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Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  25 responses

Post Up: One Last Go Round

The final week of the regular season kicked off with an eight-game slate.

by Peter Walsh

Heat 105 (64-16), Bulls 93 (43-37)

After watching their win streak disappear at the hands of the Bulls, the Heat were out for revenge to kick off the final week of the regular season. The contest was close throughout and after the Bulls cut what was a 15-point deficit to just one, Miami snapped out of their funk and went on a 13-4 run to give them control of the game. In what was likely their last regular season appearance of the year, LeBron and DWade each did their thing. James finished with 24 points, 7 boards and 6 assists while Wade scored 22. Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and grabbed 20 boards to lead Chicago.

Raptors 93 (32-48), Nets 87 (47-33)

The Raptors led wire-to-wire and pushed the lead to as many as 21 in a defeat of the Nets. Brooklyn cut the deficit to eleven heading into the fourth quarter to give the game some life. The Nets continued to threaten, scoring 28 points in the final quarter, and cut Toronto’s lead to just four with 24 seconds left. But, BK had no answer for DeMar DeRozan who scored 14 points in the quarter to lead T.Dot to the dub. DeRozan finished with 36 points on 12-22 shooting while Rudy Gay scored 26 and grabbed 10 boards. Deron Williams led the Nets with 30 points and 7 assists.

Knicks 90 (53-27), Pacers 80 (49-31)

With yesterday’s win over the Pacers, the Knicks locked up the second seed and will face the Celtics in the opening round of the playoffs which begin Saturday. New York used a big first half to give them a 20-point cushion–eventually cut to seven at the half–and enough breathing room to hold on for the win. Melo scored 25 and hurt his shoulder, sidelining him for the fourth quarter. I’d be shocked if we saw him again before Saturday. Chris Copeland scored 20 and J.R. Smith dropped 15 and grabbed 8 boards. Born Ready scored a season-best 22 points to lead Indiana–a nice homecoming for the Brooklyn native.

Sixers 91 (33-47), Cavs 77 (24-56)

Philly led wire-to-wire and were up by as many as 28 in the win. Six different Sixers scored in double-figures including Dorrell Wright (15), Jrue Holiday (14), and Thad Young (14 points, 9 boards). Tristan Thompson scored 12 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Cavs.

Nuggets 118 (55-25), Blazers 109 (33-47)

The Nuggets won the game but lost Kenneth Faried to an ankle injury. He left the game and while X-rays were negative, his status for game one of the playoffs is unknown. After such a great year it would be so wack if the Nuggets’ playoff chances went down the drain due to injuries. Andre Iguodala put together a nice 28-point, 9-assist, 7-rebound game, Ty Lawson made his return with 12 points and 10 dimes and rookie Evan Fournier scored 24. Dame Lillard led the Blazers with 30 points. It has been a disappointing end of the year with Portland as last night’s loss marked their 11th-straight.

Mavs 107 (40-40), Hornets 89 (27-54)

Dirk reached the 25,000 point mark in last night’s game. In honor of that incredible achievement, here’s 12 minutes of Dirk highlights!

Rockets 121 (45-35), Kings 100 (28-52)

James Harden led the Rockets with 29 points as Houston climbed into the sixth seed with an easy win over Sacramento. The Rockets have the same record as the Warriors but own the tiebreaker. Houston plays Phoenix tonight before finishing the regular season against the Lakers on Wednesday. Omer Asik scored 10 points and grabbed 12 boards and Chandler Parsons finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. John Salmons scored 14 points for Sacramento.

Lakers 91 (44-37), Spurs 86 (58-22)

Behind 26 points and 17 rebounds from Dwight Howard and 23 points from Steve Blake, the Lakers won their first game sans Kobe. L.A. blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead and Tim Duncan’s three-point play with 1:24 remaining cut the Laker lead to just four. The Lakers pushed the lead back to six but the Spurs cut it right back to four after a Cory Joseph layup. In the final minute, Gary Neal, Joseph and Danny Green all missed 3-pointers and the Lakers were able to hang on for the tough win. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Danny Green scored 16.

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  • Max

    Lol, in the Dirk video, Nash was awesome when he arrived in Dallas.

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

    That Mavs team was so fun to watch.

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

    I hope the Rockets hold on to the 6th seed. Rockets Denver should be a track meet.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Caboose…..see?

  • spit hot fiyah

    it would, but so would den vs g-state. rockets v thunder would be awsome

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Rockets run more than Golden State bruh
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    Rockets run more than Denver. For the record.

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

    You owe us 6 more minutes of Dirk….

  • Sergio

    Great win for LA, with good games from Dwhight and BLake, despite a horrible one by Gasol. But man, I think the Spurs are in serious trouble for the Playoffs. Parker has looked horrible since his return, Manu is still out and they will miss Stephen Jackson and Diaw. Duncan is balling, but, alone, he cant guide the Spurs nowhere. I wouldnt be surprised if they were upset once again in the first round.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    highly highly highly unlikely the Warriors or Rockets beat them in a series. Pretty sure that’s why they didn’t really put their best foot forward against LA.

  • Sérgio

    But what do you think about the situations of Parker and Manu? Do you think they can win without them? Even if only one series?

  • RayJr

    They didn’t? Duncan did. Everyone else for them sh!t the bed.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I don’t see any way the Spurs lose to Golden State. Even without a healthy Parker. — Houston, I’d just give the advantage to San Antonio based on their ability to guard the basket, and Popovich.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Parker played 28 minutes. Cory Joseph was on the court in the final minutes. And he attempted a 3!!!! – the kid is 6-19 on the season from 3, and he averages 12MPG.
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    Do you really think winning that game was their top priority?

  • RayJr

    My how the tables are turning for the Spurs. They look like the weakest team in the west now with all their injuries and also having the worst record, out of the top 8 teams, in their last 10 games. Also, even though Parker had 8 assists it seemed like he wasn’t even there last night.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    amazing that a team can win 53 of 70 games and then lose 5 of 8 huh? almost like they are trying to dodge the stress of having Tim Duncan play Dwight Howard in the first round or something….

  • RayJr

    A healthy Parker is the key to their success. I do not know how you don’t see that even from last night’s game.

  • RayJr

    So that looks good going into the playoffs?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You think the Spurs care about what looks good? Come on man. Popovich was upset that his team was on a winning streak last year

  • RayJr

    So I guess this is what Pop wanted last year then right? Let’s end the season going 5-5 or 4-6 our last 10 games and that momentum will push us through the first round! lol
    All I’m saying is that heading into the playoffs like that is never a good sign.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    They are avoiding the Lakers on purpose. You can’t keep winning and still drop down to 7. Duncan vs Dwight and Pau in the first round is a really good way to guarantee you don’t have a chance in later rounds. Last season, the 8 seed didn’t offer anything like this in terms of a playoff obstacle.

  • RayJr

    I thought you were being sarcastic lol. Sometimes can’t tell with you ha. Well now that I know you are serious I agree with you on that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, i totally understand.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    again, i don’t think they wanted to win last night. either way, i never, you will NEVER, see me care about a single regular season game.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i know, it would still be high paced

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You just want to see Golden State shoot vs Denver driving? That clash of styles type of thing?

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