Friday, February 1st, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  9 responses

Post Up: Warriors Survive

Golden State hangs on to defeat Dallas.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Thunder 106 (35-11),Mavericks 89 (29-16)

After wrapping up a six-game road trip, the Thunder returned to Oklahoma City and beat up on a short handed Grizzlies team. The Thunder jumped out to a 26-point lead before Russell Westbrook threw a weird temper tantrum that caused him leave the court for the locker room and ultimately get benched for the rest of the third quarter by Scott Brooks. The episode was distracting enough to OKC that they allowed Memphis cut the deficit to ten. Westbrook was inserted back into the game and the Thunder quickly went on a 9-2 run to make it 86-69 with 9:32 left in the game. The Grizzlies posed no threat after that. Kevin Durant finished with 27 points, 7 boards and 6 dimes and Westbrook tallied  21 points, 9 boards, 6 assists and 5 turnovers. Jerryd Bayless led Memphis with 23 points and 6 assists.

Warriors 100 (29-17), Mavericks 97 (19-27)

David Lee was downright dominant, finishing with 15 points, 20 boards and 9 assists while Klay Thompson scored 27 as the Warriors held on to defeat the Mavs. Golden State trailed 79-78 heading into the fourth but opened the final quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 90-79 lead. The Mavs struggled to score early on in the quarter but after a Vince Carter (22 points) free throw broke the scoreless streak, Dallas went on a 13-2 run of their own to tie the game at 92. The two teams traded buckets down the stretch and O.J. Mayo (25 points, 6 assists) cut the Golden State lead to one after splitting a pair of free throws with 43 seconds remaining. Neither team could find the basket on the next few possessions and the Mavs had a chance to take the lead with time running down. Dallas worked the ball inside to Brandan Wright who’s shot was blocked by Andrew Bogut (there was definitely some contact, but the ref did the right thing by swallowing his whistle). Jarrett Jack (13 points, 9 dimes) grabbed the loose ball and was fouled. He hit both free throws on the other end to ice the game.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    that tantrum looked wierd, but his post game interview with sager was straight comedy

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Westbrook had a relapse. Just because you got it going does not give you the right to jack up shots. Mo Cheeks has to nip this in the bud, but I hate the fact because of this outburst Skip Bayless is going to say I told you so. I love Westbrook but you have to understand the pecking order. Even with that he had 21 9 and 6. But West was in the wrong. Thabo man went to double and Thabo was wide open. Heck even KD was wide open. Did y’all see KD’s body language? I glad him and Thabo got on him, but if they don’t handle this, this could cost them a title. I hope I’m wrong.

  • Mac

    Westbrook honestly makes me doubt the Thunder’s championship chances. He seems to be stuck in a score-first point guard mentality, and a score-first point guard has resulted in 1 Championship in the last 3 decades.

  • Nigel

    Damn, the Mavs played twice last night? No wonder they lost!

  • Slick Ric

    Not true….Chauncey Billups was/is a scoring PG and that’s why he plays SG now, he did play under control and understood how to choose his spots but he was more of a scoring PG. Tony Parker also won finals MVP just like Billups so technically he was able to lead his team to a championship being the point, he did have Timmy but Russ plays alongside KD.

  • http://twitter.com/kreider65 Blanche Starbong

    D Lee just misses a triple double nearly every game. He is currently in beast mode.

  • Mac

    I wouldn’t consider Billups or Parker score-first point guards. IMO, both run an offense much better than Westbrook does, and both shoot far less than Russ does. For example, during Detroit’s championship season Billups had 16.9 PPG and 996 FGA (for the regular season). During San Antonio’s last 3 championship season Parker has had 15.5, 16.6 and 18.6 PPG on 1043, 1118 and 1096 FGA. Westbrook is on pace to attempt 1547 field goals this regular season. As I said before, the only score-first point guard to win a Championship in the last quarter century is Isiah Thomas, and I would consider him a far superior floor general compared to Westbrook.

  • Slick Ric

    Just because they can run an offense does not mean they aren’t a score first PG….tony parker wasn’t nearly as good of a floor general as he is now but he’s always been efficient, something westbrook still struggles with and Billups effectiveness comes from his scoring first then his ability to run the team. Isiah is more of a Pure point BY FAR than both Parker(especially in 07) and billups.

  • Mac

    Isiah was a beast. He was better a both scoring, passing and running an offense than Billups and Parker are/were. The difference I see between Westbrook and those other championship PGs is that it looks like Russ’ first inclination is to attack and score, regardless of what the defense is doing and who he teammates are and what kind of game they’re having. Ie. Russ is score-first. Billups and Parker CAN score, but they hit their teammates, play to what the defense gives them and run their offence much better then Russ which is why I don’t consider them score-first. Like I mentioned before, Russ is on pace to shoot 30%+ more times than Parker or Billups did during their championship runs. I’m skeptical the Thunder will win that way.