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Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  40 responses

Post Up: Never Say Die

The Celtics fight back to defeat the Pacers.

by Peter Walsh

Nets 99 (35-26), Bobcats 78 (13-48)

Brooklyn found themselves down by ten at the half but came out in the third quarter on fire as they turned that ten-point deficit into a 13-point lead with a 16-3 run. The Nets didn’t trail again and stretched their lead to as many as 23. Joe Johnson scored 22 points, Deron Williams scored 20 and dished out 8 assists and Reggie Evans grabbed 16 boards in the win. Mike Kidd-Gilchrist led the Bobcats with 17 points on 8-13 shooting.

Cavs 104 (21-40), Jazz 101 (32-29)

Utah held a six point lead with 1:41 left in the game but the Cavaliers ended the game on a 9-0 run-triggered by Kyrie Irving–to win the game. Irving scored the first five points of the run then stole the ball from Gordon Hayward and found Wayne Ellington for a dunk that put the Cavs up for good with 57 seconds to go. Mo Williams had a chance to regain the lead for Utah but missed a fast-break layup with four seconds left and the Jazz were sent packing with an L. Irving finished with 20 points and 10 dimes and Tristan Thompson had a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double. Hayward led the Jazz with 25 and 7 boards off the bench.

Celtics 83 (33-27), Pacers 81 (38-23)

Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Celtics were down 14 and looked like they were well on their way to a loss against the upstart Pacers. Instead, the Pacers missed their first nine shots of the fourth quarter and the C’s put together an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to just one. With their backs against the wall, Indiana responded with a run of their own and George Hill scored eight straight points to push the lead back to nine. Boston wouldn’t go away, though, and a Paul Pierce 3-pointer with 2:33 left cut it two. The teams went scoreless over the next minute and change then Avery Bradley hit a layup to tie it the game up at 81 with 1:21 left. The Pacers had two chances to retake the lead but couldn’t get a good shot as the Celtics defense stepped up and shut down Indiana. On the C’s final possession, Jeff Green came off a Pierce back screen to get an open look under the bucket and hit the game winning layup with 0.5 left on the clock. Pierce scored 13 and grabbed 8 boards, KG finished with 18 and 10 and Avery Bradley scored 13. Paul George led the Pacers with 16 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals while David West scored 11 and grabbed 16 boards.

 

Hawks 107 (34-26), Sixers 96 (23-37)

Anthony Tolliver came off the bench and scored a season high 21, Jeff Teague scored 27 and dropped 11 dimes and Al Horford had 21 points, 12 boards and 6 dimes as the Hawks snapped their three-game losing streak with a win over the Sixers. The Hawks got off to a slow start and fell behind 8-0 but quickly turned things around and finished the rest of the half shooting 70 percent from the field as took a 19-point lead. Philly did cut the deficit to three in the third quarter but ATL finished the quarter on a 25-7 run and the Sixers never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Heat 97 (45-14), Magic 96 (17-45)

Up by 20, the Heat got comfortable and the Magic stormed back behind 25 points and 21 boards from Nikola Vucevic and nearly pulled he upset to end Miami’s 15-game winning streak. Jameer Nelson hit a jumper with 1:36 remaining to give the Magic a 96-93 lead and LeBron missed two 3-pointers on the next possession and it looked like Orlando was going to come away with an improbable win. On the Magic’s next trip down the floor, Tobias Harris drove baseline and hit a layup but the basket was called off thanks to Shane Battier coming up with the defensive play of the game by drawing the charge. Chris Bosh was fouled after grabbing a rebound and hit both free throws to cut the deficit to one. Al Harrington responded by missing a wild 3-pointer and LeBron grabbed the rebound to give Miami a chance with 12.6 seconds remaining. After coming out of the timeout, LeBron caught the ball on the inbounds, drove past DeQuan Jones and hit a tough left-handed layup in traffic that proved to be the game-winner. LBJ finished with 26 points (11-12 from the stripe) and DWade scored 24 points and grabbed 6 boards.

 

Knicks 87 (37-21), Pistons 77 (23-40)

Raymond Felton scored 26 and grabbed 6 boards, STAT dropped 22 and grabbed 9 boards and J.R. Smith scored 20 and the Knicks won a weird game to sweep their season series with Detroit. Each team squandered away multiple double-digit leads and New York went on two separate 16-0 runs in the second half to win in Detroit. New York then gave up an 8-0 run but responded with their second 16-0 run–a stretch that featured four 3-pointers–that gave the Knicks the lead for good. Greg Monroe missed the first game of his career with an injury. He had started 208 games prior to last night. Jose Calderon had 16 assists and Brandon Knight scored 17.

Grizzlies 91 (40-19), Blazers 85 (28-32)

The Grizzlies found themselves in a 17-point hole but closed out the final six and a half minutes of the third quarter with a 15-3 run that gave them all momentum heading into the fourth. The Blazers briefly had control during the final quarter and went up 82-76 with 6:32 remaining. That lead quickly evaporated as Memphis responded with a 9-0 run to go up 85-82 and remained in the driver’s seat down the stretch. Marc Gasol led the Grizz with 23 points and 12 boards and Mike Conley had 20 points and 6 dimes. Dame Lillard led the Blazers with 20 points.

Lakers 108 (31-31), Hornets 102 (21-41)

Kobe dropped 42 points, handed out 12 dimes and grabbed 7 boards to lead the Lakers back from 25 down for a tough road victory over the Hornets. Kobe scored 13 of his 42 over the final nine minutes of the game to ignite the comeback and the Lakers held New Orleans scoreless over the final 6:47 while finishing the game on a 20-0 run to get the hard-fought win. Dwight Howard had a solid game with 20 points, 15 boards and 4 blocks and Jodie Meeks scored 19 off the bench. Greivis Vasquez had 15 points and 12 dimes and Eric Gordon scored 18 in the loss.

Timberwolves 87 (21-37), Wizards 82 (19-40)

The undermanned Wolves were led by Ricky Rubio’s 15-point, 11-assist, 7-rebound, 6-steal performance to take down the Wizards in Minnesota. The Wolves trailed 77-74 with around six minutes to go before mounting a 13-5 run that was fueled by J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour, who scored eight of the 13 points. With 30 seconds remaining, the Wolves were up 83-82 but the Wizards had the ball and a chance to take the lead. Rubio came up with the decisive steal from John Wall and found Barea for a layup that gave the Wolves a three point lead and iced the game. Trevor Ariza scored 16, grabbed 7 boards and dropped 6 dimes and John Wall scored 19, dropped 7 dimes and turned the ball over 6 times.

 

Mavericks 112 (27-33), Rockets 108 (33-29)

After losing by 33 against Houston on Sunday, the Mavericks got revenge with a win over the Rockets. The Mavs led 110-108 when James Harden threw up an airball from three with 30 seconds left but the Rockets regained possession and still had a chance to win. Houston went back to Harden but Shawn Marion was on him like stink on shit and forced Harden into a tough layup attempt that bounced off the rim with 6.9 seconds left. Darren Collison was then fouled and hit his free throws to ice the game. Marion and Dirk Nowitzki each scored 22 points and O.J. Mayo finished with 13 points and 12 dimes. Harden finished with 28 points on 5-17 shooting (16-16 from the stripe) and Chandler Parsons scored 23.

 

Spurs 101 (48-14), Bulls 83 (34-27)

Tim Duncan scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards, Manu Ginobili scored 18 points and dropped 9 dimes and Tiago Splitter finished with 13 points and 10 boards as the Spurs smacked around the Bulls in the second half for a convincing win. With 3:30 left in the third quarter, the game was tied up after Nate Robinson’s 3-pointer. But, the Bulls went cold from the field and the Spurs outscored Chicago 29-15 to run away with the game in the fourth. Marco Belinelli scored 21 points and dropped 7 dimes and Luol Deng scored 19 and grabbed 7 boards.

 

Raptors 98 (24-38), Suns 71 (21-40)

The Raptors came in losers of five-straight but turned things around against the lowly Suns with a 27-point dub. After Marcin Gortat left the game late in the first quarter with an ankle injury, the Suns were down to just one center since Jermaine O’Neal took the night off due to a family issue. When Gortat went down, the Raptors took control and outscored Phoenix 73-49 the rest of the way. DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and grabbed 6 boards, Amir Johnson scored 14 and former Sun Sebastian Telfair scored 13 points and dropped 7 dimes. Marcus Morris led the Suns with 12 points.

 

Clippers 117 (44-19), Bucks 101 (30-29)

Blake Griffin stole the show with a 23-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple-double and an array of highlight worthy dunks to lead the Clippers to an easy dub over the Bucks. Peep the highlights below and enjoy the show. Jamal Crawford scored 25 off the bench, Matt Barnes dropped 20 and Chris Paul finished with 14 points and 9 dimes in the win. Monta Ellis scored 22 points and Brandon Jennings scored 18 points and dropped 12 dimes to lead the Bucks.

 

Warriors 87 (35-27), Kings 83 (21-42)

The Warriors shot under 40 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers but held on to defeat the Kings in the battle for Northern California. Klay Thompson finished with 20 points and came up huge in the closing seconds of the game. After Patrick Patterson hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to put the Kings up 83-82, Thompson caught a pass from David Lee in the corner and nailed the deciding 3-pointer. Thompson then played tough defense on Tyreke Evans on the other end and caused him to miss what would have been the game winner for Sacramento.

 

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

    Utah is just handing over that 8th spot to the Lakers. I never got so hype off a back screen in my life. David West ran right into it. Excellent play call by Doc, even if the hesitation from KG with the terrible pass. Great play and great catch and finish by Jeff Green. And the Hornets/Pelicans…smh. Bad teams find a way to lose games.

  • spit hot fiyah

    Utah has a tough schedule ahead, they might be the team that falls out.. g-state better pick it up, they are not safe

  • Max

    Look at that screen from Paul Pierce, he’s just holding on to Paul George’s arm so he couldn’t slide over te help.
    Foul or smart veteran play or both?

  • lights out

    can’t believe crawford and bg w that alley oop. come on. and then he wonders why he gets punched in the nuts.

  • The Fury

    1) Ricky Rubio is a flirting quadruple double. Getting those ridiculous number of swipes for the past few games.

    2) Blake is not all about dunks, even in his rookie year he gets triple doubles like these. He knows when and how to pass, dude’s got a high bball IQ.

    3) Vucevic has turned out to be a stud for the Magic, could someone tell me (Caboose, I know your a Magic fan) how he get those buckets (plays run through him, pick & pop, putbacks, low post (?)) not just on the Miami game but throughout this season. Thanks!

  • Max

    Blake is one of the best passing bigs we have in the game right now.
    And from the few Magic games I’ve seen, Vucevic just gets a ton of hustle points off of offensive rebounds.

  • Max

    Who said Klay doesn’t hit any big shots?!?

  • Drig

    That’s a LOT of comebacks in one day. Damn you, NBA schedule! I would’ve loved to watch a few more games yesterday. It hurts me to say this but BGriff might be the best passing big in the L right now………since Pau’s out.

    8th seed or 7th seed is the million dollar question with the Lakers. Honestly, drama never relents in Lakerland. BTW, who would the Lakers prefer in the 1st round? OKC or Spurs?

  • Lynx

    Jus sayin Brandon Jennings has 48 assists in the last 3 games, most in a 3-game span in the NBA this season

  • Sérgio

    Man, what a game by the Lakers. Kobe was masterful in the 4th quarter, yet again.

    And that’s what people have been expecting from Dwight all season. Excellent defense with 5 fouls for almost the whole 2nd half, and that HUGE block on Lopez.

  • The Philosopher

    Told y’all about the Celtics.
    I am on fire this season.
    Ahem…

  • The Fury

    Much appreciate it man, thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe Bryant, being some kind of super mutant.

  • MUBWAR

    so what? he is not as selfish as the beginning of last year because a better overall offensive player arrived in Elis. his 19 assists assists against the raptors really impressed me though

  • MUBWAR

    sorry marc gasol is the best passing big. apparently pau taught his brother a few things after all

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

    Noah and the Gasol brothers are better passers.

  • LakeShow

    Told ya’ll those games weren’t unusual.

    Alright, so he doesn’t put up nightly 42-12-7′s but the guy plays with the same intensity every night. Something I respect. How hard it must be to get up for the Hornets 3/4′s way through your 17th season. Just damn man…

    Dwight was real good last night. He may be rounding into form for probable playoffs.

    Celtics are such a good team when they play right.

    Klay Thompson.

    Rudy Gay is shooting 37% over his last 10 games :/

    How are the Magic seemingly in every game they play. 1 point loss to the reigning champs is not a bad look.

  • LakeShow

    Both.

  • LakeShow

    :)

    Not I.

  • LakeShow

    Crazy. I think Luke Walton will beat it before the season is out though.

  • havoc33

    Kobe since the allstar break, 8 games played: 32.8ppg (54.4 fg%, 42.5 3fg%), 6.3 rpg, 6.3 apg. I’d say he got his rhytm back after his facilitator stunt. Seeing that Kobe’s PER and PPG took a huge hit during that stretch, it would be interesting to see what his overall stats would be like now. Probably be leading the league in scoring, that’s for sure.
    But in the end it was a good thing that he did it, he needed to install some confidence in his teammates by showing them he could trust them. LMFAO of Barkley though, he will have to eat his words once again. The Lakers are definitely making the playoffs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes, in a sense. except Jennings was just as selfish up until the trade deadline. it seems, actually, the addition of JJ Reddick to pair next to Mike Dunleavy & Ersan Ilyasova has really enabled Milwaukee to space the floor for Jennings to do his thing. Which has also opened up various avenues for Monta Ellis to get more high % shots.

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

    Not trying to rain on your parade (on second thought…I am) but Klay shot a “stellar” 6 for 17 from the field and 4 for 10 from 3. This was the wrong game to gloat about because during the previous 2 games he went 19 for 29 from the field and 11 for 17 from 3.

  • Max

    I’d change that last sentence to how does Miami seemingly let every bad team be in a game with them?
    They should win these games against the Magic, Wizards, Bobcats etc. by halftime.

  • Drig

    Noah? I haven’t watched too many Chicago games but I find it hard to believe that he’s better than BGriff……who’s pretty solid himself. I forgot about Marc though. Oversight on my part.

  • Slick Ric

    Yeah, blakes one of those guys who actually become underrated for lack of a better term because people hate all the attention they get from dunks or flashy play, but he has always been more than a dunker in my book.

  • LakeShow

    ♫ DON’T RAAAAAAAIN ON MYYYY PARAAAAAAAAAAAAAADE!!! ♫

  • LakeShow

    I know, I know, Kobe this, Kobe that, shut up.

    But… Dude is averaging 18 ppg in the 2nd half of games over the last 6. That is just incredible. OJ Mayo averages 17 in a full game. D. Wade 21.7… It’s just crazy to watch the old guy work so hard.

    Lastly, The Hornets are one of the worse defensive teams in the L. They are real bad…

  • RKJ92

    Noah’s an amazing passer.. picture Brad Miller back in the day passing ability he’s usually good for like 4-5 a game but sometimes actually gets more its not uncommon to see him get 8 assists in any one given night. He’s deff better then Blake Griffin in passing ability and finding open teamates.

  • RKJ92

    I think Noah is, because you have to take into account a players ball handling abilities aswell, on say fast breaks, and other situations not to lose the ball and find their open teamates effectively; not just passing through the high and low post (Marc Gasol) which Noah can do aswell.

  • Sérgio

    Also, NBK, this was, for sure, Kobe’s greatest game this season. And not even Lakeshow can disagree this time.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah no doubt lmao.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what? this game was Kobe’s best game of the season. He just out did himself. Stop saying these aren’t unusual. They are. He averages 28, 5, 6. He just put up 42-12-7. Much better then his average. Also called, unusual.

  • RayJr

    I’m a little late but the Celtics headlining The Post Up? Really? After an incredible game from Kobe and the Lakers going on a 20-0 run to close out the game for a crucial W to get closer to the playoffs and the Celtics get the headline? SMdamnH

  • LakeShow

    I refer you to my post:
    “Alright, so he doesn’t put up nightly 42-12-7′s but the guy plays with the same intensity every night. Something I respect. How hard it must be to get up for the Hornets 3/4′s way through your 17th season. Just damn man…”

  • Max

    They beat a team that they might face come playoff time in the last second.
    The lakers won against a team called the Pelicans.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    For real. Aside from the age issue, which is amazing, this is like Bron killing the Kings a few weeks back

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Yeah it is shocking. He still needs to finish at the rim better though.

  • RayJr

    Yeah true but the Lakers fighting into the playoffs storyline is more interesting is what I meant. You might not care as much as I do which is cool.

  • Max

    Makes sense.

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