Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  18 responses

Post Up: Welcome Back, Coach

The Lakers win as D’Antoni debuts on the sideline.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Sixers 106 (7-4), Raptors 98 (3-8)

Toronto had a chance to put Philadelphia away in the fourth quarter but couldn’t find a way to put the nail in the coffin and the Sixers earned a come from behind victory in Canada. The Raptors led 87-80 early in the fourth and the odds were certainly in there favor. Prior to last night, the Sixers hadn’t won a game yet this season when trailing after three quarters. Nick Young got the comeback effort started with a three-pointer that trimmed the deficit to three with just over five minutes remaining. The Sixers had a chance to tie it up but both Jason Richardson and Dorell Wright missed three’s. The streaky Swaggy P finally knocked down a three to tie the score up at 92. The teams traded buckets until Richardson hit a layup while being fouled. Richardson went on to hit the free throw and put Philly up three with under two minutes to go. Toronto went ice cold in the fourth only scoring 18 points. Once Richardson hit his fourth three-pointer of the game to make the score 102-96, T.Dot couldn’t muster the offensive firepower to mount a comeback of their own.

Quick Hitters:

– Swaggy P finished with 23 off the bench, Richardson had 21, Thad Young scored 18 and Jrue Holiday had 19 to go along with 12 dimes.

– Kyle Lowry made his return last night and played 30 minutes. He scored 13 points, grabbed 7 boards and had 7 assists.

– DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 24 points.

Knicks 102 (8-1), Hornets 80 (3-6)

The Knicks opened up their three-game road trip by waxing the Hornets with another impressive performance. Melo went off early, scoring 19 points in the first quarter (the Hornets only scored 17) to help the Knicks open up an early 12-point advantage. New Orleans did comeback in the second, going on a 13-0 run to take a lead but the Knicks responded with an 8-0 run and took a 53-48 lead into the break. The Knicks jumped all over the Hornets in the third quarter and killed any hope of a Hornets win. New York led by as many as 26 and were able to rest their starters for most of the fourth quarter which should have them ready to go tonight in Dallas.

Quick Hitters:

– The Knicks great defensive effort continues while the Hornets struggles continue. For the fourth straight game, New Orleans allowed 100+ points.

– Melo finished with 29, Felton scored 15 and added 6 assists and Tyson Chandler grabbed 12 boards.

– Anthony Davis missed the game with a foot injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

–James White! :

Lakers 95 (6-5), Nets 90 (6-3)

The Seven Seconds or Less era in Los Angeles got off to a solid start last night as the Lakers held off the Nets in coach D’Antoni’s debut. LA jumped out to a ten-point lead in the first but the Nets bounced back and led 57-56 at the half. The game remained close in the second half and the Lakers nearly let this one slip away thanks to their All-Star center’s ineptitude at the line. Howard went 3-10 in the fourth as Avery Johnson used a “Hack-A-Howard” strategy to keep his team in the game. The move worked but it wasn’t enough to spoil D’Antoni’s debut. LA took the lead on a Pau Gasol with two and a half minutes to go then Kobe hit a hook shot after Joe Johnson airballed a jumper on the prior possession. Johnson then hit a fast-break layup with 36 seconds to go but Kobe hit four free throws down the stretch. The Nets had a chance to tie the game but DWill missed a three with four seconds to go and the Lakers held on.

Quick Hitters:

– Kobe scored 25 on 8-10 shooting while D12 scored 23 and grabbed 15 boards.

– DWill had a double-double with 22 points and 10 dimes.

– The Lakers are going to score a ton of points this season, that’s no surprise. What I’m curious to see is if they will stop anybody since D’Antoni’s teams are known to play little to no defense.

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  • Anthony Dixon

    Lakers got lucky last night…. Watch out for Brooklyn

  • Max

    Anyone else noticing that Robert Sacre is turning into the next Ronny Turiaf?
    Everytime the lakers have a nice play he goes HAM on the bench lol

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

    Great game last night, but I don’t understand why Coach Avery Johnson would resort to the “Hack a Howard” in a one possession game, while they were up? He outcoached himself once again. 06-07 all over again. Ok a little much but I believe this was Deron Williams best game of the season thus far. He needs to play this aggressive all the time. And impressive play from Brooke Lopez last night. He didn’t play soft at all. Is Joe Johnson the odd man out in Brooklyn or does he and Deron just need more time to build chemistry together?

  • Anthony Dixon

    the nets still need chemistry, but Avery did a good job plus Dwight missed most of them.

  • LeroyShonuff

    He is a pleasure to watch! But comparing him to the Laker Legend Mr Ronny Turiaf is pretty immature. Let’s see how his game translate in clutch situations

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Jose Calderon has reclaimed the title of “Worst Defensive PG in the L”. It’s not even close. And watching Calderon(who can’t fight through a screen) and Bargnani (who refuses to hedge off of the screen) helplessly trying to defend the PnR after PnR is just comical. Unless you have a Dwight or a Tyson Chandler anchoring your defence, there’s no way you can close out a close game with Bargs and Calderon on the floor at the same time.

  • The Fury

    They should’ve let Jonas play the whole 4th quarter. He was playing very good the whole time he’s on the floor.

  • Bubbles

    I was very impressed by the Laker’s defense in the 4th quarter. When their shots weren’t falling, they clamped down and forced the Nets into taking jump shots and made things much harder for the on-fire Lopez.

  • Drig’r

    Kobe is absolutely KILLING this season. Love the fantasy stats Kob!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Bigimon Marco Heino

    CORRECTION: Kob hit 8 of 10 from the line and 8 of 15 from the field.

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

    Kobe really is killing. Which makes you ask, why not do this before? Was it really just the offensive scheme?

  • Donn

    James White in this years dunk contest?

  • LakeShow

    To Peter Walsh: D’Antoni’s teams have been known for not playing defense, correct, but he has never had a trio of defenders like Artest, Kobe, and Howard on his team. I expect them to be able to put the clamps down when needed just as they have been able to in the past with Bynum or Odom instead of Dwight. Having Pau at PF is a ton of added length too. They should be at least top 12 defensively, while being top 3 offensively.
    RTBD as of right now though.

  • LakeShow

    After seeing him dunk twice ever, he has my vote.

  • justin05

    He’s just knocking down shots. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t. I’m more impressed with him finding Gasol and Howard for easy points.

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

    Also, Jrue Holiday’s handle is nasty.

  • Datkid

    I think he’s figured out that A) he’s basically too old to chuck away and that there are better more efficient ways to get buckets on the court. he’s no longer the best player and he knows and accepts it. B) them getting to the finals DEPENDS on him playing perfectly. He can’t just chuck away now. C) this newer faster offense means he has to make quick correct instinctive decisions, he can’t just iso for 20 seconds.