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Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 9:04 am  |  83 responses

Post Up: Kardiac Kemba

Kemba Walker hits OT buzzer beater to top Toronto.

by Jake Fischer / @JakeLFischer

Jazz (7-21) 86, Magic (8-18) 82

Jameer Nelson missed a chance to tie the game with 3 seconds left after he failed to convert a runner down in Disney World. Following the miss, Gordon Hayward drained two free throws to ice Utah’s win in Orlando to secure the Jazz’s fourth road win of the entire year.

Trey Burke was masterful, dropping a line of 30 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds on the night while Victor Oladipo scored just 3 points on 1-12 shooting for a +/- of -21. Two weeks ago, we had all narrowed down the Rookie of the Year race to just Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams, but it’s time we put Burke into the mix as well.

Heat (19-6) 97, Indiana Pacers (20-5) 94

Whether or not you consider the Pacers and Heat to be a budding rivalry, these two Eastern Conference powerhouses don’t like each other. It made for yet another great match up, as Indiana dictated the pace for much of the contest.

The Pacers excelled when both Roy Hibbert and LeBron James went to their respective benches for significant time in the second quarter with three fouls apiece. Hibbert would go on to pick up two fouls early in the third quarter as well. Fortunately for Frank Vogel, that’s when Paul George heated up, scoring 12 points in the period. That’s when James and Mario Chalmers got chippy on the Miami bench.

Indiana pushed its lead back to 88-80 with 4:43 remaining, but then things sped up and Miami took control. The Heat rallied off a 16-6 run to take a 95-92 lead on a Ray Allen transition three with 59 seconds left and never looked back.

George and James each were terrific, posting nearing identical lines. George finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals while James ended up with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals of his own.

But the question remains, did Paul George get fouled on his missed a three at the buzzer?

Bobcats (12-14) 104, Raptors (9-14) 102

Kyle Lowry drained a three with 12 seconds left to bring Toronto even with Charlotte and send the game into overtime.

At the end of overtime, DeMar DeRozan drove and got fouled by Gerald Henderson with 1.0 second to go in OT, down 102-101. DeRozan, who finished with a game-high 30 points made one of two from the line to tie the game as the Air Canada Center braced for overtime.

But then Kardiac Kemba, who had 29 points of his own, curled off a screen and did the rest:

Pistons (13-14) 107, Celtics (12-15) 106

Jared Sullinger drained a three with 1:00 minute remaining to give Boston 105-104 edge over the visiting Pistons, their first lead since the C’s held an 81-80 at end of the third quarter.

Then, Brandon Jennings answered with a three of his own to put Detroit back up 2 with 46 seconds to go. Jeff Green bricked a right-handed runner as time expired and Detroit escaped unscathed. Detroit overcame a 42-23 deficit at the end of the first quarter following this ridiculous buzzer-beater from Suliinger.

Wizards (11-13) 113, Nets (9-16) 107

Could John Wall make his first All-Star game this season? He has his Washington Wizards in playoff contention for the first time since he arrived in DC and he’s out playing other floor generals like Deron Williams on a nightly basis.

Wednesday, Wall led the Wiz into the Barclays Center and stole one from the surging Brooklyn Nets while posting 21 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. The former Kentucky Wildcat swatted D-Will in the game’s final seconds to clinch the win to top things off.

Hawks (4-12) 124, Kings (7-17) 107

Sacramento had three players score 20 points or more, led by DeMarcus Cousins with 28, but it still wasn’t enough to top the visiting Atlanta Hawks. The road team had six players in double-figures, lead by Kyle Korver. Korver poured in 28 points on 8-10 shooting from three-point land while Al Horford also posted 25, 10 and 5 for the third-place team in the East.

Knicks (8-17) 107, Bucks (5-20) 101

The New York Knicks needed two overtimes to spoil Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first career start in the NBA and defeat the struggling Bucks.

At the end of regulation, John Henson, who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, missed a 19-foot jumper with a second remaining and Kris Middleton also bricked his follow.

Then in overtime, the Knicks secured an offensive rebound with 11.3 seconds left and had the ball up two points. But that didn’t stop Andrea Bargnani from being Andrea Bargnani:

Henson’s follow of a Brandon Knight—who led all scorers with 36 points—miss to tie the game at 94 sent it into double-overtime.

From there, New York cruised to a 107-101 victory despite that awful Bargnani decision, Carmelo shooting 9-29 and JR Smith shooting just 7-23. Your ’13-14 Knicks!

Trail Blazers (22-5) 109, Wolves (13-13) 120

Minnesota raced out to an enormous first half lead, at one point holding a 62-30 margin over the NBA’s best. Portland struggled out of the gate in the second night of a tough back-to-back, finding themselves in a 69-43 hole at intermission.

The Wolves came ready to play and their impressive effort started from the frontcourt, with Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic combining for 59 points and 26 rebounds.

But Portland came storming back. Behind Damian Lillard’s 36, 6 and 6, the Blazers outscored the Wolves by 15 in the second half and even cut Minnesota’s lead down to five points with 46 seconds left. Of course, it was too, little too late.

Grizzlies (10-15) 91, Mavericks (15-10) 105

The Mavericks played all 13 of their active players in their 14-point dismantling of the Grizzlies. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas’ effort with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Memphis has struggled since the calendar flipped from November to December. Without last season’s Defensive Player of the Year, Marc Gasol, out for the 12 consecutive game, the Grizz’s loss drops them to just 2-7 this month.

Bulls (9-15) 94, Rockets (17-9) 109

Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls have struggled mightily on the road. Wednesday’s loss to Houston dropped Chicago to just 2-5 in games away from the United Center without their former League MVP.

Houston dominated the game down low, outscoring Chicago 66-40 in the paint. That effort was largely due to Dwight Howard’s 25 points and an array of nifty drives from James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Patrick Beverley.

Beverley, who scored 15 points and added 3 assists, is averaging 11.0 points per game over his last five while Jeremy Lin has sat out with a back injury.

Pelicans (11-12) 95, Clippers (18-9) 108

When Anthony Davis fractured his left hand against the Knicks on December 1, he was expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury. Instead, The Brow sat just 7 games and came back with a vengeance, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench.

But, the Clippers and Doc Rivers’ high-octane was too much for the visiting Pelicans. Los Angeles had 7 players in double-figures, led by Blake Griffin who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan was also huge for the Clips, grabbing 20 boards to go along with his 14 points.

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  • Stepfan Raiford

    Andrea Bargnani…pure comedy.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    It doesn’t matter how deep the Pacers bench is. Only the 5 on the floor matter. LEBRON will carry the Heat next 2 years to the title. And Mike B E Z Beasley will grow into a 15 and 8 player with the Heat in the 2nd half if Spolestra learns to use his talents instead of trying to run old players ragged.

    Slam fix the records for the hawks.

    PF’s in order: Anthony davis, Kevin Love, Lamarcus Aldrige, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin.

    PG’s in order: CP3, Curry, WestBrook, Lillard, Wall

  • i_ball

    I think the Pacers will beat the Heat. Roy Hibbert won’t be in foul trouble for more than 2 games in a 7 game series. And Wade can’t play like that for 7 games too.

    I have to give credit to the Miami defense in the 4th. Indiana couldn’t get a good look in the last 2-3 minutes yesterday.

  • Pve84

    I’d argue that the unforeseen demise of the Knicks, Nets, and D. Rose’s other knee has a lot more to do with the Wizards in playoff contention Wall’s great play recently, but he is still looking like the best (healthy) guard in the east right now.

  • Dfrance

    Paul George was fouled on that last shot and it should have been called. I’m all for letting the players decide the game, but the refs can’t just ignore clear cut foul calls.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Why is Lebron so incapable of making a change of direction move? He plays like a stretch four now, so boring to watch that team when wade isn’t going off like he did yesterday.

    Even with that cheating the Heat barely won that game, when Granger comes back its a wrap if he can play like he was before getting injured.

  • initbruv

    Hands wrapped around the waist as George came to the ball and once he was up in the air. Crazy.

  • pposse

    give me LA over all Power Forwards so far this season. In fact LA for MVP!

  • initbruv

    Like when Lebron ran straight in to Scola, backed up and realized that wouldn’t work, and then just literally ran right around him for a dunk.

  • pposse

    ‘Roy Hibbert wont be in foul trouble for more than 2 games’ – we shall see about that.

  • BlackBond

    yeah that missed call definitely wasn’t cool. left a bad taste in my mouth

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

    Do you even watch LeBron play? I get your hate for the Heat it’s obvious in your last sentence but that’s just a poor observation.

  • i_ball

    Who do you think will have a bigger impact in the playoffs – Beasley or Granger (if Indiana doesn’t trade him)?

    I believe Beasley can be a 15 and 8 guy but if Granger is healthy and in good shape I think he will have a bigger impact on the game.

  • robb

    I’m not sure if they missed the call or they simply didn’t want to make the call. It was impossible to miss.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    How do you think i could make those observations without watching them play? The only “outlandish” thing i might of said was the Danny Granger bit, but that’s just in no way a “poor observation”. Maybe they don’t destroy them when Granger returns, but it’s not like they will get worse if he can play like he did before the inury(like i mentioned), no need to lie to yourself. Likewise, your admiration for the heat is obvious.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    It was a foul but of course the refs aren’t going to make that call in the closing seconds of the game, against the best player in the game today, on his home court. Just not going to happen.

  • whooo!

    Suns (coming off a 5 game win streak, lost last night) so slept on, they dont even get a writeup…

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

    Lol the most regular fan on here can tell you I have no admiration for the Heat but hey if ya think so. I said it was a poor observation because you didn’t give any examples to back that claim about LeBron. He uses a lot of brute strength but he is definitely not incapable of changing directions. As for Danny Granger, he will not make any difference if anything they’re better without him.

  • Dagger

    Unless he’s on your team. Then it’s pure loathing.

  • Max

    JR took 17 three’s to get 19 pts?
    Melo took 29 shots to get 29?
    Ugh..

  • Dfrance

    You’re 100% right, but thats also 100% BS! lol

  • Dfrance

    They didn’t miss it, it was the final play with the ball, they couldn’t have been looking anywhere else. They just elected not to call it. They should be held accountable.

  • Dfrance

    That hesitation move was a thing of beauty, completely froze Scola. Thefoul call on the dunk was questionable tho.

  • Dfrance

    Volume shooters.

  • Conor

    Now that Indiana has surpassed Miami as a unit, the officials will not be able to sway in favour of the latter for an entire series.

  • Sérgio

    Completely froze Scola? The argentinian played horrible defense on that play. His arms were glued to his body, any amateur player could drive past him

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Are you trying to say that was a change of direction move?

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Lol, you obviously don’t watch the guy play if you need me to provide examples.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    And what makes you think that having an all star capable of putting up 20 a game come off your bench, not make a team better? Interesting “non miami heat fan” logic

  • initbruv

    I saw it differently. It looked like he bumbled his way to an and 1.

  • initbruv

    No I was implying it was an awkward play.

  • Saleem Rainman

    So many games last night turned out to be good, tight games, it was fun.

    Since ive done it for the last 2 games of his, i might as well do it this time since i was watching the washington-brooklyn game.

    John Wall watch:

    had a good first half. in fact up till half way in the 3rd, he was playing pretty well. 7-9 shooting. but turnovers were still a big issue. only 6 assits on 5 turnovers. His teem up 12-15 at this point.

    he proceeds to miss 7 of his next 8 shots from mid way in the 3rd , throughout the 4th, as the pressur increased, and it allowed brooklyn to get the game right back within 4.

    Bradley beal made some big plays again down the stretch as well.

    got stripped of the ball by deron williams with 35 secs left, fouled deron , and was lucky not to be called for a clear path foul, as that woulda put the nets RIGHT back into it.

    then with 12 secs left and the game still a 4 point (or was it 6?) game, John wall had a GREAT block on a driving deron williams to pretty much seal the game. I Give credit where its due, he’s a good defender.

    seals the game with two free throws a bit after that, and game over.

    This game was a perfect picture of what john wall is his positives and negatives, , game changer defensively, one of the best blocking guards in the L, pretty good first half guy, usually doesnt have “it” in the second half, turnover prone, despite being a good passer.

    finishing with 21 points on 8-17 shooting (most damage in the first half, before missing 7 of his last 8 shots) and 6 assists on 6 turnovers. 4 rebounds, a steal and a block.

  • Dfrance

    He initially went for the bumble, Scola cut him off. He backed up, hesitated causing Scola to relax, then drove by. I thought it was a nice play. Am I reaching?

  • Saleem Rainman

    ALso, George Hill is a horrible point guard. he isnt even a point guard. Did u see that game costing turnover?…

    does anyone else think the pg position is the only thing thats gonna hold indiana back from truly beating miami?

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Wednesday night thoughts

    1.Utah has got a franchise point guard

    2.Damien Lillard over the past few games has proved himself as being the NBA best young point guard jumping over the likes of Irving and Wall

    3. Kardiac Kemba strikes again while drowning in MEDIOCRITY

    4. Only the pathetic Knicks would let Brandon Knight explode

    5.History was made last night as it was the first time ever that Lebron blew up at a teammate and he did foul George you can’t put your hands on someone waist that completely disturbed George on that shot but only Lebron would get away with something like that

    6.The Heat need to trash those ugly all red jerseys no team has more stupid GIMMICK jerseys than the ALMIGHTY HEAT

  • initbruv

    I do think the second half of the play was nice. The first part just made me laugh because he made no effort. No stutter step. Nada. Just straight at him.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Definitely a reach, Scola can’t move his feet that quickly and had no chance, that wouldnt of worked on any wing/guard he didn’t even sell it

  • initbruv

    Yeah if Utah can keep some of those pieces and add a whole hell of a lot of new ones, they’ll be alright.

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

    The team is better without him. What makes you think he’s going to just come back and put up 20 a game? I like the guy and hope he can contribute I just don’t see it.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Yeah they are better without him starting, however if he can play a bench role and be a 12-15ppg scorer at the minimum, thats another scoring weapon at their disposal who also happens to be a very good defender. There is absolutely no way he can’t contribute lol, your definitely reaching man.

  • Dfrance

    Lmao!

  • initbruv

    No?

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

    Well if you did you would be able to provide examples right? You say he’s not capable at ALL of changing direction? Let me learn ya something my friend I’ll give you a few examples:
    1. Last year in Game 7 of the Finals:
    LeBron is on the fast break and attacks the basket. He eurosteps (which is a change in direction) in order to avoid Tiago Splitter and draws contact with Danny Green thus leading to an and-one.
    2. Game 3 of the 2012 Finals:
    LeBron yet again puts a eurostep (which is a change in direction) on Kendrick Perkins leading to the easy layup.
    He could’ve easily just ran through them using his large frame but instead used a move a lot of agile players use to avoid the defender. If you don’t count a eurostep as a change in direction than by all means I have no argument but last time I checked it was a change in direction.

  • Dfrance

    Its true, it just sounds funny when you say they need to add “a whole hell of a lot of new pieces” to be “alright”

  • initbruv

    Lol, optimism about the Jazz is hard to come by in SLC these days.

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

    I think you’re missing what I’m saying. That’s a big if regarding his health. That’s what I’m concerned about not his abilities as a player. If he’s even capable of playing enough minutes to reach 12-15 ppg.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    A euro step is definitely not what i meant lol, i was talking off the dribble change of direction moves

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

    Lol then our conversation was for nothing because we definitely agree there. My apologies sir.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Oh ight, Vogel said he would start him off on a 10 minute rope just too see where he’s at and to give PG some extra rest and then go from there. Probably means he will be eating up all of Rasual Butler’s minutes/6 of PG’s minutes and then some depending on how well he plays..that probably has him at about 20 min a game and im not sure how effective he can be either playing such limited minutes now that i think about it, but I think hes too great a player to not be in that 12-15 point frame regardless, however i get where you are coming from now

  • 23

    I don’t like that call. He didn’t affect his shot. Regardless of PGs reaction. And PG was straight up lying after the game saying LeBron pushed him in the back. That’s the type of “foul” that should be never be called

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

    Yeah by no means was I disagreeing with you that he’s skills make him an asset it was just questioning his health is all. Vogel starting him at 10 minutes isn’t too bad just enough to break a sweat and get into the flow. With how well the team has been playing and sharing the scoring load I just couldn’t see him averaging that much but he’s more than capable. I really wanna see that work because I think the Pacers can definitely win it all this year.

  • initbruv

    I don’t know. Having someone’s hands suddenly on your waist as you’re shooting is gonna affect the shot.

  • swill

    good lord. i was sure i’d misread your comment until i looked at the box score.

  • spit hot fiyah

    knicks comedy gif. reaction to andrea’s late 3 attempt

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/199u7ujt627gfgif/ku-medium.gif

  • spit hot fiyah

    that is the weak link. not that hill is terrible but like u said, not really a pg

  • spit hot fiyah

    derrick rose has played more games than granger the past 2 season. fact

  • Max

    I’ll give it to you this time but whenever he’s going to be great at the end I’m gonna let you hear about it. ^^

  • Max

    I’m enjoying the Knicks this season! lol

  • Saleem Rainman

    whenever he puts in a good performance down the wire and i watch it, ill still put a comment down chronicling it like this, cant be biased my man lol

    though i dont think he’ll be consistenttly great at the end of games, once in a while it could happen, and ill give him the credit. yet to happen is the last 4 close games though.

  • The Fury

    Spurs is sooooo underground that Jake forgot they fought the Suns.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    quick, everyone over analyze one day of regular season basketball.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i feel like i need to give u a shot chart for that comment

    i guess he should have just stayed in that corner

  • spit hot fiyah

    3rd time this season he takes a shot at someones dome. no place for this, suspension imo. i kind of hope steven adams will stomp him, the only problem is that he wont notice when chalmers elbows him in his Adam’s apple

    http://i.minus.com/ibzQyFCwH2iQrl.gif

  • LakeShow

    Okay:

    Trey Burke. You were completely wrong!

    Roy Hibbert won’t be dominate against the Heat ever again.

    The Bobcat’s are a legit playoff team.

    DeMar DeRozen is the next big thing.

    I told you the Timber-Wolves were as talented as the Blazers.

    Beno Udrih is the Knick’s god-send.

    John Henson is better than Dwight Howard.

    Brandon Knight is one of the L’s top Point’s.

    DeAndre Jordan = Defensive Player of the Year.

  • LakeShow

    Chalmers is such a little wiener.

    It needs to be said.

  • LakeShow

    **GOLD**

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

    Lol Adam’s apple. But honestly Chalmers doing this is pissing me off. That was a cheap shot right to the face. I would’ve been fully behind Lance kicking his ass after that.

  • spit hot fiyah

    3rd one and counting this year. he got griffin and then i forget who hit after that, it was a few weeks ago i think. now this. bush league

  • Dfrance

    Just because he was able to get his shot off doesn’t mean the shot wasn’t affected. Any little contact throws off a jumpshooter, like when dudes give you that little poke in the belly on a jumpshot. Its very incidental contact, but it throws you off. LBJ grabbed him before the shot and had a hand on his waist during the shot, as ticky tack as it is, its a foul IMO.

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

    Trey Burke is the most valuable player on the Jazz by far.
    The Pacers are in deep trouble after last night’s loss and are scrambling for answers how to beat the Heat.
    The Knicks are back on track after winning 3 of their last 5,
    Blake Griffin has added great 3 point range to his game.

  • Max

    LMAO

  • Stepfan Raiford

    I swear Mario Chalmers always starting something knowing he ain’t built like that.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    John Wall > Every other PG in the league.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    “I told you the Timber-Wolves were as talented as the Blazers.” hahahaha hilarious

  • Harvey

    To add to the Post up:

    Spurs (20-5) 108, Suns (14-10) 101

    The Suns were coming into the game on a 5 game winning streak but couldn’t handle the Spurs in this encounter. Tim Duncan scored 17 points and collected 13 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard scored 14 for the Spurs, who played without point guard Tony Parker due to injury.
    Frye scored 15 of his 22 points in the first quarter. Goran Dragic had 18 points and Eric Bledsoe 15, but the two Phoenix guards were a combined 12 of 33 from the field

    Manu Ginobili scored 11 of his 24 points in the final four minutes to go along with 7 assists and 6 rebounds. The Spurs have not lost two in a row this season.
    You’re welcome Jake.

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

    Yeah it’s getting out of hand and he needs to be punished accordingly.

  • 23

    The only reason it has an affect is because the shooter knows/assumes they are getting that call. I come across as if I’m stating facts, but its honestly just my opinion. I’ve played this game for about 15 years. I’ve watched the nba for about 10 years now. From my experiences I don’t believe its a foul. Although i know the rulebook is very in depth and by the nbas standards it was a foul.

  • 23

    Technically it is a foul. I’ll give you that. I’m just debating whether it should be a foul or not. If Brin pushed him or guided him in a direction my opinion would be different. But imo LeBron only had his hands on him without force. End of game situations, ticky tack fouls are non existent. Sidenote: Do you think that PGs whiplash flop earlier might have had a negative affect on the last play? Almost like a “payback” type of deal?

  • Dfrance

    I’m just of the opinion that if its a foul in the first minutes of the 1st quarter, it should be a foul in the last minutes of the 4th. And if its a foul on the 12th man, it should be a foul on the superstar. That way you make the refereeing transparent.

    I don’t recall the flop from earlier, but it definitely could have been a “boy who cried wolf” type deal. I can see that.

  • i_ball

    He has time to shake off the rust till the playoffs. That’s why I said if Granger is in good shape

  • pposse

    but them bobcats tho! no longer deserving of the nickname the bobkitties!

  • LakeShow

    They should trade Granger for Andre Miller and move Hill to the 2 spot. Have Lance come off the bench for the 1-3 positions. (I’m sure it’s not possible, just off in LA LA land here)

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