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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  14 responses

Post Up: Like Mike

Mike Conley leads the Grizzlies over the Spurs.

by Peter Walsh

Pistons 108 (25-50), Raptors 98 (27-47)

Behind 24 points from Greg Monroe, 19 points and 9 dimes from Jose Calderon and a strong contribution from the bench, the Pistons took care of business against the Raptors in T.Dot. Both teams had trouble stopping each other (each team shot 50+ percent from the field, respectively) and the game went back and forth until the final quarter. The Pistons final built some breathing room and after Jonas Jerebko threw down a put-back slam with 33 seconds left, the Detroit lead was safe at seven. Rudy Gay scored a game-high 34 points, grabbed 6 boards and dropped 5 dimes.

Hawks 102 (42-33), Cavs 94 (22-51)

With last night’s win over the Cavs, the Hawks now sit just one game behind the Nets for the fourth seed in the East–which if they win, will guarantee them home court advantage. The Hawks had control of this one throughout as the only lead that Cleveland had was 5-4 early in the first quarter. Josh Smith finished with 18 points, 14 boards and 8 dimes while Devin Harris scored a season-high 25 points to pace Atlanta. Al Horford scored 16 points and grabbed 6 boards in his first game after sitting the previous two with a stomach illness. The Cavs have now lost ninth-straight and this may be the curtain call for head coach Byron Scott.

Bucks 131 (36-37), Bobcats 102 (17-57)

Two career-highs in this one, and I’m not sure which one is more eye-opening: Larry Sanders with 24 points (to go along with 13 boards) or Monta Ellis with 14 assists (to go along with 19 points and 6 steals). The Bucks are inching towards the seven-seed and now sit just one and a half games behind the sliding Celtics. Milwaukee led by as many as 33 and dominated inside, outscoring the Bobcats 52-32 and outrebounding them 45-32. Brandon Jennings scored 19 on 6-15 shooting and J.J. Redick scored 20 off the bench. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 27 points on 8-11 shooting.

Grizzlies 92 (50-24), Spurs 90 (55-19)

For the second night in a row, the Spurs lost on a last second shot against a team that they have a chance of seeing in the playoffs. The Grizzlies cut the deficit to two late in the fourth, but Tony Parker hit a jumper with 2:15 left to make it an 88-84 game in favor of San Antonio. Unfortunately for the Spurs, this would be the last field goal they hit as they only managed two Parker free throws over the last two minutes. With seven seconds remaining, and the game tied at 90, Parker missed the go-ahead shot, giving the Grizzlies a chance. Mike Conley, who had just hit the game-tying 3-pointer 30 seconds prior, got his chance to shine and came through with the game-winning layup with .6 seconds remaining to give the Grizzlies a big win. It was the second game-winning shot of his career. Conley scored a team-high 23 points on 11-17 shooting and Jerryd Bayless chipped in with 17 off the bench. Tony Parker scored 25 points for the Spurs.

Rockets 111 (41-33), Magic 103 (19-56)

James Harden sat with a sore right foot but it made no difference as the Rockets went on to defeat the Magic. With Harden out, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin picked up the slack. Asik finished with 22 points and 18 boards while Lin netted 19 and 11 dimes. Houston led this one from wire-to-wire and led by as many as 25 to hand Orlando their 43rd loss in 50 games. Rookie Moe Harkless scored a career-high 28 points for the Magic.

Timberwolves 110 (27-46), Celtics 100 (38-36)

With Paul Pierce and KG both watching from the sideline, the Celtics got abused inside by Nikola Pekovic. Pek dropped a season-high 29 points and led the Wolves to a 62-38 scoring advantage in the paint. The Timberwolves separated themselves with a 17-6 run that extended from the end of the second quarter and into the third. The run gave Minny a double-digit lead the Celtics never got closer than six. Ricky Rubio dropped 9 dimes and Dante Cunningham scored 19 off the bench.

Jazz 112 (39-36), Blazers 102 (34-40)

The Jazz have won five straight games for the first time this season and are playing well at the right time as they try and hold off the Lakers and Mavs for the eighth spot in the West. Al Jefferson led the way with a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double and Mo Williams scored 20 points and dished out 9 assists. Behind Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap, the Jazz outscored Portland 52-28 in the paint. Utah led wire-to-wire and were up by as many as 19. Wes Matthews scored 23 points for Portland. The Blazers have lost five straight.

Pacers 109 (48-27), Clippers 106 (49-26)

The Pacers led by as many as 24, squandered the lead in the final minutes, and finally held on for the their fifth straight win. With eight minutes left, the Clippers cut the deficit to eight points thanks to an Eric Bledsoe jumper. Los Angeles continued to chip away at the lead and cut it to four with 3:38 left after a Jamal Crawford 3-pointer. After two more free throws from Chris Paul and a dunk by Blake Griffin, the Clippers had all momentum and trailed by just two points with just over a minute to go. But, David West hit a huge fadeaway jumper, the Pacers hit all eight of their free throw attempts in the final 32 seconds and Lamar Odom’s last second desperation 3-pointer rimmed out and Indiana held on. Roy Hibbert led the way with 26 points and 10 boards and Paul Gorge finished with 23 points, 10 dimes, 6 boards and 4 steals. Jamal Crawford scored 25 off the bench and Blake Griffin scored 17.

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  • Max

    Conley has really picked up his scoring as of late, Bayless is playing very well also.
    If Zbo can regain his touch, watch out.

  • spit hot fiyah

    they are dangerous, but that short bench might be what makes them fall. Wayne Ellington would be welcomed right now i think

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    As a Spurs fan, the last looses have been really hard to watch, I believe we had the lead each time against Houston, Miami and Memphis in the last 2 minutes of the game but we weren’t able to close it out.

  • LakeShow

    Wow, well Utah quietly strung together 5 games.

    Harden’s injury isn’t bad is it?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i haven’t heard anything alarming about Harden’s injury. So i don’t think so.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah that’s what I figured. They might just want to give him extra rest right now too. Right now they are slated to play OKC in the 1st round. That would be a fun one.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i really wish Houston could play Denver. OKC is going to steamroll whoever they play in the first round. The individual games may be fun, but i don’t see more than 5 games max. And i’m a gluten for the more is better belief system when it comes to the playoffs.

  • AiRsMiTh

    Rubio continues to amaze me with his passes. Bravo.

  • Lucentum

    What a sick pass by Rubio.

  • Caboose

    Lakers will win tonight in Dallas.

    Proof:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZatX_6i5WY&feature=youtu.be

  • Caboose

    Lakers will win tonight in Dallas.

    Proof:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZatX_6i5WY&feature=youtu.be

  • Caboose

    I rarely do this but….gluten: wheat protein. Glutton: what you meant

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It’s alright, I appreciate not looking dumb. So learning is fundamental

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

    Most of his passes are sick.

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