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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  34 responses

Post Up: Manhattan Keep On Making It

Jason Kidd’s clutch three helps the Knicks defeat the Nets.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Knicks 100 (16-5), Nets 97 (11-9)

In Round Two of the ‘Battle for New York’, Brooklyn took advantage of the Knicks came flat start held a 17-point lead after one. But the wheels quickly came off the for the Nets and Carmelo Anthony went into superhuman mode with no Brooklyn player acting as his kryptonite. Anthony was unconscious, shooting 15-24 from the field to finish with 45 points. As he has done so many times this season already, Melo showed off his offensive prowess by hitting threes, posting defenders up, getting to the rack off the dribble and flashing his mid-range game. The many Knicks fans in attendance chanted “MVP!” “MVP!” and Melo looked every bit the part. Melo was unstoppable but it was the Knicks elder statesman who made all the key plays and hit the game-winning shot. J-Kidd finished with 18 points (6-9 shooting), 6 boards and 6 assists over 37 minutes. On a night when Ray Felton struggled, New York needed every bit of that effort out of Kidd’s 39 year-old legs.

With the game knotted at 97, the ball came to Kidd on the left wing and he launched a three that hit the bottom of the net and was fouled on the shot. He bricked the free-throw but both Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams missed potential game-tying three’s on the other end and the Knicks pulled out a tough come-from-behind win.

Quick Hitters:

– Even without Brook Lopez, the Nets beat up the Knicks inside. Behind Andray Blatche’s 23 and Reggie Evans’ 18 boards, Brooklyn outscored and outrebounded the Knicks inside.

– J.R. Smith finished with 16 and carried the Knicks for a stretch while playing injured.

– Tyson Chandler is so active underneath. He had several offensive “tap-outs” that gave the Knicks a chance to reset their offense and get a good shot.

– D-Will finished with 18 and 10 dimes but should have had more.

 

Cavs 100 (5-17), Lakers 94 (9-13)

Over the summer, Kyrie Irving challenged Kobe to a game of one-on-one. Though it never came to fruition, last night was just as good as fans got to see the two go at each other over a full 48 minutes. Irving, who hadn’t played in three weeks due to a finger injury, was absolutely electric. The second-year guard dropped 28 points and dished out a season-high 11 assists and made Laker defenders look downright silly on more than a few occasions. Kobe was no slouch either. The Black Mamba wasn’t about to let the young’n outshine him so he went ahead and dropped 42–but it wasn’t enough. The Lakers are in trouble and despite their recent woes, they should still be able to beat a team like Cleveland. Offensively–outside of Bean–the Lakers were putrid from the field, shooting 31.9 percent and once again looked out of sorts running coach D’Antoni’s offense. The Lakers fell behind by as many as 16 in the third and even though Kobe was on fire in the fourth (scoring 16 of his 42) he didn’t get the support from his teammates and the Lakers dropped another one. The Lakers travel to New York to take on the Knicks this Thursday with a chance to right the ship against one of the league’s hottest teams.

Quick Hitters:

– C.J. Miles got the start for Cleveland and proceeded to drop 28 points. Anderson Varejao scored 20 and Alonzo Gee chipped in with 17.

– Dwight Howard poured in 19 and grabbed 20 boards.

– Steve Nash said he was “at least two weeks” away from returning. Uh-oh.

 

Nuggets 101 (11-11), 94 Pistons (7-17)

After getting off to a slow start and falling behind 21-4, George Karl went to his bench early. Karl’s decision was rewarded when JaVale McGee, Corey Brewer and Andre Miller brought energy onto the floor and helped the Nuggets crawl back into the game. In the second quarter, Denver outscored Detroit 31-7 and took a 48-42 lead into the half. Trailing by as many as nine in the second half, the Pistons mounted a comeback of their own and made it a two-point contest after Rodney Stuckey’s layup with seven and a half minutes remaining. But the Nuggets responded with a 6-0 run, and after a three by Gallo and a layup by Ty Lawson, the Nuggs were back up by nine with under two minutes left to close this one out.

Quick Hitters:

– Lawson had a strong game with 26 points (9-17), 7 dimes, 5 boards and 0 assists.

– One of my favorite groups of all-time, Naughty By Nature, performed at halftime.

– Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 20 points.

Wizards 77 (3-15), Hornets 70 (5-15)

Fitting that a game between the 2012 versions of the Wizards and Hornets would be ugly. Neither team shot over 33 percent from the field and botch were even worse from beyond the arc. This one was tough, so let’s just cut to the good part–the end of the game. D.C. trailed by as many as 13 and never had a lead until the fourth quarter when Crawford hit a three to break a 65-65 tie. The next time the Wiz had the ball, Crawford hit a layup and was fouled. After the free throw the Wiz were up 71-65 and it was enough to put this one to bed. Crawford, who shot 9-26 to finish with 26 points, scored 12 in the fourth quarter including four of the Wizards final five buckets.

Quick Hitters:

– The win was D.C.’s first away from home on the season.

– Bradley Beal chipped in with 15 and Nene had a 10 and 10 double-double off the bench.

– Ant Davis made his return from an injury and scored 13 points and grabbed 8 boards in 25 minutes.

– Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 17.

Clippers 94 (15-6), Bulls 89 (11-9)

Don’t look now, but the Clippers won their seventh straight game last night against the Bulls and are making a strong case as the team to beat in the West. The Clippers, who are known for their high-flying offense, played physical and won the game with a tough defensive effort. Los Angeles forced 17 turnovers and had 11 steals, which they turned into 17 fast break points, and outscored Chicago 50-38 inside. Blake Griffin was an absolute monster in the paint. With a string of crowd-silencing dunks and even a three-pointer, Griffin finished with 22 points and 10 boards and continued his strong play after a rocky start to the season. The Clippers’ bench outscored Chicago’s 34-21 and were instrumental, as usual, in the victory. Eric Bledsoe scored four points to trigger an 8-2 run at the beginning of the fourth which gave the Clippers a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

Quick Hitters:

– The Clippers haven’t won this many games in a row since the ’91-92 season.

– Carlos Boozer paced the Bulls with 24 points and 13 boards.

 

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  • Batman

    -Jason Kidd Shot is legit. *because of that shot i think i won a Skullcandy headphones.
    -Irving has a bright future.
    -Just wait till AD recovers, ROY
    -Clippers are legit contender, CP3 is just resting for the playoffs.

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

    The New York Knicks aka the ole wildly Vets. What a great game. Melo is truly on a mission. He’s finally learned to trust his teammates and he’s buying in to playing defense. Everywhere Jason Kidd goes he just brings a calming we got this, to the offense. For him to be this “old” and still playing at a high level is amazing. Would love to see how their chemistry will be when Amare comes off the bench. Clearly the MVP race now (it’s early I know) is Melo KD and Lebron, in that order. Nets need Deron Williams to be aggressive and be the alpha dog. Have his teammates feed off him like Melo does for his Knicks. Nets have the best back court on paper with Dwill and Joe “MAX”Johnson but something between them is not clicking. Is Joe “MAX” Johnson the closer or is Deron Williams? One of these guys have to step up.

    Kobe had 42 shooting over 50% from the field. It aint the offense it’s the defense. Lakers just don’t have the personnel to run D’Antoni system, simple as that.

    S/O to my Wizards getting their first road win.

    Kyrie Irving > John Wall

  • ChosenOne

    1. Kyrie put on a show yesterday, and his defense looked a little sharper, maybe it was the ‘Kobe effect’ that led to him playing better D..

    2. Really starting to enjoy this Knicks-Nets rivalry… I would love to see them match-up deep in the playoffs. Atmosphere would be electric.

    3. Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks don’t seem to do anything on the offensive end but shoot threes….and only threes.

    4. Melo is a legit MVP candidate. He seems to have “gotten it” now.

    5. Anyone agree that CP3 is the best closer in the league? Sure seems it.

    6. Mike Woodson – Coach of the Year

  • ChosenOne

    Actually, Pop should be the frontrunner for COY, but the league could honestly give it to him every season.. he is THAT good. Shout out for Woodson anyway…

  • http://tinyurl.com/GoingtotheKnicksGame SpeedsterNYC

    Knicks still own NYC. Knickstape!!! http://tinyurl.com/GoingtotheKnicksGame

  • LakeShow

    The offense just doesn’t look good for the Lakers. Defense comes down to playing together and a mentality to want to stop your man. They can do that, but this offense is not easy for these guys. I truly thought D’Antoni was going to tweak his offense for these guys to benefit all of them… Maybe we just have to keep waiting till the stars align. (ie: Nash Back)

    Sure, there’s no point in judging this team till it is actually a healthy team with all its guys together playing at their top level, but damn, it’s Cleveland… They should be able to beat them running any offense, so they need to figure it out sooner rather than later.

    Hoping Nash is actually right about it only being 2-3 weeks. We can handle that. It might even help him to be more healthy and rested for the remainder of the season and into the playoff’s once he returns.

  • LeroyShonuff

    Carlos Boozer with the Shareef Abdur Rahim award for least effective 24 and 13 ever!!! Melo for MVP and Kobe is Kobe…

  • LeroyShonuff

    Deron is not an alpha dog. Fans and Deron thinks he’s one, but he’s not. That’s the nets problem

  • Max

    I’d still take KD over CP3 at the end of games.

  • LakeShow

    Same… if were down by anything more than 1 point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I love how everyone in the media is trying their best not to ever place even an ounce of blame on Kobe for the Lakers’ struggles. Isn’t he the leader? their best player? So why isn’t anyone blaming him for yet again taking almost the same shots as the other 4 starters combined (28 to 29)? Why isn’t anyone blaming him for playing such putrid defense? Why isn’t anyone blaming him for dishing out only 2 assists when the ball were in his hands the entire time (he had a 40 usage rate during the game)? Everyone is aware that Howard lacks a true back to the basket game and struggles when he isn’t getting dunks and alley oops, so it’s up to the main ballhandler/playmaker (Kobe until Nash returns) to create good looks for Howard. The more good looks and touches Howard gets, the better he plays on the defensive end. it’s true for every big man.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    why? just because of shooting ability?

  • LakeShow

    Why is the media afraid of Kobe?

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, I trust his jumper way more. From deep or mid range.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Not of Kobe but of his fans.

  • LakeShow

    What would his fans do to them?
    I just watched Brent Barry and Dennis Scott on NBA . com and they talked about how bad Kobe’s defense has been. They singled him out first and foremost.
    What do you think will happen to them?

  • RondU33

    It’s not even Christmas, and Chris Paul is resting? C’mon now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Not in that way. I’m talking in terms of upsetting the biggest fanbase in the NBA. Also, when talking about the “media”, I was speaking strictly in terms of ESPN.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s fair i guess.

  • Max

    Ofcourse, he’s one foot taller and is a better shooter.
    I mean KD is like the ultimate closer if he improves his ball handling even more.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it wouldn’t make sense for him to change the offense to suit the players without Nash. Especially right away.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Best one yet by Blaze and Willie G! KNICKSTAPE!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if you want to ignore facts, you’ll prefer KD. Factually tho, Chris Paul is a much better closer. Considering basketball is a team sport, and your effect on your team is more important then his effect on shooting the ball from further away. but i am not gonna argue.

  • Max

    Last 5 minutes maybe CP is a lil better, but who do u want taking the last shot of the inbounds with 3 seconds remaining?

  • Max

    They will get stoned!
    Haha, like with stones..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ray Allen

  • Max

    I mean between CP and KD
    I guess we can throw Melo in there aswell.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would rather have CP and be less likely to face this scenario. no player has an even decent FG % in these situations over time.

  • LakeShow

    The fans of Bean say you are to be stoned at the twilight of marrow!

  • LakeShow

    I agree, but you have to understand.. The Lakers are 9-13 with Kobe, and Dwight on the team …

    I mean sh*t, in the past, D’Antoni has found ways to win without having his main cast, i’m just surprised at how terrible they are sans Nash, but obviously i’m not asking for an offense change or anything. They need to stay the course, it just sucks right now to see them running something that doesn’t work in anticipation for the guy to come in and make it all look beautiful. I expected to be at .500… but not .400.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I actually read today he hasn’t even been able to implement 50% of his system. Only 2.8% of their offense came from pick and rolls last night. For example

  • LakeShow

    Yeah you are 100% correct.
    It just sucks having to completely wait on Nash.
    Hope the guy is coming back to himself in a month or so. We NEED him. He is the most important player on this team, with this system…

  • Batman

    no, im just saying that CP3 is a playoffs guy. he will carry his team.

  • danpowers

    smh on calling the kncks manhattan. that logo that team that tradition stand for much more. jay z n prok r just selling the nets as “the people’s” alternative. i like this team tho but its just the same degree of capitalist product as any other nba team. these millionaires, no matter where they r coming from and now matter what charity stuff they do for a better image change that they hve nothing to do with any of us “ordinary people” no matter where we live on this planet. a joy to watch as entertainment but these lables people put on teams are just nonsense

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