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Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  19 responses

Post Up: Beast of the East

Can anyone stop the Heat?

by Peter Walsh

Thunder 91 (47-16), Celtics 79 (34-28)

The Celtics hung with the Thunder through three quarters but OKC pulled way in the fourth for the win. The Thunder opened up the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run that pushed their three point lead to 12. OKC shot 50 percent in the fourth quarter and their defense held Boston to just 14 points over the final 12 minutes. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 23 points, 11 boards and 5 assists and Russ Westbrook added 15. Paul Pierce scored 20 for Boston.

Lakers 90 (33-31), Bulls 81 (35-28)

Yesterday’s win over the Bulls pushed Los Angeles into the eight spot in the West and LA is now officially in the hunt. Chicago took a 36-34 lead late in the second quarter but the Lakers rallied to take the lead into the half. In the third, the Bulls went ice cold from the field and missed 11 straight shot attempts during a 12-0 Laker run that put them up 65-47. Chicago eventually cut the deficit to eight with eight minutes left but again went ice cold from the field and went scoreless for four minutes to allow the Lakers to hold on. Kobe scored 19 and dropped 9 dimes while Dwight Howard went for 16 and 21 boards. Joakim Noah scored 18 and grabbed 17 boards for Chicago.

Raptors 100 (25-39), Cavs 96 (21-42)

Toronto trailed by nine with eight minutes left in the third quarter before going on a 27-13 run to take a five point lead into the fourth. During that run, Jonas Valanciunas and Kyrie Irving collided and Irving was taken to the locker room with the Cavs up four. With their leader sidelined due to a shoulder injury, the Cavs fell apart and relinquished their lead to Toronto. All five Raptor starters scored in double figures with Amir Johnson leading the way with 17 and 16 boards. Dion Waiters led cleveland with 21 points.

Magic 99 (18-46), Sixers 91 (23-39)

Philadelphia’s season is officially in the pits after a loss to Orlando last night. The game was tied up at 85 with 4:30 left when Beno Udrih, Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo each hit 3′s and the Magic were able to pull away. Philly was down 91-89 with 2:15 left when Jrue Holiday stepped to the line with a chance to tie. He missed both and the Sixers lost all momentum. Nelson led the Magic with 24 points and 10 dimes and Nic Vucevic finished with 14 points and 17 boards.

Heat 105 (47-14), Pacers 91 (39-24)

With last night’s win over Indiana, the Heat have now won at least once against every team in the League. After losing the first two games in the regular season series against Indiana, Miami came out and made a statement by beating down the Pacers. Miami led by as many as 23 and started the second half on a 15-3 run to pull away. Mario Chalmers scored a game-high 26 points, Chris Bosh scored 24 points, DWade scored 23 and had a season-high 6 steals and LeBron finished with 14 points, 7 dimes and 6 boards. David West led the Pacers with 24 points.

Hornets 98 (22-42), Blazers 96 (29-33)

Nicolas Batum nailed a 22-footer late in the fourth quarter to give Portland a 93-92 lead and Greivis Vasquez missed a jumper on the other end and it looked like New Orleans was going to let this one slip out of their grasp after building a double-digit lead. But, Anthony Davis chased down the loose ball and saved the rock. Ryan Anderson then hit a 3-pointer to give New Orleans the lead. Anderson also hit a layup and free throw with 1.6 seconds left to seal the deal. Vasquez finished with 20 points, 7 boards, and 5 dimes, Ryan Anderson scored 20 and grabbed 13 boards and Davis scored 18 and grabbed 10 boards. Dame Lillard finished with 20 points and 8 dimes.

Mavs 100 (29-33), Timberwolves 77 (21-39)

The Mavs scored the first 14 points of the second quarter and went on a 24-5 run that gave them an 18-point lead. From there Dallas cruised to the finish as the Wolves never got closer than 10. Vince Carter scored 22 off the bench and Dirk finished with 16 and 9 boards.

 

Bucks 115 (32-29), Kings 113 (22-43)

Monta Ellis scored 29 and dished out 9 assists, and Brandon Jennings scored 16 and dropped 8 dimes to lead the Bucks to a close win over Sacramento. With three and a half minutes left in the third quarter, Boogie Cousins was ejected after elbowing Mike Dunleavy Jr. in the head. Dunleavy responded by scoring 14 of his 16 points after being hit and helped Milwaukee build a 15-point lead in the fourth. The Kings came back but Tyreke Evans’ buzzer beater just missed and Sacramento dropped another. Cousins scored 24 and grabbed 10 boards in the loss.

 

Clippers 129 (45-20), Pistons 97 (23-42)

WHOA.

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  • Anthony Dixon

    Only if Roy Hibbert played like a …………..

  • http://twitter.com/Gordon321Gordon Gordon

    You also can Get more money from here “…….fff.to/gbs

  • Max

    I hope the standings in the West stay like this:
    Spurs-Lakers
    OKC-Houston
    Clippers-Warriors
    Grizzlies-Nuggets.
    Those are all nice matchups.

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

    Why is Vinny telling his team to calm down?

  • spit hot fiyah

    you r right, Houston okc would be entertaining for sure and clips and Ws don’t like each other

  • roscoe

    DCUZ strikes again….

    He is an interesting player… 10 for 12 FG, 24pts, 10 Boards…

    and a temper that Mike Dunlevey can’t understand.

    What is up w/ dcuz?

  • RayJr

    -Just love KD waving Kevin Martin to get out of the way.
    -Monster slam? Really?

  • LakeShow

    Interesting is the wrong word. lol i’m kiddin

  • Drig

    Lakers might go to #6 seed at this rate……While the chance of playing 7 home games is enticing, I don’t think it’s good enough to pass up on the chance to relive Lakers vs Spurs one last time.

    Noah had a subdued game. Don’t know whether it was Dwight’s D or it was him just having an off-night.

  • LakeShow

    #8 baby lulz

  • LakeShow

    Man, the east is bad… The Knick’s shouldn’t have the 2nd best record. Indiana shouldn’t be the 2nd best team. The Net’s haven’t been impressive this year, yet they are sitting there with the 4th best record… Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Milwaukee…
    No offense but they are all bad.
    I haven’t thought about or cared till now…. but we need D-Rose in the L just to make things semi competitive.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s not going to do it this year. i feel bad for all the east coast people who have to work in the AM. the West playoffs are gonna be the whole show this year.

  • LakeShow

    I don’t wish for him to come back this season unless he feels 100% which is highly unlikely, but he is the one guy (since Andrew Bynum died) that can mix things up in the East.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The East in general needs to stop failing in the draft. lol. Only the Celtics, Cavs, Bulls, and (redacted) seem to consistently turn out solid drafts. And it hurts the entire conference as a whole.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    The NBA has one too many teams. This is not like the NFL where there is a huge pool of talent to draft from. Look at a team like the Hawks, they make the playoffs every year yet still can’t even fill up 75% of their arena.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    attendance is related to how popular the sport is. not how rich the talent base is. College sports have no problem filling up any arena. for example.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I agree but I was just using the Hawks as an example of how a team with two all-stars can’t even fill out a stadium. No one in the Atlanta area really cares that much about basketball, the majority of the south is obsessed with football.

  • roscoe

    my comment was b4 coffee and its what rolled off the keyboard.

    i think i was trying to be nice… he needs some professional help imo.

    hopefully he gets things right, bc he is a talent.

  • roscoe

    pound sand Gordon…

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