Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  27 responses

The Post Up: Rollin’ Along

The Knicks win in Orlando and the Spurs defeat the Lakers.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Bobcats 92 (3-3), Wizards 76 (0-6)

After last night’s 16-point drubbing of the Wizards, the Bobcats are now 3-3 and have won back-to-back games for the first time since the last game of the ’10-’11 season and the first game of last season. Charlotte won convincingly, leading by 13 at the half and never letting the Wizards get within seven during the last two quarters. Ramon Sessions stepped in for Ben Gordon, who missed the game due to a family issue, off the bench and led Charlotte with 21 points. Charlotte held the Wizards to a pitiful 29.8 percent shooting and outscored them 46-24 in the paint. The Wizards are just plain awful right now and only had one player (Trevor Ariza) score in double-digits.

Quick Hitters:

– MKG followed up his career best Saturday night with another strong showing of 15 points and 8 boards.

– Kemba Walker shot 5-13 for 17 points.

– The Bobcats scored 19 points off of 17 D.C. turnovers.

Knicks 99 (5-0), Magic 89 (2-5)

The Magic didn’t let the Knicks walk all over them for their fifth straight win to start the season. Orlando played the Knicks tough in front of their home crowd, but New York’s defense held Orlando to a 13-point fourth quarter to start the season 5-0 for the first time since ’93-’94. The Knicks built a ten-point lead early in the second quarter ater Ray Felton, Steve Novak and J.R. Smith all hit three’s. The Magic then got hot, scoring 30 in the second to take a four-point lead into the intermission. The two teams continued to battle throughout the second half and the game remained tight until Jason Kidd nailed a three-pointer with under nine minutes to go in the fourth to give the Knicks a two-point lead. New York only gave up nine more points in the quarter and were able to pull away for the win.

Quick Hitters:

– Carmelo Anthony finished with a game-high 25 points and 8 boards.

– The Knicks haven’t allowed 40 points in a second half this season.

– New York forced 20 turnovers while only giving the ball away nine times themselves.

– J.R. Smith had a big third quarter, going 5-5 with a three for 12 points. He finished with 21 overall.

Raptors 74 (2-6), Pacers 72 (3-5)

One night after playing an exhausting triple overtime game against the Jazz, the Raptors traveled to Indiana and played another tight game but this time walked off the hardwood victorious. The win was even more remarkable considering how poorly Toronto played in the second half. During the third and fourth quarters, T.Dot shot 6-33 (18.2 percent), turned the ball over seven times and only scored 28 points. Basically, this game turned into a contest to see who could suck a little bit less and still win. The Pacers jumped out to a 13-4 lead but quickly went cold and were outscored 40-17 over the next 18 minutes as the Raptors built a 14-point lead. In the fourth, George Hill did all he could to overcome the deficit and lead the Pacers to victory, scoring eight points during a 13-3 rally that made the score 74-72 in favor of Toronto with a minute to go. After Amir Johnson bricked a three with 40 seconds left, the Pacers had four chances to win or tie the game but missed all of their shots to lose and fall to 3-5 on the year.

Quick Hitters:

– DeMar DeRozan, who played a combined 100 minutes over two nights, led the scoring charge with 15.

– Jose Calderon had a triple-double with 13 points, 10 boards and 10 assists.

– Hill led all scorers with 18 but shot 8-20.

– Paul George scored 12 points on 3-14 shooting and really has not stepped up the way many expected he would with Granger out.

Nets 114 (4-2), Cavs 101 (2-6)

Brooklyn withstood a career night from Anderson Varejao (35 points, 18 boards) and cruised to an easy 13-point victory. BK outscored the visiting Cavs 35-12 in the second quarter thanks to a 24-6 run led by the bench to take a 22-point lead into the half. Though Cleveland dominated the third quarter and got a 34-point, 8-assist effort from Kyrie Irving, the lead was never really challenged and the Nets got a big second half from Joe Johnson to make for an easy night’s work. The three Nets stars played like stars; Deron Williams scored 26 and dropped 10 dimes, Joe Johnson scored 25 and dished out 6 assists while Brook Lopez scored 23 and grabbed 7 boards.

Quick Hitters:

– Brooklyn shot 54.5 percent from the field.

– Kyrie went 14-14 from the stripe.

– Brooklyn outscored Cleveland 23-8 on fast break points which was only the huge stat discrepancy of the game.

– Brooklyn’s bench outplayed Cleveland’s, outscoring them 28-6.

Blazers 103 (3-5), Kings 86 (2-6)

Playing the Kings seems to be the remedy for a losing-streak and Portland ended their four-game skid last night by beating up on Sacramento. Led by Dame Lillard’s 22 points (5-6 from three) and 9 assists, all five Portland starters scored in double-figures. After getting within four, Sacramento broke down and allowed the Blazers to go on a 19-2 run over a five minute span in the third quarter. Portland outscored the Kings 28-16 in the third en route to a sixteen point lead which they eventually pushed to 22 early in the fourth making for an anti-climactic finish, just what the Blazers needed.

Quick Hitters:

– Free Boogie Cousins.

– The Kings shot 9 percent from three.

– LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points, J.J. Hickson finished with 10 and 13 boards, Nicolas Batum scored 15, grabeed 7 boards, dished out 5 assists and tallied 3 steals, Wes Matthews scored 18 on 6-9 shooting.

– The Blazers bench continues to struggle and they were outscored 46-19 by Sacramento’s.

Spurs 84 (7-1), Lakers 82 (3-5)

With the Lakers on the verge of notching their biggest victory of the season, San Antonio hit clutch shots down the stretch to pull out a closely contested victory on the road. Neither team shot the ball particularly well but the Spurs were able to hit shots when it mattered and played their normal brand of methodical basketball while the Lakers relied on setless offensive possessions to get their buckets. After Antawn Jamison’s three-pointer put the Lakers up one with two minutes and change to go, Tim Duncan responded with a jumper to give San Antonio a one-point lead. Pau Gaosl then hit two free throws and a 16-foot jumper to go up three. Duncan then responded with a hook shot and Metta World Peace missed a jumper on the other end to give the Spurs a chance to put Los Angeles away. On the Spurs next trip down the court they dd just that. After working the ball around, a wide open Danny Green nailed an ice-cold three-pointer to give San Antonio an 84-82 lead with the clock winding down. The Lakers had a chance to tie or win the game but Pau Gasol missed a three-pointer and Tiago Splitter was able to grab the rebound to preserve the win.

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  • RobbieJay

    why is dwight howard wearing a headband lmao.

  • christianbullen

    Kobe hardly even got screened.. gotta hustle there to prevent that pass. Mamba out.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Always happens. Spurs/Celts run deft play, score fairly easily and quickly. Lakers fumble around trying to get ball to Bean for the contested shot or passer has to heave it. Also love how Pop drew up the play knowing Bean would not fight over the screen.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    JR Smith making an early run at 6th man

  • LeroyShonuff

    Biggest surprise of the season so far is Jr Smith playing effective basketball. If can keep that up, the knicks could be a real threat in the east

  • Caboose

    1. Timmy looks like he’s really been working out this offseason. Playing like he did 3 years ago.
    2. The Knicks are going to end up being a Jeckyll-and-Hyde team very quickly. Don’t be surprised to see a 4 game losing streak followed by a 6 game win streak.
    3. Spurs actually have a chance to contend for the title. If the Playoffs started right now, I’d bet on them.
    4. Lillard reminds me of a young Steph Marbury.
    5. Brook Lopez is ATROCIOUS on defense. And even worse at boxing out other players.
    6. What’s up with the Pacers? Paul George and Roy Hibbert look like they spent the offseason eating ice cream.
    7. MKG is my pick for ROY. Just wait.
    8. The Magic are one of those annoying teams that aren’t very good, but will make you work for your win. I guess that’s the best I can be happy about this season.

  • Caboose

    It won’t last. You and I both know his 49% from the floor and 72(!)% from deep will crash down to earth somewhere around January.

  • Max

    Dwight please take the headband off, k thx bye.
    So far Bobcats > Lakers lol

  • Sérgio

    How come Kobe did not fight over the screen? Watch the video again, and you’ll see that he was following Green the whole way untile he collapsed to a great screen set by Duncan.

    Speaking of him, Duncan had a vintage clutch hook over Dwight that was a beauty, and a reminder of why he is one of the greatest ever.

    I thought Kobe played masterfully orchestrating the offense down the stretch. It was MUCH better than have Morris or Duhon (or Blake) on the floor.

    Also, Varejão was a BEAST yesterday.

  • Drig’r

    Really though……….it’s about time we managed to run plays at the end of games too……And get Kobe the ball at the end of games in a triple threat position too………

    And great job by Pop attacking Kobe on that last play. Kobe always sticks to the paint at the end of the games esp. when there’s a good driver or post player and leaves his matchup and that’s gotta change.

    Wasn’t a good game to watch but not one that’ll leave me pulling my hair

  • Caboose

    The problem is that he’s not going to keep shooting 72% from deep.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Semantics! Knicks are best team EVAR.

  • Dutch Rich

    Didn’t watch the LA game but 4 consecutive possessions without a Kobe attempt, is that what happened? And is this really a new unselfish Kobe?
    Knicks and Clippers are probably the 2 deepest teams in the league. Hope they can stay healthy.
    Can’t wait for the Heat-Clipper game tonight.
    Nets are improving from game to game. I love what Blatche is doing in the post. He’s throw back crafty. Here’s a guy who should really go to Hakeem’s farm in the off season.
    He’s a pleasant surprise and with his game being so different from Brook’s game, it gives the Nets great versatility at the 5.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    nbk..Haven’t been around here much lately but has Orange resurfaced after the summer. With the Knicks doing so well, surprised he hasn’t been here stomping around.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He did show up after the 3-0 start. I said look at you pop up like a little leprechaun when the Knicks do good. Haven’t seen him since

  • manhandled

    Not sure what the announcers saw last night but there was no screen set for Danny Green. Green looked like he was trying to set a down screen for someone else but no one screened off Kobe allowing Green to get an open look. Kobe ran into his own player (Howard) thereby creating a screen that never existed. That`s poor defense all around by Bryant.

  • Kadavour

    6) Paul George is a lot of hops and a lot of hype is what’s up with the Pacers. He doesn’t create his shot off the dribble well enough to be a great baller. Right now he’s just extremely potent “young legs”.

  • MikeC.

    If he can keep his season 3% around 45%, I’ll be ecstatic.

  • Junior Taylor

    It’s crazy how Howard is regarded as the best center today (rightfully so) and the Lakers did not even attempt to look his way once down the stretch of a tight game. Times have really changed when the best big man in the game is considered a liability on offense.

  • Caboose

    I’d be mystified.

  • Caboose

    Liability at the free throw line.

  • Junior Taylor

    Shaq was just as big a liability at the FT line and he still got the ball consistently down the stretch. Same for Wilt. I agree with you on the FT part but I also think not having a consistent back-to-basket game is another factor. How many times yesterday did Howard have either TD or Tiago on the low block yesterday and failed to score against inferior talent?

  • LakeShow

    Shaq was roughly twice as good as Howard offensively. What’s your point?
    Howard’s back to the basket game is quite good. His problem is he is turn over prone and the ref’s don’t call fouls with big guys like they do guards, so he is having the ball slapped at every time. He just needs to learn how to be stronger with the ball surprisingly(for such a beastly dude).

    Why would Howard get the ball in the post deep in the 4th qtr when you have Kobe Bryant on your team anyway?

  • Comment_System

    He had to tend to his pot ……o’ gold

  • LakeShow

    Poor defense down the stretch, terrible taking care of the ball, no execution on offense towards the end. Overall the Lakers played hard on D and did some good things on O. Improvement considering Kobe’s coaching.

  • Caboose

    I think D’Antoni is going to make the Lakers exciting. If they don’t average upwards of 110 ppg, something is strange.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Crawford @ LAC is 6th man of the year thus far.