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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  72 responses

Post Up: Heat Hang On

Miami barely outlasted the Hawks on Monday night.

by Leo Sepkowitz | @LSepkowitzSLAM

Hawks 119, Heat 121

What an amazing game. The two teams played about evenly after Atlanta’s strong second quarter, and the game was tied with a few minutes left in regulation. 

Atlanta took a seven-point lead after Kyle Korver drilled a trey with 1:39 left, but LeBron responded with a personal 6-0 run over the next few possessions. Atlanta led by three with 14 seconds left, but DeMarre Carroll fouled Ray Allen shooting a three and he connected on each freebie to knot the game. The Hawks couldn’t convert a game-winner and the game went to overtime. 

In OT, the Hawks once again led by three, but Miami closed on a 5-0 run to win the game, with each point being scored by either Michael Beasley or Birdman. 

LeBron finished with 38 points, 8 boards, 6 dimes and one posterization of Millsap (below). He shot 16/28 from the floor and didn’t turn the ball over once in 46 minutes. Another day at the office for him. Allen added 19 starting in place of Dwyane Wade, and Anderson scored 12 with 9 rebounds off the bench. 

Jeff Teague (26 & 8), Paul Millsap (25 (7 threes!) & 10) and  Al Horford (21 & 11) were huge for the Hawks. Kyle Korver drained 5 threes in the loss. 

Pistons 115, Cavaliers 92

The Pistons rode Josh Smith (25 & 8) and Brandon Jennings (21 & 13) to a blowout win last night. Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each double-doubled, too, and Rodney Stuckey added 14 off the bench. 

Cleveland shot under 39 percent overall, aided by Andrew Bynum’s zero-for-eleven night. Kyrie Irving managed 21 and Tristan Thompson scored 17 in the loss. 

Knicks 103, Magic 98

New York led 24 at the break, but saw the advantage evaporate in the mid-fourth quarter. To their credit, though, the Knicks hung on for the W without Carmelo Anthony, who left in the second half with an ankle injury and didn’t return. 

Melo led the team in scoring despite playing only 24 minutes. He scored 19, while JR Smith came off the bench for 18 and 10 boards. Tyson Chandler added 10 points and 13 rebounds. 

Orlando got at least 12 points from each starter. Arron Afflalo kept his incredible season alive with 26 points (9/17), and Glen Davis scored 20 points with 7 rebounds. Nik Vucevic (14 and 12) and Jameer Nelson (17, 10 and 8) both posted double-doubles. 

Bucks 110, Bobcats 111

Milwaukee led by 18 early in the second quarter on Monday, but this game was tied midway through the third. Charlotte grabbed a three-point lead with 16 seconds left behind a Kemba Walker jumper, but OJ Mayo knocked down an equalizing three at the end of regulation. 

In OT, Charlotte again led by three in the waning seconds, and again, it appeared, the Bucks knotted things up at the buzzer. Only Khris Middelton’s game-tying three actually turned out to be a two, as his foot was on the line, and Charlotte narrowly escaped with a thrilling W. 

Kemba (25, 10 dimes and 9 boards) and Al Jefferson (26 and 9) were huge for the ‘Cats. Rookie Cody Zeller added 12 and 7 off the bench. 

Brandon Knight exploded for Milwaukee and finished with 26 points, 14 dimes and 8 boards. Middleton added 19 and Mayo kicked in 14 off the bench. The Greek Freak started and scored 12 points with 6 boards in 36 minutes. 

Mavericks 111, Rockets 104

Dallas erupted in the third quarter last night, outscoring Houston 36-21 in the period and setting up a not-so-close game in the fourth. 

Dirk led the charge with 31 points. He hit 11/18 shots from the floor and 8/9 from the stripe. Monta Ellis (18, 5 and 5), Jose Calderon (15 and 5), Vince Carter (16, 4 and 4) and Jae Crowder (11) were all solid in the win. 

Dwight Howard (29 & 15), Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin each cleared 20 points and Aaron Brooks added 18 off the bench, but Houston couldn’t buy a stop for most of the game. Dallas’ 11/22 shooting from deep was too much to overcome with James Harden sidelined with an ankle injury. 

Pacers 103, Nets 86

The Brook Lopez-less Nets actually hung with Indiana in the first half (45-39), but got blown out in the third and never recovered. Paul George (6 boards, 5 dimes) and Lance Stephenson (7 rebounds, 5 assists) each dropped 26 in the win. That’s a dominant two-way wing combination.

The Nets’ offense struggled badly, shooting 38 percent from the floor and 6/26 from downtown. Joe Johnson led the team with 17 points (7/13) and Kevin Garnett added 12. Deron Williams was just 3/9 from the floor and tallied 8 assists and 4 turnovers. 

Jazz 94, Grizzlies 104

This was a pretty close game throughout, but Memphis always had it in control. Zach Randolph led the team with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 7 dimes, and has been incredible since Marc Gasol went down. Jerryd Bayless (17) and MIke Miller (15) each made big contributions off the bench. 

Trey Burke and Richard Jefferson each scored 18 for the Jazz, while Gordon Hayward narrowly missed a triple-double: 16 points, 11 boards and 9 dimes.

Raptors 99, Spurs 112

Toronto was within striking distance early in the fourth quarter last night, trailing 82-77 with about 10 minutes left. But, as they have a habit of doing, San Antonio pulled away late. 

Tony Parker was the team’s best offensive player, scoring 26 points with 8 assists in 34 minutes. Manu Ginobili (18), Danny Green (14) and Kawhi Leonard (13) were solid on the offensive end, and Kawhi and Tim Duncan snagged at least 10 rebounds. Thirteen players got some run for the Spurs. 

Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross each scored 23 for Toronto. 

Warriors 89, Nuggets 81

Denver led at the start of the fourth quarter on Monday night, but scored just 15 points in the final period and let the game slip away. 

David Lee led Golden State with 28 and 10. Neither Stephen Curry (5/14, 14 points) or Klay Thompson (6/16, 13 points) were particularly sharp, but it was just enough in the low-scoring affair. Andre Iguodala scored 12 points with 6 rebounds in his return to Denver.

The Nuggets shot just 38 percent from the field (3/13 from deep). Ty Lawson (5/14), Wilson Chandler (4/12), Jordan Hamilton (0/4), Anthony Randolph (2/6) and Darrell Arthur (1/5) all struggled in the L. Lawson was the high-man with 16. 

 Lakers 90, Suns 117

Phoenix simply blew out the Lakers on Monday night, moving to 10-4 at home and 17-10 overall. 

Gerald Green led the team in scoring with 22 off the bench, but the starters were huge early on. Miles Plumlee exploded for 17 points and 20 boards, and has been really solid all season since coming over in the Luis Scola deal. Eric Bledsoe nearly triple-doubled with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 dimes and Goran Dragic scored 12 with 7 assists. 

In all, the Suns out-rebounded LA 62-39, and shot nearly 10 points better from the floor. 

The Lakers got 19 from Nick Young (6/17) and 18 from Jodie Meeks (6/15), but most of the team struggled. Pau Gasol managed just 10 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. 

Pelicans 113, Kings 100

Tyreke Evans dominated in his return to Sacramento last night. He dropped 25 points (11/12 free throws), handed out 12 assists and grabbed 6 boards while leading his Pelicans to the road W.

Anthony Davis double-doubled with 21 and 11, and hasn’t missed a beat since returning from his hand injury last week. Jrue Holiday (10 assists) and Eric Gordon each scored 17.

Sacramento got 24 and 14 from DeMarcus Cousins and 21 points from Isaiah Thomas, but it wasn’t enough. Rudy Gay shot just 2/12 from the field. 

Bonus: Vintage Show Of The Day

This season, I’ll be posting a semi-random highlight video of a former baller at the bottom of my Post Ups. Today, Grant Hill gets the nod. Easy to forget how nasty he was in his prime… 

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  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Nets should trade Dwill to the Rockets..

    Mavericks are the sleeper team in the West

  • candlewood jay

    Bring back Linsanity to NY!

  • Max

    Paul Millsap’s threeball game is always awesome against the Heat!

  • spit hot fiyah

    that was an actual rumor a few days ago. lin and asik for williams. supposedly those talks didn’t last very long

  • spit hot fiyah

    i haven’t been high on brandon knight since he came into the league. but he has been balling these last few games.

    isiah thomas is for real and here to stay

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    King should reopen those talks.

  • Max

    I was just about to say something about that.
    His last 4 games he’s averaging 25 and 8 with 9 rebounds on 46% shooting.
    The other Brandon is also having big games here and there.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah he is

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    1. Even though it’s only be 5 games, Brandon knight is setting it off. Even the worst team in the league doesn’t need a point guard. What team will draft marcus smart. I’d take marquis teague over marcus smart every time. Although he didn’t play well his only year in college, talent wise Teague’s potential. From what I’ve read ppl like Smart’s leadership, but only rookies in recent memory lead a squad from the jump were Lebron, Melo, Lillard, (tyreke and blake put up numbers but weren’t LEADERS squad. You could argue melo as well).

    2. Spolestra needs to change his line up. and heat management need get a big that can start. Ok wade did not play Ice on the knees makes the cypher complete. Trade Wade for Asik. Trade Wade for Evan Turner. Trade Wade for somebody. Lebron’s management need to put the pressure on the Heat to trade wade. Wade will not be able to compete in this playoffs due to knee issues. Even if they rest his knees all season, 1 intense nba game will force him into rest due to his athritic condition in his knee. Im suspecting he has arthritis in other joints as well but just a theory. 2nd Bosh’s rebounding defeciencies are unacceptable. Push him back to PF and Move anderson to center. Spolestera needs to run Chalmers, Lebron, Rashard Lewis, Bosh, Anderson. The Heat are a bunch of SF/PFs… Lebron if you see this IF YOU CARE ABOUT BEING the GOAT you need to reevaluate.

    3. Dallas wins, Howard dominates. Howard hurting feelings like what happens after you figure out what paul wall’s worth. The rockets need to get Jeff Green. Jeff Green is the piece missing.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “What team will draft marcus smart. I’d take marquis teague over marcus smart every time. Although he didn’t play well his only year in college, talent wise Teague’s potential”

    http://i.imgur.com/Cgs0v.gif

  • Slick Ric

    The refs didnt want to decide that Heat/Pacers game with a blatant foul by Bron, but had no problem calling that late foul for Ray Allen last night. SMH…I hate inconsistency.

  • playa

    Damn,this hill’s mix is a thing of beauty&reminds me exactly the years i began my journey with the best sport in galaxy…Nostalgia.

  • Max

    Thank god you’re not a GM.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    that’s immodest. Teague’s potential is higher talent wise than marcus smart’s. Why are you mad?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    So you like marcus smart more than marquis teague?

    What’s wrong with saying injured wade could destroy lebron’s career aspirations?

    What’s wrong with forming a dynasty of Jeff Green, Howard, Harden, Beverly parson

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Mad? Lol

    Believe whatever you want, I am as mad as Marquis Teague is more talented than Marcus Smart.

    Not even kind of.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Do you really think marcus smart will excel in the league. He’s not even the best pg prospect in 2014. Dante Exum is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Marquis Teague was not in the top 5 in his draft the fact, that Exum might be better doesn’t matter at all lol. At his worst and Teague’s best, Marcus Smart will still be a better NBA player than Marquis Teague. That’s how big the gap between them is.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    here we go Monday night thoughts

    1.Jeff Hornacek for coach of the year

    2.Indiana was really stupid for giving up on Miles Plumlee

    3.The Kings are a joke

    4.It’s impossible to draw a charge on Lebron James

    5.Paul Millsap has become a great three point shooter

  • davidR

    1. i dunno about coach of the year, but the suns are surprising everyone. they have a great team to build off of for years

    2. yea but they had hibbert. tough situation for them

    5. millsap is weird like that. he’s just comes through with whatever is needed, even if it’s 3s

  • WildCat

    He played for a loaded Kentucky team. If he stayed an extra year he’d have been top 5 pick.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Know this the Pacers Gave Tyler Hansbrough minutes over Miles Plumlee big mistake

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lmao! DJ Augustin starts over him …… That’s how terrible he is.

    His PER is 0.4!

    0.4!!!! Even if you hate stats, that should tell you something.

    Average is 15.0

    And Marquis Teague (who in his defense, should not be playing NBA basketball) has a PER of 0.4!
    Y’all are hilarious. He’s terrible.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    player development

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Player development? You don’t quite grasp how awful he is do you? That time of development has never happened.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    exactly. look at lance stephenson he got a good environment went from a 2nd round pick to possible all star. same with leonard. teagues case is different than austin rivers.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah, Teague is 6’2″ 190lb with none of the elite athleticism or skillset of those other guys. He sucks. You can’t be 6’2″ without overwhelming athleticism or the ability to shoot to save your life … And be a competent nba player. He will be out of the league in the next 5 years, he shouldn’t even be in it now.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Also NBK this is the last self initiated religious video ill post on slam forums but if you have 10 minute to spare you’ll understand why i try to assist my brothers and sisters in humanity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T1DGrzdrQc

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    what? http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Marquis-Teague-5720/

    hes lightening quick and he has a shot. hes playing for wrong coach and team. at this rate 5 years is too generous. but he unlike telfair and river has potential to be a good player

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    but even the pacers drafting miles was a joke when it happened. In long run it may turn out bad but pacers got scola for miles which will help now against the heat

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He has a shot? It just doesn’t go in because his coach is shooting it?? In college…in the NBA…in the D-League, his coach keeps missing all of his shots!
    And he’s quick in general, but not overwhelmingly…especially considering he can’t shoot.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    does he have a shot mechanic defect like rivers no. he rushes He needs to have someone like parker as a mentor. i dont see rose as a good mentor because roses play is so heavy on freak athleticism even with the improved shot.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i disagree with nbadaraft on most player comparisons so dont look at harden as legit… but http://www.nbadraft.net/players/marcus-smart

    does marcus look like a star pg?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It’s hard to say anyone will be a star. But he’s better than Teague in literally every way.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    heres a question do u think smart will be better than mcw, burkes, olodipo

  • Nathan Shane Long

    you do know that Marcus Smart could also play shooting guard in the NBA

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Marcus Smart could also play SG in the NBA he is a combo guard

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    thats why i put willie warren comparison wiliie was a lil bit smaller but better offensive player if i remeber correctly. of course his discipline and competitive factor will keep him in the league, but his ceiling isnt higher than teagues. he’s not that quick dynamic guard like westbrook. and doesnt have a skill set like affalo

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i think you might find this informative: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcNsZeoCq2I

    although materialism is a sickness of current reality ideological change is needed to bring peace to all ethnic and socioeconimic classes. African americans have been oppressed due to democracry look up redlining. Democracy in US gives power to those with wealth. The ability to improve ones socioeconomic status is actually pretty low in the US.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    the fact of the matter is that Smart is a better player right now than Teague will ever be Marquis is so below his big brother Jeff Marquis should have stayed at least three years on the plantation at Kentucky he would be there starting point guard right now he is better than those Harrison twins

  • Max

    Nice, some good points!

  • Max

    Ofcourse there is nothing wrong with that dynasty in Houston, but Boston isn’t going to give up Jeff Green for Asik lol.
    Trading DWade for Asik (or Evan Turner for that matter) would be the end of the three peat for sure.

  • Max

    Which Leonard are you referring to?

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Really you say something good about me aren’t you one of my “haters” and “downvoters”

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    cal aint known for player development. he’s known for getting players that 1 year NBA lottery. Nah Marquis needs to go to a team like the spurs or a bad team willing to allow him to develop. He has more potential than his brother. The harrison twins are underrated because of the “reputation” media puts on them.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    if wade is not healthy enough to play there is slim chance of a three peat

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    the kawhi. Myles leonard is a well built individual but he’s not a basketball player. He’d make a nice stand in for the movie 300.

  • RKJ92

    Actually for once all your points were surprisingly pretty valid.. good job!

  • Nathan Shane Long

    John Calipari is known for being a crooked ass cheater and con artist and a LIAR and paying off recruits to come play for him illegally you do realize that college is where player are suppose to develop before going pro

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Yes “SUPPOSE”. There is no documented evidence from my knowledge that calipari paid off recruits. I really think top players should go straight to the D-League and get use to the grind. Going one year to college is just a fun time. If a players goes at least 3 years it makes sense because the classes become more difficult and the player has urgency to improve however that is not always the case. Josiah Turner went straight to the D league he’d been lottery pick and playing in the nba. College got the intoxicants and the immorality to destroy the human being. Fate.

  • Max

    Nah man you make me laugh quite a lot of times actually.

  • KipSmithers

    Hope Knight continues this. He was really put through the ringer last year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Idk, but if it were a draft, I’d pick Smart over all of them cept MCW … And that’s a maybe.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    really? I don’t see why people are impressed with smart. I don’t think he really has that point guard vision. More of textbook drive and kick to nearest man type assists. People forget that the type of assist matters in how a player elevates the team around them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That’s not surprising. Seeing things from a perspective that isn’t your own is not really in your wheelhouse.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I am capable of empathy.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    ” intangibles to play both on the ball and off at the next level”–> he doesn’t possess that world class athleticism to dominate in the league. People like the lockerroom and hustle play of the kid. But in terms of ceiling it’s not high. He has the size a 2 guard but size isn’t gonna translate to quick speed at the next level. He should try the nfl draft.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • Arnulfo Dennison

    Get millions of views…. Google viewbros

  • spit hot fiyah

    good job! good effort!

  • Initbruv

    Empathy isn’t really something you should have to muster up the ability for. It’s present in every non-sociopath or complete narcissist.

  • Max

    It worked last year, and this year he only has to play 2 rounds.
    And I doubt the chances would go up if you traded a 50% DWade for an Asik or Evan Turner..

  • Caboose

    Well said.

  • Nick Holden

    Caboose, what is going on in our fantasy league? That trade that just happened is messed up.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I agree with your statement. However, in this modern day media where suffering of humans is publicly displayed as an exhibition. Or videogames increase violence. we are becoming desensitizied and losing our ability to empathize.

    Next time you watch the news or here about victims in syria suffering do you feel empathy

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    this year i can see the heat winning. But is wade gonna ride with lebron like pippen did with mj

  • RKJ92

    hahaha that made me laugh :P

  • initbruv

    Yeah I do actually. Do you not?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    It’s a complex answer

  • initbruv

    Yes it is. The floor is yours.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I am a reductionist until I am able to figure out a simple comprehensible answer I cannot comment

  • The Fury

    Graaaannnntt Hiiiiiilllll!!!!!!

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