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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  51 responses

Post Up: Beast Mode

The Grizzlies win behind a 38-point, 22-rebound effort from Z-Bo.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Wolves 105 (8-8), Sixers 88 (10-8)

Minnesota shot 53 percent from the field, made a season-high 13 three-pointers on 52 percent shooting, had seven players score in double-figures and outrebounded the Sixers 47-40 en route to a blowout victory. Minnesota led by as many as 23, took an 18-point lead into the half and Philly never got closer than 14 after that for a bad home loss.

Quick Hitters:

– The 65 first half points by the Wolves was the most they have scored, and the most the Sixers have given up, in a half this sason.

– Alexey Shved led the Wolves with 17 points. Kevin Love scored a season-low 6 points but J.J. Barea picked up the slack with an 11-point, 10-assist double-double.

– Ev Turner scored 19, Thad Young scored 13, Jason Richardson scored 14 and Jrue Holiday scored 13 points and dished out 9 assists.

Wizards 105 (2-13), Heat 101 (12-4)

Yes, you read that score correctly. The Wizards defeated the Heat last night in D.C. despite a 26-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist triple-double from LeBron. The Wizards played great team ball and had a season-high 31 assists on 38 made shots while shooting 48 percent from the field. Surprisingly, the Wizards kinda dominated this game. They led after each quarter and pushed their lead to 12 in the third before the Heat made a comeback and tied the game at 88 with under 7 minutes to play. Kevin Seraphin came up huge from there. The second-year man went on to score eight points over the final six minutes and after Chris Bosh’s tying layup, Seraphin hit a jumper to put the Wiz up for good. D.C. hit four out of six free throws in the final 11 seconds to win their third straight over the Heat.

Quick Hitters:

– Interesting fact: over the course of his career, whenever LeBron has put up a stat line of 26+ points, 13+ rebounds and 11+ assists, his team is 3-5.

– The Heat shot 8-28 from behind the arc and missed 7 of 9 three’s in the fourth.

– Seraphin finished with 16 points and 10 boards. Jordan Crawford scored a team-high 22 and served 6(!) assists. A.J. Price added 14, Shaun Livingston scored 13 and Brad Beal chipped in with 10.

Thunder 117 (15-4), Nets 111 (11-6)

OKC’s first visit to Brooklyn was a successful one as Kevin Durant matched Deron Williams’ game-high 33 points with 32 of his own and propelled the Thunder to a tough road win. The Thunder built a 16-point lead and with Brook Lopez sitting on the bench with a foot injury, it looked like OKC was going to get an easy dub over the Nets. But this is a tough, relentless Nets team and they fought their way back into the game thanks to a big third quarter from Gerald Wallace. Wallace hit four three-pointer’s and finished with 14 points on the night. With just under two minutes left in the game, Kris Humphries was called for goaltending after he pinned KD’s layup. The call was disputed and reviewed but upheld and gave the Thunder a 110-106 lead. For whatever reason, that call seemed to suck all the energy out of the Nets and they didn’t score again until the game was well in hand.

Quick Hitters:

– Durant also went 12-12 from the stripe.

– The Thunder shot a ridiculous 60 percent from the field. Tough to beat a team when they’re shooting that well.

– Russ Westbrook finished with 25 points and 9 assists while Serge Ibaka chipped in with 18 points and 6 boards.

– Andray Blatche notched a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double and Joe Johnson scored 17 on 8-21 shooting.

Pacers 80 (9-9), Bulls 76 (8-8)

In a low-scoring affair, a formerly slumping Paul George went off with 34 points to lead the Pacers to a win at the United Center. The game was ugly all around: neither team shot 40 percent, Indy shot 20 percent from beyond the arc, while the Bulls shot 33.3 percent and the two teams combined for 31 turnovers. The Pacers led by nine late in the third, but Chicago stormed back and took a 74-70 lead with just under four minutes to play. Indiana turned it up defensively and chipped away and eventually regained a 78-76 lead. Trailing by two, Luol Deng drove baseline with six seconds to go and drew contact from Roy Hibbert but no call was made. The Pacers made their free throws on the other end and put this one on ice.

Quick Hitters:

– Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 19 and Luol Deng chipped in with 17.

– David West and Hibbert each scored 10.


Grizzlies 108 (13-3), Suns 98 (7-12) F/OT

Z-Bo was an absolute beast last night, scoring 38 points on 15-22 shooting while grabbing 22 boards to completely dismantle the Suns frontcourt. Z-Bo carried his teammates on a night when the rest of the team was struggling. Phoenix led by as many as 16 during regulation but couldn’t stop Randolph and the Grizz eventually crawled back into the game. With about a minute to go, the Grizzlies took their first lead of the game since early in the first thanks to a free throw from Mike Conley. Phoenix regained the lead but Rudy Gay tied it on a jumper with 15.9 seconds left to send the game into OT. During overtime, Conley connected on a three and from there it was all Z-Bo. The big man made three straight buckets including a tough fadeaway jumper over Marcin Gortat. When it was all said and done, the Memphis faithful were chanting “Z-Bo!” and the big man played the hero role for the best team in basketball.

Quick Hitters:

– Z-Bo now has a league best 14 double-doubles on the season.

– Quincy Pondexter scored a season-high 16 off the bench.

– Phoenix ended their six game road trip 1-5.

– Goran Dragic led the suns with 19 points and 7 assists.

Rockets 107 (9-8), Lakers 105 (8-10)

It keeps getting uglier and uglier out in Hollywood especially after last night’s loss to the Rockets due largely in part to pitiful free throw shooting from Dwight Howard. Down the stretch, the Rockets fouled the hell out of Howard and the big man couldn’t convert. Over the final three and a half minutes of the game, D12 shot 5-10 from the stripe and allowed the Rockets (who trailed by 13 early in the fourth) to storm back and get a win. Tony Douglas had a huge game off the bench, scoring a 22 points, none of which were bigger than his three-pointer with two and a half minutes to go that gave the Rockets their first lead of the game. The two teams continued to trade buckets and free throws and with the Rockets clinging to a four-point lead, Kobe (who finished with a game-high 39) drilled a three with 13 seconds remaining. On the other end, Douglas hit one of two free throws to make the score 107-105.  The Lakers had the rock and a chance with eight seconds left. With the ball in their longtime star’s hands, Kobe said, “fuck it, I’m going for the win”, chucked a three and missed and this one was a wrap.

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’m not a fan of those new Jordan XX8′s but they made Westbrook look like a superhero last night. Definitely a shoe for a guard or wing player, not a big man.

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

    Clearly my Wizards had their big boy pant on last night against the champs. But I won’t kid myself the Heat took the night off, but I’ll take it. What a journey for Z-bo. From jailblazer to Z-bo chants. 38 and 22, with 3 blocks for someone who doesn’t really elevate. Monster game. Is it safe to say Beasley is a bust? Good to see Deron Williams get his shooting rhythm back. Would love to see the Nets play OKC with a healthy Lopez.

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

    Oh and can somebody explain to why MarShon Brooks doesn’t get any time?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he couldn’t stop a cup from spilling if he was holding it.

  • Max

    Is Kevin Seraphin really Washington’s closer?
    The Heat could’ve easily put the game away if they hit their threes, Mike Miller and Ray got like 6 wide open looks in the 4th but couldn’t put them down, and ofcourse those 2 Lebron three’s and 2 Lebron ft’s even tho he had a huge game.
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    The Thunder 4th quarter offense is still ugly as sh*t, but they pulled it out.
    Blatche still looking good.
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    ZZZBBOOOOO!!!!

  • KipSmithers

    BREAKING NEWS!!!: The New York Jets have named Z-Bo as their new starting quarterback.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I just absolutely love watching the Thunder for 3 quarters.
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    I just absolutely hate watching the Thunder in the 4th quarter.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    he couldn’t stop a runny nose even if he had tissue.

  • Max

    I know right, why not keep running your offense the same way if it’s working for 3 quarters?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they are running it the same way. the difference is, they are running the same offense at 1/10th of the pace.
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    which causes it to fall apart and look so horrible. either have a real late game offense, or play the same way you do the other 3 quarters.

  • Caboose

    Sucks to suck, LA.

  • Junior Taylor

    I guess no one is going to point out the fact that Russ is avg. a career high 8.7apg. You won’t hear a single word of praise for his play so far until he has one of those 6-20 and 4 assists nights and watch all the critics crawl out of the woodwork.

  • Junior Taylor

    Something isn’t right in LA when Kobe takes the same amount of shots as the entire starting unit (combined) and the so-called best Center in the L (Howard) gets 9 measly attempts like he is some sort of role player. I know you can’t really judge the Lakers until Nash is back at a 100% but a team and coach can’t place all their hopes on a 38yr old PG.

  • Caboose

    I’ll be honest, I didn’t know. Russ is playing well; he’s getting that assist boost also from not having to share playmaking duties.

  • Caboose

    I feel like this is about the 9th time this has been said.

  • Caboose

    Or blind rich people.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    9 thousandth

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Russ is my favorite player to watch in the league right now.

  • Junior Taylor

    You have to remember that the boy avg. 8apg two straight seasons before Harden transformed into a supersub during the 2011/12 season, taking away a chunk of Russ’s playmaking duties.

  • Caboose

    Oh I agree. Having Harden around just dipped Russell’s assist numbers. It’s why I’m impressed at how well he’s distributing, but it’s not unexpected.

  • Junior Taylor

    Something has to be said about MIA’s defense so far this season. I don’t know if they are still suffering from post-championship hangover but MIA’s defense has taken a nose-dive this season. They are giving up 100ppg (21st) on 44% shooting after ranking 4th defensively last season (92ppg allowed on 43% shooting). The regular season is for building habits (good and bad) that helps/hurts come playoff time and MIA is falling into the habit of playing lazy defense.

  • LakeShow

    ad nauseum

  • LakeShow

    I wouldn’t think too much into this Wizards/Heat game at all.

    It means nothing.

    It’s the beginning of December.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    1 time for each of Kobe’s shot attempts?

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

    Chris Webber was killing him last night. S/O to Greg Anthony for giving Westbrook props on his play thus far in the season.

  • LakeShow

    Or the number of times he should have passed last night?

  • Caboose

    A la 2003-04 Lakers.

  • LakeShow

    It’s what you deal with when one of your favorite players is a killer on the court Taylor.
    Your gunna have to just understand that allot of people hate confident, gunners like Westbrook. He’s been phenomenal. Easily a top 3 PG this year. Top 10 player.
    But don’t expect people to appreciate his skills. That’s something I’ve come to learn.

  • LakeShow

    Nah, we have a very, very, bright future unlike allot of teams.

    I actually enjoy this process. It makes the winning that will undoubtedly come so much sweeter.

  • LakeShow

    A small General.

  • Junior Taylor

    Excellent point, couldn’t have said it any better myself. Westbrook’s mindset on the offensive end is eerily similar to Kobe’s.

  • Datkid

    I think lebron might still be gassed from the olympics etc. plus wade and bosh are still both recovering from surgery. PLUS Joel Anthony is no longer starting.

  • Datkid

    Agree completely

  • Datkid

    personally I think they need an actual coach who know’s what he’s doing. Scott Brooks is like 2009 Erik Spoestra only slightly worse on Defense

  • Datkid

    or jeremy lamb, or Perry Jones.

  • Datkid

    lmaoooo Andray Blatche is a monster when he’s not on the wizards. They never needed to make any damn trades. They just needed a better coach/system to focus and teach the massive amount of talent they were sitting on. John Wall gotta leave, this is a waste of valuable years of his nba career.

  • Datkid

    nah. if OJ can come back so can supercool beas.

  • Datkid

    plus he wasn’t even THAT bad his rookie year, or in minny last year.

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

    Very bright future? Centered around what, exactly? Because the only assets you really have on your team are two old veterans who will retire before they’re traded, Howard who’ll leave before you get anything out of him, and a quickly-aging Gasol. Oh, and no decent bench.

    What’s so bright about this future?

  • LakeShow

    Your right the Lakers usually struggle to make good trades and gain good assets…
    And it is a pretty dumb idea to build around the best Center in the L (who’s 26)…
    Good points.

  • Showtime

    Dont look now but the young team in the NBA is in 6th pl in the Wild West????

  • Caboose

    27 in 3 days. What he means is that this current roster doesn’t have a future. The organization does sure, you just have to believe in the Lakers’ brass to come through. Cause without moves, this team is UGLY in 3 years. I don’t doubt they’ll move for younger talent soon though, they know how to manage personnel better than any team in the league not from San Antonio.

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

    Like Caboose said, I don’t doubt the power of the organization one bit. I know the Lakers can make great trades and can pick up anyone in free agency. But you’re delusional if you think Dwight is going to stay around if this team really starts getting dysfunctional. He’ll jet, and you’ll be left with Kobe, Nash, Pau, and the ugliest bench in the league. And even if he stays, he’ll be all you have in 3 years.

  • LakeShow

    “I know the Lakers can make great trades and can pick up anyone in free agency.”

    “he’ll be all you have in 3 years”

    One of these doesn’t belong.

  • LakeShow

    What is the “future”?
    Is that tomorrow?
    End of the season?
    Beginning of next season?
    3 seasons from now?
    The latter is the only one that could be argued…

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

    Point taken. They may be able to pick up some bigtime players in the offseasons. I guess time will tell.

  • Caboose

    “can.”

  • LakeShow

    “do.”

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

    They were sent to the D-league.

  • Slick Ric

    Man KD is a easy six assist a game, not hating, just being real.

  • Blakos

    Zebo all fucken day. Love his game.

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