Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  27 responses

The Post Up: Road Warriors

Both visiting teams earned wins in last night’s doubleheader.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Thunder 97, Bulls 91

Chicago and Oklahoma City battled back and forth against each other for 48 minutes and put on a great show in the first game of last night’s national television doubleheader. Each team had its moments of greatness and the two squads exchanged the lead nine times. In the first quarter, the Bulls led by eight at one point before OKC came back and tied it up at 24. In the second, the Thunder built a seven point lead but Chicago came back to cut the lead to one at the break. The two teams continued to battle throughout the second half but the real fireworks went down in the fourth and to no one’s surprise, Kevin Durant stole the show. KD finished 11-19 from the field for 24 points and completely took over in the home stretch. After OKC went on a 6-0 run to push the lead to five midway through the fourth, the Bulls rallied and a Rip Hamilton jumper with just under three minutes to go tied the game at 87. After that, it was Durant’s time to shine. In the final minute, the DMV native hit two huge buckets to help carry his team to victory. The first was a baseline one hander over Luol Deng to give the Thunder a four-point cushion. The Bulls scored on the ensuing possession and the Thunder went right back to Durant the next time down the court. KD proceeded to hit a step back jumper from the top of the key à la Dirk Nowitzki to seal the game and give OKC a road victory.

Quick Hitters:

– A tale of two benches: OKC’s scored 29 (including Kevin Martin’s 15), Chicago’s only had 14 and just four in the second half.

– Serge Ibaka had an impressive game with 21 points, 9 boards and 4 blocks. Russell Westbrook had another tough shooting night, scoring 16 points on 7-22 shooting. He also dished out 12 assists.

– Despite his shortcomings defensively against KD, Luol Deng had a solid game with 27 points. Rip Hamilton chipped in with 20 points and 8 boards.

– The Bulls were one of the best teams at home last season but have already lost two at home.

Clippers 103, Blazers 90

During yesterday’s night cap, the Clippers got off to a hot start and looked as if they were going to blow out the Blazers at the Rose Garden. In the first half, Los Angeles picked up right where they left off the night before against San Antonio and kept their offense moving, finding a nice inside-outside balance and jumped out to a 25-point lead. In the third quarter, the Clippers fell asleep at the wheel a bit and allowed Portland to get back into the game. Los Angeles stopped moving the ball and their offense became stagnant in the half court, relying too much on their guards to go one-on-one or buckets thinking that a young Blazers team would roll over and take the L. Instead, Portland used the energy from their home crowd and began chipping away at the lead slowly but surely. Portland outscored their opponent 32-17 in the third quarter and were able to cut the lead to six heading into the fourth. The Blazers eventually cut the deficit to four but their starters, who play a ridiculous amount of minutes per game, began to feel the burn playing on heavy legs. The Clippers depth got the best of Portland and LA was able to push the lead back to double-digits and coast to their second win in as many nights.

Quick Hitters:

– DeAndre Jordan had zero 20-point games last year. He had two in a row this week. The work he put in during the off-season is really paying off so far, will be interesting to see if he can keep it up.

– Rookie center Meyers Leonard gave Portland a huge boost off the bench in the second half and his dunk all over Ronny Turiaf was a hopeful glimpse of things to come for the Blazers faithful.

– In a highly anticipated point guard battle between Dame Lillard and Chris Paul, CP3 showed the rook that he has a long way to go. Paul scored 21 points, dropped 6 dimes, grabbed 4 boards and tallied 3 steals. Lillard scored 16 points, dropped 4 dimes and grabbed 2 boards.

– Jamal Crawford led all scorers with 25 and Nicolas Batum led the Blazers with 23.

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  • PippenAintEasy

    If Westbrook maintains those assist numbers and fixes his scoring, DAMN.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    If DeAndre and Jamal are going to keep playing like this and Blake finds his rhythm offensively, good luck beating those guys in a series in the West if your name isn’t the Lakers or Spurs.

  • Buckets

    Luol Deng is great!
    Can’t believe he didn’t make the top 50……

  • Max

    KD winning the game with a ‘dirk’

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Thunder are still going to give LAC fits. Don’t forget them.

  • Caboose

    West is gonna be crazy in the 2nd round. If I had to guess RIGHT NOW, I’d say 1. OKC over 4. LAL (4-2) and 3. SA over 2. LAC (4-3).

  • LakeShow

    Meyers Leonard is a god send for PDX after the Benjamin Button debacle. (Greg Oden)

  • LakeShow

    Luol Deng is one of the longer, better defenders on Durant in the L. That shot is unstoppable. That could be his go-to-move if he wants. Nothing you can do about that. It’s in the same tier as LBJ attacking the rim, Kobe spin and fade, Dirk one footer.
    Looking good Durantula!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think that he was just waiting to unveil it. it looked like he knew exactly what he was gonna do when he got the ball. which is pretty terrifying.

  • LakeShow

    For sure. We have seen iterations of that shot before from him, but that was like unveiling the final product. Looks good haha.

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

    Jamal Crawford makes the difference in the Clippers this season. It’s going to become REALLY interesting around playoff time.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Mike Brown has just been fired.

  • LakeShow

    I heard he might be but, that has been confirmed? I’m not on any social media so i’m never the first on these things.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you know i wouldn’t tell you if it wasn’t true. he has been fired. multiple sources confirm.

  • LakeShow

    We’ll see.
    He’s shooting 53% so far this year. His career % is .409…

    He shot like 38% last year. He’s is not going to sustain 20+ ppg on 50+% shooting.

    He’s only giving them 1 assist and 1 rebound in his time also so he is doing little else on the floor besides scoring. I just don’t see him being all that great over the course of the RS and heading into the playoffs.

  • LakeShow

    No word on replacement right?

    **Please be Sloan**

    **Please be Sloan**

    **Please be Sloan**

    **Please be Sloan**

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

    Yea you be on that twitter investigation

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    why do you want Sloan? honestly, he makes no sense at all.
    D’Antoni is the obvious solution.

  • LakeShow

    I think Sloan and D’Antonia are both great gets. They both have very interesting systems that could work very well for the Lakers. I would actually prefer D’Antoni, but Sloan just seams to be more professional… Might be that last year in NY that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. But D’Antoni would be great too. I’m glad Brown is gone. I wanted to give him a chance more than anyone not named Jim Buss, but we all knew he was deficient.
    Why do you think Sloan makes “no sense at all”? He has a great pick n roll system also and is a better defensive coach.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you realize Sloan will be harder on Dwight than any coach or person he has ever met in his life right? and you do realize Dwight is still a free agent at the end of the season?

  • LakeShow

    Valid, but man I hope Dwight is that big of a p*ssy. If you can’t respect a great like Sloan you got issues. I wish Dwight would let him whip them into chip-dom.
    Kobe would probably love Sloan lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you already know he is.

  • LakeShow

    Yes, but you know how I stave off unwanted truths.

    SVG as good as he was, he doesn’t demand respect like Sloan does. Dwight didn’t respect SVG, that much was clear.

    Dwight wouldn’t be doing voice mimicry of J.Sloan.

    He might be just the coach Dwight needs. You never know. I don’t know if I want Dwight on the Lakers if he can’t handle harsh criticism through tough love.

  • Datkid

    12 assists and 2 turnovers. but people swear he can’t pass smmfh

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

    So what big man camp did DeAndre Jordan go to during the offseason? Very aggressive, patient, and confident when he makes his moves to the basket. I’m really impressed.

  • theDankerNuggets

    After watching the Blazers-Clips last night I have to say Nic Batum has that fire! I was really impressed with his play in the third quarter, he shut down Chris Paul and lead the team offensively on their comeback

  • LakeShow

    Yeah… I mean… Sh*t…


    Meeks hasn’t played though. Dude needs to get some mins. Ebanks is wishy washy. One day a defensive beast that is athletic and can knock down open shots, next day he’s got nothing. I wish they would have kept Glock over Morris. I thought maybe Morris had developed over the summer with how MB was talking about him… Nope. He is baaaad. I’d rather take a guy that is nice offensively, troubled defensively(Glock) as apposed to one that is below average at both.

    I do think eventually the bench will come together. Too much talent between Meeks, Hill, and Jamison to not form a somewhat effective bench.