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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  45 responses

Post Up: First To Thirty

The Thunder are the first team to win 30 games.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Wizards 120 (7-28), Magic 91 (13-24)

The Wizards won their third straight in blowout fashion over the Magic. John Wall played 20 minutes in his second game back from a knee injury and scored 12 points and dished out 6 dimes. The Wizards shot a season-high 56 percent from the field, scored a season-high in points and had it’s largest victory of the season and led wire-to-wire. The Wiz were up by 19 with under two minutes to go in the first half before Orlando closed the second quarter on a 13-0 run to cut the deficit to six. In the third quarter, the Wizards scored 37 points and led 96-77 heading into the fourth which made the final quarter a formality. Emeka Okafor scored 19 and grabbed 11 boards, Brad Beal scored 17 and Kevin Seraphin scored 18 off the bench. Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 19 points and 12 dimes.

 

Celtics 100 (20-17), Bobcats 89 (9-28)

Rajon Rondo came through with a 17-point, 12-assist, 1o-rebound triple-double as the Celtics cruised to a double-digit victory over the Bobcats. Boston opened the game on a 13-2 run and never trailed, leading by as many as 18. It was Boston’s sixth straight victory. Paul Pierce scored 19 and Avery Bradley scored 16 as he continues to make an impact after sitting the first half of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. Hakim Warrick and Ramon Sessions each scored 16 while Kemba dropped 12 on 4-16 shooting.

Bulls 97 (21-15), Hawks 58 (21-16)

Nothing to see here…

Except this:

 

Clippers 99 (29-9), Grizzlies 73 (24-12)

With Chris Paul sitting on the bench, the Clippers ran through a Grizzlies team playing sans Rudy Gay. The Clippers went up 32-19 before Memphis went on a run to cut the deficit to six. But the Clips responded with a 17-4 run to take a 19 point lead at the half. Los Angeles kept the foot on the gas in the second half, opening the third quarter on a 15-6 run to push their lead to 16 as they breezed through the third and fourth quarters. Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes each scored 16 off the bench and Eric Bledsoe scored 14 and dished out 4 assists. Z-Bo led the Grizz with 15 points and 12 boards.

Mavericks 113 (16-23), Timberwolves 98 (16-19)

Six different Maverick players scored in double-digits as Dallas used a balanced attack to beat the T’Wolves. Dallas led by 23 in the fourth quarter but the Timberwolves came back to cut the deficit to single digits after J.J. Barea’s (21 points, 5 dimes) three with just over three minutes to go. The Mavs called a timeout and on the ensuing possession, Darren Collison (23 points, 9 assists) hit a three to push the lead back to 11 and the game out of reach. O.J. Mayo scored 20 points, dished out 9 assists and grabbed 7 boards and Elton Brand scored 20 on 10-13 shooting off the bench. Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points and grabbed 12 boards.

Jazz 104 (21-19), Heat 97 (24-12)

The Heat’s road struggles continued last night as they lost a tough one to the Jazz. The Jazz owned the Heat on the glass, outrebounding them 40-23 and in bench scoring as Utah’s reserves outscored Miami’s 47-26. Miami trailed by 21 in the third quarter but stormed back to cut the deficit to two to make for an entertaining fourth quarter. LeBron, who finished with 32 points, 6 dimes, 4 boards and 2 blocks, made a few crucial mistakes down the stretch that allowed Utah to hold on for the win. First he was called for goaltending and on the ensuing possession he was called for an offensive foul. He then missed a three-pointer with 2:19 to play. Gordon Hayward (22 points) provided the dagger when he hit a 14-foot fadeaway with 40 seconds to go. Al Jefferson scored 23 points and grabbed 11 boards while Paul Millsap scored 17 and grabbed 9 boards. Chris Bosh scored 16 points and Rashard Lewis scored 13 off the bench.

 

Thunder 102 (30-8), Suns 90 (13-27)

With last night’s win over the Suns, the Thunder became the first team to win 30-games in the ’12-’13 season. Kevin Durant was downright dominant as he scored 41 points (including 27 in the second half), grabbed 5 boards, blocked 2 shots and had 0 turnovers. Russell Westbrook was no slouch either as he went for 36 points , 8 boards, 5 dimes and only 1 turnover. The Suns closed the third quarter with a 14-4 run to cut the deficit to four as they held OKC scoreless over the final five and a half minutes of the quarter. In the fourth, Durant was a one-man wrecking crew, opening the quarter with a layup, a 19-foot jumper and a three-pointer to put the Thunder back up seven. Later in the fourth, Durant’s assault continued as he hit a three followed by a 19-footer, a layup and a final dunk over Marcin Gortat to put an exclamation point on the performance and the game completely out of reach. Shannon Brown scored  21, Mike Beasley scored 14 and grabbed 11 boards and Gortat finished with a 19-15 double-double.

 

Kings 124 (14-24), Cavs 118 (9-31)

DeMarcus Cousins finished with 26 points, 14 boards and 6 dimes to help the Kings end a four-game losing streak with a dub over the Cavs. Late in the game, Kyrie Irving (15 points) turned the ball over on consecutive possessions which led to fast break layups by Marcus Thronton (20 points) and Cousins to put Sacramento up nine. Dion Waiters (33 points, 5 assists) hit two straight three’s to cut the deficit to three. After the Kings hit one of two free throws on the next possession, Waiters missed on the other end and Boogie grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. He hit both freebies on the other end to seal the game. Tyreke Evans scored 18 points on 6-6 shooting and Thomas Robinson tied his career-high with 12 points. Tristan Thompson scored 17 and grabbed 15 boards and C.J. Miles chipped in with 17.

 

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  • Dutch Rich

    I’ve seen enuff. Clippers win it all this year.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The Heat should probably get it together and start winning some of these away games before the postseason gets here.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    man Miami always has a ton of trouble with Utah. those have been some of the best regular season games over the last 3 years.

  • Max

    20 Points in the first half?
    5 in the Second quarter?
    Eeewwwww..

  • Conor

    False.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    It’s a distinct possibility

  • LakeShow

    One of those ones where i’m still waiting for someone to say it was a typo…

  • 23

    LeBron “made a few crucial mistakes down the stretch”. The dude was a 1 man show last night! Why is there no mention of wade??! 11 pts?!! Come on now if somebody’s play cost Miami the game it sure as hell wasn’t LeBron

  • LakeShow

    Utah gives a few good teams trouble. Their front court is solid and Hayward off the bench is real nice. Their back court is so bad right now with talent you would think they would suck no matter how good the front court plays, but that’s not the case.

    The rebounding disparity is always going to be against the heat when they play the Jazz.

    So last night’s game(two nights ago) was interesting. Lakers won off of the first quarter momentum. What was most strange is how little they used the pick and roll/pop, in favor of just letting Nash do Nash things.

    The first possession Nash passes to Kobe on perimeter, KB tosses it right back to Nash, he dribbles into the lane and finds Clark cutting from the corner for the easy dunk.

    The Lakers played very quick intelligent D all around. KB had his typical dumb lane hawking moments where he almost left his team dry, but they were quick on their feet this game and recovered quickly with help D so all those moments came up with nil for the Cavs.

    On the next several possessions Nash just pushed the ball or forced the issue in the sets, with lane penetration and typical Nash movement. He just made things tick, in conjunction with KB being quick to pass the ball(4 assists in first 4 mins of play, 6 in 27 mins of play).

    Clark was also highly impressive. He is incredibly agile for a PF. Odom-esque. He also has been adding the 3 to his arsenal. He had shot 10 before coming to LA, he has only shot 4 this year, but has hit 2 of them and it appears(who woulda thought) D’Antoni wants him stepping out occasionally for the 3 to spread the floor. Clark started btw. Nash,KB,MWP,Clark,Howard.

    Overall in the first qtr, Pick and Roll’s between the starters only happened maybe 3 times. It was not their main play for sure. Once the subs came in at the end of 1st and start of 2nd they ran pick and roll allot more. Duhon and Sacre mostly. When Nash came back in, he and Howard started doing more picks than the 1st qtr. About 35% of poss. were initiated by PnR as opposed to 20% in the first qtr.

    Overall the differnce for the Lakers was they played careful, quick defense and passing the ball very willingly. I’m afraid the Cav’s just suck though…

    MWP has some amazing defensive moments at time. He shut down Gee 1 on 1 in embarrassing fashion and then followed that with a beastly steal on the other end. They had good momentum throughout the game. Bench did well also executing Mike D’s offense. Morris hit timely 3′s. Jamison played well also.

    So basically all that to say, we need to see them against better competition to see which direction they’re headed.

    Yo, one other thing, i’m going to be in Tucson next month, do you have any inkling as to what the weather will be at the beginning of February?
    I’m trying to camp, do you know of good camping in the area?

    Thanks

  • LakeShow

    Maaaan, sorry for the length… boring morning I guess :D

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Hard for any team to win in Utah especially a team that’s soft at the 4 and 5 spot and Utah has a pretty tall and skilled frontline.

  • LakeShow

    No mention of Wade??
    He got his own damn article!

  • Caboose

    1. Dion Waiters is ATROCIOUS on defense. Cavs aren’t going anywhere unless they bring in a defensive stud at either the 1 or 2 spot.
    2. It’s incredibly frustrating watching DeMarcus Cousins. If dude didn’t pout after every miss (and therefore give up 2 points easily) he’d be the best center in basketball right now.
    3. The John Wall effect? Crazy that people wrote him off.
    4. Teams CANNOT try to put defensive minded shooting guards on Durant. Quick tweener forwards look to be the best cover on him. That is, have a Millsap type guard him instead of a Hayward.
    5. Who’s had a worse season, Rondo or Deron?

  • Caboose

    He did make crucial mistakes down the stretch.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you are going to Tucson just to camp?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oh and the Temp should be Mid to High 60s, overnight lows around 40. —- i would suggest camping further north, if you have a choice. I really don’t know anyone that camps near Tucson, it’s desert out there. We call it the asshole of earth.

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

    Deron by a good margin. Rondo (13/11/5 on 50% shooting) vs DWill (17/7/3 on 41% shooting)

  • LakeShow

    Co-Signature

  • LakeShow

    Nah, Vending at the Gem and Jam Festival. You heard of it? Hoping to camp to save on overall costs. I will be driving down.
    Ass-hole of earth… hmm sounds endearing and quite inviting.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s a huge festival. i wonder if my cousin is going to be working it in any way shape or form, she works for the local news station out there. but yeah, Tucson is awful as just a city, but with that festival, i bet you’ll have a blast.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, beeleed me… Tucson isn’t my ideal destination.
    My favorite artist, and friend Random Rab will be performing there is the main reason why i’ll be attending, but also just to sell a bunch of my art and sh*t haha.
    I need to figure out my sleeping arrangement, because I thought camping was going to be included, but it isn’t so I gotta find a place. I’m going to search for a somewhat local camp ground to the area cause I don’t want to drive too far every night.

  • LakeShow

    Yo, SLAM, what’s with the DISQUS issues??

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    there is plenty of nothing around Tucson, i’m sure you won’t have much of a problem.

  • LakeShow

    Nice, good to hear, i’ll just strap my tent up on the side of the road then haha…

  • LakeShow

    Annnnnnnnd it’s fixed…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, the majority of that city is drunk after sundown, i wouldn’t be too close to any roads lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i want to know, specifically, why Dwight had 7 turnovers and why the team shot over 50% from 3?

    .
    were they just having a good shooting night? were they more open then normal? did Dwight’s 7 turnovers have anything to do with the offense?

  • LakeShow

    BTW, Dwight’s TO’s were not as bad as 7 TO’s sounds. Most were him just not being put in good position and having the ball knocked away, some he just threw the ball away. He didn’t have a single iso move all night. Not one. Nearly all his points came on put backs, with a few coming off of PnR’s.

  • LakeShow

    OMG, you just love Tucson don’t you lol. Naw it looks like ‘Catalina State Park’ is my go to. haha… Catalina….
    20 mins from where i’ll need to be, so not too bad.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s what i was wondering. 7 TO would indicate, to me, considering they were playing Cleveland without Andy, and he’s Dwight, that maybe D’Antoni was pushing the ball into the post and forcing Cleveland to collapse, which would have led to open 3′s. But from what you’ve said, that’s clearly not the case. Looks like LA is still in figuring things out mode.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yuma is the only city on earth i would rather not be in than Tucson. Tucson is earth’s asshole, Yuma is its chode.

  • Max

    Holy mother of comments.

  • KipSmithers

    Deron

  • LakeShow

    lol… my b

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, unfortunately that game was exactly what it appeared. The Lakers vs The Cavs. Talent level isn’t even close…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    exactly why i wasn’t interested in the actual results lol

  • retrobat

    cannot upvote this enough!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • theDankerNuggets

    was that a record? I’ve never seen somethinglike that before

  • Drig

    They have tons of hustle players who go at the boards hard. Miami struggles a ton against great rebounding teams.

  • Max

    Almost, 20 was a franchise low, and the 5 probably was too. But there were probably some lower ones when the NBA first started.

  • Mantas

    There is the record, thats what happens when you do not have a good bench, lol
    http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=240208009

  • theDankerNuggets

    wow in the 4th quarter too, that’s just sad.

  • theDankerNuggets

    that’s true, back in the days before dribbling and such haha

  • Max

    Holy balls.

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