Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  18 responses

Post Up: Comeback in Rip City

Nicolas Batum leads the Blazers to victory.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Pacers 81 (22-14), Knicks 76 (23-12)

NBA enthusiasts already knew Paul George was ill but last night was his coming out party as he led the Pacers over the Knicks in Indy on national television (for more on PG, check SLAM writer and friend Yaron Wetizman’s piece here). George finished with 24 points, 11 boards, 5 dimes, 6 steals, 1 block and 1 turnover in over 43 minutes of play. The combo forward also locked up J.R. Smith, making him work for every one of his 25 points on 29 shots. The game was a grind-it-out affair with neither team shooting over 40 percent and the Pacers using their exceptional defense to put the brakes on New York’s high-scoring offensive attack. Indy was up double-digits in the second half but the Knicks stormed back with a 24-9 run behind Smith to cut the Pacers lead to four in the fourth. The Pacers didn’t panic, relying on their defense and a few big plays from George and Ian Mahimi (13 points, 6 boards) to put the game away. George came up with two steals and drove the length of the floor each time for layups and Mahimi scored 10 straight points to finish off the Knicks late. Tyson Chandler was the only other Knick to score in double figures with 12 points. He also grabbed 15 boards.



Mavs 117 (14-23), Kings 112 (13-23) F/OT

The Mavs ended their four-game skid with a win over the Kings in Sacramento. The Kings led by as many as 17 but the Mavs came storming back in the second half to force overtime. In the extra session, DeMarcus Cousins was ejected after unintentionally hitting Vince Carter in the face with 41.9 seconds left. The play proved to be the turning point in the game. Carter hit both of his free throws and the Mavs were awarded the ball, ending a chance for a late comeback by Sacramento. O.J. Mayo poured in 24 points and grabbed 10 boards, Carter dropped 23 off the bench and Shawn Marion finished with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead the Mavericks to a victory. DMC finished with 29 points and 9 boards, Isaiah Thomas scored 18 and hit a three to force the overtime and Reke Evans finished with 20 points and 7 boards.


Blazers 92 (20-15), Heat 90 (23-11)

The Heat were up early but the Blazers held Miami in check and came back late to earn a great home victory behind the strong play of Nicolas Batum (team-high 28 points, 7 boards, 5 dimes). Miami took a 52-39 lead into halftime and in the third, Norris Cole hit a crowd-silencing three after Portland had made a run to keep the lead at seven. The Blazers wouldn’t go away and with under five minutes to go, they cut the deficit to three after a Wes Matthews (18 points) fadeaway. Portland then held the Heat scoreless on the next two possessions and Batum converted an and-one opportunity on the other end to tie the game up at 82. The Heat were able to regain the lead a after a Chris Bosh (29 points) three put them up 87-84. But Matthews came back to tie it up at 88 with a three ball of his own. Bosh put the Heat back up after a dunk and Matthews followed up with another big shot–this time a three–for Portland to give them a 91-90 lead with 26 seconds to go. After a Heat miss, LaMarcus Aldridge (20 points, 15 boards) was fouled and missed the front end of a two shot opportunity. After hitting the second to make the score 92-90, the Heat had a chance to win or tie the game. With 3 seconds to go, Bosh found a wide-open Mario Chalmers standing on the three-point line but his shot hit iron and the Blazers held on for the win. LeBron finished one assist shy of a triple-double with 15 points, 10 boards and 9 dimes.


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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    after seeing that the Mavs v Kings game went to overtime, i am extra disappointed NBATV featured a fuggin D-League game instead.

  • LakeShow

    I thought the Blazers would win as many as they have today, in the entire season…
    Wow, surprising team. LA and Dame are going to make that team a force it looks.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • LakeShow


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i told you those two would be real together.

  • LakeShow

    You did, and I didn’t say they wouldn’t.

    I just didn’t think they would mesh as well, and as quick, to make this team a force this year.

    I don’t think you had Portland being a playoff team right??

    Plus… pretty sure I was more accurate about Dame’s shooting numbers.(thus far)

  • LakeShow

    This is why you don’t get starter minutes JR…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oh no I had them taking a while. I was really only talking about Lillard and Aldridge making a legitimate tandem. My bad

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Maybe I’m thinking about a conversation with someone else now that I think about it

  • LakeShow

    One things for sure, these two will be making Portland a competitor for a long while.

    That Matthews kid has some gully too…

    Batum has been very impressive this year. I didn’t like his game in the past, but this year he is really blossoming. Or i’m just warming up to the frenchy… But he is having career highs across the board. (sans shooting %) He’s only getting 1 more turnover a game while assisting 3 more times a game.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i am really high on Batum. That’s a championship type player, kind of this generations Tayshun Prince except obviously different offensive strengths.

  • theDankerNuggets

    If Portland can put together anything resembling a decent bench they are gonna make a lot of noise. Batum is REAL

  • LakeShow

    I couldn’t agree more.
    Epitome of a “glue” player.
    Never going to be an All-Star most likely, but the things he does for your team are matched by few in the L. (LeBron, J-Smoothe, Battier to a now lesser extent)

  • Peter Walsh

    He had to take that many shots…who else was going to score for New York last night?

  • LakeShow

    I didn’t say he shouldn’t have shot them.
    I was implying he didn’t have to miss 20 of them…
    I love JR, and enjoy his game allot, but this IS why he doesn’t get starter minutes on the regular.

  • Max

    Their starting five is pretty damn good, but their bench is absolute poopoo.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah they have NO ONE on that bench.
    Bench is one of the easier adds through FA.

  • Batum sack slapper

    Be careful around that guy he might throw a haymaker at your ball sack