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Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  43 responses

Post Up: Road Woes

The Lakers kick off their seven game road trip with an L in Phoenix.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Sixers 92 (19-26), Wizards 84 (11-33)

Playing against his former team for the first time, Nick Young scored 18 points to help the Sixers down the Wiz in Philly. After D.C. pulled within two in the third quarter, Swaggy P nailed back-to-back three-pointers to trigger a 17-5 run. The Wiz cut the deficit to five with under two minutes left but Jrue Holiday (21 points, 6 dimes, 6 tunovers, 4 steals) hit a free throw then sealed the deal with a jumper. Emeka Okafor led the Wizards with 15 points and 17 boards.

 

Pacers 98 (27-19), Pistons 79 (17-29)

The Pacers led wire-to-wire and were up by as many as 23 during last night’s blowout win over Detroit. The Pistons cut it to two in the second quarter but Indy responded with an 18-2 run that made it a 13-point game with under three minutes to go in the half. Indy eventually pushed it to 18 heading into the break. Detroit–who was playing without traded forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye–opened up the second half with a 9-2 run but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way as the Pacers cruised to a victory. Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 boards, David West scored 14 and Born Ready finished with 12 points, 11 boards and 5 dimes to lead Indiana. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 18 points and 9 boards.

 

Celtics 99 (22-23), Kings 81 (17-30)

Boston came out on fire, hitting 62.5 percent of their first half shots, and took a 59-38 lead into the half. From there, they led by at least 14 points the rest of the way and earned their second win A.R. (After Rondo). The easy win didn’t come without a loss, though, as Jared Sullinger left the game with back spasms early in the game. His status is unknown. Paul Pierce led the way with 16 points and 10 boards and KG finished with 13 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. ‘Reke Evans led the Kings with 19 points, 11 boards and 3 steals.

 

Knicks 113 (28-15), Magic 97 (14-31)

New York got off to another slow start and Orlando took advantage behind J.J. Redick and Jameer Nelson’s 36 combined first half points and the game was tied at 51 heading into the half. New York shut the Orlando guards down in the third quarter, holding them to just nine points and took a 78-73 lead heading into the final quarter. The Knicks took over in the fourth, outscoring the Magic 34-24 in the to open up the lead and put the game out of reach. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points and now has the team record for most consecutive 20-point games with 30. Tyson Chandler scored 21 points on 10-11 shooting, grabbed 7 boards and dropped 5 dimes while STAT scored 14 on 7-7 shooting. Raymond Felton chipped in with 15 points, 9 dimes and 0 turnovers. Redick led the Magic with 29 points, Jameer Nelson scored 21 and dished out 9 assists and Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards. Big Baby Davis broke his foot in the game, he has no timetable for return.

 

Hawks 93 (26-19), Raptors 92 (16-30)

The Hawks struggled out of the gate and the Raptors took advantage, taking a 13-point lead into the half and forcing the Hawks to fight an uphill battle. ATL woke up in the third quarter and outscored Toronto 30-14 to take a six point lead into the final frame. Despite only suiting up nine players following yesterday’s trade, the Raptors wouldn’t go away. A Kyle Lowry (14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 dimes) bucket gave Toronto an 87-86 lead with 2:35 to go. DeMar DeRozan (23 points) stole the ball on the next possession and scored to make the Raptors lead three. Kyle Korver (17 points, 5-9 from three) hit a three to tie the game at 89 but Alan Anderson answered with a three of his own to give Tornto the lead again. With 30 seconds to go and the Raptors’ lead only a point, John Lucas III (19 points) missed a jumper that gave the Hawks a chance. After great ball movement, Al Horford (22 points, 10 rebounds) found himself open and slammed the ball home with 21 seconds left for the go ahead bucket. Horford then blocked Lowry’s shot with 12 seconds remaining but the Raptors had a chance to win on the inbounds. Following a timeout, DeRozan missed two shots under the basket and the Hawks survived. Josh Smith finished with 20 points and 11 boards.

 

Heat 105 (29-13), Nets 85 (27-19)

The Heat and Nets played to a 49-49 stalwart in the first half, but the defending champs took over in the second half to blowout Brooklyn and earn their thirteenth straight victory over the Nets. Miami outscored Brooklyn 56-36 in the second half and LeBron James (24 points, 9 rebounds, 7 dimes), Dwyane Wade (21 points) and Chris Bosh (16 points) each sat early in the fourth. Brook Lopez finished with 21 points and 7 boards to lead the Nets. Reggie Evans is eating crow today.

 

Bulls 104 (28-17), Bucks 88 (24-20)

The Bulls jumped all over the Bucks in the second quarter, going on a 20-4 run to take a nineteen-point lead. Nate Robinson was on fire during the quarter, scoring 16 of his 24 points to lead the Bulls to an easy victory. Jimmy Butler, who was making his return to Milwaukee (he played at Marquette) scored 18 points and grabbed 5 boards. Samuel Dalembert finished with 14 points and 13 boards to lead the Bucks.

 

Clippers 96 (34-13), Wolves 90 (17-25)

Blake Griffin scored 26 points and grabbed 13 boards and running mate DeAndre Jordan finished with 16 and 12 as the Clippers used a dominating inside game to beat the Wolves. The Clippers hope to get back on track with the win after  losing four of their previous five games with Chris Paul out–it will be tough, though. They play the next seven games on the road due to the Oscars. The Timberwolves went on a late 8-2 run that gave them an 86-84 run with four minutes to go. Caron Butler (19 points, 5 rebounds) responded with a three pointer and the Clippers proceeded to outmuscle the injury ravaged Timberwolves, winning multiple loose ball situations. Griffin’s three-point play with 30 seconds to go proved to be the dagger. Minnesota has lost five straight. Jamal Crawford scored 17 off the bench. Nikola Pekovic led the Wolves with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

 

Spurs 102 (37-11), Bobcats 78 (11-34)

Pop returned to the bench after missing the last three games with an illness and the Spurs laid waste to the Bobcats. The Spurs played without Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner who sat with sore knees. The Bobcats cut a 19-point deficit to 10 in the fourth but the Spurs finished the game on a 15-1 run to close the game on a high note. The Spurs now have the best record in the League at 37-11. Tony Parker led the way with 22 points and 7 dimes and Kawhi Leonard chipped in with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Ramon Sessions led the Bobcats with 20 points off the bench.

 

Nuggets 118 (29-18), Rockets 110 (25-23)

Gallo dropped 27, Kenneth Faried scored 19 and grabbed 9 boards to lead the Nuggets to their fifth straight win while ending Houston’s three-game win streak. The Nuggets went on a 24-3 fourth quarter run to open up a 13-point lead with seven minutes to go. The Rockets responded with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to six but Gallo hit a three to stretch the lead back to nine. Houston kept hanging around and cut the deficit to four with three minutes to go. The Nuggets responded again, this time with back-to-back layups from Andre Miller (12 points, 5 assists) and Ty Lawson (16 points, 4 dimes) to push the lead back to eight and end any hopes of a comeback. Jeremy Lin scored 22 points, James Harden scored 22 and Chandler Parsons scored 21 for the Rockets.

 

Jazz 104 (25-21), Hornets 99 (15-31)

Paul Millsap finished with 25 points and 10 boards and Al Jefferson scored 22 to lead the way as Utah bounced back from their embarrassing 45-point loss on Monday. Utah fell behind early but regrouped and outscored the Hornets 32-18 in the second quarter to take a 51-47 lead into the half. The two teams played a contested second half and Anthony Davis’ (14 points, 7 boards) eight-point fourth quarter pulled the Hornets within one with 2:18 remaining. But Millsap and Jefferson were too strong inside, hitting consecutive shots to give the Jazz a five-point cushion and the win. Derrick Favors scored 15 off the bench and Randy Foye had a solid 14 points and 8 dimes. Greivis Vasquez finished with 17 points and 13 dimes but shot 8-21 form the field and turned it over 4 times.

 

Suns 92 (16-30), Lakers 86 (20-26)

The Lakers were well on their way to a fourth straight victory in Phoenix when they suddenly went ice cold from the field and watched their 13-point lead evaporate and lost their eighth straight road game. With the game knotted up at 86, Michael Beasley (season-high 27 points) scored on a tough layup as the shot clock expired to give Phoenix the lead with 43.8 seconds left. Kobe (17 points, 9 assists) had a chance to tie on the other end but missed a layup with 24 seconds to go and the Lakers were sent packing for their next road game with an L. Dwight Howard re-injured his shoulder with seven minutes to go in the game and did not return. Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 12 boards and Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley each finished with 11. Steve Nash scored 11 points in his return to PHX and Pau Gasol scored 14 off the pine.

 

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  • spit hot fiyah

    those suns retros are so sick. caballos, frank and kj, barkley, majerle, ainge, ac green…memories

  • RobbieJay

    1: miami killed the nets in the 3rd. i legit took a half time dump, when the game was tied..it took longer then i expected and its almost a 20 point lead when i come back with 3:53 left. unbelievable. 2: those suns retros are niccccccccccccce. 3: the grizzles f*cked up. bad. lol

  • Dutch Rich

    Reggie Evans played a game within the game, vs the basketball. Lost that one too.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Always liked those black Suns uniforms.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    Would be even more fun if Miami and Brooklyn could meet in the Playoffs. What was Reggie thinking seriously ?

    On another note, that 8th spot is sliding further away from the Lakers, any update on Dwight’s injury ?

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    Kobe is staying very positive thought: “We r on track. Gave one away tonight, let it slip away from us but I like how we are playing as a team. It will all come together this way”

  • Max

    Nate Robinson is such an energy plug of the bench.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    wow LA just totally lost their sh*t in the 4th quarter. They just did away with everything they had been doing over the previous 3 and 3/4 games, and went back to that old, walk it up and try and find the biggest mismatch like a game of guess who, rather than playing that react offense. what’a trainwreck.

  • Lorne

    Suns/Laker was a blast to watch, especially since the Lakers ended up losing. They had some of the silliest turnovers I’ve seen this season. Kobe’s butterfingers were baffling.

    The league has seen some HORRENDOUS officiating the past couple of games. They can’t have bad calls or no calls deciding the outcomes of games.

    Beasley’s potential is insane. I really wish this kid had the right people around him from the beginning. Would’ve had a totally different career thus far.

  • shutup

    We will see, hope that missed layup doesn’t trigger his shot tourette’s. Hope he doesn’t start trying to rationalize himself jacking up 20+ per; (like the teams needs me; if I was more in rhythm I would have made it….)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that would be my fear too.

  • shutup

    Good to see the Spurs just chugging away, don’t know how they stay under the radar year in and year out; would love to see Duncan and co. win another chip before he hangs em up.

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

    Yeah there was one sequence where Clark couldn’t catch a pass, lost it, recovered and passed it to Kobe, who also had the ball slip out of his hands. This was followed by Gasol turning it over next possession by not being able to catch the ball.

    The Lakers had a stretch where they literally turned the ball over 3-4 possessions in a row. And that is when Super Cool Beas went to work. Yikes.

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

    Lakers problem wasn’t shots as much it was turnovers. Just careless, stupid passes all around by everybody, from Kobe to Gasol, Jamison, and Nash. Also, Metta needs to stop trying to bring the ball up, he almost always turns it over.

    The Lakers were up 13 when Kobe and Nash went to the bench. Over the next 6 minutes, their lead evaporated, Dwight got re-injured and they couldn’t close out the game.

  • ChosenOne

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • Max

    Can you imagine the Raptors’ practice after the trade.
    Ross, DD, Gay. That’s a better dunk contest than what we will get this year!

  • RayJr

    I fell asleep in the 4th and woke up at the end of the game and figured the Lakers fell back into their old ways. By reading you all’s comments I’m guessing I’m right. Did D’Antoni call timeouts, sub or do anything to get the Lakers out of that 4th quarter slump and stop the Suns momentum or did he just let them play?

  • Lorne

    That’s exactly the sequence I was referring to. I though for sure Kobe had it and it literally went right through his hands. It was weird.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Stark contrast for Kobe Bryant Wednesday: 10 FGA and 9 assists in 1st 3 quarters, 7 FGA and 0 assists in final 12 minutes

  • theDankerNuggets

    So tired of this Lakers hype train, win three games and all I see on every basketball show or site is how they’ve figured it out. Obviously they haven’t yet that was just three games, it’s a long season every team is going to have ups and downs so please stop dramatizing every win or loss like it means their whole season

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

    Nope, he let them play. Waited about 2 minutes to long to bring Kobe and Nash in. He was going with a lineup featuring Pau and Jamison and things just went bad from there…

  • LakeShow

    I think Kobe completely changing his game had something to do with all the talk…

  • shutup

    That’s a very telling stat.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, i mean they totally regressed as a whole last night. you can tell Kobe got frustrated and the switch flipped. this was on his teammates, they just totally stopped playing. Pau looked like he was in a different place mentally. That benching the night before really really really effected him apparently. He was just awful, especially defensively.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    They scored under 90 points. Kobe had 6 turnovers to go with his 9 assists. Steve Nash, one of the greatest floor generals and passers of all time had 2 assists. Nash=2 assits, Lakers = 86 points. Its not a coincidence. Kobe doesnt need to change his game. Kobe says things are going “fine” though, Nash is “fine” the game plan is “fine”. But ofc he’s gonna say that, he has the ball in his hands all the time now. He doesnt habve ot share it with Nash 80% of the time. He’s loving it.

  • LakeShow

    Why was this directed at me?

    What’s your point?

  • kas

    Because you’re the resident Kobe slurper and he needed the Master Slurper to co sign his thoughts.

  • RayJr

    Ugh…thats what thought. Thanks

  • RayJr

    WOW. When the stats turn around like this for Kobe during a game, what you tell shutup below is what happens to the Lakers EVERY time. Everyone else stops playing so Kobe pretty much has no choice but to fire it up.

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

    Beasley is actually not playing horribly as of late. surprising

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

    yea how are they under the radar when they are like 5 games ahead of the Heat

  • theDankerNuggets

    I don’t think he completely changed it, he just started actually passing to his teammates when the defense slid and helped on him. That was him trusting his teammates and the system, and it worked. But again that was only for three games, but the media couldn’t wait to jump back on the Lakers nuts, and look how dumb espn looked after the suns lead by B-Easy beat them

  • LakeShow

    He COMPLETELY changed it.
    You don’t add 10 assists to your average without completely changing your game.
    You must not have watched the game last night or any of the last 4 games. There was allot of positives from many aspects for the Lakers last night. They were up by more than 15 points, and then stumbled in the 2nd half. They still appear to be on the up and up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    lol man, no intention to go at you if thats how it came off. Im just annoyed at how the Lakers are going about things. The reason it was directed at you was because u referred to him “completley changing his game” like it was a positive thing, and warranted the “hype train” as dude above eluded to,which is a point i refuted .

  • LakeShow

    Naw, didn’t think you were coming at me, just didn’t know what to say to your post haha.
    So you think KB hasn’t completely changed his game over the last 4 games? Cause he has. Yes he’s still KB, but he is not playing his traditional way. Not even close.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    lol no, im saying that its actually not best for the team. (hence me connecting the fact that nash had only 2 assists and the team scored only 86 points). Sure Kobe had 9 assists, but it just didnt look right. they need more of Nash being Nash, rather than a glorified Steve Kerr.

  • LakeShow

    Oh yeah, completely agree. I made those thoughts made known a couple days ago. Here’s what I said in regards to Nash and KB swapping roles:

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………

    “Nash is ‘suppose’ to be doing what KB has been doing the last two games. I’m not sure if his age is catching up to him, or what, but KB has taken it upon himself to do it over the last two. I just think it should be Nash, if he is capable, making those plays.
    Believe me man, I loved what I saw, but it’s not realistic or achievable to expect things to keep going like that. KB is not a 14apg type of guy lol. Nash is not a spot up shooter. D’Antoni and Nash need to figure out how to incorporate KB’s strengths, and Nash’s, and Dwight’s all at the same time. Not ask KB to do it all…
    Nash, as good as he is, should not be a constant spot up shooter. Nash and KB almost switched roles the last two games. While it has boded well for them, it can’t be expected in the future. You can’t be successful having scorers be play makers and play makers be scorers. “

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    smart man.

  • shutup

    Has no choice? If he starts thinking he has no choice; then they have no chance.

  • shutup

    Definition of under the radar = they have the best record in the league; yet nobody talks about them. Under the radar = not many articles written about them because their success is expected, yet no one is really talking about them like they are contenders…….should I continue?

  • vtrobot

    Part of the best Finals ever.

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

    no no no I was agreeing with you. I was saying yea I honestly don’t know how they are under the radar with that record

  • shutup

    Sorry, that comment could be read both ways. That was my mistake.

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