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Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

Post Up: Kawhi To the Rescue

Kawhi Leonard hits the game-winner as the Spurs down the Cavs.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Tough night of basketball, guys obviously looking forward to the break.

I gotta be up at 5:30 AM so these’ll be quick…

Hawks 108 (29-22), Magic 76 (15-37)

The Magic led early but Jeff Teague hit a three that gave the Hawks momentum. The Hawks grabbed the lead late in the first quarter and led from there on out. Josh Smith scored 30, grabbed 10 boards and dropped 5 dimes. Al Horford scored 26, grabbed 12 boards and also dropped 5 dimes. The Magic have lost 24 of their last 27 games.

Spurs 96 (42-12), Cavs 95 (16-37)

Dion Waiters hit a jumpshot with under 10 seconds to go to put Cleveland up 95-93 and the Cavs looked like they were on the way to the biggest win of their season. But, Kawhi Leonard wasn’t even entertaining the idea of a loss against the lowly Cavs and nailed a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds to give San Antonio a 96-95 lead and the win. Leonard finished with 13 points and 10 boards. Tony Parker scored 24, dropped 7 dimes and grabbed 6 boards. Waiters scored 20 for Cleveland.

Pacers 101 (32-21), Bobcats 77 (12-39)

Paul George dropped his first career triple-double with 23 points, 12 boards and 12 assists as the Pacers routed the Bobcats. David West missed the game with an eye injury but Tyler Hansbrough stepped up and netted a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double. Charlotte led 66-60 late in the third when the Pacers bench amassed an 18-4 run to break the game open.

Celtics 71 (28-24), Bulls 69 (30-22)

Both teams looked exhausted and shot under 40 percent in an ugly game. KG hit a turnaround bank shot late to give the Celtics a five-point lead. The two teams went on to trade missed baskets before Chicago forced a five-second violation with 49 seconds left. Marco Belinelli hit a layup to cut the deficit to one but the Celtics hit a layup as the shot clock expired on the other end to push the lead back to three. The Celtics hit their free throws down the stretch to ice it. Brandon Bass led the Celtics with 14 points and 9 boards. Joakim Noah grabbed 16 boards.

Nets 119 (31-22), Nuggets 108 (33-21)

In an up and down game, the Nets broke off a 15-2 third quarter run to push a seven-point lead to 20. Brooklyn held off Denver for a nice home win before the All-Star weekend. C.J. Watson scored 25 points, Joe Johnson scored 26 and dropped 9 dimes and Brook Lopez chipped in with 23 points and 8 boards. Ty Lawson scored 26 points and handed out 9 assists.

Raptors 92 (21-32), Knicks 88 (32-18)

The game was tied at 55 with under three minutes to go in the third quarter when Kyle Lowry was ejected after his second technical foul. John Lucas III entered the game as his replacement and immediately nailed a 3-pointer. The Raptors then went on to extend the lead to nine and the Knicks were unable to come back. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 20 points and Alan Anderson scored 26 off the bench. Carmelo Anthony shot a woeful 5-24 from the field and scored just 12 points. He hurt his arm during the game and may miss the All-Star game. J.R. Smith scored 26 off the bench.

Pistons 96 (21-33), Wizards 85 (15-36)

The score was tied with five minutes to go when Will Bynum scored six straight points to make the score 82-76. Bynum then hit Jose Calderon for a 3-pointer. Kyle Singler followed that up with two free throws to cap an 11-0 run and give the Pistons the advantage. Bynum finished with 20 points and 8 dimes and Calderon scored 24. Emeka Okafor scored 20 points and grabbed 9 boards.

Bucks 94 (26-25), Sixers 92 (22-29)

Monta Ellis scored 28 points and Brandon Jennings chipped in with 21 as the Bucks gained a four game lead over the Sixers for the eighth seed in the East. Ellis hit a shot to put the Bucks up 93-90 but Ev Turner hit a layup with 20 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to one. Ellis then hit his free throws on the other end to ice the game. Jrue Holiday scored 16 points and dished out 12 assists.

Hornets 99 (19-34), Blazers 63 (25-28)

The Hornets beat down a run down Blazers team and led by as many as 39 in the win. Anthony Davis finished with 21 points and 11 boards while Greivis Vasquez scored 10 points and dished out 8 assists.

Jazz 97 (30-24), Timberwolves 93 (19-31)

Al Jefferson stole Luke Ridnour’s cookies and drove the length of the floor for a layup with under three minutes to go in the third quarter that started a 23-7 run. When it was all said and done, the Jazz were up 81-67 and the lead proved to be too much for the Wolves to overcome. Jefferson finished with 20 points and 11 boards. Derrick Williams scored 24 points and grabbed 16 boards and Ricky Rubio scored 18, dropped 10 dimes and grabbed 9 boards.

Mavs 123 (23-29), Kings 100 (19-35)

The Kings trimmed an 18-point deficit down to seven with five minutes left in the third quarter when Vince Carter turned back the clock to push the Mavs to a victory. Carter hit back-to-back 3-pointers in a 30 second span then hit three more over the final minute of the quarter to put the Kings away. Carter finished with 26 points. Boogie Cousins score 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Clippers 106 (37-17), Rockets 96 (29-25)

The Clippers hung 46 on Houston in the first quarter and were able to keep the Rockets at bay the rest of the way to earn the win. Blake Griffin scored 20 points and grabbed 11 boards, Chauncey Billups scored 19 and Chris Paul dished out 11 assists. Chandler Parsons scored 17 for Houston.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    nice to see Derrick Williams playing better and showing some promise, he definetly needs to take ricky rubio out for lunch every day this off season though

  • Max

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r_cg7bNkjk
    Peep this video.
    And Bulls-Celtics and Nuggets-Nets where exactly opposit games.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Raptors on a roll heading into the ASG. I’m loving it.

  • theDankerNuggets

    super disappointing season for Philly so far

  • LakeShow

    Nice vid.

    In their primes both were GREAT. KB was greater, but the margin is not as big as some would have us believe.

    T-Mac was a phenomenal player. One of the greatest scorers in L history at his peak.

    If T-Mac had stayed healthy we could properly compare them, but as of now were stuck with KB’s team beating his teams 17 out of 24 games and McGrady’s FG% of 39% when matched up against KB isn’t noteworthy, at least not positively.

    Damned healthiness.

  • LakeShow

    Seriously, nice game by him.

    I wouldn’t be completely opposed to a trade for he and another solid player for Pau, but I don’t know if that is a possibility.

  • LakeShow

    1 question: Why is Mickael Gelabale on a roster getting minutes. I thought we figured out 7 years ago there is only two and a half players worthy of shine in the NBA from France.

  • LakeShow

    The best player on the Raptors and the best player on the Knick’s combined to shoot 9 of 45 FG’s… That’s an even .200 right there baby…. Gol damn…

  • LakeShow

    Sorry, but one more thing….
    How is Rubio such a terrible shooter? I know why ( he doesn’t set his feet well, and leans when he shoots, or is off balance half the time), but why hasn’t anyone fixed that. He has good form. He shot 11-12 FT’s in the game, so you know he has the mechanics, but he just can’t figure out how to shoot jump shots correctly it seems. He needs to fix that badly. Right now he is just as flawed as he is gifted. He needs to improve on his shooting badly if he is going to take as many shots as he does.

  • Caboose

    He needs to take a lesson from Rondo’s book: just because you’re open from 18 feet doesn’t mean you should take it. Dude is clearly a pro at drawing contact, I don’t understand the jump shots. I’d hate to see him reigned in at all, but Adelman might wanna work on it.

  • Caboose

    Contracts.

  • LakeShow

    You nailed it.

  • LakeShow

    I just want to say this fact:
    “Eric Bledsoe averages a block a game as back up PG to Chris Paul……”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i could do this for him.

  • LakeShow

    You could show him the process, but no you couldn’t do it for him.
    He has to learn to slow down and think before shooting, and that’s not something you can force someone to do. Especially a guy where the main part of his game is in his lack of having premeditated plays.

  • Dutch Rich

    Thanks for reminding me why I couldn’t stand Kobe early on. His fundamentals were so bad it’s a wonder why they let him stay in games. 60 percent of the spin moves got him from a bad position to a worse position, then he would chuck a fade-away while his feet are perpendicular to the cup. Thank God he has work ethic, cause he sure as hell didn’t improve overnight.

  • Caboose

    If I had to guess, he probably feels an obligation to his team to shoot if he’s open. It’s not like he’s taking contested 20 footers. He’s missing awkward runners from 17 ish feet. He takes them because he might feel odd to his teammates if he passes up what may look like an easy shot. Which makes sense and it’s the same issue Rondo had his first couple years. If Adelman told him “look, it’s ok to pass up open shots; the team won’t blame you for it,” he’d be much better off.

  • Caboose

    Blame Coffee Black a bit for that one.

  • Max

    Imagine a healthy TMac who is 29, who would have never been injured. He could have been one of the most complete players ever.

  • Max

    Batum, TP and there’s 2 more dude who has valuable minutes.
    Both from the Spurs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I could get him in those habits.

  • Caboose

    Nando and Diaw

  • Max

    Exactly, Nando is a nice surprise.
    And than there still is Pietrus, but he went downhill, like Turk after the finals.

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