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Post Up: Bay Area’s Finest

The Warriors beat the Thunder.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Hawks 104 (24-18), Bobcats 92 (10-32)

Behind 30 points, 13 boards and 8 dimes from Josh Smith, the Hawks snapped a six-game road losing streak with a double-digit dub over Charlotte. The Hawks led comfortably for much of the game (they were up by as many as 17) but the Bobcats cut the deficit to seven with under six minutes to go. ATL responded with a Johan Petro three-pointer and a long jumper from Smith to push the lead back to double-digits and cruised to the finish. Kyle Korver hit five three-pointer’s to finish with 21 points and Ivan Johnson chipped in with 12 points and 15 boards. Ramon Sessions scored a season-high 27 points for a Charlotte team that has not won at home since November. Remember when Charlotte was kind of good at the beginning of the season?

Heat 123 (27-12), Raptors 116 (15-27) F/OT

LeBron James continued his masterful season with a 31-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound performance and Dwyane Wade scored 35 and dished out 7 assists as the Heat overcame a 15-point deficit for an overtime win against the Raptors. The final seven minutes of regulation were a back and forth affair with neither team leading by more than three points. Jose Calderon (17 points) hit a three with just under two minutes left to give the Raptors a 105-103 lead but Chris Bosh (12 points, 12 boards) tied it up with a jumper on the next possession. Calderon then hit another three but LeBron came right back and hit a three to tie. DeMar DeRozan (12 points, 7 assists) had a chance to give Toronto the lead with 20 seconds left but missed a layup. LeBron had a chance to win it for Miami but his jumper hit iron and the game went to OT. In the extra session, the Heat went on a 13-2 run that was capped by a Ray Allen (18 off the bench) three-pointer with a minute left that sealed the game. Alan Anderson led the Raptors with 20 points.

 

Bulls 85 (25-16), Pistons 82 (16-26)

On the eve of the All-Star Reserves selection, Joakim Noah made a play late that may swing a few voters. With the score tied and the clock winding down, Marco Belinelli missed a baseline jumper. As the ball was heading out of bounds, Noah made a great hustle play to save the ball and it landed right in Belinelli’s hands for a layup and a foul to give the Bulls a three-point lead and another tough win. Noah finished with 10 points and 18 boards, Jimmy Butler scored 18 and grabbed 9 rebounds and Carlos Boozer scored 16.

Grizzlies 106 (27-14), Lakers 93 (17-25)

Dwight Howard left the game with an apparent shoulder injury and the Lakers dropped their fourth straight game to the Grizz. Memphis got a huge lift from their bench and were led by Darrell Arthur who finished with 20 points and 9 boards. Tony Wroten, who got extended minutes thanks to yesterday’s trade that shortened the Grizzlies’ bench, impressed with 9 points, 5 boards and a steal. Mike Conley shot 9-14 for 19 points and dished out 6 dimes and Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay each finished with double-doubles. Kobe led LA with 29 points on 11-23 shooting.

 

Nuggets 105 (26-18), Rockets 95 (22-22)

In a matchup between two teams that love to push the rock, the Nuggets came out on top by forcing 22 turnovers. The Nuggets defensive efforts paid off in the second half when they forced five turnovers en route to a 21-5 run that turned a 57-57 tie into a 78-62 Denver lead. The win was George Karl’s 1,100th. Salute to that man. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 21 points and 7 dimes, Wilson Chandler scored 20 off the bench and Andre Iguodala did his usual damage with 14 points, 6 boards, 5 assists and 3 steals. James Harden led the Rockets with 23 points and 7 assists but also committed 7 turnovers.

 

Nets 91 (26-16), Timberwolves 83 (17-22)

Brook Lopez came out hot early, scoring 10 of his 22 points in the first six minutes, and the Nets opened up a quick 12-point lead. After allowing the Wolves to come back and cut the deficit to two early in the fourth quarter, C.J. Watson torched J.J. Barea with nine-straight points to push Brooklyn’s lead back to nine and ensure victory. The Nets led wire-to-wire and earned their first victory in Minnesota in over a decade. Deron Williams scored 18, dropped 8 dimes and grabbed 6 boards and Joe Johnson scored 18. Andrei Kirilenko led Minnesota with 15 points and 6 boards.

 

Spurs 106 (34-11), Hornets 102 (14-28)

The Spurs led 87-86 with five and a half minutes left in the game when Al-Farouq Aminu was called for two straight goaltending calls. The calls helped trigger a 14-3 run by San Antonio that gave the Spurs a 101-89 lead with under two minutes to play. The Hornets mounted a comeback but it was too little, too late as San Antonio won their sixth straight and improved their home record to an NBA-best 19-2. With Tim Duncan taking the night off to rest, Tiago Splitter held it down in the paint with 25 points and 7 boards. Tony Parker scored 24 and dropped 13 dimes. Eric Gordon scored all 17 of his points in the first half and Greivis Vasquez scored 15 points while handing out 11 assists.

 

Jazz 92 (23-19), Wizards 88 (9-31)

The Jazz watched a 22-point lead whittle away as the Wizards crawled with two in the fourth quarter to make what should have been a blowout a close game. When D.C. made it close, the Jazz buckled down defensively and after Jordan Crawford’s layup with four minutes left made it a five-point game, the Jazz only allowed two baskets the rest of the way to get the home victory. Paul Millsap led the way with 16 points and 15 boards while Gordon Hayward chipped in with 15 off the bench. John Wall scored 14 and dished out 8 assists while Martell Webster scored 15.

Suns 106 (14-28), Kings 96 (16-27)

Lindsey Hunter got the first win of his NBA head coaching career under his belt thanks to a big fourth quarter from Michael Beasley. The former Kansas State player scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and helped Phoenix outscore the Kings 32-19 in the final frame to get the double-digit victory. Luis Scola scored 21 points and grabbed 7 boards, and Goran Dragic finished with a 12-point, 11-assist double-double. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 15 points and 15 boards, Thomas Robinson scored 12 and grabbed 14 rebounds while ‘Reke Evans finished with 16.

 

Blazers 100 (21-21), Pacers 80 (26-17)

The Blazers ended their six-game losing streak to improve to .500 with a blowout victory over the Pacers. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Dame Lillard added 20 points and 8 dimes and J.J. Hickson finished with 14 points and 13 boards as Portland shot 56 percent from the field. The Blazers led comfortably throughout and were up by 17 early in the fourth quarter, a lead they eventually pushed to 20 for the easy win. Paul George scored 22 points and grabbed 7 boards while David West finished with 21 points.

Warriors 104 (26-15), Thunder 99 (33-10)

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry battled back and forth all night but it was Curry who got the last laugh as the Warriors got the win. Durant finished with 33 points, 9 dimes and 5 boards while Curry dropped 31 and 7 dimes. Carl Landry (20 points, 7 rebounds) made it a 97-94 game in favor of the Warriors with two and a half minutes remaining but Kendrick Perkins tipped in a rebound on the other end to make it a one-point game. Jarrett Jack responded with a shot over Durant but KD responded with two free throws to cut it back to one but David Lee’s (22 points, 12 boards) layup on the other end pushed it back to three. With under 20 seconds to go and the Thunder down two, Curry missed an open three-pointer to give the Thunder a chance to tie or win. Durant, who played great all night, made a critical turnover when his slip pass to Kendrick Perkins was intercepted by Curry which all but sealed the Warriors’ victory.

 

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Ernie and the guys better announce that Steph Curry is on that All-Star team tonight.

  • Max

    That save by Noah was sick.
    -
    Ok Tony Wroten, first game he gets some minutes he takes 13 shots for 9 points.

  • Max

    I’m pretty sure he will be on it.

  • Redd

    Didn’t expect Noah to save that, it was a fun game.

  • Redd

    I’m right with you, I’m hoping a Chicago Bull or 2 gets in.

  • Redd

    Jimmy Butler.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’m interested to see which Bull makes it.

  • The Fury

    Don’t worry, he will be. He’s been playing great even against great teams.

  • Max

    I don’t think there are too many Centers who could keep that inbound, if there are any at all.

  • Max

    Nate and Spicy meatball!

  • Anthony Dixon

    who will be in the ECF this year??

  • Redd

    I’m more interested in IF a Bull makes it, we have a history of being overlooked in the All Star game.

    I feel multiple guys should get in.

  • Max

    Miami.

  • LLC#12

    Would be interesting to watch the Lakers play minus Kobe. Not saying they would be better, just saying I’d be curious.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Miami-Chicago.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    did you see who Kamla said made it? if he’s right, people are gonna flip the f*ck out. twitter.com/NBATVRick/status/294133710587047938 … https://twitter.com/NBATVRick/status/294134557526089728

  • z

    We get it. Are you really going to keep rushing to TPU to post his name every day?

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

    Deng and Noah should be in there.

  • Redd

    Every day that he has a good game…yes.

    You can easily ignore it..I’m not offending u nor saying anything bad..so get a life?

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    No love for Pacers?

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Hoping for Boozer

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    That was a debatable turnover though, it looked like his foot was on ground when he saved it.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Thunder had a horrible end to the game, KD turnover, Westbrook airball and turnovers, awful.

  • Max

    And Jamal Tinsley is so so nice.

  • z

    Are you asking me if you should get a life? Yes. Yes you should.

  • Redd

    Clearly meant you, but ok? LOL

  • Redd

    Debatable? Eh, I disagree, was it close? Yeah I just looked at it a couple times & his foot was almost down.

  • Anthony Dixon

    i got Miami-bk……..

  • Anthony Dixon

    lol cmon now… that team can’t score

  • roscoe

    GSW is looking good.

    I did not think Mjax was going to be as good of a coach as he is.

    GSW, Mjax, & GSW mgmt are proving themselves.

    the monte ellis deal has to be forgiven by now, right?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    forgiven? that was a great trade. it really was. even with Bogut injured. Ellis doesn’t make teams better.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Wow.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Can’t see them beating the Bulls with Rose back in the lineup. Tough defense against a team that can’t score a lot of points.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Gerald Wallace needs to find his game in order for them to do anything in the playoffs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Serge Ibaka over the Grizzlies bigs!!!!!!! i just threw up.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Ellis and Jennings have a pretty decent backcourt right now they play off each other a lot better then Curry and Ellis did.

  • Anthony Dixon

    only thing he needs to do is hit open jump shots… other than that he’s good.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Ibaka? No way…there’s been tons of bigs that have played better than he has.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Naw. – let me break this down for you and everyone else. Ellis and Jennings is an AWFUL backcourt. They suck, especially together. And each one of them as individuals, are probably two of the top 10 most overrated players in the league.

    .

    Now, onto the FACTS:

    - The Bucks have 2 players playing more than half their minutes — actually, those two player play about 75% of the teams minutes (Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis)

    - The Bucks have 3 players who are a -54 or worse on the season (that means, they have 3 players whose time on the court has netted a point differential of minus 54 points or more)

    …. – Monta Ellis = (- 54)

    …. – Luc Richard Mba Amoute = (- 55)

    …. – Brandon Jennings = (- 78)

    .

    - Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combine to shoot 34 shots a game, for a whopping 37.5 points. Which is AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL.

    .

    - Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined, use half their teams possessions, yet, their offensive ratings are worse then their defensive ratings —- which means, what they produce offensively, does not make up for what they give up defensively.

    .
    So you have a team that is over .500, yet their two “best” players are a net negative on the court, both together, and as individuals. —– All of this paints pretty clearly that the Bucks, are doing what they are doing IN SPITE of their guards, not because of them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i didn’t vote lol

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    The list of more deserving bigs are crying right now.

  • ChosenOne

    1. Crazy to think MWP said the Lakers would go 73-9… lol
    2. Tony Parker has been superb this season.
    3. The Bulls are great. Playing really nice, exceeding expectations a little.
    4. How many OT games have the Raptors played this season already??
    5. Anyone know where Michael Redd is at these days??

  • LakeShow

    He would as a 6th man on a complete team.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Boozer? Boozer? BOOZER?

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Jennings is way more awful than Monta Ellis. He is the weakest link.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    YEP. No Tyson Chandler. I just threw up again.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    HAHA, in a perfect world, he’d also be ok with that.
    .
    but we don’t live in one of those.

  • roscoe

    i agree with you nbk… i was speaking to the GSW fan base & how they booed the owners at Cmullens jersey retirement ceremony.

    the fans should publicly cheer for the owners now, imo.

    they are on the way up, way up, imo.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i totally agree

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    OH! my bad man. yeah i agree with you completely. i totally forgot about the booing thing that happened.

  • roscoe

    you can’t succeed in the nba w/ two small guards… it is not so much about the offense, but the defensive end where small guards get exploited on switches and post up D…

    all of the contenders have at least one strong perimeter defensive guard and usually both are respectable defensive players.

  • Max

    I know right, everytime I look at their box score, Jennings and Ellis are negative in the plus minus and Dunleavy and the rest of the bench is mostly positive.

  • Max

    5. Phoenix if I’m not mistaking.

  • roscoe

    that was soo akward… but showed what a class guy cmullens and actually it shows that owner is a class act too and has every right to move the team to the City or the site on the water near the valley/tech companies.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Michael Redd is nowhere.

  • ChosenOne

    Damn! Really? So he’s just a Free Agent looking for a team huh.? I mean, this guy was an Olympian, on the Redeem Team that won Gold. He can hit the three consistently. Could be a decent role player for a team in the league. If not, I’m sure he could go to Europe or China or elsewhere, and get paid a decent salary….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you realize he destroyed his knee and isn’t an NBA level athlete anymore right?

  • ChosenOne

    Damn, I had no idea. Well, that sucks..

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Last time I saw him he was at an Ohio State game a few weeks ago.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Hoping that’s not the real list.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    good lawd me too

  • LakeShow

    Warriors won, but KD is a BEAST…

    58% FG’s -66% 3ptFG’s – .916% from the line

    33 points on 17 shots. Tack on 9 assists – 5 boards – 3 blocks – and a steal. (okay 6 TO’s too)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i mean, Phoenix had him producing last year. But their training staff is a bunch of Warlocks, once guys leave they go back to how they were lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it better be Noah.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Did you see that? Steph Curry didn’t make it.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    You got it right.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah. Aldridge probably shouldn’t have even though he’s been better. I’m honestly most upset about the East and Deng making it over Lopez and Horford

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