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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  40 responses

Post Up: Back On Track?

The Lakers squeak past the Bobcats for their third straight win.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Hawks 100 (15-7), Wizards 95 (3-19) F/OT

The Wiz just cant catch a break. To add insult to injury, D.C. not only lost a heartbreaker in overtime, they also lost their talented rookie Bradley Beal. With the game tied at 58, Beal went up for a dunk that was blocked by Josh Smith and hit the floor hard. Thankfully, Beal got up and walked off the floor and made his way to the locker room. With the Wizards shaken up, the Hawks reeled off a 7-0 run and took a three-point lead into the fourth. In the fourth, Earl Barron scored his first basket of the game with 23 seconds left to tie it in regulation. In overtime, Barron hit a jumper with 3 minutes to go to put the Wizards up one but the Hawks responded with six straight points. First, Lou Williams, who scored a team-high 24 points, hit a free throw then DeShawn Stevenson hit a three to put Atlanta up for good.

Quick Hitters:

– Jordan Crawford led all scorers with 27 points, 11 boards and 11 assists. Can’t believe I just typed that.

– Josh Smith scored 17, grabbed 13 boards, blocked 5 shots and stole the ball 3 times.

– Beal finished with 17 before his fall. Nene scored 18 on 5-7 shooting.

 

Raptors 113 (7-19), Cavs 99 (5-21)

With last night’s win against the Cavs, the Raptors have now won three straight games. Toronto used a huge fourth quarter to pull away and cruise to an easy victory. Trailing by two heading into the fourth, a few unlikely Raptors led the way over the final 12 minutes. The Raptors went on a 17-7 run that turned a two-point deficit into a 12-point lead. Alan Anderson (18) hit three three-pointers and John Lucas III (11) scored eight, including a four-point play that put the Cavs up 87-78 and the game out of hand.

Quick Hitters:

– Jose Calderon led the Raptors with 23 points and 6 assists. Amir Johnson scored 17 and DeMar DeRozan scored 16 and was 8-8 from the stripe.

– Kyrie Irving scored 23 and dished out 7 assists. Anderson Varejao scored 22 and grabbed 10 boards but went down with a knee injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

– Landry Fields has been cleared to play.

 

Jazz  92 (14-12), Nets 90 (13-11)

The Nets are reeling and last night’s tough loss to the Jazz certainly won’t help their psyche. Up by 13 in the third quarter, the Jazz scored on their first three possessions to trim the lead to seven and put themselves right back in the game. In the quarter, the Jazz grabbed 8 offensive boards and forced 7 turnovers to completely swing momentum as Utah outscored the home-team 48-33 in the second half. With time winding down in the fourth and the Nets trailing by two, Joe Johnson came up with a huge steal and found Gerald Wallace for the game-winning three. The shot missed and Reggie Evans put back attempt rolled off the rim and the Jazz escaped with a dub.

Quick Hitters:

– Mo Williams led the Jazz with 19 points and 6 dimes. Al Jefferson scored 16 and grabbed 11 boards, Marvin Williams scored 11 and grabbed 10 boards and Paul Millsap scored 12 and grabbed 8 boards.

– Joe Johnson led the Nets with 21 points. Deron WIlliams had an unimpressive 14 points (5-12 shooting) and 5 dimes.

 

Heat 103 (16-6), T’Wolves 92 (12-11)

In a surprising stat, the Heat were outrebounded 53-24 but still pulled off a victory thanks to strong shooting from behind the arc. For the game, Miami shot 52 percent from three, hitting 13 of their 25 attempts. After getting off to a slow start, the Heat went on an 18-8 run over the final five minutes of the first half to take a three-point lead into the half. In the third, Miami continued their hot shooting with a 13-3 run midway through the quarter that put the them up 75-66. In the fourth, the Heat outscored the T’Wolves 23-20 and pushed the lead to 19 to make for an uneventful final 12 minutes.

Quick Hitters:

– Dwyane Wade scored 24 and LeBron came through with 22 points, 11 dimes and 6 boards.

– The Heat win was the first time a team has been outrebounded by that big of a margin and still won since 1994.

– LeBron has scored 20+ in 43 straight games.

– The Heat blocked 14 shots.

 

Bulls 100 (14-10), Celtics 89 (12-12)

Yes, we know we left Joakim Noah off the SLAMonline Top 50. Yes, we will continue to be bit in the ass by that decision. Noah tallied his second career triple-double last night with 11 points, 13 boards and 10 dimes as the Bulls scraped the Celtics in Chicago. After taking a 55-48 lead into the half, the C’s came back and cut the deficit to three in third. But, the Bulls went on a 9-0 run to turn that three-point lead into a 12-point difference. In the fourth, Chicago pushed their lead to 21 and left the Celtics searching for answers to what is wrong with them right now.

Quick Hitters:

– The Bulls shot 55 percent from three and 50 percent from the field overall.

– Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer each scored 21 points.

– Nate Robinson scored 18 off the bench.

– Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 26 points and 8 assists.

Bucks 98 (13-10), Pacers 93 (13-12)

Brandon Jennings went HAM to the tune of 34 points (13-22 shooting), 6 assists, and 5 boards to lead the Bucks over the Pacers for a tough win. Young Money came up huge in the fourth quarter and put the team on his back, carrying them to the the finish. Tied 85 apiece, Jennings hit a jumper from the left wing to snap the tie. He then hit two of three free throws after being fouled on a three. After a dunk by Paul George made it 89-87, Jennings hit a step-back three to put the Bucks up for good. Jennings finished with 13 points in the quarter.

Quick Hitters:

– The Pacers outrebounded the Bucks 51-37 but over the final five minutes of the fourth, the Bucks outrebounded their opponent 8-3.

– George Hill led the Pacers with 18 points and 5 assists. Paul George scored 16 and grabbed 10 boards.

– Monta Ellis scored 19 points and dished out 6 assists and Mike Dunleavy scored 17 and grabbed 6 boards.

 

Mavs 107 (12-13), Sixers 100 (12-13)

Dorrell Wright certainly put a scare into the Mavs in the fourth quarter. After going on a 14-4 run, the Mavs had built a nice 12-point cushion with four minutes left and it looked like they would coast to a victory. But, over the next three minutes and 15 seconds, Wright went on a three-point barrage. Wright hit seven three’s for the game and after back-to-back long balls in the fourth cut the deficit to six, the Sixers had hope. O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman responded with six points between them to make the lead nine with a minute and half left. But Wright came right back and hit two more three-pointers to make the score 102-97 with 30 seconds left. Fortunately for Dallas, they hit five of six free throws down the stretch to finally put the Sixers away.

Quick Hitters:

– Mayo led the way with 26 points (8-12 shooting) and 8 dimes.

– Kaman scored 14 points and grabbed 9 boards.

– Wright finished with 25.

– Philly is 2-7 in December.

 

Nuggets 112 (14-12), Spurs 106 (19-8)

Tim Duncan was absolutely sensational with 31 points, 18 boards, 6 dimes and 5 blocks but it wasn’t enough as a balanced attack from the Nuggets took down the Spurs. The Nuggets had a fifteen-point lead early in the fourth, but the Spurs stormed back with a 12-2 run to cut the lead to five. After Tony Parker hit a three with three and a half minutes to go, it was a three-point game. With their backs against the wall, the Nuggets needed someone to step up. Danilo Gallinari answered the bell and hit a three from the wing to make it a 108-102 game. On the next possession, Duncan had a turnover which Andre Miller turned into two points on the other end to make it 110-102 with two and a half minutes left.

Quick Hitters:

– Gallo finished with 28 points and 9 boards.

– Kenneth Faried finished with 19 points and 11 boards. Dre Iguodala scored 14, grabbed 9 boards and dished out 6 assists.

– Manu Ginobili scored 16 off the bench.

– The Spurs have lost four out of five.

 

Lakers 101 (12-14), Bobcats 100 (7-17)

Something about the Lakers celebrating a one-point victory (at home!) against the Bobcats like it was a playoff game was unsettling. The Bobcats were up by 18 before the Lakers caught fire and ripped off a 28-4 run, but Charlotte hung tough and pushed the Lakers to the final second. After Charlotte tied it up at 97, Kobe hit two straight tough shots to go up four. The Lakers had a mental lapse as Dwight Howard was called for goaltending and Jodie Meeks fouled Ramon Sessions who completed a three-point play to cut the deficit to one. Kobe missed a jumper on the other end and with 21.2 left on the clock, the ‘Cats had a chance to win. Kemba Walker drove to the rack but his layup was partially blocked, Gerald Henderson gathered the rebound but just missed his follow-up layup. The ball came out to Ben Gordon at the top of the key but missed a desperation three as the clock expired.

Quick Hitters:

– Kemba scored 28 and dished out 7 dimes. Gerald Henderson scored 19 and grabbed 9 boards. Ramon Sessions scored 20 off the pine.

– Kobe finished with 30, his seventh straight game with 30+. Metta World Peace and Jodie Meeks each scored 17 off the bench.

– The Lakers have won third straight while the Bobcats have missed 12 straight.

 

Warriors 103 (17-8), Hornets 96 (5-19)

The Warriors keep rolling along and after going 6-1 on their most recent road trip, they returned home and beat the Hornets at Oracle Arena. The Hornets kept it close in the fourth, cutting the deficit to two with under three minutes to go. With a chance to tie, Greivis Vasquez was called for a traveling violation and Steph Curry made them pay for the mistake by hitting a jumper on the next possession to go up by four. After drawing a foul on Austin Rivers, Jarrett Jack iced the game with free throws with a minute and a half left.

Quick Hitters:

– David Lee continued his hot streak with 26 points and 9 boards. Klay Thompson scored 19.

– Ryan Anderson scored 28 off the bench. Greivis Vasquez scored 20 and dished out 11 dimes. Ant Davis scored 15 and grabbed 16 boards.

 

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  • The Fury

    The Spurs BADLY needs Kawhi right now.

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

    OHHH Lakers you guys…..I know they are eventually gonna figure it out to some degree…but how big is this whole going to be dug before they do? I’m predicting 6 seed.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they won’t finish any higher then 5th i don’t think. probably looking at a 7 seed.

  • SirGrey

    “I was about to say he reminded me of Bill R-…”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Joakim Noah is criminally underrated.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    but hey, thanks for mentioning it Pete!

  • Pop D’Molly

    Andrei Kirilenko gets ZERO love from Slam I see smh. He’s playing excellent ball.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LeBron tortured him last night. AK scored well, but he still got thoroughly out played. Why would they laud a guy on the losing team who was guarding the guy who beat them? that would be something to smh at.

  • christianbullen

    Grieves Vasquez MIP consideration?

  • Pop D’Molly

    So since AK scored well, that would mean he “tortured” LeBron, right? The only players I saw thoroughly get outplayed were Kevin Love (albeit he had a great game on the glass) & whoever was guarding Dwyane Wade. You can’t say someone was thoroughly outplayed when they scored at an uber efficient rate (he also played 12 less mintues than Bron) Not saying he’s better but he deserves some pub.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Did Kirelinko win? How do you torture someone while playing on a team that wins the rebounding battle by 29!! and still loses by double digits? have you ever heard of empty stats? look at Kirelinko’s shot chart. He better shoot 10-16 at worst shooting all but 4 total shots from 3 feet away from the hoop.

  • Peter Walsh

    Would like to see his turnover numbers come down, but yes. To me it’s between him and O.J. Mayo right now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    statistically speaking, he is still a below average NBA player. And he only has improved his assist numbers really. so, no, he’s not in the running.

    .

    it’s gotta be Jrue Holiday as of today. Scoring is up 5PPG, Assists are up 4APG – shooting % is up. Basically everything. And his PER is up from a Grievas Vasquez esque14.7 last season to 18.1 this season.

    .

    then there’s OJ, who might not get it because his numbers really aren’t even that much improved over his rookie year aside from Shooting %.

  • LakeShow

    If Jordan Crawford can get a triple double…. I guess it really isn’t all the special of an accomplishment. At least not always… Sh*t… I’m still just in shock…

    LMAO at the article headline… “Back on Track?” LOL… It’s the Wizards, Philly and the Bobcats…

  • niQ

    What about Chandler Parsons?

  • LakeShow

    He has improved, just not all that drastically. He is only slightly improved when looking at Per 36 mins Stats over his first two years.

  • LakeShow

    The Anthony Davis video says block party. Last I checked you have to get more than 1 block at a block party… He had just that one block in 38 mins played.

    Mayo really has been solid this year. I wouldn’t mind seeing him get the MIP. He is actually quite a bit improved overall except defense. He has taken a slight step back. At least in the games I have watched. (3)

    For the Spurs: Duncan shot a decent (per the rest of the starters) 44%FG’s. Tony Parker shot 33%(Same as Ginobli off the bench on 15 shots) on only 12 shots. He made 66% of his 3 pointers though… Strange, strange, night shooting for him. Danny Green shot 10% FG’s on 10 shots… lol.
    Geezuz fellas.

  • LakeShow

    Pau had a quiet really nice game back: 10-9-5-4 in less that 30 mins off the bench. His shooting wasn’t so good, but he is going to need some time to get into the groove.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    don’t notice these things. just talk about how he sucks and is the worst ever.

  • LakeShow

    Patience is very key in my life right now lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha, that, considering what i know you like to do in your spare time, should have been key in your life shortly after that activity started ;)

  • LakeShow

    My house is like a Zen jungle. Bamboo and Palm Trees (*other* plants) everywhere… It’s an oasis of peace; ambient music playing and all that BS.
    I need it that way to stay sane.
    There is so much drama and sh*t that goes on around these (greater LA area) parts, but that’s not me. I refuse to be stressed. Even when the Hall of Fame Lakers squad is below .500… lol

  • Slick Ric

    Lol at Derrick favors posterizes Reggie evans, that wasn’t even a hard layup.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you should take up reading books (if you don’t do it for leisure already) if you are honestly workin on patience. it really doesn’t matter what kind of book as long as it doesn’t have pictures.

  • LakeShow

    I read, but not enough. Never enough. Thanks for reminding me to pick up a new book though, needed a reminder lol.

    I’m on alternative archaeology right now. Graham Hancock being my favorite author as of current. I really like reading alternative reality (which in my opinion may sometimes be the unknown reality).

    I have to highly suggest to you (assuming your a reader yourself)
    Fingerprints of the Gods. Graham Hancock’s 2nd work. It’s just incredible to me. I finished my 2nd time reading it recently. (3 months ago now lol)

    It will change your world view. Truly.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t know what alternative reality books necessarily means. — but i will definitely look into that book. i’ll read almost anything, as long as i can’t watch a documentary about it.

  • LakeShow

    lol Documentary’s are awesome.

    That’s definitely not a genre, I just said it because it seemed to depict what I mean’t. I should have said alternative history rather than reality. Meaning a side of history that is not known about or is swept under the rug. Somewhat conspiracy like, but with evidence and facts that back up what they are talking about so it actually has substance.
    If you do check out Grahams book FTG let me know, cause i’d love to hear what you thought about it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah will do man. i’m always looking for a new perspective.

  • Caboose

    Kemba is most improved man, I gotta stand by that. Everything else is on point.

  • Caboose

    Noah or Varejao?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Noah. I’ll take the best passing big in the league who blocks shots over Verajao’s nuclear reactor of a heart or whatever gives him an endless supply of energy

  • Datkid

    Jesus what happened to OJ mayo that had him fall off so hard? and what is it about carlisle that he can make certain guys bounce back so easy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    really?

    this —> http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/walkeke02.html

    .over

    this —> http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/holidjr01.html

    .
    it is really close though, i didn’t think about Kemba.

  • LakeShow

    I like that we all three have different choices for a rare change.
    I’ll stick the year out with OJ. You go with Kemba, nbk is stuck with Jrue haha.

  • Bored

    James Harden???????

  • Caboose

    I wouldn’t say he’s improved, just scoring more points (rebounds and assists are the same. His shooting percentages have taken a nosedive.

  • Caboose

    Kemba was the easy frontrunner when the Cats were winning. Now they’ve lost 12 in a row, and, well, maybe they’ll turn it around.

  • Bored

    i know…his stats have improved but he is playing quite a bit worse than he was with OKC efficiency wise. that being said he avg’s 25/5/5/2 basically, while at a new team and being the number 1 option. he has handled it very well considering he was playing mostly benches last year. 10 more minutes a game is a big reason his stats got a boost but i feel like people aren’t as impressed with him as they should be.

    nbk is right though. its gotta go to Jrue

  • The Seed

    I told this site plenty of times, OJ Mayo is a poor man’s Kobe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    Far from back on track. They won against 2 of the weakest teams in the L, and against a severely undermanned Sixers team. The W’s are beneficial. Thats all.

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