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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  64 responses

Post Up: OKC Reigns Supreme

The Thunder down the Lakers behind Westbrook’s 37 points.

by Peter Walsh

Celtics 109 (32-27), Sixers 101 (23-36)

The Celtics traveled to Philly and amassed 34 assists on 42 field goals and took care of business against the Sixers. Philly kept it close, trailing by just five after three, but the veteran Celtics were too much for the young Sixers. Boston opened up the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run and pushed their lead to 14 and held off a late Philly charge to get the dub. The Celtics shot 50 percent for the game and the Sixers are now 0-14 on the season when their opponent shoots 50 percent or better. Avery Bradley led the way with a season-high 22 points, 7 boards and 5 dimes. Paul Periece went for 18, 11 and 7 and KG finished with 18 points and 6 boards. Thaddeus Young finished with 19-point, 10-rebound double-double and Jrue Holiday added 18 points and 10 dimes.

*Side note: Even though I’m from New York and am supposed to dislike anything Boston related, (which is pretty stupid, Boston is a wonderful city…except for the Patriots. Eff the Patriots.) I really enjoy this Celtics team and the way they have battled all season. Hopefully they can keep it up.

Thunder 122 (44-16), Lakers 105 (30-31)

Oklahoma City led wire-to-wire, were up by as many as 18 and went on to defeat the visiting Lakers to drop LA back below .500. OKC dropped 71 points in the first half and took a 16-point lead into the break. But the Lakers were brought back by Kobe Bryant, who was slowed by a first quarter elbow injury all game. Kobe finished with 30 points and helped cut the OKC lead to six. A Derek Fisher 3-pointer early in the fourth pushed the Thunder lead back to double-digits but Metta World Peace responded with a three of his own to cut the lead back to nine. World Peace then hit another three with just under seven minutes to go to once again make it a six point contest. But the Lakers suddenly went cold and didn’t hit a shot over the final 6:15 of the game as OKC closed out the contest on a 12-0 run. Russell Westbrook finished with 37 points, 10 boards and 5 dimes while KD dropped 26 points, 8 boards, 5 dimes, 3 steals and 3 blocks.

Nuggets 120 (40-22), Kings 113 (21-41)

The Kings played the Nuggets tough in the first half and the game was all knotted up at 50 going into the break. But, the second half belonged to the Nuggets as Denver won their third-straight road game. The Nuggets opened up the third quarter with an 11-2 run and the Kings trailed the rest of the way as Denver scored 70 points over the third and fourth quarters. The Kings did cut the lead down to five but the Nuggets quickly quelled any hopes of a comeback and quickly pushed the lead back to double-digits and held off the Kings down the stretch with an offensive onslaught. Ty Lawson led the Nuggs with 24 points and 7 dimes, Danilo Gallinari chipped in with 23 points and Kenneth Faried scored 19 and grabbed 12 boards. Marcus Thornton hit five three’s off the bench to finish with 32 points.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    mcgee’s Alley oops should only be worth 1 point, it’s too easy

  • Max

    This is what would happen every game if the Lakers would make the playoffs.

  • Caboose

    There were a LOT of calls that seemingly went the Thunder’s way that game…

  • Drig

    there were quite a few. However, I found it more disturbing that the Lakers couldn’t make a shot the final 6:15. Going so cold for any top tier team is unforgivable.

  • RayJr

    Yeah a lot of touch fouls against LA last night.

  • RayJr

    Thunder and LA were cold until Ibaka hit that 3.

  • RayJr

    This seems to happen EVERY prime time game the lakers play against top teams…Get demolished the 1st quarter, come back and get within 5-10 in the second part of the 4th qtr, go shot for shot with opposing team, then go ice cold to finish the game.
    Also, Reggie Jackson was huge for OKC in the 4th. He helped keep LA at a distance. I kept asking myself “Who the F is this guy?!” until they took him out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Cousins almost went for the choke at the end of that alleyoop lol

  • analfissures

    Agreed, Reggie Jackson played like a damn MAN. Awesome game from him.

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

    Come on now…the Lakers took 40 FTs to OKC’s 24 and committed 21 Fouls to OKC’s 27. I would expect others to use the that excuse but not you.

  • LakeShow

    OMG, Reggie Jackson… I’ve never hated and admired a person so quickly in my life lol.
    That kid is a beast. Athlete, handles, quick as lightning… wow!

  • LakeShow

    Westbrook shouldn’t be able to just dive into the lane every time down the floor with reckless abandon and get a foul every time. He creates like 90% of the contact. It was quite frustrating to watch.
    Other than that, the Lakers played terrible defense end of story.

  • Caboose

    I think I was frustrated by the Dwight foul out call and how Westbrook got a lot of calls he shouldn’t have when he just runs into people. Read Lake’s post, those are my thoughts.

  • analfissures

    He’s improved a TON since last year.

  • analfissures

    It doesn’t matter how recklessly you drive if you defense still touches you. Unless you take a charge or find a way to contest the shot without fouling, it is STILL a foul. I understand the frustration but honestly, Westbrook doesn’t get those calls in 75% of the games the Thunder plays. Last night just happened to be a good night for him.

  • Caboose

    Cosign all of that

  • Caboose

    Shout out to Kobe the most clutch player….wait.

  • Sérgio

    Agreed. Also, why the “Durant Rule” isn’t applied to him? It maddens me how every time he is fouled in non shooting motin he shoots it anyway, and the Refs award him free throws.

    But, to me, this game should be an encouraging sign for the Lakers. They were by 6 with 5 min remaining, and if Kobe wasn’t playing with only his left hand and if Dwight had suited up (oh, he did… nevermind), I think LA would have had a great chance to steal this one.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Ó hEaghra

    Every Laker not named Kobe Bryant played horrendously for the majority of the game. That, combined with OKC being completely on target, biased officiating (Ibaka’s “block” & Westbrook’s “And1″ come to mind), and Ibaka actually being allowed to play (funny how LA lost by 17 while Ibaka accumulated 13 points & 2 blocks- equivalent to 17 points) meant there should not have been any hope.

    However, there was. OKC struggled to maintain a lead against a crippled Lakers team despite Westbrook going off. This is why the former has no chance of winning an NBA championship.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Ó hEaghra

    “if you defense still touches you”

    So, the defence should just get out of Westbrook’s way, I suppose? This is the NBA, not bantam house league. If you can’t admit that the fouls RW gets are often bogus, you’re lying to yourself.

    You also may want to get those checked out.

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

    I am with you on Howard’s final foul being bogus but Westbrook only took 8 FTs. On most nights, one would have a gripe but last night wasn’t one of those.

  • LakeShow

    Who has said that in the last 3 years? No one.
    I mean, we get it, he isn’t as clutch as he once was, and their are others ahead of him (Chris Paul, Melo, Durant, James) but he is still one of the best 4th qtr player. Probably right behind those guys.
    He has had a few game winners and clutch shots and hige 4th qtrs just in the last 6, 7 games, so give the guy a break.
    Plus he’s the only one in his 30′s in that list.

  • LakeShow

    Kobe didn’t play all that well either.
    He showed up, but he didn’t take over the offense how he needs to in order for LA to be at their best.
    Your right about one thing though, this is still promising.for the Lakers. Down 6 points with a 15 to 2 turn over disparity is quite intriguing.

  • LakeShow

    I don’t agree.
    If the defense barely touches you and it wasn’t in a way that changed your movement, and you created 90% of the contact, I think that should be a no call every time.

  • RayJr

    Lol same here. D’Antoni actually called a timeout because he realized the Lakers couldn’t stop Reggie. D’Antoni hardly ever calls timeouts when opposing players start to take over so he must’ve been in awe.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Ó hEaghra

    I said Kobe didn’t play “horrendously”. I’m not blind to his defensive missteps and his offensive idiocies. Compared to his teammates, however, he was Wilt in ’63. Jamison and Nash cost the team about twenty points combined on missed open shots, five of which were the direct result of Kobe’s space creation. Bryant missed a bunny at the end (reverse between the legs dribble/fadeaway from eight feet), but the refs refused to call fouls on his drives during the fourth. Blatant fouls by Ibaka and Perkins. His FG% does not represent his production. He was not great, but he was above-average. Didn’t have much to work with.

    Completely healthy, the Lakers will dominate Oklahoma City (next season).

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

    So losing by 17 despite taking 18 more FTs than your opponent is promising?

  • LakeShow

    Oh bother.

  • Sérgio

    Seriously, no way in hell James is better than KB in the clutch. And ahead of James you can put a LOT of guys: Pierce, Irving, Westbrook, Gay, Parker, Ginobli, Nowtzki and on…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if the defense impedes your progress in anyway, it’s a foul I don’t like complaining about foul calls that adhere to the rules. You should complain about the rules, not the proper use of them. Whether Westbrook creates that contact is not the whole story. If the defensive players were smart enough not to reach in and rather go straight up, this wouldn’t be an issue, or if it was, it wouldn’t last as long. Because the refs do typically improve over time.
    .
    And LA got way more calls than OKC last night anyway. I’d be more upset with David Stern letting Ibaka play then the actual refs. Ibaka was only let off of what should have been a multiple game suspension because they were playing on national TV against the Lakers.

  • LakeShow

    “if the defense impedes your progress in anyway, it’s a foul”

    Got it… So you can’t play defense then.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you know exactly what that means. i hate it when you are an idiot on purpose. that is the most feminine thing you could possibly do.
    .
    if Westbrook is making a move to the basket, a player can not change his direction with any type of physical force. If the player is already in position obviously, being a person who knows the rule, you don’t need me to mention that he is entitled to the area that is already occupied.
    .
    Sliding under Westbrook. Cutting him off after his move has already begun, moving in any way but vertically, IS A FOUL.
    .
    Again, your problem seems to be with the rules. Act like an idiot who doesn’t understand the rules if you really want, so you can act like your Lakers for the first time in history are being screwed by the refs but It doesn’t justify what you are complaining about.

  • LakeShow

    As far shooting ability and offensive ability I agree with you.
    But James still is as unstoppable driving into the lane and dishing in the 4th as much as any other quarter.
    LeBron has put more pressure overall on his opponent in the clutch than KB has this year.

  • Sérgio

    Disagree. The Heat is an excellent team this season in clutch time. And they’re good because, unlike most teams that have superstars, they play team ball in the 4th quarter. Everybody makes shots for them in the clutch, specially Bosh, Battier and Allen.

    But James, individually, is not a force in the clutch. I really don’t remember a single game where he dominated down the stretch this year.

  • LakeShow

    Did you write that or not?
    You did, so don’t act like i’m putting words in your mouth.

    “Sliding under Westbrook. Cutting him off after his move has already begun, moving in any way but vertically” those did not happen during some of the calls and still resulted in fouls.

    It was obvious.

    Mostly in the 3rd and 4th quarter is what i’m talking about. In the playoffs those are going to be non calls so why aren’t they being called now.

    Quit acting like their is no confusion in foul calling.

    Analysts and ref’s don’t even understand the foul rules. I find it to be bogus that Westbrook can just dive into the lane creating 90%!!!!! of the contact and the ref’s call a foul for on the player that he slams into.

    That’s just dumb.

    I don’t really care if you don’t like my opinion of the lousy foul calling rules. Me and everyone else recognize their are problems. If you don’t that’s fine.

    I don’t know why you mock females saying that they act like idiots on purpose, but do you man.

  • LakeShow

    Who initiates that team play?
    You haven’t watched or have a different view of domination if you think he hasn’t done just that this year in the 4th.

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

    Such a well, thought out response.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yes I typed it, assuming you had the common sense to figure out what a foul is without me literally spelling it out for you. My bad. Next time, I’ll just remember that you are a moron.

    .

    And He shot 8 total Free Throws. TOTAL. You are b*tching about his getting fouled like it’s why the Lakers lost. you are claiming “everyone” thinks this is a problem when i count, (2) other person who are cosigning your complaints. Pretty far from “everyone else”
    .

    And 7 of those free throws came in the second half. But since you clearly don’t seem to remember, the only foul of those that was even questionable, actually it was awful, was the one on Dwight. The rest were clearly fouls.

    .”Analysts and ref’s don’t even understand the foul rules” – apparently you don’t understand what a rule is. Analysts don’t understand how to interpret those rules. And refs are not consistent in the application of those rules.

    .
    Understanding the actual rule tho? Not the issue.
    .
    I don’t mock females by saying they act like idiots on purpose. I said it’s feminine to play dumb like you can’t figure out what i’m saying just for the sake of arguing. It’s what females do. Not all of them, but a good portion. And they will admit as much to you, given you aren’t already in an argument. It’s not that you are stupid (actually, after the Lakers lose, you seem to develop temporary stupidity) it’s that you wanted to argue with what i said, so you acted stupid so that you could do that.
    .
    And i didn’t say there aren’t problems. i said the problem you should have, should be with the rules. Not with the refs who adhere to them. If you want to complain about the foul calls Westbrook gets, which typically are fouls. In terms of how the rules describe a foul. Or you can complain about the refs being inconsistent. But complaining that Westbrook shouldn’t be getting foul calls, when he is literally being fouled, is just flat wrong.

  • LakeShow

    You realize this post is so long that Discus had to create a new “read further” tab for it.

    Geezuz man, going to lunch, i’ll read this story when I get back.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    don’t worry about reading it. this whole conversation is a massive waste of time. i’m having a sh*tty day. You are clearly upset the Lakers lost. It’s just not gonna get anywhere.

  • Caboose

    I know I’m arguing a subjective viewpoint, which is why I’m not gonna try to defend it. We simply saw the game differently. Completely fair, since I can’t go back to the video and point out SPECIFIC instances where I think there was an added or missed call. You do have stats on your side, which definitely lend credence to your side, but I don’t think they can prove/disprove the point being argued.

  • Caboose

    I’m sorry for starting this…

  • LakeShow

    Bother.

  • LakeShow

    We all have bad days man, you just have a few more than some other people.

    Lighten up a little my dood.

    I know life is good for you, so just remember that.

  • LakeShow

    lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    There you go. You hit the nail on the head lady.

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

    F*CKER…..jokes

  • LakeShow

    Cool, glad we hashed this out girly.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol You are slow.

  • LakeShow

    F*ck you, what now!?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol Don’t worry about it

  • analfissures

    You are SO incredibly butt-hurt over this game lol. Typical Laker fan.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Ó hEaghra

    Bryant’s had some massive fourth quarters this season. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Certainly better than James and Anthony. Equal to Durant. Inferior to Paul, only.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Ó hEaghra

    Next season, at full strength, OKC has absolutely no chance in Hell against the Lakers. Enjoy this season and Kevin Martin.

  • analfissures

    ROFLMBO. An aging Kobe and Gasol, an apathetic Dwight…who are you counting on, Jordan Hill? Earl Clark? LA hasn’t stopped OKC in 3 years, and even then it almost came to 7 games. Have fun with your first round exit. Honestly, I hope LA picks it up and makes the 7th seed, just so I can see OKC wipe their asses with LA =)

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Ó hEaghra

    Enjoy this season.

  • Drig

    Words fail you now? ;)

  • Drig

    Just for the record, Kobe’s had some stellar Q4s this season. Sadly, the Lakers have come up short in them quite a few times.

    BTW, shout out to Kobe the guy who can’t be efficient………..wait.

  • Caboose

    Haha of course he goes off for the most clutch performance of the year the DAY I say this…

  • Caboose

    Yeah this guy isn’t biased or anything

  • Max

    He’s a mini-me Westbrook.

  • Max

    lol
    ‘I don’t remember a single game where he dominated down the stretch this year.’
    You do know that those shots from Bosh, Allen and Battier usually come off of a pass from Lebron right?

  • LakeShow

    lol, sometimes points get ignored.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Ó hEaghra

    Yup.

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