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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 10:27 am  |  50 responses

Post Up: The League’s Best

With a big win in Golden State, the Pacers are now a League-best 33-7.

by Jake Fischer / @JakeLFischer

Sixers (13-28) 99, Wizards (20-20) 107

The Wiz moved back to .500 with a solid win over the struggling Sixers to kick off MLK Day in the NBA. Bradley Beal bounced back from his 2-14 shooting vs. Detroit on Saturday to score 23 points, grab 9 boards and dish 8 assists. Michael Carter-Williams was unreal for the Sixers, scoring 31 points while adding six rebounds and 5 assists. Washington will have a chance to improve to over .500 for the firs time since October 31, 2009 when they take on the Celtics on Wednesday

Mavericks (25-18) 102, Cavaliers (15-26) 97

Dallas raced out to a 24-point lead, thanks to Shawn Marion and DeJaun Blair combing for 25 points on 10-10 shooting in the first half, in Luol Deng’s home-opener as a Cav. But the Mavs nearly surrendered their gigantic lead as Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters went off in the fourth quarter. With 2.8 seconds left and a chance to tie the game down three, the Cavs got called for five seconds trying to throw the ball in…

Clippers (29-14) 112-103, Pistons (17-24) 103

In a battle of enormous freak-athletes, DeAndre Jordan out-muscled Andre Drummond in the paint, dunking seven times to finish with 16 points and 21 rebounds. Can you believe the Clips have gone 5-2 since CP3 went down?

Raptors (20-20) 95, Bobcats (18-25) 100

With Kemba Walker on the shelf for 10-14 days, the Cats held off the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors thanks in part to Big Al Jefferson’s 22 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists.

Nets (17-22) 103, Knicks (15-26) 80

Deron Williams was solid in his first game back from missing five games with an ankle injury. In fact, it was his first game coming off the bench since February 22, 2006. The Nets just simply blew the doors off this game behind Joe Johnson’s 25 points on four threes. With the Knicks now losers of four-straight, Carmelo Anthony said “we didn’t fight as a team,” following the game.

Pelicans (16-24) 95, Grizzlies (20-20) 92

New Orleans snapped its eight-game losing streak by edging out the Grizz in Memphis. Anthony Davis was a monster, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds to go with 4 blocks and 4 steals. Z-Bo chipped in an impressive effort in Memphis’ loss, putting up 23 points and pulling down 20 rebounds.

Heat (29-12) 114, Hawks (21-19) 121

The Hawks closed the game on a 17-7 run to end Miami’s seven-game winning streak in Atlanta. Of course, Kyle Korver drilled a triple for the 109th-straight game, but Atlanta’s balanced scoring attack proved to push the home team to a big victory. Paul Milsap scored 26 points to head the eight ATL scorers in double-figures. LeBron James did score 30 points, but it came on just 11-21 shooting.

Lakers (16-26) 100, Bulls (20-20) 102

The Bulls outlasted the Lakers in overtime despite strong efforts from Nick Young (31 points) and Pau Gasol (20 points and 19 rebounds). With the buzzer about to sound and send the game into a second OT, Taj Gibson had other plans.

Chi-Town has gone an incredible 6-2 since trading Luol Deng and is now 2.5 games up on Brooklyn for the 6-seed in the East. Thibs ain’t going to the lottery!

Trail Blazers (31-10) 113, Rockets (28-15) 126

Portland failed to complete its sweep of the Texas Triangle, getting trounced by the Rockets in Houston, despite LaMarcus Aldridge’s 27 points and 20 rebounds. Chandler Parsons flirted with a double-double, dropping a line 31 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and the Rockets shot a ridiculous 48.5 percent from three-point land as a team.

Pacers (33-7) 102, Warriors (26-17) 94

Indiana had all five starters score in double-figures to give the Pacers the NBA’s best record through 40 games. Paul George started the game incredibly, hot dropping 14 of his team-high 23 points in the first quarter. On the other side of the floor, Klay Thompson drilled five three-pointers in the Dubs’ losing effort. Also, Steph Curry doesn’t pull off a shooting sleeve.

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

    Melo’s reaction is priceless lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    you beat me to it

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • spit hot fiyah
  • LLC#12

    Melo should watch some tape of himself playing D, see how much head shaking he does then.

  • Sérgio

    Lebron had 30 pts on ” just 11-21 shooting”? Ok, then.

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

    Lol where do you find these?

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

    Classic lol

  • Guest
  • JJ Jones

    Dwyane wade needs to start consistently playing again. His absence hurts the heat more than ever now due to not having mike miller step in his absence and causing a lack of chemistry. Miami’s starting lineup is constantly changing every game its no wonder they look so disjointed right now. And can someone please explain to me why udonis Haslem still gets minutes??

  • JJ Jones

    Lol the expectations for him are unprecedented

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    because Haslem’s strength’s don’t fit the teams system. He’s an undersized big who doesn’t alter shots at the rim, and he isn’t quick enough to keep up with that chaotic trapping defense. offensively his only skill is to hit 16 foot jumpers, which is the exact shot Miami doesn’t want to use their possessions on.

  • Harvey
  • spit hot fiyah

    all over the place. when i see one i like i save it. i have a bunch i even forgot about.

  • ARISE CHICKEN

    i hope haslem doesnt read this, he might cry

  • spit hot fiyah
  • spit hot fiyah

    it would be funnier if he read this and called nbk a studio gangster

  • Harvey

    ^This is golden

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

    You’re the king of gifs on these threads sir.

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

    Lol gets me everytime I see him taking that shot with the shot clock off.

  • Harvey
  • Guest

    This is what I meant to post earlier. Duncan attempted revenge on Manu with the prank.
    lmao at Parker

  • JJ Jones

    Your right this system fits more athletic players which the heat dont have right now which is why they’re so terrible defensively

  • Lambert

    Dopest FLOTUS ever. Smart, sexy, tough, and f*cking funny when she wants to be.

  • JJ Jones

    The more that I watch indiana the more I’m convinced that they’re ready to make a finals run. This team is built for the playoffs and rely on defense above all else to win where as if other teams offenses fail then they have nothing to fall back on. Miami is damn near the worst defensive team in the league and well as the worst rebounding team. At their age thats not a good combination to have. Pat riley needs to make some moves for a big man (no not greg oden hasn’t played in 5 yearsyears and will probably get hurt again) and some more athletic wing players that can defend the way that they used to.

  • LakeShow

    No Warrior scored in double figures till the 10 minute mark of the 3rd quarter.

    The thing that is so beautiful about the Pacers defense is how it is so complete.

    Hill, very good defender.
    Lance, good defender.
    PG, great defender.
    West, very good defender
    Hibbert, great defender.

    There is no weakness in their D. And their offense is much better than people realize. Mostly because of the number of guys that can step up and score big numbers for them on any given night.

  • LakeShow

    I think they need to look inward. They have the same talent level as last year. Minus Mike Miller, whom didn’t really perform all to well throughout the regular season.

    Their three superstars are smack dab in the middle of their prime.(or at least should be) The Pacers, a drafted, and smartly compiled team, shouldn’t be the favorite against three prime super stars who wanted to play together, with the greatest shooter of all time coming off the bench for them.

    I understand your perspective, but that’s embarrassing that they need to make another “big move”, when they already have 3 superstar/max players.

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

    The thing is they really don’t need to make another “big move” IMO. With this Miami team health is the only real issue. They are the type of team to turn it up when need be and it has shown since the Big 3 assembled. The Pacers are formidable indeed but Miami has the other gear that the Pacers haven’t shown.

  • JJ Jones

    I see where your coming from but lets be honest wade isnt what he once was and bosh is misused on this team. The role players are too old to play the kind of defense that Erik spoilage wants them to play. Sometimes a less talented team just matches up well ala 2004 lakers vs pistons.

  • LakeShow

    It’s sad to see Wade crumble.

    I think it’s absurd that he may be considered greater than Jerry West by some when Jerry West was putting up 30-8-5 at the same age. Kobe was putting up 27-5-5 at the same age. And Michael was putting up 30-4-7.

    I too think the less talented Pacers will win in the playoffs.

    I don’t think they “misuse” their players, as much as they cater to LeBron’s strengths 100% of the time. So Bosh shoots 18 footers while Bron can sit in the paint and make lay ups. The negative of Bosh shooting 18 footers ends up being a positive for Bron’s game.

  • LakeShow

    The Pacers are the better defenders even with a fully intact, healthy Heat squad.

    I think the Pacers have another gear too. It’s going to be fun.

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

    Very true. Either way it should be fun if they were to meet up again.

  • LakeShow

    “if they were to meet up again”

    You think there is even a slim chance they don’t this post season?

  • BE.water

    If I could just have a word with Mike D’antoni about Ryan Kelly and Jodie Meeks. His rotations last night were pitiful. Jordan Hill was balling out and he sat him down for the entire 4th in favor of Ryan fucking Kelly. Dude made so many unforced errors in the 4th it was ridiculous. Jodie Meeks was continuously getting cooked by DJ Aug, and for someone who is supposed to be a great shooter, all i see him do is miss.

  • JJ Jones

    I agree

  • JJ Jones

    I think its possible that Brooklyn could pull an upset. They’ve recently gotten their s**t together and imo it could be a trap series for the heat seeing as they haven’t beaten them one time this year its just a bad matchup.

  • LakeShow

    Man… take it from someone who thought they would be the third best team in the East

    NO F*CKING WAY.

    Maybe today’s version of the Heat, but not Junes

    But f*ck the Heat so that would be cool, and you’re entitled to your opinion.

  • davidR

    with no brook lopez?

  • davidR

    they have ridiculous size too. everytime bogut sat, dubs had to work extra hard to grab boards

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

    I was being nice for once in my life lol

  • LakeShow

    For real…

    A Mahinmi and Scola front court would be a pretty decent starting unit for a team and that’s their bench. Granger is like 6’8″ with long arms, and Paul George even taller, and longer. West is the only guy that isn’t large for his position on the team and he is flanked by 7’3″ Hibbert so it’s practically unnoticeable. Hill is one of the larger points in the L too.

    Lance is their most impressive rebounder.

  • LakeShow

    Exactly. If they had BL, I wouldn’t have gone into CAPS mode, but I had to lol.

  • LakeShow

    lmao

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

    And you just f*cked that up for me. Thanks Lake lol jk

  • JJ Jones

    Just think about outside of indiana which team would potentially give miami trouble in a series. Remember in 2012 after drose tore his acl everyone assumed that the heat would jus steam roll to the finals but instead they were down 3-2 to a boston team that had no business making that series competitive. I can visualize something similar happening in that regard not that they would beat miami but just give them a headache.

  • LakeShow

    Paul Pierce and KG were not using canes at that time though.

  • JJ Jones

    Well kg wasnt anyway. But this brooklyn team team is still a bit deeper than those celtics like I said they have frustrated miami ALL year long regardless of heir struggles but I may be reading too much into it.

  • uqk

    I heard darko milicic is available …:D

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