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Friday, December 28th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  20 responses

Post Up: Thunder Survive

OKC outlasts Dallas in overtime.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Thunder 111 (22-6), Mavs 105 (12-17) F/OT

Kevin Durant dropped 40 and Russell Westbrook (16 points, 10 dimes) went HAM late to lead the Thunder to an overtime victory over the Mavericks. Dallas led for much of the game behind Darren Collison’s 32 points (4-4 from three), but Oklahoma City to came back late in the fourth. The Mavs scored 36 points in the third and had taken the crowd out of the game but the Thunder came around defensively in the fourth and only allowed 17 points. With Westbrook struggling, the Mavs made the fatal flaw of allowing the talented point guard to make a big play to bring him, and the crowd back into the game.

Dallas was up 93-87 with just over four minutes left in the game when Dirk Nowitzki (9 points) bumped into O.J. Mayo (4 points) causing Mayo to lose the ball. Westbrook picked it up, flew down the court and found Durant for a dunk that sparked a 9-2 run which put the Thunder ahead. OKC looked like they were going to finish the comeback and get the win up 98-95 with 2.2 seconds left when Darren Collison hit an improbable three (seriously, I can’t even do it justice with an explanation, just watch below) at the buzzer to force overtime. That was the last gasp for the Mavs, though, as Westbrook scored six straight points in the extra session to seal the victory for the Thunder. Serge Ibaka scored 19, grabbed 17 boards and blocked 5 shots.

 

 

Clippers 106 (23-6), Celtics 77 (14-14)

The Clippers ran a clinic last night against the visiting Celtics en route to a 29-point win and their 15th straight victory. Los Angeles led wire-to-wire, were up by as many as 32, outscored the C’s 42-26 in the paint and won the turnover battle 18-8–it was nothing short of an absolute ass-kicking. Chris Paul dropped 11 dimes, Matt Barnes tied a season-high with 21 off the bench, Jamal Crawford dropped 17, Blake Griffin scored 15 and Caron Butler scored 14. The Clippers stormed out of the gate, outscoring the C’s 24-9 but Boston did cut it four in the second with three straight three’s. The Clips’ reserves then took the floor and built the lead back to double-digits and the rout was on. KG led Boston with 16 points.

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  • Max

    Man, that Collison three was sick.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    If Westbrook learns when to shoot and when to pass, he’ll be unstoppable and the Thunder will be tougher to beat. The only reason he’s not in my top 5 PG list now is he takes too many horrible shots. His assists are higher and his turnovers are down, but some of the jumpshots he takes make me cringe as a fan who enjoys seeing good basketball. CP3, DRose, Rondo, Tony Parker, and DWill (although he’s having a bad season) all know when to shoot and when to pass.

  • The Fury

    Clippers are for real this season. I hope they face the Spurs in the WCF.

  • ChosenOne

    I would still take Nash over D-Will.

  • Caboose

    I’ll take defense over no defense.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “i will take the Warriors over the Thunder” is what i just read.

  • ChosenOne

    Great offense beats great defense…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    FALSE

  • ChosenOne

    Man, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Dirk look so lost on a Basketball court…. Last night he just looked like a completely different player/person.

  • Slick Ric

    Collison gave westbrook that work. OJ was hard to watch at times.

  • Caboose

    He’s a moron. Let him be.

  • ChosenOne

    Explain if you will…

  • Caboose

    Great offense does not beat great defense. It is why the Heat won by shutting down Durant and Harden. It is why the Mavericks won by shutting down LeBron. It is why the Mavericks struggled the instant Chandler left. It is why the Magic made the Finals with Dwight Howard. It is why the only player to ever win a ring on his own (Hakeem) was the best defensive center of all time. If we’re just talking Deron/Nash, I have no response if you would take Nash at this point in his career.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The defensive ratings of the last 9 NBA champions next to their offensive rating in ()
    -4 (8)
    -8 (8)
    -4 (11)
    -6 (3)
    -1 (10)
    -2 (5)
    -9 (7)
    -1 (8)
    -2 (18)
    .
    That should make it easy to figure out.

  • ChosenOne

    Some fair points I must admit. Would you rather have your team set with Nash leading your offense, or insisting on having Deron because his defense is superior? Nash actually takes charges as well as anybody in the league, which could count as a form of D. Deron isn’t exactly superb at D anyway. But I’m cool with you going for Deron….. to be honest, at this point in their careers, most fans probably would go with Deron. I was just being irrational before, as I will always root for Nash in PG debates. Nash still has a greater IQ, vision, and is far more efficient. Please refrain from the insults in the future is all I’m asking…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    When Deron Williams is engaged he’s a top 5 defensive PG, and can check both guard positions.

  • ChosenOne

    I guess that’s why they say “Defense wins Championships.”

  • Caboose

    Fair. I’d only quibble with the charges thing, as Nash’s defense is comparable to Kyrie and Calderon. Deron’s isn’t stellar, but it’s been above average for years. He’s having a down season, but he’s a 20-10 player, something Nash hasn’t done.

  • oai9b3

    yea but Deron Williams is having such a mediocre season that i don’t thin he deserves the benefit of the doubt you’re giving him. OK Westbrook plays out of control from time to time but that passion he plays with that causes him to make bad dumb plays from time to time is the reason they beat the mavs in ot despite Durant failing to score a single point in overtime. I agree that cp3 and drose are better that Westbrook i can understand why people say rondo and tony Parker are better but Williams is playing to poorly right now to be considered as good as Westbrook.His team is struggling his numbers are down across the board he’s gone from being cp3′s equal or at least near equal in Utah to shooting 39 percent from the field and averaging a career low 8.3 assists a game now i get that Avery Johnson’s system was not right for Williams and that he is more comfortable in a flex offense like the one he ran in Utah so i’ll probably say he should be given the full year to see whether he is still a elite point guard so although i disagree i see why people are still giving him the benefit of the doubt. Oh and dwill has managed to improve his defense from the atrocities we saw last year to being actually pretty good at it although Westbrook is a better defender than dwill at least i can’t say he’s horrible at it like i could say last year so there’s that.

  • christianbullen

    yeahh I’ve tried the alley oop three in practice quite a few times, effin hard and that was with perfect passes..

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