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Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  39 responses

Post Up: Turn Back the Clock

Tim Duncan goes for 28 points and 19 boards in a win over Dallas.

by Peter Walsh

Spurs 92 (50-16), Mavs 91 (30-34)

San Antonio led by 10 heading into the fourth quarter when Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter got hot. The two combined to go 6-11 from the field and hit three 3-pointers while the Spurs faltered down the stretch, missing a ton of shots and committing turnovers as the Mavs put a scare into the West’s best team. But, with under three minutes to go, Manu Ginobili drove the line, drew defenders and kicked it to Kawhi Leonard for a corner 3 to put the Spurs back up eight. Vince Carter’s 3 cut the lead back down to three and after the Mavs held the Spurs scoreless over the next minute, Nowitzki hit a elbow jumper to cut the deficit to one. Dallas again held the Mavs scoreless on the next possession and gave themselves a chance to win, but Carter’s 26-foot shot at the buzzer drew iron and the Mavs playoff hopes took a serious hit. Tim Duncan finished with 28 points and 19 boards and Gary Neal scored 16 off the bench. Dirk scored 21 and grabbed 11 boards and Carter scored 10.

 

Blazers 105 (30-34), Knicks 90 (38-25)

The Knicks got off to a great start, shooting 58 percent from the field in the first half and led by as many as 13. But without Melo, STAT and Tyson Chandler, the Knicks fell apart in the second half and Portland pounced. The Blazers ended the second quarter on a 13-0 run and kept it rolling in the third quarter, taking a 16-point lead into the fourth as the Knicks shot 5-27 in the quarter. J.R. Smith kept the Knicks in it by scoring 18 in the fourth as they cut the deficit to four, but the Blazers regained control with a 15-2 run to close out the game. Raymond Felton’s return to PDX was grim as he was harassed by the Portland fans the entire game and finished with 11 points on 4-12 shooting. Smith led the Knicks with 33 points. Dame Lillard scored 26 points and dropped 10 dimes and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and grabbed 10 boards.

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    As predicted, the fans and media should have been the last thing on Raymond Felton’s mind yesterday. Damian Lillard lit him up last night.

  • spit hot fiyah

    26 and 10 with only 1 turnover is more like arson

  • RayJr

    I’ve never seen a crowd so pumped for a steal, travel, and a fastbreak layup.

  • bringbackthesonics

    “Dallas again held the Mavs scoreless on the next possession and gave themselves a chance to win” – huh?

  • whoo!

    talk about turning back clock, espn had this interesting stat: last time Spurs swept the Mavs, Duncan was a rookie and put up 26/16/5blks. 15yrs later at age 36, dude puts up 28 and 19. looks like resting him last game paid off well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Damian Lillard reminds me of Chauncey Billups SOOOOOO much.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    looooool gay

  • RayJr

    It’s not like the Mavs have an elite front court but it is still very impressive that at his age he still dominates most every forward and center in the league.

  • Peter Walsh

    Long week…

  • LakeShow

    Hickson deserves some more recognition, again… He’s pulling down 10 boards in 29 mins. Has he improved at rebounding or is it the playing next to LA affect?

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

    With all the love Kobe is getting and rightfully so, for his performance 17 seasons in, how come no one is talking about what TD is doing? The man is putting up 17/10 with 2.6apg and 2.6bpg in only 29mpg, 7th in PER, 1st in Defensive Rating, 7th in Defensive Win Shares and 11th in Win Shares per 48. The man has been the best PF this season.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Center

  • Max

    He has improved alot since his Cleveland days.
    13 and 11 for a 6’9″ center is not to shabby.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He’s putting up nice numbers. But he is lost defensively. And unreliable offensively other than to provide some hustle. He’s basically Kris Humphries

  • RayJr

    umm ok what are you 12?

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

    PF/Center.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he has played 0.00 minutes at Power Forward this season.
    .
    http://www.82games.com/1213/12SAS16.HTM

    .
    Just Center.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah, look at his last year in Cleveland. He’s just rebounding more. — Which is literally the difference between playing next to Anderson Verajao, and Lamarcus Aldridge.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah I noticed he doesn’t play great post defense. He’ll get some swats on the weak side, but he’s definitely not a good anchor for the Blaze going forward. He seems to be a great 6th man IMO… Good energy in limited minutes.
    A better rebounding, but less offensive talent version of Carl Landry.

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

    You’re right. I was just BSing

  • LakeShow

    You know why.
    It’s always been the same reason.
    He’s less flashy.
    He has been GREAT this year.
    I don’t want to say it because it doesn’t seem possible, but is he better than he has been the last three years? Like actually better. Moving better, more fluid moves, running faster, etc….
    Because it sure seems like it, but I just can’t figure out why someone would get better after their decade and a half plus in the L.

    He’s shooting a career year by far at the FT line too…. Damn Duncy! Career 69% This season 80%!!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, word.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i liken it more to a less skilled and talented, more athletic version of Kevin Love. — nice numbers, minimal effect on the actual scoreboard.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    sorry that was a buddy commenting when I left for the bathroom. I was going to reply here and say that Lillard does hit a lot of those layups and that it was a great day to be a fantasy owner of Lillard, Batum and Aldridge haha

  • Sérgio

    The blocks are the most impressive of this to me. And Duncan’s blocks are different from Dwight’s, (for example), since they’re not based in athleticism and jumping ability, but simply on amazing positioning and an unreal timing.

  • Drig

    Him AND KG. Both of them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    @tomhaberstroh

    The score after 44 mins of clutch time during Miami’s streak? Miami 134, Opponents 71. Yeah

  • RayJr

    Got ya.

  • Slick Ric

    Yeah, he’s really steady out there, at first he reminded me of Agent 0 until I watched a few more games of him. Kyrie reminds me of Agent 0 a lil bit though.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    But seriously the last two games for the Blazers. Aldridge and Lillard have stepped up big time. I’m at a crossroads where I don’t know if I want them to make the playoffs just because getting a good 1st rounder would help them improve that bench depth.

  • RayJr

    They won’t make it but they are a good solid future for the Blazers to build on.

  • RayJr

    Without a doubt. If Dwight had half of those skills as Duncan he’d average over 5 blocks a game easily.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kyrie reminds me of a mix between Allen Iverson – Rod Strickland – Mark Price. He’s something new altogether.

  • Max

    Tought he was more crap in Cleveland, didn’t know he put up those numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he was less efficient. but that also comes from playing next to Verajao and not Aldridge. As Aldridge always has the better defender on him. While Verajao always had the high energy guy. Now it’s reversed for Hickson.

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

    Timmy and Dirk bringing it like its 2006

  • Max

    Makes sense.
    Gotta love appreciate plays like this tho.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGyqgBnwVFE

  • jaycee

    A good solid off-season back into some plyos and sprints can do wonders. I’m sure he’s been in ‘maintenance mode’ for the better half of the last decade, he probably just put in a solid month prior to training camp. Same with VC. He’s got some springs back this year. It’s great to see. He (TD) looked really good early last year too with his feet, but the schedule took its toll later on..

    That’s what I hope it is. Im sure their are some very very suspect ‘regeneration’ procedures available out there to the super-elite…

  • LakeShow

    I disagree with that all the way around but… another day…

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