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Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  26 responses

Post Up: Triple Overtime Thriller

The Celtics outlasted the Nuggets in a battle between the NBA’s hottest teams.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Clippers 102 (36-17), Knicks 88 (32-17)

In a tale of two benches, the Clippers reserves ran the Knicks bench off the court, outscoring them 48-15 and once again showing that, when healthy, they are the deepest team in the League by far. Jamal Crawford completely outplayed his Sixth Man of the Year competition, J.R. Smith. Crawford scored 27 points on 12-22 shooting in his return to the Garden while Smith underwhelmed with 6 points on 1-9 shooting. New York led 73-71 after six straight points between Carmelo Anthony (42 points on 14-26 shooting, 8 boards) and STAT (9 points, 6 boards) but Los Angeles quickly responded with a 7-0 run to take a 78-73 lead early in the fourth. The Clippers owned the final quarter and outscored the Knicks (who are more interested in Fashion Week than winning basketball games, it seems) 31-18 to win by 14. Chris Paul was back to his normal self, scoring 25 points to go along with 7 dimes, 6 boards and only 1 turnover. Blake Griffin finished with 17 and 12 boards. Raymond Felton scored 20 points 0n 9-18 shoting but only had 5 assists and 4 turnovers.

 

Heat 107 (34-14), Lakers 97 (24-28)

LeBron James scored 30 for a franchise record fifth straight game on 12-18 shooting and grabbed 7 boards while dishing out 4 assists to lead the Heat past the Lakers. James was unstoppable in the second half, scoring Miami’s last 11 points of the third quarter to put the Heat up by five heading into the fourth. The Heat continued their onslaught in the final quarter as Dwyane Wade (30 points, 5 assists) finished a three-point play to put Miami up seven. Late in the game, Wade stepped in front of a Kobe Bryant pass, saved it from going out of bounds by flipping it to Chris Bosh who found Norris Cole. Cole raced down the court past Steve Nash then threw an overhead alley-oop pass to James who slammed it down and put a stamp on the victory. Kobe finished with 28 points on 11-19 shooting and 9 assists.

 

Celtics 118 (27-23), Nuggets 114 (33-19) F/3OT

With the two hottest teams squaring off, it should come as no surprise that this one came down to the wire…and then some. Let’s pick things up at the end of regulation…With Boston clinging to a 92-90 lead, Ty Lawson (29 points, 6 boards, 9 assists in 54 minutes) hit a running bank shot to tie it up at 92 with under a second left and sent the game into overtime. The Nuggets had a 99-96 lead a the end of the first overtime when Jeff Green (17 points, 4 boards) tied it up with 23.8 seconds left to tie the game up at 99. Lawson once again had a chance to tie things up but his long 3-point try fell short and the game entered it’s second overtime. Denver led 105-104 in the second overtime and Lawson came through once again with a jumper to put the Nuggets up three with 18.9 seconds left. The C’s, whose veterans are no strangers to games like these, put the ball in Paul Pierce’s (27 points, 14 boards, 14 assists in 54 minutes) hands and The Truth hit a three with Andre Miller in his grill to tie the game at 107 apiece with five seconds left. Danilo Gallinari (18 points, 10 boards) had a chance to tie but missed his tough layup as time expired and the game went to a third OT. In the final five minutes of the game, Jason Terry (season-high 26 points) made the games two biggest plays. First, JET hit a 3-pointer with 1:33 left to break a 113 all tie that put the Celtics up for good. Then, with 35 seconds remaining, Terry stole the ball from Andre Miller to ice the game and keep the Celtics’ seven-game win streak intact.

 

Raptors 102 (19-32), Hornets 89 (17-34)

Rudy Gay scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Raptors in scoring for the fifth straight game. Toronto led for much of the second half but the Hornets kept it close until T.Dot went on a 12-4 run led by the Raptors bench and Gay. After the run, the Hornets found themselves fighting an uphill battle down by 13 and were unable to mount a comeback. John Lucas III scored 19 points off the bench, Amir Johnson finished with 11 points and 10 boards and Kyle Lowry chipped in with 14 points and 10 dimes. Robin Lopez scored 19 points and Greivis Vasquez put together a 17-point, 7-rebound, 6-assist performance.

 

Magic 110 (15-36), Trail Blazers 104 (25-26)

J.J. Redick scored 22 off the bench, Jameer Nelson dropped 15 dimes and Nic Vucevic finished with 17 points and 19 boards as the Magic upset the Blazers in Orlando. Over a four minute stretch in the second quarter, Gustavo Ayon found Andrew Nicholson for a layup, blocked a shot, tipped a ball for a steal and hit two jumpers to give the Magic the lead for good. Dame Lillard had the worst shooting game of his rookie year with 4 points on 1-16 shooting (0-8 from three) to go along with 12 dimes. LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 25 points, 6 boards and 5 assists.

 

Grizzlies 105 (32-18), Timberwolves 88 (18-30)

The Grizzlies outscored the T’Wolves 58-41 in the second half to run away with their second victory in a row. Memphis was up ten at the half and stretched the lead to 21 in the third with an early 15-4 run. The Grizzlies maintained their lead and led by 20 heading into the fourth. Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, Zach Randolph scored 16 and grabbed 8 boards and Mike Conley finished with 16 points and 8 assists to lead Memphis. Ricky Rubio scored 17 for Minnesota.

 

Spurs 111 (40-12), Nets 86 (29-22)

In their first visit to to Kings County, the Spurs left their mark by stomping out the Nets who are yet to find their identity this season. With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili looking on from the bench, the Spurs outscored the Nets 30-14 (certainly not the first time BK has unraveled in the third quarter this season). In the fourth, San Antonio continued their onslaught–both offensively and defensively–and outscored BK 30-15 to finish off the Nets for good. Tony Parker finished with 29 points and 11 assists, Danny Green hit four 3′s and Tiago Splitter scored 13 and grabbed 9 boards in the win. Brook Lopez (18 and 9), Joe Johnson (19) and Deron Williams (15) led the Nets. San Antonio owns the NBA’s best record at 40-12.

 

Thunder 97 (39-12), Suns 69 (17-35)

Oklahoma City led wire to wire and were up by as many as 35 in a blowout victory over Phoenix. Kevin Durant scored 18 and grabbed 7 boards, Thabo Sefolosha scored 20 and Russ Westbrook finished with 24 points and 6 dimes in the win.

 

Kings 117 (19-33), Rockets 111 (28-25)

Isaiah Thomas went off in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 of his 23 points, to lead the Kings to a comeback victory over the Rockets. Houston led by ten points early in the fourth but the Kings went on a 17-17 run to tie the game and gain all momentum down the stretch. The Rockets pulled within two late but John Salmons (23 points, 6 dimes) hit both of his free throws to put the Kings up four and the game out of reach with nine seconds left. DeMarcus Cousins scored 20 points and grabbed 7 boards in 23 minutes. James Harden scored 30 points and Omer Asik grabbed 12 boards to go along with 17 points.

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  • Max

    It’s quite surprising that the Spurs are still dominating and blowing teams out without TD and Manu.

  • Caboose

    Pop.

  • SirGrey

    TP.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    Pop and TP, who’s been the 3rd best player in the L for the past month or 2

  • RayJr

    So I guess it’s quite obvious now that the Lakers play a lot better with Pau than Dwight. I would love for them to deal Dwight but who will take him now? Dwight is a shell of himself and for not even being interested or trying he still gets 15 and 9 smh

  • RayJr

    The Spurs should not be winning all these games without Duncan or Ginobli but, unlike most teams, even if they are down they continue to play their game until the last second is over and that is due to coaching. Also helps that Parker is pretty much unstoppable lately.

  • spit hot fiyah

    sick extension by rudy

  • Happy

    Any team with the wiggle room. Trust.

  • Caboose

    By my count, Lakers need to go 21-9 to make the Playoffs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would like Lakeshow to come in and explain how he thinks Durant is better than LeBron after the last week.

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    http://www.sbnation.com/2013/2/11/3976040/lebron-james-heat-lakers-stats

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    “In the past two decades, only two players have shot 56+ pct from the floor on 18+ attempts per game: Shaq and LeBron.”

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    “List of players who can match LeBron in assists per game and 3FG% this season: Steve Nash and Jose Calderon. That’s it.”

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    http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/16858/anatomy-of-lebron-james-last-65-shots

    smh LeBron.

  • RayJr

    Sounds right. IMO if they dont win the next 2 games against the Suns and Clippers before all star break I’d have to say playoff hopes would be at around 10%. Jazz and Portland need to keep sliding for LA to slip into the 8th spot too.

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

    They’re not going to make it…on a related Lakers note, I’d like to present people with this story: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/howard-495416-nash-lakers.html

    If Nash is fed up with Howard already, you know its going to be a bad season.

    Synopsis: Nash feels Howard isn’t trying/giving it his all.

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

    I have learned this year that Dwight is possibly the biggest diva I’ve seen on a basketball court in quite some time.

  • ChosenOne

    Tony Parker is simply awesome!!

  • KoloradoKobe

    Lebron’s FG% is insane. This really is a historic season.

  • KoloradoKobe

    Saw that play you’re talking about – I’m amazed that Nash even managed to get that ball through the defender’s legs to Dwight. Dwight is looking bad — this season is just going to get uglier.

  • DeMacksBack

    LMMAO that is the first thing I said when I came on this site today. I remember it was us two trying to convince this man there is no comparison to this man and that is really saying a lot knowing how good Durant is. But LeBron is just on another planet compared to the rest of the talent in the league!!

  • Caboose

    I LOVE seeing Dwight learn that the grass isn’t always greener. It’s the kind of lesson kids should learn by 5th grade, NOT IN THE NBA. But seeing him sputter, it’s pure schadenfreude.

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

    To this day I’m confused about why he wanted out of Orlando. He had a great coach, a decent team around him that they could have easily re-tooled to his liking, and a supportive fanbase. Oh, and he was the man and got all the touches he wanted.

    Say what you will about Lebron and Wade, but when they paired up, they both sacrificed their game to some degree, or at least evolved it mentally and on the court to accommodate their new situation. Dwight hasn’t done that. He may have done it to some degree on the court, but he’s still moaning and complaining about it off the court.

    He wants to win, but winning in Orlando wasn’t enough due to a demanding coach so he has to win with another team. Except, if he’s on another team with superstars like he wished for, he wants to win on his terms while being the man and not sacrificing numbers.

    Nobody knows what this guy wants – not even himself.

  • RayJr

    Yeah he’s stepped up his diva-ness coming to LA and sadly thats the only thing he’s improved upon from last year.

  • Caboose

    He wants:
    1. A coach who is hard on his teammates but easy on him.
    2. Stars all around him but none of whom will take his offense. His ideal lineup would be Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, Josh Smith, and Kevin Love.
    3. Love from a fanbase.
    4. A winning team that needs him to be successful.
    5. To not be the only one to blame if the team doesn’t win.
    6. Guys with smaller personalities than him so that he shines brightest.
    7. All the credit when his team wins.
    8. A max contract.
    9. To not look like Shaq or prove Shaq right.
    10. A management that looks exclusively at what he wants and trades (miraculously) for the players on his wish list.
    11. To not be scorned when he leaves a team.

    On that note, I guess Dwight would be happier RIGHT NOW if the Lakers had the EXACT SAME record, he was putting up the EXACT SAME stats, but Kobe was averaging 22-3-4 on 38% shooting. Why? Put the blame on someone else.

  • The Philosopher

    Told y’all about the Celtics…

  • jumpman22cn

    They are not going to make it. I watched last night’s game, over one turn over, the heat took it all the way to the basket- two on one. The only laker player chasing from their half back gave it a try( of cause it ended up a LBJ dunk) was the oldest guy on the floor: Steve Nash. All the other lakers did not even try, stood there and watched. I feel sorry for Nash. PLEASE, sign with another team after this season.

  • Caboose

    Have to brag somewhere. 6-3.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha i was just waiting for that.

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

    He has 2 years left on his contract…

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