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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  44 responses

Post Up: Milwaukee’s Best

Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis lead the Bucks to their fourth straight win.

by Peter Walsh

Knicks 102 (36-21), Cavs 97 (20-40)

The Knicks were down 52-30 when Carmelo Anthony took an awkward fall on a fast break and walked gingerly to the locker room with a knee injury. Melo left behind a team that looked dead in the water and well on their way to a second consecutive loss. Instead, the Knicks ripped off a 17-4 run to close the half and found themselves down 61-49 with renewed hope. The second half began just as the first ended for New York as they jumped all over the Cavs and went on a 15-3 run to tie the game up at 64 apiece. The teams went back and forth over the next two quarters but JKidd gave the Knicks the lead for good when he hit a 3-pointer with 5 minutes left that gave New York a three-point lead. The Cavs had a chance to tie at the end but Kyrie Irving’s 3-point attempt was blocked by Tyson Chandler and the Knicks held on for the comeback victory. STAT led the Knicks with 22 points, J.R. Smith chipped in with 18, 7 and 7 and Steve Novak hit four 3′s to finish with 15 points. Marreese Speights scored 23 points and grabbed 8 boards and Irving finised with 22 points, 6 dimes and 5 boards.

Bucks 109 (30-28), Jazz 108 (32-28) F/OT

Milwaukee has made a habit of getting itself into tight games lately and last night’s win over the Jazz was no exception. Trailing 99-96 with the clock winding down, Brandon Jennings (20 points, 17 dimes, 3 steals) nailed a 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime. In the overtime session, newly acquired Buck, J.J. Redick went off and scored Milwaukee’s first eight points. Monta Ellis (34 points) then put the nail in the coffin with an 18-foot jumper that made it 109-106 with 14.7 seconds remaining. Jennings and Ellis outscored the Jazz starting backcourt of Earl Watson and Randy Foye 54-0. Larry Sanders finished with 8 points, 16 boards and 6 blocks. Derrick Favors tied his career-high with 23 points and 15 boards as he got the start over an injured Al Jefferson. The Bucks have won four straight.

Magic 105 (17-44), Hornets 102 (21-40)

Orlando used a big second half to take down the Hornets last night in New Orleans. Arron Afflalo scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half and Jameer Nelson added 15 second half points to jumpstart a 17-point comeback and an eventual win. Over the final two and a half minutes of the game, the Magic outscored their opponent by nine points to get the dub. Greivis Vasquez scored 17 and dished out 8 assists and Anthony Davis scored 17 and grabbed 15 boards.

 

Heat 97 (44-14), Wolves 91 (20-37)

The Heat set a new francise record with their 15th straight victory last night in blowout fashion. The Timberwolves cut the lead down to three in the fourth quarter after a 14-4 run, but the Heat proved to be too strong down the stretch and turned up the pressure on defense to trigger a 16-5 stretch run to get the dub. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 32 points, 10 dimes and 7 assists while LeBron had 20, 10 boards, 4 dimes and 7 turnovers. Ricky Rubio led the Wolves with 14 points, 8 assists, 6 steals, 5 boards and 6 turnovers. Derrick Williams chipped in with 25 and 10.

Nuggets 104 (39-22), Hawks 88 (33-26)

The Nuggets ran all over a tired Hawks team in the fourth quarter to pull away and improve their home record to 26-3. Denver forced seven turnovers in the fourth quarter which led to 12 points and Corey Brewer caught fire in the final quarter to help turn an 8-point lead into a 17-point drubbing. Brewer finished with 22 points. Ty Lawson finished with 18 points and 8 dimes while Wilson Chandler scored 13 off the bench. Al Horford led the Hawks with 18 points, 13 boards and 2 blocks.

 

Blazers 122 (28-31), Bobcats 105 (13-47)

Portland shot just under 60 percent and had seven players score in double figures as they steamrolled the Bobcats in Portland. Nicolas Batum scored 20, LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 boards and Dame Lillard finished with 20 points and 7 dimes in the blowout. Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 15 points and 11 dimes.

Warriors 125 (34-27), Raptors 118 (23-38)

Golden State used a strong fourth quarter to get the win over the Raptors and end their four-game skid. David Lee scored 29 points and grabbed 11 boards and Steph Curry had 26 points and a season high 12 dimes to lead the Warriors. In the fourth, Klay Thompson scored 10 of his 22 points and helped trigger a late 9-0 run that proved to be the difference. Andrea Bargnani tied a career-high by hitting five 3-pointers to finish with 26 points and Amir Johnson finished with 23 points and 15 boards in the loss. Toronto has now lost fifth straight and it appears the Rudy Gay honeymoon is over.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    has rudy gay shot over 50% as a raptor yet?

  • The Fury

    Jennings should always play like this!

  • spit hot fiyah

    the jazz had 3 starters go scoreless AGAIN, second time in like week, has to be some sort of record. good thing that their bench kicks ass. carrol, favours, kanter, burke, and Hayward would be a respectable starting 5.

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

    I feel like Melo was embarrassed more than anything, by tripping over his feet. I’m Glad he got up on his own power and walked it off.

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

    Hayward should be starting.

  • Max

    Carrol has these moments where he’s really really good.
    He came from Memphis right?

  • Max

    What the hell is wrong with Brandon Jennings?

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

    Nope. He shot 50% against the Clippers and that’s when he didn’t start.

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

    Hahaha contract year.

  • Max

    And how about Luke Walton.
    Think about this, last night, Brandon Jennings and Luke Walton combined for 29 assists.
    Let that sentence sink in for a moment.

  • The Philosopher

    If only he played like this consistently…

  • The Fury

    Luke actually is a good playmaker.

  • The Fury

    He was starting earlier this year right?? Why did he became their 6th man later on is puzzling to me.

  • Sérgio

    Christ… but Walton has always been a good passer. The problem is that he is the least athletic player in the league, and the slowest as well…

  • The Fury

    Kanter is a beast inside, too bad the Jazz has a lot of bigs.

  • Max

    I know but still, in 2013?
    Nobody would’ve guessed that at the start of the season.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    @InsideHoops: Dwyane Wade last 5 games: 27.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 7.8 apg, 59 percent shooting.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he was hurt with his shoulder for a good while

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah i believe so, man Memphis has given up on so many good bench players these last few years

  • spit ot fiyah

    yeah he and favours kill it. millsap and big Al are FA this summer, no way the jazz are keeping both. kanter and favours need more playing time, they are the future of that franchise together with hayward

  • Max

    Think about how much Memphis would love to still have Vasquez.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    For Lakeshow: http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2013/03/05/whats-behind-the-lakers-run/
    .
    (and all other Lakers fans).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Any one else perturbed that Andrea’s career high for three pointers made is 5, given that he’s a three point specialist?

  • LakeShow

    Damn, those are like Kobe numbers! Ha, naw i’m not starting this!

  • The Fury

    That figures, thanks!

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

    Man that was a great read. Kobe aka when talent works hard.

  • Sérgio

    Amazing, that’s all I have to say.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe’s numbers have been slightly better over the same stretch. When taking in the whole LeBron makes life easier variable.

  • http://tddaily.com/ Abe Schwadron

    *Post Up: A Beer I Hope I Never Drink Ever Again

  • Sérgio

    I mean, my comment should be in your other post, regarding Kobe’s hard work.

  • LakeShow

    I don’t think he is human.
    He has to be part robot or something. I just don’t understand… What about sleep? lol

  • LakeShow

    Thanks man. Your way more up on articles than I, so I appreciate you spoon feeding them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he has to be the worst family member in his family.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol it’s ok i figured it out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i try to spread as much good info as i can. (notice, the Lakers performance outside of crunch time hasn’t changed much —- pretty telling about D’Antoni, if you ask me).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s only seems like a 3-point specialist because he’s so bad at everything else.

  • LakeShow

    I agree. You know I’ve been down with Dan since day one.

    So… You still think the Lakers aren’t making the playoffs?

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    True. He had flashes a couple of years ago didn’t he, but then his whole game just collapsed.

  • LakeShow

    Probably blending protein shakes at 2 AM.
    Ehhh, his kitchen is probably a city block away from their sleeping chambers anyway lol.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    His numbers aren’t that great actually.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, he looked extremely good at the beginning of last season. IDK what happened to him exactly, probably the whole, everyone noticed how bad he was defensively and started criticizing him which in turn destroyed his confidence and forced him to regress offensively aspect of it. That’s what i would assume.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it is between them and Utah. Possibly Golden State.
    .
    Houston is pretty much at home, against sub .500 teams from here on out. so they should be a shoe-in.
    .
    Utah is on the road as much as at home (11 games on the road, 10 games at home). They are the vulnerable team. playing .500 basketball over the next 20 might be a safe number (it’s gonna be really really close), assuming LA goes (what i see from their schedule at worst) 12-9.
    .
    i’m saying with you though, i wouldn’t be too confident. still a pretty big hill to climb getting back in the playoff picture.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, I think they are going to do it, but just by squeaking in. I don’t see the Warriors or the Rockets falling off, so it’s gotta be Utah. They are so good at home, but not so much on the road. Gunna be interesting.

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