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Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at 9:08 am  |  74 responses

Post-Up: Game-Winners Galore

Hawks, Bulls get the win at the buzzer.

by Jake Fischer / @JakeLFischer

76ers (7-17) 100, Raptors (8-13) 108

The Toronto Raptors have won two of three since trading Rudy Gay, and it’s largely been due to more scoring opportunities for the team’s younger players. Friday night, DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross were the two young Raps to flourish, combining for 51 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists on 19-37 shooting. Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas and Greivis Vasquez all scored in double-figures as well.

For Philly, Evan Turner is still playing like a guy worthy of being considered an All-Star snub, posting 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. With players who signed new contracts before September 15 eligible to be traded on Sunday, could new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie move Turner next week while his stock is so high?

Bobcats (10-13) 94, Pacers (20-3) 99

Last season’s Indiana squad’s biggest weakness was its lack of depth. This season, after adding the likes of Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, Rasual Butler and CJ Watson, the Pacers might be one of the deepest teams in the League and Larry Bird’s club is rocking an East best 20-3 record.

Indy had six players in double-figures in its victory over the Cats on Friday, led by Lance Stephenson’s 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. With another matchup with the Heat on Wednesday, it’s impressive the Pacers were able to stay focused and hold off a frisky Charlotte team.

Cavaliers (9-13) 109, Magic (7-16) 100

Kyrie Irving hasn’t totally played like himself this season, and that’s largely the reason why his Cavs are still just 9-13 after beating the Magic on Friday. But over his last five games, Kyrie is dropping 22.2 points and 6.0 assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 39.1 percent from three. Behind their phenom PG, who hung 31 on Orlando, the Cavs have now won five of its last six games. The win was also just Cleveland’s second road win on the season.

Wizards (9-12) 99, Hawks (12-11) 101

After John Wall missed a look at a game-winner in regulation, Al Horford didn’t mess up his chance to seal the deal.

The bucket is Horford’s first career game-winner and caps off a dirty 34-point and 15-rebound night. With the win, the Hawks are now just the third team in the East with a winning record.

Knicks (6-16) 86, Celtics (11-14) 90

After the Celtics blew the Knicks out of Madison Square Garden 114-73 on Sunday, Carmelo Anthony said the loss was “embarrassing.” The Knicks thought they were on their way to revenge at the close of the third quarter, leading the Cs in Boston 73-68 with Melo in a groove.

But then Brad Stevens’ hard-nosed and poised young team outscored the Knicks 22-13 in the fourth quarter, behind Avery Bradley’s 13 final-period points. While blowing out the Knicks on the road might be more impressive, this one might mean more within the Celtics’ locker room.

Nets (8-15) 99, Pistons (11-13) 103

So much for the Nets finding their way to their pre-season expectations. Andre Drummond was just too much, totaling 22 points and 13 rebounds and leading the Pistons to a 21-point lead early in the third quarter. He also hit on a cool 6-8 foul shots.

Grizzlies (10-12) 98, Pelicans (11-10) 104

Eric Gordon has stepped up big time since Anthony Davis went down, upping his scoring average to 18.6 in the five games since The Brow fractured his hand. Gordon put up 25 points to lead New Orleans to a tough win over the visiting Grizz. Speaking of injuries, Memphis has now lost five of the eight games they’ve played since Marc Gasol went down with a sprained MCL.

Lakers (10-12) 97, Thunder (18-4) 122

This game wasn’t even a contest right from the opening tip. Holy cow have these teams gone in completely opposite directions since 2010.

Kevin Durant was absolutely masterful, scoring 31 points with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. He did it from the outside per usual, but also finished this beautiful alley from Russ, one of his 12 times on the night:

Kobe finished with just 4 points. His 13 assists might seem impressive, but those came with the price of 7 turnovers, too.

Bulls (9-12) 91, Bucks (5-18) 90

Joakim Noah put up a ridiculous 21 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks, but it was Mike Dunleavy who came up big in the game’s final moments:

The losses keep piling for the Bucks, who had playoff aspirations heading into the season. Unfortunately for fans of the Deer, they’ve only seen Milwaukee win two out of 12 games on their new, weirdly designed home floor.

Wolves (11-12) 110, Spurs (18-4) 117

Kevin Love’s big night of 42 points and 14 rebounds helped bring the Wolves to a 102-102 tie with the hosting Spurs with 5:01 left to play in the game. Sadly for Love, his 8 three points, which tied a franchise record, weren’t enough to outlast the defending Western Conference champs.

But behind Manu Ginoboli, who had 16 in the fourth, Pop’s crew rattled off a 15-8 run from then on. Tony Parker also dropped 29 on the night, while Tim Duncan flirted with a triple-double, turning in a 12-point, 14-rebound, 8-assist performance too.

Love, who missed just one triple on the game, was the first player to go for 40-plus on the Spurs since Derrick Rose did on February 17, 2011.

Jazz (6-19) 103, Nuggets (13-9) 93

Gordon Hayward had 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Jazz over the hosting Nuggets. Trey Burke also had a double-double, going for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Utah is now on a two-game winning streak and has gone 5-8 since Burke made his career debut against the Pelicans on November 20.

Kings (6-15) 107, Suns (13-9) 116

Rudy Gay was phenomenal in his debut as a member of the Sacramento Kings, scoring 24 points on 8-12 shooting after many criticized Sac-Town for trading for such an inefficient and expensive player. Many also speculated if Gay and DeMarcus Cousins could coexist in purple, but Miles Plumlee gave Cousins fits instead of any chemistry issues.

Phoenix benefited from 57 points from Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic and seven other players scored seven or more points as well.

Rockets 116, Warriors 112

Dwight Howard hit his third career three-pointer, helping Houston get out to an early lead in the Bay.

The fourth quarter turned into an incredibly fun back-and-forth game, with Golden State trying to string together another improbably comeback. But this time, it was Mo Speights who led the Dubs, scoring 12 points in the final period. Yet every time the Warriors would go on a run and the famous ORACLE crowd rose to its feet, Pat Beverley was there to quiet the home fans with an array of step-back jumpers. Nice win for H-Town.

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  • Fan of the game

    Great to see Kobe still being capable of dissecting the game
    better than most in the league despite his hindered physical condition. He
    reads defences like it’s nothing. His timing is off but still. Just a great
    basketball mind. 13 asts in 23 minutes!

    KD out of his mind. 31 pts on 13 shots. Unfair talent
    (speaking of unfair talent, what’s up Andre?)

    Loved to see Eric and Isaiah ballin against each other. Oladipo and Lance showin out!

  • Fan of the game

    Gotta give love to the Spurs. What a performance.
    6 members in double figures. 55% from the field and 32 assists. Damn. A clinic on good basketball.
    TP outstanding. As was Manu, and Kawhi (wish he could put up those numbers each game).
    And TD flaunting that multi-faceted game. What a baller.

  • mtobi

    I know it is pretty obvious, but with the way Kevin Love and Lamarcus Aldridge are playing right now, there is no way Blake Griffin is in the conversation for best pf in the league.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Poll: Who thinks the Pacers beat the 72-10 mark?

  • Max

    Derrick Williams is gonna START and Rudy Gay is going to come off the BENCH you DUMB TROLL C*NTS!!!
    Riiiiight…

  • sounddust

    Block of the season right there by Plumlee, it takes a real man to block a two-handed attempt from a beast like DMC.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Chill

  • spit hot fiyah

    not me

  • spit hot fiyah

    is amare’s resurgence for real? maybe he is the healthiest he has been in years

    how pissed are toronto fans that gay went 8-12 for 24 points in his first game as a king? lol

    is phoenix trying to get in the conversation of best back court in the L?

    kent bazemore went -2 in zero minutes. did he do a celebration that was worth negative 2 points?

  • spit hot fiyah

    kawhi seems to be picking up his 3 point shooting.

    belinelli might be the most underrated off season signing. he fits that team so well and is shooting the lights out

  • CKLOH

    Should be writing about how D’Antoni played Hill and Kaman for twelve minutes apiece, despite their being the only effective paint protectors on L.A.. They would not have won even if the two had played more often, but the game would have been a hell of a lot more competitive. Meeks was 3/16, ffs.

    Bryant’s in-air deke which left three OKC defenders looking the wrong way before making a ricochet pass off of Ibaka’s spinal chord to Jordan Hill is a candidate for Play of the Year.

  • Max

    I am.

  • Max

    Does someone by any chance know what kind of hand brace Paul Pierce is playing with?

  • Max

    Baze played 6 seconds that’s why.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    anthony davis is above blake griffin and by next year will claim top pf

  • Kap

    I read non sense last night that says we are in another golden age of basketball. The NBA is awful right now. Take the Rockets/Warriors game for example. The game was tied with like three minutes left and both teams just came down jacking horrible threes instead of slowing the game down to get a good shot. That’s the norm around the league now.

    I’m also tired of Bill Simmons & Espn slurp job on Lebron. I don’t care what the stats say, this is not the best Lebron has been. He’s also not the MVP right now. Simmons once stated last night that “you are not a credible basketball mind if Lebron isn’t number one in your mvp rankings”. I’m sick of the journalists who are becoming fans instead of a true analyst like TNT Inside the NBA has. They may say crazy things but they don’t let their fandom get in the way. Sorry for venting but that has really bothered me.

  • AlbertBarr

    No mention of D-Howard hitting all of of his free throws in the game. Dude is putting in work. I think he was 8/8? Somewhere in that range…

    The Kings could have won last night if they could have ever gotten even 1 stop on the Phoenix guards. We scored just fine but the defense was terrible. Demarcus Cousins is a beast and I love watching him play and having him on my team but he needs to stop acting like he can handle the ball the full length of the court and drive to the hoop. He does this several times a game sometimes and it almost always results in a turnover. He has good handles but not that good.

  • brothasdontsurf

    I can’t even chuckle when I say this, but the Lakers need Steve Blake back

  • Dagger

    Yes, but, keep in mind the 7 turnovers. Although you’re right: Kobe is amazing.

  • spit hot fiyah

    does that make him -20 per minute?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    lol no

  • Saleem Rainman

    John Wall 6-22. Still cant shoot worth a damn, yet he’s being compared to the most elite of point guards.

  • Saleem Rainman

    lol whre is he

  • Initbruv

    The only thing that’s awful right now are those goddamn rimless glasses and orange pants and backpacks and sh*t that the players are wearing.

  • Max

    Because he still gives you 19 and 9 without being able to shoot.

  • Max

    -2 in 6 seconds
    1 minute = 60 seconds (10 times as much)
    -2 * 10 = -20?

  • Max

    Non-american player on the Spurs that can shoot = perfect fit.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Lol you forgot to use poor grammar but other than that spot on.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Kenny is a homer for NY other than that they’re pretty objective. I take everything that little turd Simmons says by a grain of salt and so should you. He’s the biggest homer I’ve seen and he takes every opportunity to dump on the Lakers. As for LeBron he’s in my MVP list but definitely not the unanimous number 1 like he was the last 2 years.

  • Kap

    I wasn’t fully serious. I don’t take much of anything on ESPN or twitter seriously. But the NBA has been getting gradually worse the last few seasons. I’m serious about that. I think its due to the 96, 98 and 01-03 draft classes getting old and on the verge of retirement along with small ball, no real centers, and the over reliance on analytics (ask Memphis how thats going). But Indiana/ Miami are keeping things interesting.

  • Saleem Rainman

    and i can respect that, he’s a good defender too, as well as being a good passer.

    But he wont be near the upper echelon of point guards while being unable to shoot.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Man, my faith in GINOOOOOOOOOOOOOBILIII has paid off after everyone wrote him off after the finals. Dude has been BALLING. 74 % shooting off of drives to the basket, by FAR the best in the L. Crazy.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    No i understood that when you made the comment but how do you know his rate of -2 in 6 seconds would be constant? It could drastically improve or get worse

    The whole efficiency and PER scheme doesn’t do justice. I’d rather have a talent on my team like Allen Iverson who can LITERALLY put up 40 in a game at ease than some efficient scorer who theoretically could.but isn’t as talented to do it consistently. But you can get the best of both worlds and get rare commodity like durant or lebron

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    As Salamu Alaykum ikwa we shouldn’t encourage this behavior of slander. It is unislamic.

  • Arsenal

    Can the fuck1ng idiot announcers stop saying Kobe has a chance to pass KAbdulJabbar? He doesn’t. Bean has 3.5 years left tops. That’s AT MOST 300 games. He’s like 7000 points behind. Unless he starts averaging 25 a gam until he’s 39, it won’t happen. He can barely average 20 a game Boaz so can we just stop with the myth?

  • Arsenal

    That Rondo fool did ok, moron.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it was joke

  • Guest

    Since none of us here are Islamic, we can act unislamic, as you say.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Rondo is another beast tho. he can give u 10+ rebounds at anytime to go with even better defence than walls. he’s also a considerably better passer.Plus, he been an all star, been to the playoffs, been to the finals in his prime, been a champ before that, been on over.500 ball clubs in the weak ass east…all things wall is yet to do. So there is no comparison there.

    oh, i forgot to add…moron.

    I should call myself Manchester City cuz i’m killin u today.

  • Guest

    You serious? Look at trends in FG%, efficiency, TS% and TO rate. I’ll wait. League is getting worse…pfft.

  • guest

    Seriously. Focus on yourself. Stop telling others what they should be doing and how they should be living. Please.

  • guest

    How unislamic of you.

  • spit hot fiyah

    more like player with high basketball IQ that can shoot = perfect fit.

    lately it has been a lot of players with visas though

  • spit hot fiyah

    no idea, but it seems to have some kind of padding on the knuckles. almost like what love played with

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Friday night thoughts

    1. John Wall 6-22 shooting now that’s the REAL John Wall

    2. Kyrie Irving is reestablishing himself as the East best point guard

    3. I got a question for all you fake ass Lakers “fans” what is you broken down washed up “HERO” THE ALMIGHTY KOBE BRYANT GOING TO DO TO SAVE THE LAKERS? Kobe playing PG is a F’N joke

    4. Kevin Love 8 3′s made prove that he is the best big man shooter in the league

    5.Rudy Gay started at small forward Jason Thompson started at power forward Derrick Williams was the backup small forward

    6.Dwight Howard 3 was classic

  • juice

    Many posters are actually practicing Muslims, but this is a basketball website where no one except nutjobs come to discuss religion.

  • thebossman15

    the nba is a business, if lebron even finishes in the top 3 for mvp voting, let alone wins it, then the nba just has absolutely no shame..they been riding the dude so hard knowing the biggest names of the past decade are retiring/retired soon(namely kobe,duncan,tmac,iverson) and they are trying to market the sh*t out of lebron and he still isnt the biggest name worldwide lmao

  • juice

    Man the Knicks are hopeless. You would think they’d want some payback after that 41 point stomp out, but clearly they care nothing about their dignity.

  • Blake

    Second that, they are good in the east, but 5 or 6 of the teams on the west are better than them. They will still have a good season, but not with that record. I love the Pacers, but i am not that optimistic.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i was talking to my brother

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i know but you misundertand i try to help protect human dignity . … sometimes i want to make jokes of ppl and clown on ppl like in my days of ignorance it is a jihad against ones own self to not give into the desires that are evil… humans arent perfect

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    juice mayne

  • redbeard

    Why? Are stats bi’dah to you? Lol

  • guest

    You’ve been “talking” to everyone about it lately. It’s impolite.

  • Dagger

    As a Toronto fan: not pissed at all. Gay did have some efficient games for us! And I wish him well in Sacramento. By all accounts he’s a good guy.

    But I think it’s pretty obvious that the Raptors are better without him, and pretty likely that he’ll revert back to his inefficient ways.

  • Max

    Maybe the Spurs would get that if they played in the East.

  • Max

    True.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Please do not take offense. I have no desire/intent to offend anyone.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    As Salamu Alaykum ikwa, I don’t think it’s humorous. to use words like bi’dah with how serious the word is. Most people think all religions are evolving and adapting like Christianity to control the society. Most humans don’t realize the authenticity/preservation and truth of Islam. They think because the Ummah is poor and unsuccessful in the dunya, the Muslims can’t be on the truth.

    It’s both qualitative and quantitative. The numbers don’t tell about the impact a player has on the game. For instance both Shaq and Duncan put up big numbers. But I’d rather have shaq because his intimidation factor. And how his plays such as turn around dunk impact the energy of his teammates and demoralize the other team. Duncan’s bank shot couldn’t do that.

  • Kap

    See that’s why I have so much issue with people and stats. Its the end all to every conversation. Anyone who has watched basketball this decade will see that the league right now is watered down. Phil Jackson even tweeted something along the line today of how teams take too many 3′s and depend on screen and roll. And the increase in % has to do with the rule changes and inability of play defense because of rules and no true big man. If you’re gonna come at me with stats understand the most important thing with stats which is conditions. I’m a bioinformatician and I will educate you on stats if you want.

  • Kap

    the rules don’t allow you to play defense today. So of course turnovers will be down and % are up. It’s common sense.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    5 or 6 what teams are you watching

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Weird that scoring is down…..

  • TriggaMan

    There. Team is actually playing really good without him lol you take out love or la those teams are notta

  • RKJ92

    Not in the least bit pissed he had a player option, we now have 13 million in salary, and he wasn’t a good teammate here ignoring other players, and feuding with DeRozan, plus Vasquez was playing niiiiiceeee tonight! the stats wont show it because he still needs to work into getting better team chemistry but for a first game with our team he ran the point welllll!

  • guest

    I have no doubt that you’re a nice guy and I’m not offended. Just my opinion on the matter.

  • Nick Holden

    Well you know, teams are doing these things because they win you games. True story.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Please don’t flatter me if you could smell my sins you wouldn’t compliment me. I am only perceived as nice because of Islam. Before Islam I was an adherent of makavelian philosophy. Why? because If this is the only reality we have then why sacrifice one’s life for helping others. Why endure pain for others. It’s irrational. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy the world at any cost. If helping others makes you happy then that’s cool. But i found giving charity highly irrational during my period of ignorance. Why not save money for a rainy day.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Trigga Mayne. Regardless of team performance. Davis individual performance has been brolic. He needs to improve his shot from 3. And I see him as being a combination of Lamar Odom and Garnett.

  • Blake

    Thunder, Spurs, Blazers, Clippers have more depth, i guess 4 then. Question, so you are a Muslim? How do you define how one receives salvation? I am a Christian and am curious on the matter. I do not wish to argue and i will not argue that my religion is better than yours. I want to be better informed of other religions. If you could state in your own words how this is, i would appreciate it.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Thank you so much for your question! Before I address your question I want to address your statement about a “better” religion. Religions aren’t meant to compete to appeal to the human desire. They are meant to provide an Absolute Truthful narrative.

    In regards to salvation the question first should be what is faith mean in Islam. Faith is outlined in the Hadith of Gabriel but essentially to believe in the Uncreated Creator and submit to laws of the Uncreated Creator like not eating pork, not drinking alcohol, not stealing, etc. You pray alone to the Uncreated Creator because only the Uncreated Creator is Divine pure monotheism. In regards to salvation it’s the Mercy of the Uncreated Creator can allow one to enter paradise.

    I am unsure if you know but read Holy Qur’an 43:61 Jesus peace be upon him will return as one of major signs toward day of judgement.

    http://youtu.be/dtQ2TS1CiDY

  • Blake

    Your welcome! Thanks for your response and good video. I am studying Bible and Religion at the University i attend. I do agree with your last statement still.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    If you ever have a chance look at the infancy gospel of thomas and compare it to the Holy Qur’anic narrative of Jesus Peace Be Upon Him.

    Also look up Haman in the Bible and Holy Qur’an: http://mquran.org/content/view/9220/

    Ask yourself three questions:
    1. Why did God preserve the Arabic of the Holy Qur’an but not the Gospel of Jesus Peace Be Upon Him (Injeel)
    2. Why do biblical archeologist still search for scrolls from the 1st century if they are confident they have the realiable words. (there is no original manuscript of the bible)
    3. Why would God allow forgeries to enter the Bible but not the Holy Qur’an

    I hope you know that Muslims only 100% trust the words that came out of Jesus Peace Be Upon Him (the Injeel) But as the Holy Qur’an states the scribes changed words when copying this was only known to christians 125 years ago where as the Holy Qur’an is 1400+

    Also, why do white anglosaxon images appear as Jesus Peace Be upon him. When he was more olive skin with wool hair… False depictions.You have to observe a religion’s practices to observe how the practices try to maintain TRUTH at all costs.

  • mtobi

    Or is he?…

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