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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  30 responses

Post Up: Rocky Mountain Roll

The Nuggets have won thirteen straight.

by Peter Walsh

Pacers 95 (42-26), Magic 73 (18-50)

For the second straight night, the Pacers notched a blowout victory over an inferior team. The Magic kept it close in the first half and only trailed by four midway through the second quarter. But the Pacers closed out the first half on a 17-8 run and took a 42-29 lead into the break. The Pacers poured it on in the second half, stretching their lead to as many as 25, and the Magic never threatened again. Paul George scored 19 points and Tyler Hansbrough scored 14 and grabbed 14 boards to lead Indiana. Arron Afflalo and Moe Harkless each scored 10 for the Magic.

 

Bucks 102 (34-32), Blazers 95 (31-36)

After a close first quarter saw the Bucks take a four-point lead, Milwaukee opened the second on a 16-0 run and blew the doors off the hinges as they built their lead to as many as 27. Portland shot just 2-20 in the second quarter as the Bucks showed off their improving defense anchored by Larry Sanders. Sanders finished with 13 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Brandon Jennings scored 24 points, dropped 7 dimes and turned the ball over 6 times while Monta Ellis scored 21, grabbed 9 boards and dropped 8 dimes. Wes Matthews hit seven 3′s and led the Blazers with 28 points.

Nuggets 114 (47-22), Thunder 104 (50-18)

Denver has now won 13 straight and look like a force to be reckoned with after defeating the Thunder in Oklahoma City last night. Despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Nuggets came out with their usual breakneck pace. The Thunder matched Denver’s speed which played into the Nuggets’ favor. Denver scored 39 points in the second quarter and had the Thunder on their heels. Even though they trailed at the break, the Nuggets carried the second quarter momentum over into the second half and opened up the third quarter on a 15-4 run to give them a double-digit lead and control of the game. The Thunder cut the lead to five in the fourth, but Andre Miller–celebrating his 37th birthday–took over, hitting back-to-back jumpers, and finished with 13 points in the quarter (he finished with 20, 9 assists and 7 boards) to carry Denver to a huge dub.

The Nuggets dominated inside. They outscored OKC 72-50 in the paint and outrebounded them 52-45. Ty Lawson scored 25 points and Kenneth Faried finished with 13 points and 15 boards. KD led all scorers with 34 points and Russ Westbrook scored 25 but they didn’t get much help from their teammates as Kevin Martin was the only other member of the Thunder to score in double-figures.

 

Kings 116 (24-44), Clippers 101 (46-22)

The Kings used a balanced attack and a huge lift from its bench to pull the upset win over the Clippers. The game was tied up at 86 all when Toney Douglas (yes, Toney Douglas) took over. Douglas scored 17 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Kings ended the game on a 30-15 run and handed the Clippers their fourth loss in seven games. Marcus Thornton led all Sacramento scorers with six 3-pointers to finish with 25 points, Tyreke Evans scored 17 and dished out 5 assists and DeMarcus Cousins netted a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.

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  • Anthony Dixon

    The Kings need to get rid of Evans so they can move on. They have too much talent. But where will he go, every team has a pg smh.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the thing is that he probably is not a pg. and as far as getting rid of him, all they have to do is not offer him a contract or match any offers this summer and he is gone

  • spit hot fiyah

    @max or anyone else that signed up, can u post the link for the tourney bracket so more people can sign up if they want to. man it is hard this year, i feel like at least 10 teams have a legit shot. but i dont trust a single of of them, i feel like each one could lose in the second round

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    Do you think Denver has a real shoot in the West? I have them over LA and Memphis, not SA, and I can imagine them pushing OKC to game7 (or even knocking them out)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Megatron

    guys anyone who wants to make a bracket and compete against your slamily just follow the link, sign in or create and account, and then join the group, league id# – 166818 and password – slamily http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/group/166818

  • J-Ro

    Andre Miller for 6th man of the year…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Megatron

    just posted, everyone sign up !

  • Max

    Monta Ellis has been on a tear the last 3 weeks.
    Actually helping his team win games and sh*t.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    definitely not a PG.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Brandon Jennings racking up a -3 on the night, 6 turnovers on 7 assists, with 24 points on 20 attempts, just not a good look for your PG.. Good thing Monta Ellis has morphed into a very good player over the last couple weeks.

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    And once again, JJ Reddick and Mike Dunleavy help the team tremendously in the minutes they played.

  • Max

    Dunleavy’s +/- is always way higher than Jennings or Ellis’ except the last couple of weeks like you said.

  • Max

    That was a flop from Blake Griffin when Cousins got his flagrant.

  • spit hot fiyah

    true, but needs to ball all time, so that’s a problem

  • Mike From Spain

    Tyreke needs to play for a team with good outside shooting, he’s not the greatest from 3 point land. What would be good fits? He can contribute as a slasher / do a bit of everything player at the 2.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he needs to play next to a Chauncey Billups type PG…..too bad those don’t really exist anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, Dunleavy has had the best impact of any of their perimeter player’s all year.

  • Anthony Dixon

    true but if he had a jumpshot he could be

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no, he’s too selfish (if you look at his 82games page, he barely plays any minutes at PG, but takes something like 30FGA per 48 minutes when he’s playing the position). and he can’t stay infront of PG’s on defense..or really even detour them. So when he’s defending that position it compromises his whole squad.

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    but he does defend 2′s and 3′s well tho. and he is a scorer first. So like you said he needs a jump shot. But it would benefit him at his natural position, more than it would forcing him to run the point just because he has good ball handling skills.

  • spit hot fiyah

    definetly on the endagered species list

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not in NBA history has a team with their style of play been able to win even 3 series in a row. so the stock answer would be no. They are a threat to eliminate anyone, but more than likely they will be cut down sometime in round 2 or 3.

  • Peter Walsh

    Chauncey Billups was a shoot first pg for much of his career.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i know, but he also didn’t need the ball to be effective, as a 40% spot up 3pt shooter he’s the exact type of PG that Evans would thrive with. – guys like Billups, who can do that and defend, are extremely rare.
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    George Hill would fit the bill.

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

    I agree…..I can see them beating 2 out of the Top 3 seeds but not all 3 especially SA.

  • spit hot fiyah

    lillard when he develps nba level defense

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, no player reminds me of Billups more than Lillard. But he is more efficient then Billups, and as you said, unable to play defense at a competent level.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, i don’t give them a shot in hell against San Antonio.

  • theDankerNuggets

    They would run San Antonio out of the gym

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol ok buddy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    How about the Knicks?

  • Mike From Spain

    Now that you say so, that could work. Also, plenty of veterans in that team, Tyreke could use some older player’s mentorship.

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