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Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  55 responses

Post Up: Too Much

LeBron takes over at the Garden to lead the Heat past the Knicks.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Heat 99 (43-14), Knicks 93 (35-21)

The Heat once again proved that the East is their’s to lose this season after defeating the Knicks in comeback fashion for their 14th-straight win. The Knicks came out of the gate hot and got a huge lift from Jason Kidd, who hit four 3′s in the first half to lead the Knicks to a 14-point haltime lead. But the second half belonged to LeBron James. James, who finished with 29 points, 11 boards, 7 dimes and 3 steals in 43 minutes, took over on both ends of the floor. He finished with 19 points in the second half while shutting down Carmelo Anthony, who shot just 3-11 in the second half after a huge first half. The reigning MVP hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at 79 in the third quarter then led the Heat as they outscored New York 26-16 in the fourth. LeBron put the final nail in the coffin when he picked off a J.R. Smith pass, drove the length of the floor and slammed it home to put an exclamation point on the performance. DWade finished with 20 points, 8 boards and 8 assists and Chris Bosh scored 16 but grabbed just one rebound. Melo finished with 32 points and Smith scored 12 off the bench and grabbed a game-high 12 boards.

Thunder 108 (43-16), Clippers 104 (43-19)

The Thunder looked like it had this one wrapped up when they were up by 19 with about four minutes to go in the third quarter but the hometeam Clippers refused to quit and fought their way back into the game behind Chris Paul. CP3 cut the deficit to nine with a beautiful three-point play at the end of the third quarter that sparked the Clippers’ 10-0 run in the fourth that cut the Thunder lead down to two. With 1:30 left to play, Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer that finally put Los Angeles up 100-99. But, the Clips had no answer for Russell Westbrook down the stretch. Westbrook scored 10 of his 29 points over the final five minutes of the game and his layup following Crawford’s 3-pointer gave OKC the lead back for good. The Thunder were up two with 26 seconds left when Westbrook hit a dagger baseline jumper that ended Lob City’s chances at a comeback victory and gave OKC their third victory of the season over the Clippers. Kevin Durant was no slouch either as he finished with 35 points on 10-25 shooting, 9 boards and 4 dimes. Blake Griffin and Serge Ibaka got into it down the stretch when Ibaka hit Griffin in the groin going for a rebound. The foul resulted in a Flagarant 1 on Ibaka and nearly cost the Thunder the game as Los Angeles turned what was a three-point possession into a seven-point possession. CP3 finished with 26 points, 8 dimes, 6 boards and 4 steals.

Wizards 90 (19-39), Sixers 87 (23-35)

After Brad Beal went down with 2:08 left int he fourth quarter, the Wizards were dealt a blow but John Wall put the team on his back and carried them to victory. Down 87-84, Wall scored the next four points to give D.C. a one-point lead and all momentum. Wall then blocked Evan Turner’s shot with 53 seconds and added another jumper for good measure to finish off the skidding Sixers. Wall Finished with 16 points and 6 dimes as the Wizards snapped their two-game losing streak. Beal finished with 14 points and 4 boards and Emeka Okafor held down the paint with 12 points and 16 boards. Spencer Hawes led Philly with 14 points and 11 boards.

Grizzlies 108 (39-19), Magic 82 (16-44)

Marc Gasol scored 12 points and dished out a career-high 11 dimes as the Grizzlies dismantled the Magic for an easy dub. Memphis led wire-to-wire and were up by as many as 32 points as six players finished in double-figures in the win. E’Twaun Moore led the Magic with 12 points, 6 dimes and 5 boards.

Kings 119 (21-40), Bobcats 83 (13-46)

The Kings lost four out of five on the road but got a nice serving of home cooking with a drubbing of the Bobcats. Sacramento outscored the Bobcats 43-19 in the third quarter and took a 38-point lead into the fourth quarter to cruise to a finish. John Salmons scored 22 points in 30 minutes and Jason Thompson shot 6-8 to finish with 18 points and 14 boards. Gerald Henderson led Charlotte with 12 points.

Rockets 136 (33-28), Mavericks 103 (26-33)

Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 32 points on a ridiculous 12-13 shooting as the Rockets destroyed the Mavs in Houston. The Mavs actually led 52-43 halfway through the second quarter but the Rockets overwhelmed Dallas with defense, forcing nine turnovers over the next ten minutes that fueled a 36-9 run which gave Houston an insurmountable 18-point lead with 8:11 left in the third quarter. The Rockets stretched their lead to as many as 36 and the Mavs continue to fade from contention this season. James Harden scored 21 and dropped 7 dimes and Jeremy Lin also scored 21 and dished out 9 assists. O.J. Mayo led Dallas with 18 points on 6-9 shooting.

Spurs 114 (47-14), Pistons 75 (23-39)

With Tony Parker sitting out his first game since Friday’s ankle injury that will keep him sidelined for the next month, the Spurs didn’t miss a beat as they steamrolled the Pistons for another convincing win. The Spurs shot 51 percent for the game and had 35 assists on 45 made baskets as four players scored in double figures. San Antonio led by as many as 37 and this one was over after the Spurs closed out the first quarter on a 20-7 run. Manu Ginobili scored 17, Danny Green scored 16, Kawhi Leonard scored 14 and Tim Duncan scored 16 and grabbed 11 boards. Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 16 points, 8 boards and 4 dimes.

Pacers 97 (38-22), Bulls 92 (34-26)

The Pacers continue to separate themselves from the rest of the pack and last with last night’s win, they now have a four game lead over the Bulls and own the tiebreaker. Indiana jumped out to an early 32-21 lead that left the Bulls playing catchup for the remainder of the game. Chicago eventually tied it up early in the fourth after a Luol Deng jumper but George Hill scored five straight points for the Pacers to give Indiana the lead. The Bulls kept fighting and tied it again at 80 after Jimmy Butler hit his free throws with 7:04 left. But Chicago finally lost control when they turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions which Indiana turned into four points and a commanding lead. All Indiana had to do from there was hit their free throws and the game was their’s. David West matched his season-high with 31 points and 7 boards and George Hill scored 21 points, grabbed 6 boards and dropped 5 dimes. Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler each scored 20 for the Bulls.

 

Lakers 99 (30-30), Hawks 98 (33-25)

It took 60 games but the Lakers are finally at .500 for the first time in two months and Kobe Bryant turned back the clock once again to ensure the Lakers would reach that milestone with a win over the Hawks. Kobe scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with nine seconds left. The lifetime Laker finished with 34 points, 6 boards, 4 dimes, 2 steals and one huge dunk over Josh Smith that proved to be the highlight of the night (seen below). Steve Nash had 15 points and 10 dimes and Dwight Howard added 11 points and 15 boards and the Lakers are now looking like they have a legitimate chance to run off a few wins and make the stretch run race for the eighth seed interesting. Al Horford led the Hawks with 24 points and 5 boards.

 

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  • Max

    What’s the Wizards record with JWall back?

  • spit hot fiyah

    too lazy to look it up, but probably pretty respectable

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

    14-11 aka a playoff team with him healthy for the entire season.

  • Max

    Yeah, I had them making the playoffs before Wall’s injury.

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

    And that Josh Smith is why your not a MAX player. Hawks gave that game away.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s pretty funny how Carmelo just had his way with Shane Battier. Then the Heat switched LeBron onto him, and he went 3-11 and was totally neutralized.

  • MUBWAR

    i was looking 4 melo the entire second half. neutralized is the exact word i was looking for.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Lebron can’t stop Melo. He overall shot a higher percentage than his average. Heat team defense is something else though. They really forced the Knicks into bad shots as they chipped away at the lead. They goaded Felton into the paint where he was futile or had JR taking low percentage shots on the perimeter. They allow your fist move while a second line of defense sets up the trap. Case in point Chandler had the lane to the basket all first half. 4th quarter they allow him to receive in motion get in the paint where 2 bigs wait for him. The first is positioned for the charge(grabs your attention) and the second guy is preparing to contest at the rim. You go up off balance for a bad shot or a bad pass or worst a charge. They really take you away from your strenghts in the 4th quarter. Melo either shot too fast in the clock or got the ball against a collapsed defense with little time to operate. He got very frustrated in the end with the bad team possesions. And then on the other end the Heat run this high percentage offense to close the game out. Lebron probing as Bosh becomes first option, Wade creating all kinds of havoc with ball side to weak side movement that usually leads to Battier alone in the corner or Lebron driving left into the open space. Ray still looks somewhat lost in there. Very impressive to watch up close. The energy in the Garden was absolutely insane….then again…what do I know, I’m used to Nets games.

  • bravo

    KOOOOOOBBBE!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “Lebron can’t stop Melo. He overall shot a higher percentage than his average”. – You watched the game, and didn’t notice Shane Battier guarded Melo in the 1st half, while LeBron guarded him in the 2nd?

  • The Fury

    Props to Spoelstra.

  • LakeShow

    Wall and Evans. Two guys that if they put it together they will be top 20 players.

    Wall will be.

    Evans i’m still pretty unsure about.
    He needs a team built around him, and his strengths, like LeBron, and Melo. But he isn’t nearly as good as those guys so it’s kind of pointless to build a team around him.

    The Pacers are a really good team. Their small forward/shooting guard (PaulG.) is their best rebounder, but they still are incredibly good, due to their defense… much like the Heat.

    I know that Spurs game was against the Pistons….but… Greg Popovich is the Spurs most valuable asset. That guy can coach a team better than anyone I’ve ever seen outside of PJax.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Qrt 1: on Haslem, on LBJ, on Wade, on Haslem, a foul on a 3 by Battier, free throws. 11point right there.

    Qrt 2: on Battier, on Bosh help after Battier got screened, 3pointer foul by Battier again, freebies x3 good.

    Qrt 3: breakaway on Bron. on Anderson, scored on the whole team, Anderson in particular.

    Qrt 4 whole team panicked. Melo stopped getting good touches. Many JR mistakes and Felton turnovers and missed close ones by Tyson. They stopped screening Melo for some reason.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    no doubt. He created a monster.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • LakeShow

    I remember when some dork was talking about how the Lakers can’t win with Kobe scoring the majority of the points. Well that misnomer is proved to be just that.
    Matter a fact, the only game the Lakers have lost in their last 5 games, is the one game where KB scored below 30 points… Interesting how things change.
    KB over the last 5 games: 35 ppg – 7 rebounds – 6 assists – 57% FG’s – 50% 3ptfg’s – all this in less minutes than he’s played on average this season.
    That old guy has got some game.
    Still makes me laugh every time someone says Wade has been better this season.
    Hilarious.

    One of my favorite parts about watching KB play, is when he goes iso, he goes iso. He doesn’t need 100 screens like allot of the other superstars. He can take anyone 1 on 1 at any given moment.

  • LakeShow

    What’s up with Chauncey Billups. He murdered the Lakers when they played a couple weeks back, but he has been irrelevant since.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    who said he’s been better all year? I said he’s been better since 2013 started. Not all year.

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

    Here we go again…..Wade is having a better all-around season playing significantly less mins than Kobe.
    Also, you say “other superstars need 100 screens” like it’s a bad thing. Kobe fans kill me with this infatuation of iso/hero ball. It’s a team game after all.

  • LakeShow

    I was referring to Caboose. Your dork #2. Haha juss playin

  • LakeShow

    Fu*k…. LEbron is now at .563 FG’s… That guy….

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Hey 2 wrongs don’t make a right. Implying that Battier couldn’t stop Melo, when your article in fact states that Haslem had the assignment, and then saying Lebron saved the day backed up by some stills doesn’t satisfy me. Watch the link below and tell me if Melo wasn’t cooking the whole squad for 3 quarters. This game looked like a blow-out then the whole team just clamps down. And the Knicks totally panick and Woods failes to make proper adjustments. Battier hits key threes and the team as a whole just executed to perfection on both ends. Bosh was huge down the stretch.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H89GvBm4bm0

    Lebron was indeed an absolute beast but only in the 4th quarter. The other three he seemed to be cruising with an occasional burst. He is a freaking force though, that’s for sure.

  • bike

    LeBron was putting on some off the ball moves prior to that one-handed lob dunk from Wade in the 1st quarter that would make most NFL receivers jealous.
    btw…

    Lakers make the playoffs. Book it!

  • LakeShow

    I didn’t say it was better to not get screens. It’s just is more fun (for me) to watch. You get a better grasp of the players capabilities.

    No he isn’t. In regards to Wade. Wade has only been more efficient and slightly better defensively. Kobe has been better in EVERY other way.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Haslem guarded Melo in the 1st quarter, where Melo went 4-5. And in the 2nd it was Battier (infact, Haslem didn’t even play in the 2nd quarter, so why you don’t recognize this, having “watched the game” is a little confusing). And Melo went 2-4. I mean, even in the video you sent me, you can see that Battier was on him in the 2nd.

    .

    Carmelo went 1-7 in the 3rd quarter. And then 2-4 in the 4th. How you are going to keep arguing with me about the game, claim you watched it, and say things like “Watch the link below and tell me if Melo wasn’t cooking the whole squad for 3 quarters” is BEFUDDLING.

    .

    it seems like you just watched highlights. As everything you have said about the game, is shown in the highlights.

    .

    In reality, if you actually watched the game, LeBron switched onto Melo for the vast majority of the 2nd half. And held him to 3-8. Most of the actual damage coming in the 3rd quarter (why you think he “cooked” the Heat in that quarter is a mystery, even to you), while in the 4th, LeBron wouldn’t let Melo even get comfortable.

    .

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Just looking at the numbers now and the 3rd quarters stands out. Bron was great, Melo far from it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    25PPG, 11RPG, 3APG, 2BPG, 1SPG, 65% from the Field. <– Al Horford over the last 8 games. — dude is by far the most underrated in the L

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

    Too bad he plays next to one of the dumbest players in the L.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Much more efficient. And Much better defensively.
    .
    You have watched Kobe have the worst defensive season of his career, why do you say things like that? It’s not even that you are wrong, I’d say Bryant is having a better overall season. But that is just ridiculous to say Wade has only been slightly better defensively. He’s been considerably better.
    .
    It’s like arguing with a person who is right, but they want to be right SOOOO bad that they exaggerate their argument, and they keep exaggerating until they seem wrong. Basically, by saying things like that, you are making your argument less respectable

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

    “Here we go again…..Wade is having a better all-around season playing significantly less mins than Kobe.”

    LMAO

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

    No….you get a better grasp of a player’s ability to beat one-on-one D and even that is a stretch given the presence of help defense. So, you don’t really get a grasp of CP, LeBron and SCurry’s capabilities because they use a lot of screens? Come on now.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Goddarned, you’ve got to be the best freaking intern we’ve ever had!!!!!

  • LakeShow

    I can go for this. This guy is the most underrated.
    Who’s better, Al or Josh?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Al. Horford has been the better player for 3 years now.
    .
    Although, Josh Smith was statistically better last season.

  • LakeShow

    I think I agree. If Josh strapped down, he could be better, but Horford is so much more smart than him.

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

    Kobe’s ability to stay near the top of the heap this late in his career is really incredible. They still should be better than .500, but dude might be the hardest working athlete in basketball history. Possibly even harder working than Jordan. I don’t know for sure though.

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

    Kobe is killing it. No doubt. But he’s averaging six more points on 3 more shots. other than that, what’s the big deal?

  • Sérgio

    Much more efficient? No. Wade is shooting better than KB from the floor, 51% x 47%. But KB shoots better from 3 (33% x 27%) and from the stripe (84% x 74%), where KB goes 7.3 times per game against 6.2 from Wade.

  • Sérgio

    My goodness, that Kobe dunk was unreal.

    Also, I know it is being overlooked today because of Kobe on Josh, but Lebron’s dunk to seal the game was filthy too.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah that’s really really my fault. He’s barely more efficient. Completely hypocritical of me to do that

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

    It’s kind of hard to say that so and so is the hardest working player of all-time because no one really sees the work these guys put in on a day-to-day basis. I mean…how do we know that West, Oscar, KAJ, Stockton (just to name a few greats) weren’t harder workers than Kobe?

  • LakeShow

    6 more points is allot of points. Also he has more assists and rebounds. While being the offenses main player. As opposed to Wade playing off the best player on his team.

    Wades great, I just think it is quite clear cut he is NOT as good as KB this year.

    Just look at the accolades and accomplishments KB has achieved this year as opposed to Wade. Not talking all time, just this season. Way better scoring exploits, way better play making exploits, and he’s been healthy all season for his team. He has just been overall better and the greater force for his team.

  • LakeShow

    I know you don’t need to hear this from me, but it’s a good look to give Bean some credit. The SLAM heads don’t do that enough on here.

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

    Good point. But, the way Kobe has been on top this long, and the stories we have about the work he puts in, makes me think he hasn’t slacked any in his old age.

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

    Personally, I can see your argument this year. My problem is with the folks that make that argument for the prior three years. You’re often one of those people.

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

    that free throw shooting is particularly egregious.

  • LakeShow

    True. I am speaking directly to this season though. I have Wade as having a better season last year, but not both of the two previous years before that.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    You know what else that video was great for? For you to make that sneaky Haslem edit in your earlier comment. Not cool to then come back at me like that afterwards.

    Anyway, here in NY the story is not how Lebron stopped Melo. Nobody stops Melo as I said before. How can you be considered neutralized when you score more than your season average at your average clip.

    Everybody is riding LBJ hard right now but that Mike Prada story you linked is some of the biggest BS ever. The break down of those stills are absolutely pathetic and overtly biased. I invite everyone to take a look at that crap. The second still. Melo tries to go baseline but Lebron cuts it off. He ain’t cut off jack. Look at where the other Knicks are on the floor, because of their spacing Melo’s got 3 Heat players under the basket ready to swallow him up.
    Yet according to Prada he’s forced back to the middle and into the help. Mike Prada my a$$. I linked you some action not some fairytale bullshit from a dude who tries to get hits.

    The story is JR and Woodson. JR going 2 for 11 in the second half and Woodson letting him. Novak giving nothing, Shumpert nothing. That’s the story. Melo wasn’t frustrated because Lebron supposedly shut him down. The Heat stopped the entire Knicks and closed out, that’s the story.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    And right on cue Melo gets stopped by the half court line in Cleveland. Not my day today.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Melo went for 24 in the first half. How do you not understand that 3-8 in the second half, especially after that, is being neutralized? I mean, if you don’t get this fundamental, obvious assertion, this conversation is never going to end.

  • The Fury

    Really?? Damn!! Best PF in the East I suppose.

  • TheBigCire

    so fantard again and again

  • Cleverer

    More smart

  • LakeShow

    Yes that is correct. Sorry if that was too verbiage for you.

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