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Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  28 responses

Post Up: Six Straight For BK

The Nets are back on track.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Just ‘Cause:

Royal Flush — “Worldwide”

Knicks 100 (24-13), Hornets 87 (11-26)

New York got a much needed win over the upstart Hornets in yesterday’s matinee game. The Knicks got off to another slow start defensively, allowing 29 points in the first quarter, but regrouped and refocused heading into the second. In the second, Melo scored 18 of his game-high 27 (he also grabbed 7 boards) and the Knicks outscored the Hornets 27-12 to take a 49-41 lead into the half. The Hornets came back in the third to cut the deficit to five but the Knicks came out on fire in the fourth quarter. Steve Novak (9 points) and Chris Copeland (aka Citizen Cope) hit back-to-back threes to trigger an 11-o run that gave the Knicks a deciding 16-point lead.  Melo has now scored at least 20 points in 24 straight games. Citizen Cope hit four three’s en route to 22 points and Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 boards. Eric Gordon led the Hornets with 22 points and Ant Davis scored 13 and grabbed 8 boards. The Knicks play Detroit in London on Thursday. WHY?

 

Bucks 107 (19-17), Raptors 96 (14-23)

Milwaukee seems to have Toronto’s number as yesterday afternoon’s victory marked the eighth consecutive time they have beaten the Raptors. Toronto jumped out to a 20-point first quarter lead with Jose Calderon doing most of the damage by scoring 15 early points. The wheels fell off in the second, though when the Raps shot 27 percent from the field and turned the ball over 10 times to allow Milwaukee to cut the deficit to two heading into halftime. The two teams battled back and forth in the third, tying the score three different times before the Raptors gave themselves a little bit of breathing room with a four-point lead heading into the fourth. The fourth quarter was close until Larry Sanders came through with a huge block with just over three minutes to go that gave the Bucks all momentum. From that point on, Milwaukee outscored Toronto 15-5 to earn a ten-point victory. Brandon Jennings scored 19 points and dished out 10 assists, Monta Ellis scored 17, John Henson scored 19 off the bench and Sanders scored 11 and grabbed 8 boards. DeMar DeRozan scored 23, Amir Johnson had a season-high 22 points and 14 boards, Ed Davis scored 20 and grabbed 12 and Calderon finished with 21 and 8 dimes.

Nets 97 (22-15), Pacers 86 (23-15)

Indiana’s vaunted defense was once again putting in work through the first three quarters but the Pacers fell apart in the fourth as Brooklyn came back to win its sixth straight. Down six heading into the final quarter, the Nets finally found their stroke and quickly reeled off a 17-0 run to turn an eight-point deficit into a nine-point lead and effectively ended the game. The Pacers went ice cold from the field in the fourth, shooting 3-22 for the quarter, and saw their early defensive effort go to waste. Deron Williams scored 22 points, dished out 9 assists and grabbed 5 boards while Joe Johnson scored 20. David West scored 27 and Paul George scored 15 and grabbed 12 boards.

Spurs 106 (29-11), T’Wolves 88 (16-18)

The Spurs beat down on the overmatched Timberwolves who are now 0-8 when scoring less than 90 points. Tony Parker scored 20 points, Gary Neal came off the bench for 15 and Tim Duncan scored 12 points, grabbed 9 boards and blocked 7 shots in the win. The T’Wolves cut the lead to ten in the fourth but Pop light a fire under his team’s ass after being ejected for two technicals. His team responded by going on a 9-0 run and extending the lead to 19. J.J. Barea led the Wolves with 15 points and 6 dimes.

Nuggets 116 (23-16), Warriors 105 (23-13)

The Nuggets won their fifth straight over the Warriors to improve to 14-2 at home as they continue to roll through the winter. The Warriors led 87-79 heading into the fourth quarter but put forth an impressive defensive effort to stall the Warriors offense while they attacked on offense. Denver opened the quarter on an 18-2 run in a four and a half minute span to take a nine-point lead. The Warriors eventually cut the deficit back down to three but it was too little too late as Corey Brewer (13 points) quickly hit a three and Danilo Gallinari (21 points) came through with the putback dunk to put an emphatic stamp on this one. Wilson Chandler made his return (!) and provided a spark off the bench, finishing with 14 points and 6 boards. Ty Lawson scored 20 and dished out 5 assists and Dre Iguodala finished with 10 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 3 boards. Steph Curry finished with 29 (only 9 in the second half) and 7 assists while David Lee scored 23, grabbed 13 boards and dished out 6 assists.

 

Thunder 87 (29-8), Blazers 83 (20-17)

The Blazers gave the Thunder all they could handle and nearly pulled off a late comeback, but the Thunder prevailed and ended Portland’s nine-game home win streak. With three and half minutes left in the game, Russ Westbrook (18 points on 5-21 shooting, 9 dimes) nailed a three to put the Thunder up ten, and it looked like like this one was well on its way to being over. But the Blazers wouldn’t go away and went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to four with just under two minutes to go. The two played to a stalemate for the next minute and a half until Nicolas Batum (21 points, 7 boards) hit a three to cut OKC’s lead to one. On the next possession, Kendrick Perkins (3 points, 12 boards) missed the first of two free throws and the Blazers called a timeout after he hit the second. The ball went to LaMarcus Aldridge (33 points, 11 boards) who’s 20-foot fade-away drew iron with under two seconds to go. The Blazers were forced to foul and Westbrook hit both of his free throws to put the game out of reach. Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha each sat with an injury. Kevin Durant tied Aldridge’s game-high with 33 points. He also had 2 blocks. Dame Lillard finished with 9 points on 3-14 shooting and 9 dimes.

 

Lakers 113 (16-21), Cavs 93 (9-30)

The Lakers ended their six-game skid with a blowout victory over the lowly Cavs. Dwight Howard finished with 22 points and 14 boards in his first game back from a torn labrum, Kobe Bryant dropped 23 and Steve Nash chipped in with 10 points and 9 dimes. This one was over early as they took a 37-18 lead in the first quarter and continued to pour it on the rest of the contest. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 15 points and 7 dimes while Dion Waiters chipped in with 15 off the bench.

 

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  • LLC#12

    Is anyone against the NBA playing games overseas? If so, why? I REALLY hope PG and Green both enter the dunk contest, the last team-mates I can remember in it were JR Smith and Chris Andersen (I haven’t paid it much attention since), the latter turning in one of the worst performances of all time. Surely Bargnani gets traded soon, the Raps almost look better without him, but for all his offensive talent, I can’t think of a team he’d be a good fit on, I’m not sure he’s a starter in the NBA. I’d like to see a frontcourt of Brook Lopez and Bargnani just so someone on the opposing team could beat Wilts 55….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    anyone that watched that Lakers game, wanna tell me what they were doin in the half-court offensively last night? would be much appreciated.

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

    Bargnani for Pau would be a great trade IMO (if the Raptors want that). Right now, they’re treating Bargs like he’s a star player – he’s not. He’s in the same vein as Lamar Odom in that he leads others to lead so he can follow and contribute whenever he can. With Bargs stretching out the the perimeter, it would free up Dwight in the post, with Kobe in the wings and Nash outside ready to shoot or penetrate and dish. I think it makes a lot of sense for them.

    There would be defensive liabilities asociated with Bargnani, but its not like Pau is DPOY material himself.

  • KipSmithers

    Glad to see Liggins play well!

  • christianbullen

    Hmm.. I actually like this trade for both sides, would be interesting to see if LA has the balls to make a move for Bargnani of all people, he would fit well I’d think though.

  • Name

    Pau is a much better defender than Bargs. Bargs definitely has the talent to be a premier big man in the L, but he just lacks the work ethic and passion to become elite. Maybe a change of scenery could help him, but I don’t think LA is the right place

  • Name

    Timmy almost had a 5 by 5 last night

  • LakeShow

    Unfortunately haven’t watched the game yet. I’m watching it tonight on the DVR. I’ll let you know tomorrow.

  • LakeShow

    He should be in some running for an award this season…

    I don’t care what.

    MIP

    DPOY

    OFB (Old Fart Ballin)

    Something though… Great year for Fundamentalist!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Appreciate it. The reason I think something was different is because the team shot over 50% from 3 and Dwight had 7 turnovers. So holler at me if you would

  • LakeShow

    Believe me i’m as curious as you, but unfortunately this is probably just an overly talented team going up against …. well, the Cavs…

  • LakeShow

    Dwight’s TO’s scare me. I can deal with FT% and lack of fluidity…. but damn homie, cut down on the TO’s…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Just see about what % of plays the Lakers initiated the half-court offense with a pick and roll compared to a post/wing entry pass.

  • LakeShow

    Gotcha.

  • LakeShow

    Artest has 16 steals over the last 4 games…

  • Caboose

    Something was definitely different. The ball touched Dwight’s hands more and the Cavs reacted strongly to it. Think roughly Orlando in 2009-10. Dwight touches the ball a lot, but doesn’t always finish the play.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    those turnovers could be a positive sign. First night back, bum shoulder, 11 shot attempts (more than average, still not enough) – the 7 turnovers is probably evidence that LA was actually feeding the post (if he were running primarily PnR’s you’d think he’d have more shot attempts, and less turnovers, but you never know) and the 3pt% looks like evidence that Cleveland was double teaming. Now, i do realize Cleveland has nobody to guard the paint and must double team, but if what the evidence is pointing at is true, then the Lakers are making at least making offensive strides towards their strengths.

  • Sérgio

    I watched the game. Nash’s pick ‘n rolls were far more effective than in the last games. Also, all LA’s players were looking to move the ball and make the extra pass. They had a lot of turnovers – there was a stretch, in the 2nd quarter, where they had 6 consecutive turnovers, but the execution was fine overall.
    Also, the defense was working, with guys rotating over and covering the others.
    But let’s not forget that they played Cleveland, owners of a 9 – 30 record and the 2nd worst offense in the League.

  • Max

    Paul George has 12 over the last 2.

  • LakeShow

    ♫Don’t RAAAAAAAIN on MYYYYYY Parade!!!♫

  • LakeShow

    I was all excited and then you reminded me of what I already know.

  • Max

    Were does that come from?

  • The Fury

    Bargnani is the Italian version of Tim Thomas.

  • LakeShow

    A million things. I think Babs made it popular in the movie “Funny Girl.
    Yes I just called Barbra Streisand Babs…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    see i am not at all interested in why they won. i know why they won. i want to know, specifically, why Dwight had 7 turnovers, and why the team shot over 50% from 3. Specifically those 2 things are what i’m interested in knowing.

  • LakeShow

    KB’s shots were his normal highly contested shots that just go in, Morris doesn’t normally shoot 3′s all that well, but he shot 4 and knocked down 2. Most of the changes in this game came directly as a result of Nash’s penetration.(which was not initiated through picks nearly as much as you’d think) He was looking really quick and like he knew where he wanted everyone in this game. Nash and Kobe moving the ball are the key as to why this game was different. They didn’t feed the post much at all…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehhh, i’m not excited by how much they seem to rely on Nash in his 10ish games back.

  • LakeShow

    Tell me about it… Too many minutes, too much work for a player his age, and he’s not getting enough shots imo…
    Sh*ts gotta change big time.

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