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Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 9:00 am  |  40 responses

Post Up: Kings Rule Over Cavs

Sacramento wins by a League-high 44 points while Mike Conley orchestrates a win.

by Jay Wallis | @JayWallis11

Kings 124 (13-22), Cavaliers 80 (13-24)

The Kings not only claimed their first three-game winning streak this season, but they also let their fans enjoy the League’s largest margin of victory in the 2013-14 season. This was also the third largest margin of victory in Kings franchise history. C.J. Miles (14 points, 3-3 on 3-pointers) converted an and-one early in the 2nd quarter to give the Cavaliers their largest lead of the night, 35-30. And after recently acquired Luol Deng (12 points, 5 rebounds) made a jump shot to start the third quarter, Cleveland was still within reaching distance, only trailing 59-52. Then the onslaught begun. Of the next 41 points scored in this game, the Kings would have 32 of them. DeMarcus Cousins (16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks), Rudy Gay (20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Isaiah Thomas (26 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds) scored 25 of these 32 points, as they started showing some chemistry between the three of them. Thomas played especially well on the night, easily outperforming Kyrie Irving (7 points, 5 assists). The Kings would go on to win the fourth quarter 35-19, as Jimmer Fredette (13 points, 3-5 on 3-pointers) took advantage of his garbage minutes, playing the entire final quarter. The Cavaliers looked out of sync all night and only shot 38.8 percent from the field. They still are in reaching distance of the East playoffs, but they’ll need to work on having less no-shows as the season moves along. Sacramento will now go on a six-game road trip that starts in Indiana (29-7) on Tuesday.

Grizzlies 108 (17-19), Hawks 101 (20-18)

Coming off big wins against the Pacers and Rockets, the Hawks seemed to have been gathering their footing since trying to find it after losing Al Horford for the season. However, they allowed point guard-power forward duo Mike Conley (21 points, 13 assists, 4 steals) and Zach Randolph (18 points, 12 rebounds) to trip them up as they both posted big double-doubles. Atlanta’s own point guard-power forward duo of Jeff Teague (20 points, 5 assists, 5 turnovers) and Paul Millsap (21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) played well but couldn’t stop Conley down the stretch, as he scored or assisted on all but two baskets in these final 12 minutes. Conley showed off a perfect example of what it means to “be an orchestrator,” having 8 points and 6 assists in the fourth quarter. Kyle Korver’s (9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) streak is still intact, as he has made at least one 3-pointer in 107 consecutive games. New starter Courtney Lee (15 points, 2 steals, 2 blocks) has looked good since being picked up by the Grizzlies, getting more minutes in each successive game. He also allowed Mike Miller (15 points, 3-5 on 3-pointers) to go to a more comfortable role, coming in off the bench.

Spurs 104 (29-8), Timberwolves 86 (18-19)

Eight Spurs had at least 7 points as San Antonio has now won its last four games and seven of its last eight. Kawhi Leonard (17 points, 6 rebounds, 8-11 from the field) led the way while Tim Duncan (15, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks) and Tony Parker (14 points, season-high 10 assists) remained the constants for the team. When the offense seemed to lose its rhythm, Parker would effectively take control of the pace and flow. (Will the Spurs ever become too old? As in ever?) After Kevin Love (14 points, 7 rebounds, 3-14 from the field) went 2-2 from the charity stripe with 1:49 left in the first half, the Timberwolves tied the game, 47-47. Nikola Pekovic (22 points, 6 rebounds) had kept the game manageable up to this point. Toward the end of the third quarter, Ricky Rubio (7 points, 8 assists) made a reverse layup to cut the deficit to 71-68 and remain in striking distance. Then the Spurs defense clamped down to close this one out. During a final quarter in which Minnesota only put up 15 points, from 6:52 to 3:14, the Timberwolves did not score a single point. There’s no one player that acted as the defensive presence since coach Popovich makes his entire team play a system defense. Alexey Shved (11 points, 3-4 on 3-pointers) had a solid performance, giving the Timberwolves some production off the bench. He has now scored in double-figures in four of his last six games. Minnesota has missed its last nine attempts to break the .500 mark—Kevin Love can’t be too happy about that…

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  • spit hot fiyah

    rudy gay continues to impress

  • spit hot fiyah
  • Nick Holden

    Even made his 3′s this time around

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if Boris Diaw was Freddy Krueger …. Kevin Love & Dirk Nowitzki would never fall asleep ever.

  • candlewood jay

    You wish you didn’t have to sleep so you could be on SLAM all day every day.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s kind of weird for someone so focused on how often someone else visits a website, to always be there to talk about it…..

  • candlewood jay

    10810 and counting…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    26,567 actually.

  • candlewood jay

    26567 in how many years?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    idk, 8? took a break for like 8 months in that first year, so we can just say 7.

  • candlewood jay

    3795 comments per year.

    10 comments per day.
    Essentially a comment every hour and a half for seven years.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    good job! these 12 comments i’ve posted in the last 45 minutes are going to inflate my average. what a dilemma.

  • candlewood jay

    3795 comments per year.

    10 comments per day.

    Essentially a comment every hour and a half for seven years..

  • caven

    I like the comment about Jimmer Fredette taking advantage of his garbage minutes. It was his 8 points in about 3 minutes that gave the Kings their first big lead in the second.

  • ListGamWi

    8/12 from the field…3/5 from the line last night…so this chart doesn’t even really apply to this game. You want to give the guy a break for one game?

  • ATL dynamite

    Would there ever be a chance for Isaiah Thomas to sneak in the all-star game? Westbrook, Paul, Holiday, Bledsoe are all out. But it seems that the Kings won’t be having 2 all-stars (inc Boogie) given their record. Mike Conley’s year maybe?

  • WileyCo76

    I think you mean “from the arc” but the point is still valid. Gay was great last night.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i just gave him credit. what are u talking about?

  • spit hot fiyah

    they would see this over and over

  • ATL dynamite

    Replied to the wrong post yo

  • LakeShow

    Gotta love this guy spending the time/doing the math to tell you how much you waste your time. . .

    The irony is too good.

  • LakeShow

    That guy schooled our USA team like 5 years ago for Brazil.

    I think he has gotten worse with age…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    And he was so proud of his mathematic problem solving that he posted his work twice. Be impressed.

  • Sérgio

    For sure. We, Brazilians, had big expectations for him. We thought he would, at least, someone at Scola’s level. But Splitter, while a capable big, is nowhere close to the All Star expectations that our local media painted for him.

  • LakeShow

    Always loved Boris. Wish he was in good enough shape to play 36mpg.

    When he’s right he’s one of the most skilled guys in the L imo.

  • LakeShow

    Very impressed.

  • LakeShow

    Where do you live? Not an address a country lol? Brazil?

  • LakeShow

    3 blocks is nice. He’s always been underrated as a help defender. He is quite solid.

  • Matisse

    People tweet that much a day. Why aren’t you heckling micro bloggers? As a lurker, your diluting the quality of conversation on this board. NBK can be callous and arrogant, but he is more informed about ball than most pundits and writers. You’re just a troll.

  • ListGamWi

    Wrong Gay comment…one below. My bad

  • Dude

    Jimmer scored most of his points in the 2nd quarter where he started out 3-3 helping the Kings start to break the game open. He got some more run in garbage time, but he and Rudy Gay were the ones who got the Kings to break away quickly

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Hey thanks I appreciate that

  • Matisse

    No problem.b. Out of curiosity where else do you get your b ball news other than slam? I try espn or bleacher report. But I am dissatisfied with both.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Depends what kind of news you want?

    If you want to hear about stuff immediately then you should start a twitter. Not even to tweet if you don’t want, but if you follow the right people you will not need to really visit any one website most, just click on links when things look interesting.
    If you want stories and entertaining reads outside of slam I suggest you go to HardwoodParoxysm.com or any in the sbnation family of websites.
    Analyses/Scouting wise Grantland really offers the best most in depth stuff. imo “expertise” on the sport is rather shallow overall, most writers just express opinions that reflect what other people told them is right, so it doesn’t feel educated a lot of times.

  • Matisse

    I feel you on the last part. What’s you opinion on basketball breakdown? Coach nick? That’s more what am after. Narratives, storylines don’t interest me. I like more analysis on the game itself, like tactics and schemes. Stuff that I can pick up while I’m watching.the.game.

    Grantlands is dope. I thought hardwood praxosm was defunct. Good looks. Im def going to.do.the.twitter.thing

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If you want I’ll put a little list of the sites where actual analyses happens up here tomorrow when I sit back down at my computer

  • Sérgio

    This is a very late reply, but I live in São Paulo, Brazil.

  • LakeShow

    Very cool man. Love the Brazilian culture. Can’t wait to visit there some day.

  • Sérgio

    Oh, thats great, man. You should really come here one day.

    You live in Seattle, right?

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