON better than his 22ppg, 12rpg on 50% shooting his rookie year or even his 21ppg, 11rpg on 55% last year huh? Get a clue bro. Obviously YOU aren’t watching much basketball.

  • Caboose

    Pop, Adelman, Doc, Carlisle, Woodson, Thibs, at least.

  • Caboose

    His game looks more well-rounded for sure, his aggressiveness is just a little bit down. Poor conditioning? And a lot of those points are going to the perimeter now with the Clippers’ STACKED backcourt.

  • Max

    Can u explain it to me?

  • andre

    So good to see Tinsley in the NBA again

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    I think his shooting percentage tells it all though. I agree with you that the Clippers have way more options than they did last year and he’s not being asked to do as much, I just think he could be a bigger part of this team than he has been so far this season. I’m a huge BG fan and I’ve just been disappointed so far. Maybe his aggresiveness level will pick up soon.

  • KipSmithers

    Sure! Will Smith once gave it as an alias on Fresh Prince. He was trying to impressive a guy out in Bel Air, because he wanted to date his daughter and used it to sound like he was from out there.

  • Max

    Got it.

  • Dutch Rich

    Hilarious

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    No he should not. His numbers are not even close to MVP caliber. 16.7 points on 39% and 26% from the 3? Are you kidding me? Now 9 assists a game is nice, but he’s not even rebounding well at 3 a game. I know his shooting %’s will rise, and maybe even his assists and points, but at this point there is absolutely no way you can justify putting him over Lebron, KD, Rondo, CP3, Carmelo, Kobe, Harden, Westbrook…man even Jrue Holiday is a better MVP candidate then D-Will

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    Griffins offensive and defensive PER is up from previous year

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