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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  17 responses

Post Up: Crunch Time

LaMarcus Aldridge hits the game-winner as the Blazers beat the Mavs.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Warriors 108 (28-17), Cavs 95 (13-33)

With Steph Curry, Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes all sitting, Klay Thompson stepped up big time with a career-high 32 points to help the Warriors finish their four-game road trip with a win. The Warriors jumped out to an early 13-4 lead but the the Cavs came back and led by two in the second quarter. That would be the last time the game was close. Klay Thompson went off in the second quarter, hitting three three-pointers, a jumper and slamming it home to push the Warriors’ lead to 13-points on two different occasions. Golden State continued to pile it on and led by 16 heading into the fourth and cruised to another impressive victory. Jarrett Jack, who got the start in place of Curry, finished with 26 points and 12 dimes while David Lee tallied 20 points, 13 boards and 8 dimes. An under the weather Kyrie Irving scored 14 while teammates Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson each finished with 18 points to lead the Cavs.

 

Bucks 117 (24-19), Pistons 90 (17-28)

Brandon Jennings was having an unspectacular first half, but Young Money came out of the locker room for the second half like a man possessed. Jennings hit five three-pointers in the third quarter and went on a solo 16-0 run to make it an 85-56 game with under four minutes to go in the quarter. The potential All-Star replacement scored 20 of his 30 points in the quarter and took all the life out of the Pistons as the Bucks notched another win as they quietly climb the ranks in the East. Detroit rookie Andre Drummond finished with 18 points and 18 boards, becoming only the second teenager (Dwight Howard is the other) since 1985-’86 to have an 18-18 game.

 

Just ‘Cause:

Brandon Jennings’ High School BallisLife Mixtape:

Arguably the best BIL video ever. Dude was unreal as a teen.

 

Blazers 106 (23-22), Mavericks 104 (19-26)

One of the best power forwards to ever do it and one of the top power forwards in the game today went at it last night during a great ballgame. Dirk played his best game of the season so far as he finished with 26 points and helped the Mavs build a 21-point lead in the third quarter . The Blazers came back but the Mavs still held a seven-point edge with two minutes and change to go. Portland kept plugging away and two free throws from Wesley Matthews (17 points, 6 boards) made it a three point game with 52 seconds left. The Blazers didn’t allow a basket on the next possession and Nicolas Batum (10 points, 6 assists) came down and nailed a three to tie it up.

Never one to shy away from the big moment, Dirk came down and hit a three of his own to put Dallas back up three. With five seconds to go, LaMarcus Aldridge answered the bell and hit a three of his own to tie it up. On the next possession, O.J. Mayo (15 points, 9 dimes) was called for a charge giving the Blazers a chance to win with 1.5 ticks left. Wes Matthews inbounded the ball to LA and the power forward nailed a turnaround jumper at the buzzer to send the Rose Garden crowd into a frenzy and home happy with a win. Aldridge finished with 29 points and 13 boards. J.J. Hickson had a season-high 26 points and 15 boards.

 

Lakers 111 (20-25), Hornets 106 (15-30)

The Hornets gave it all they had but ran out of gas late and the Lakers hung on for their third straight win. The Hornets trailed by 18 midway through the fourth but ripped off a 16-2 run and got within a point after Greivis Vasquez (15 points, 15 dimes) hit a runner in the lane. On the next possession, Earl Clark (20 points, 12 boards) camped out in the lane and hit the layup and Steve Nash (12 points, 5 assists) followed that up with a three-pointer to seal the deal. Dwight Howard scored 24 points and Kobe Bryant finished with 14 points and 11 dimes. Eric Gordon scored 25 and Anthony Davis chipped in with 18.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    Drummond is playing so well right now, the scary thing is that he seems to still be timid out there. looks like he doesn’t run, cut, dunk etc going all out. when he hopefully learns how to maximize his energy wothout being out of control he will be a major problem. if anyone calls the pistons asking about there roster, this guy is as untouchable as anyone not named lebron or durant right now.

  • ChosenOne

    I’ll get roasted for this, but who gives a f*ck….

    I’m calling it now, the Lakers will make the WCF….If they avoid the Spurs in the postseason, then the Finals is achievable.

  • Caboose

    I mean, think what you want, I just disagree. They definitely look better now, but wins against the Thunder and Hornets don’t make you a Finals contender.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Yeah…let’s wait till they get to .500 before we start making Finals proclamations.

  • Max

    Portland has been playing very good in close games this month.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they are not beating the Clippers/Thunder/Spurs.
    .
    Steve Nash can’t play defense.
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    Those teams have the best healthy PG’s in the NBA right now. Bad juju for Lakers.

  • airs

    is the postup always this quiet now?

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

    Has any team hit more clutch baskets than the Blazers this season? It seems like every week those cats from Wes to Lillard to LA to Batum are stepping up and hitting big shots.
    ADavis could potentially one day become a great jumpshooter. Dude got a beautiful stroke.

  • LakeShow

    yes

  • Peter Walsh

    Nah…it has busy days depending on the previous night’s action. I think the emergence of Twitter has definitely changed the way people comment here since they can just voice their opinion there as the game is taking place.

  • ChosenOne

    These days, if the headline doesn’t have ‘Kobe Bryant’ in it… it will struggle to get interest. I swear headlines to do with Kobe have generated the most comments in the history of this website by far.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i am enjoying it daily. idk if people tell y’all enough, but i think most of us really appreciate the work you (& Leo) put in day after day.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    WOJ BOMB ALERT – @WojYahooNBA:

    Memphis and Toronto pushing closer on deal to send Rudy Gay to the Raptors, sources tell Y! Sports. Raps would part with Calderon and Davis.

  • Peter Walsh

    Appreciate that…thank you for taking the time out of your day to read and comment.

  • Max

    It’s that Blazers magic at the end of games.
    One of the best buzzerbeaters ever IMO.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOdj9wmCIzM

  • Draak Grafula

    Yes! Please don’t stop. I might not comment very much, but I read the postup pretty much every day. It’s my favourite part of SLAM. Keep up the good work. It’s loved by at least one Dutchman. :)

  • damnkids

    Beautiful like your boyfriend’s.

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