Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  24 responses

Post Up: Up North Trip

The Spurs survive in double OT against the Raptors.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Just ‘Cause:

Mobb Deep – Up North Trip

Knicks 121 (9-3), Pistons 100 (3-11)

A home game against Detroit was just what the Knicks needed after returning home from a disappointing trip to Texas. New York led pretty much the whole way and put together a season best 64-point first half effort. Detroit made it interesting early in the third after going on a 13-3 run that cut the deficit to 10 but Steve Novak got hot and hit a few three’s to make the lead 14 heading into the fourth. The Knicks were excellent on both ends of the floor, hitting 17 of 33 three’s and scoring 33 points off of 20 forced turnovers. Melo led the way with 29 points while Novak went 5-7 from three for a season-high 18 points.

Quick Hitters:

– The next time these two teams face each other, it will be in London on January 17.

– Ten different Knicks attempted at least one three-pointer.

– J.R. Smith was ballin and put together a 15-point, 10-rebound, 5-assist effort. Sheed came off the bench for 15 and Ray Felton came through with a 14 and 10 dime double-double

– Brandon Knight led Detroit with 21 points, Charlie Villaneuva chipped in with 17 and Kyle Singler scored 16.

Spurs 111 (11-3), Raptors 106 (3-11) F/2OT

The Raptors continue to play hard against top teams but the Spurs proved to be too much and put T-Dot away in a double overtime marathon. Let’s fast forward to the fourth quarter: after Jonas Valanciunas (patting myself on the back for spelling that right the first time) hit two free throws to tie the game at 88, Tony Parker had a chance to win or tie but bricked a three to give fans some free basketball north of the border.

In the first OT, the Spurs took a two-point lead after a Tim Duncan dunk with under 30 seconds to go. Tony Parker then stole the rock on the inbounds and hit a layup to push the lead to four. Kyle Lowry answered with a clutch three but Ginobili hit two free ones on the other end to make the score 96-93. DeMar DeRozan’s dunk with 14 seconds left cut the deficit to one and Gary Neal only hit one of two free throws on the other end to give Toronto a chance. DeRozan missed on his first attempt but grabbed his own rebound and hit a layup with under a second left to tie the game at 97, sending this one to a second OT. The Spurs were finally able to pull away from an exhausted home team and after Danny Green hit a three early in the extra session, the Spurs never relinquished the lead. Parker hit all three of the shots he took in the second overtime session and topped 30 for the second straight game.

Quick Hitters:

– Parker had a big game with 32 points, 6 boards and 5 dimes. Duncan added 26 on 11-15 shooting, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 6 assists.

– Toronto won the rebounding battle 61-52.

– Andrea Bargnani had an abysmal afternoon. The former number one pick shot 2-19 for 4 points.

– The young core of the Raptors played well. Rookie Jonas Valanciunas scored 22 points (9-13) and grabbed 7 boards. Kyle Lowry scored 20, grabbed 8 boards, dished out 4 dimes and only had 1 turnover in 45 minutes of play. DeMar DeRozan scored 29 and swiped 3 steals.

Nets 98 (8-4), Blazers 85 (6-7)

After playing to a stalemate after three quarters, Brooklyn used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the visiting Trailblazers to make their record 6-1 at the Barclays Center. With the Knicks scheduled to come into BK tonight, the Nets may have got caught looking ahead a little bit through the first three quarters. But in the fourth, the Nets found their rhythm and blew the game open with a 9-0 run highlighted by a C.J. Watson three and a Joe Johnson jumper that made it a nine point game with just over six minutes to go. The Nets were then able to keep the Blazers at bay and after a DWill three pointer and a Kris Humphries layup, BK was up 14 and that was all she wrote.

Quick Hitters:

– Joe Johnson socred 21 points, Kris Humphries scored 14 and grabbed 10 boards, Reggie Evans snagged 14 rebounds and DWill had a 15 and 12 double-double.

– LaMarcus Aldridge sat this one out with a back injury.

– The Blazers bench did not score a single point until the third quarter. Their bench unit has been awful this season.

Sixers 104 (8-6), Suns 101 (6-8)

Led by Jrue Holiday’s career-high 33-point, 13-assist performance, the Sixers took care of the Suns at home last night. Holiday came up big down the stretch and hit a few clutch shots to ensure his team would go home winners. After Phoenix cut the deficit to four with about four minutes to play, Holiday grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in while drawing a foul to push the lead to seven. Philly went cold after Holiday’s big play and missed their next four shots, allowing PHX to go on a 6-0 run to pull them back within one.

The Sixers finally hit a shot when Jason Richardson made a tough 15-footer that pushed the lead back to three. Mike Beasley responded with two free throws but Holiday came right back and hit a jumper to make it a 102-99 game. The Suns were able to cut it to two and had a chance to tie but Super Cool Beas missed a wide-open layup with 2.8 seconds remaining that ended their chance at a win.

Quick Hitters:

– In 66 games last year, Jrue Holiday had one double-double. In 14 games this year, he already has 5.

– Ev Turner scored 16 points and grabbed 9 boards, Lavoy Allen scored 11 and Thad Young chipped in with 10.

– Beasley led the Suns with 21 points but only tallied 1 rebound and 1 assist. Marcin Gortat scored 18 and grabbed 7 boards.

Celtics 116 (7-6), Magic 110 (5-7) F/OT

Another game, another tough loss for the Magic. Orlando led by seven in the fourth but, as they have all season, killed themselves with turnovers. The Magic turned the ball over 19 times and have now turned the ball over at least 15 times in seven straight games. After Arron Afflalo gave the Magic a seven point lead with a three pointer at the eight minute mark, the C’s stormed back with a 10-2 run to give themselves a one-point lead. JJ Redick eventually tied it at 100 with a three but an errant pass gave the ball back to Boston. The Celtics gave it right back to Orlando which led to a Big Baby layup for the tie. The Celtics had two chances to win the game in regulation but couldn’t convert and the game went to overtime.

The two teams went back and forth but Boston eventually gave themselves a cushion after a three from The Truth and a layup from Rondo which made the score 113-108 with under two minutes to play. Jameer Nelson scored on a layup to make the deficit three and after Rondo airballed a shot, the Magic had a chance to tie the game. Unfortunately, Nelson missed on an off-balance three-pointer and the Celtics escaped with the win.

Quick Hitters:

– Jameer Nelson scored 17 points over the final two quarters and overtime to finish with 20 points.

– Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double. He scored 15 points and dished out 16 assists. His double-digit assist streak is now at 37 games. Wow.

Nuggets 102 (8-6), Hornets 84 (3-9)

The Nuggets blew out the visiting Hornets, handing New Orleans their seventh straight loss as they continue to struggle without Anthony Davis. Ty Lawson led the charge in the deciding third quarter. Lawson scored 11 points in the third, hitting three straight shots and in turn, helped push the Nuggets lead to 28. The game was over after that as Denver rested its starters in the fourth.

Quick Hitters:

– Lawson finished with 17 points and 6 assists. Andre Iguodala led all scorers with 23 and Kenny Faried chipped in with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double.

– Brian Roberts led the Hornets with 17 off the bench.

– Denver shot over 50 percent for the game while holding New Orleans to under 40 percent.

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  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Ed Davis was playing the game of his life. 15 points (on 63% shooting) and 14 rebounds in 21 minutes. Why he was on the bench at the end of the fourth quarter and both overtimes while Bargs was shooting 2-19 is beyond me.
    I’m really liking Valanciunas’ game. He’s got Noah’s hustle and grit, but with a nice jumper and feathery touch around the basket.

  • The Fury

    Jonas was the same against the Sixers, but their coach stayed with Johnson at the end of the game. So it seems that it has became a pattern. Play well the first 3 quarters automatically means ride the whole bench on the 4th.

  • Max

    Jermaine O’neal is playing well as of late in Phoenix, man that medical staff is great.

  • Caboose

    1. Raptors are such a strange team. They have talent everywhere, but they just don’t know how to win games.
    2. Jameer Nelson is still underrated. Hard to believe he’s 30 isn’t it?
    3. I hope this is a fluke year for Davis and he’s not actually injury prone.
    4. That was the Denver team we all thought we’d see at the start of the season. Is Karl an overrated coach?
    5. Spurs look good, like always. Will they ever decline?
    6. JR Smith is playing responsible basketball, believe it or not. Melo has lost weight, he looks in much better shape this year.
    7. The Phoenix training staff must just be Madame Prompfrey mending their players with magic. Mere muggle treatments don’t seem to work on ex-Suns.
    8. I’m losing more and more respect for Eric Gordon and Andrew Bynum by the day.
    9. Who’s going to have the league’s worst record? Wiz or Pistons?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Jrue Holiday, once again, showing that he is the best Defensive PG in the NBA.

  • The Fury

    Definitely Wizards.

  • Junior Taylor

    Holiday is quietly becoming one of the best two-way PGs in the L.

  • Junior Taylor

    Agree wholeheartedly

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    He should already be starting ahead of Bargnani. Ed Davis and Jonas V. as starters, Amir Johnson off the bench. Bargnani… to Detroit. For anyone.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    It’s been sad watching the Raptors, pretty much all their games (besides OKC) have been close games where they had oppurtunities to seal the game yet let it go. And talent everywhere…except the biggest hole at SF.

  • LakeShow

    That’s highly debatable man. Rondo and Chris Paul are still alive.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I can see the argument for Paul for sure. Not Rondo. Not this season at least.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    someone really doesn’t like Holiday. Every positive comment i’ve made about Holiday (even if it is a blanket statement like, “Holiday really looks good so far this season”) has been downvoted. Every. Single. One. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Toronto has *Offensive* Talent Everywhere.

  • LakeShow

    Has he fallen off defensively?(Rondo)

    I haven’t seen much of his play on that end this year.

    I don’t for sure think he is better than Holiday, but I think that between the three of them, anyone can take that spot(best defensive PG) on any given night. Rondo can be a real changer defensively., but Holiday has been very consistent…

    Paul, I do think, is better than Holiday though.

    I also think Kyle Lowry has something to say, but if we are strictly going off this season than not so much.

    How has Darren Collison been this year?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t know why Rondo has regressed, maybe he has to do too much offensively to really apply himself on the other end, but despite only playing RW in terms of Elite PG’s this season, his opponent PER is at a 5 year high, and his defensive rating is an atrocious 106 (which in the grand scheme of how bad Boston’s defense has been isn’t that bad…..until) which is worse than that of defensive “stand-out” Paul Pierce.


    Lowry normally should belong in this conversation, but he can’t seem to keep anyone out of the paint. And with the help he has at the rim, he’s not going to look elite defensively at any point in the near future.


    Collison, is utterly overrated defensively. He has a nice reputation from what he was doing against PG’s in college, but at the NBA level he has been a bad defender. Seriously, he’s been really bad.


    Darren Collison was statistically the worst defender on the entire team in Indiana last season. And 2nd worst to AJ Price in 2010-11.


    In New Orleans only Marcus Thornton, Bobby Brown, and Peja were worse statistical/team defenders.

    Collison is a horrible defender. His reputation as otherwise should die in a fire.

  • LakeShow

    Haha, yeah I felt Collison was a little over rated, but I didn’t realize he was that bad.
    I’ll stick with Paul over Holiday for now, but i’m going to have to catch a little more tape of Holiday this season.
    Has he been extra tenacious or something this season? Is he ball hawking all the way up the court or is he just a terror in the passing lanes?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    All of Holiday’s dominance happens on the ball. That’s the reason i understand taking Paul over him, because Paul is a much better help/team defender. On the Ball, at the PG position, it’s Holiday. Eric Bledsoe & George Hill are his only competition (imo) currently in the NBA today.
    Paul often over estimates his quickness advantage and gets too far into a ball handler only to be put on his hip. This has always been an issue with Paul’s defense (which isn’t a big issue, because when Paul is right, and he usually is, the opposing PG can’t do anything but dribble with his back to the basket) — Holiday doesn’t have an obvious on-the-ball flaw that i have seen.

  • ToldUso

    Love the Spurs, like every season. But then they utterly disappoint me in the playoffs :(

  • Lucentum

    How would you all rate Rubio defensively? I’m just curious

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Rubio would be in the top 5-7 conversation if he didn’t tear his ACL. He still will be a top 5 help defender from the point the day he returns tho. He’s too smart, and his arms are too long for him not to be.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    I don’t know what is up with Deron’s jumper but he had 12 assists and one turnover.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    He has been doing that for two years. Cats been sleeping

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    apparently all people care about are shooting numbers. Deron has been getting blasted on twitter…..yet, he keeps leading them to wins. He isn’t playing great by any stretch, but he isn’t bad. Just bad at shooting.