Portland TB - Atlanta H. 87-95 Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) added 16 points and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a two-game skid with a 95-87 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. Al Horford added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who scored the final eight points. Atlanta was playing the second game of a four-game West Coast swing after losing 89-76 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) had 19 points and 18 rebounds, and Nicolas Batum scored 19 points to lead Portland, which dropped its fourth straight. Wesley Matthews had 17 points and made all 10 of his free throws. Trail Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting. He added eight assists, but had just seven points in the first three quarters. Portland's streak of 195 consecutive home sellouts ended, team president and CEO Chris McGowan announced before the game. The streak dated back to Dec. 21, 2007. Portland's bench, outscored 63-4 in a loss to San Antonio on Saturday, struggled again. The Hawks had a 26-6 advantage from their reserves. The Hawks didn't show any noticeable effects from playing back-to-back games until midway through the fourth quarter, when the Blazers went on a 15-2 run to go up 82-80 with 5:40 remaining. The game was tied at 87 with 2:38 left, but Horford made a hook shot, Jeff Teague scored on a driving layup and Korver hit two free throws as the Hawks pulled away. Smith has double-doubles in his last six games against Portland and he was hot to start the night, hitting four of his first five shots as the Hawks jumped out to a 22-9 lead. Portland whittled the advantage down to 28-24, but Atlanta built up another large lead when the Blazers subbed in the likes of Sasha Pavlovic, Will Barton and Ronnie Price. Devin Harris scored to put Atlanta back up 41-26 halfway through the second quarter. After the Blazers' first team came back in, they cut into the advantage again and trailed 56-47 at halftime. Batum led a small Portland comeback, scoring 11 points in the third quarter as Portland got within 68-63, but the Hawks kept the lead until deep into the final period. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com
Phoenix Suns - Denver N. 110-100 Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) scored 21 points, including 4-of-5 shooting on 3-pointers, to lead seven Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns snapped Denver's four-game winning streak with a 110-100 victory over the Nuggets on Monday night. Shannon Brown (6'4''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) added 19 points, Michael Beasley 16 and Jared Dudley 15 for Phoenix. Markieff Morris added 13 points and had a crucial steal down the stretch. Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola added 12 points apiece for the Suns, who finished the game with a 13-4 run. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) scored 17 for Denver. JaVale McGee added 16, pretty much all of them on thundering dunks, and Danilo Gallinari scored 15 for the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried scored 14 on 6-of-7 shooting but didn't take a shot in the second half. Denver outshot Phoenix 54 percent to 46 percent but committed 15 turnovers, resulting in 17 points, to the Suns' six. Denver had nine points off turnovers. Phoenix also prevailed at the foul line, going 17 of 21 to the Nuggets' 11 of 18. Dragic's 3-pointer from the top of the key put Phoenix ahead 100-96 with 3:14 to play. Ty Lawson's two free throws cut it to 100-98 just 14 seconds later, then Morris made two from the line and stole the ball from Lawson, leading to Brown's fastbreak layup that made it 104-98 with 2:31 remaining. Faried was called for traveling, then Dragic hit a 19-footer and the Suns led 106-98 with 1:38 to go. After Andre Miller made one of two free throws to close it to 106-100 with 1:19 left, the Suns put it away with baskets by Brown and Gortat. The Nuggets outshot the Suns 56 percent to 40 percent in the first half but led only 57-54 at the break. Phoenix stayed close by making 13 of 15 free throws in the first two quarters to Denver's 5 of 10. Denver led most of the third quarter and was ahead 76-71 when McGee dunked with just under 4 minutes left in the period. But Phoenix outscored the visitors 12-2 the rest of the quarter. Dudley and Beasley each hit a 3 during the run, then Dragic's 8-footer gave the Suns an 83-78 lead entering the fourth. The Nuggets cut the lead to three early in the fourth quarter before Brown's inside basket and Gortat's dunk on a lob from Dragic made it 91-84 with 9:17 to play. Gallinari's driving layup over Morris cut the Phoenix lead to 97-96 with 3:58 remaining, leading Suns coach Alvin Gentry to call a timeout, and the Suns pulled away from there. Courtesy of: denverpost.com
Dallas M. - Minnesota T. 82-90 Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points before leaving with an injury and the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-82 Monday night. Because of a rash of injuries, the Timberwolves dressed only 10 players. The 6-foot-11 Pekovic exited with 2:46 left in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn't return. Pekovic went 8 of 13 from the floor. Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved each had 16 points for Minnesota. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was ejected after arguing a foul call with 5 minutes left. Assistant coach Jim O'Brien coached the team the rest of the way. Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) had 21 points and O.J. Mayo added 18 for the Mavericks, who lost their third straight. Minnesota stars Kevin Love (broken right hand) andRicky Rubio (torn left ACL) have yet to play this season. On Sunday, the Timberwolves announced Chase Budinger will have surgery for a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, an injury he sustained while filling in for Brandon Roy on Saturday night. Roy missed his second game Monday with a sore right knee. Former Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (left foot sprain) did not travel with Minnesota and missed his third straight game. Even will all the injuries, the Timberwolves (5-2) are off to their best start since 2001-02. Minnesota led by six at halftime and pushed its advantage to 64-51 on Kirilenko's dunk with 3:52 left in the third. Pekovic went down to the floor just more than a minute later and was helped off the court by a trainer. Dallas was within 76-68 in the fourth when Carlisle was ejected. The coach stormed toward halfcourt after a shooting foul was called on Mayo, and official Jason Phillips quickly gave Carlisle consecutive technicals. The Timberwolves went on a 9-4 run over the next 1:37, capped by Shved's 3-pointers that gave Minnesota an 85-72 lead. Dallas cut its deficit to 85-78, but Minnesota went 5 of 6 on free throws in the final minute to put the game away. Luke Ridnour had 15 points and eight assists, and reserve Dante Cunningham chipped in 14 points for the Timberwolves. Minnesota went on an 11-2 run late in the first quarter to jump out to an early 10-point lead. The Mavericks missed 13 of their final 15 shots in the first quarter, then they misfired on their first four attempts of the second. The Timberwolves capitalized on Dallas' offensive struggles as Cunningham broke free for an easy dunk, putting the Timberwolves up 29-17 early in the second. The Mavericks cut into Minnesota's lead late in the first half. They hit their final three shots to get within 45-39 at halftime. Courtesy of: dallasnews.com
Houston R. - Miami Heat 110-113 his one will be remembered for one thing and one thing only: Jeremy Lin's airball. People will eventually forget that LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) tied a franchise record with 32 points in the second half. Memories will fade of James' shooting clinic from three-point range and former Gators' standout Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida)' career-high 25 points for the Rockets. But no one will forget Lin's miss. It is a shot that will live in infamy regardless of any path, good or ill, that Lin's career follows. With less than 10 seconds remaining and the Rockets down by one point, Lin was wide open on the wing and poised to make up for so many bad memories of the Heat from his only season with the Knicks. Then Lin made some more bad memories. His three-point attempt to take the lead missed everything. It was anti-clutch. He missed the rim by nearly two feet. It was Lin-gaggery and led to a 113-110 victory for the Heat in the Rockets' biggest game since trading for James Harden. 'It didn't come off right,' Lin said. 'It didn't feel good. Obviously, it's my responsibility to hit that shot. It was a good shot for me, a quality shot, but it didn't go in for me today, unfortunately, in a crucial play of the game.' After the miss, gasps and moans and obscenities filled Toyota Center. The Heat's reserves had to cover their open mouths to avoid being photographed during the embarrassing moment. As if he was still in shock, Dwyane Wade missed a pair of free throws on the other end moments later. 'That's a game that went a lot of different ways,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'They played a heck of a second half, but we were a little mentally tougher this time around.' Lin compounded his unholy miss by committing a foul after Wade's second errant free-throw attempt. The foul put Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) at the line and he made both free throws to give the Heat a three-point lead. After two timeouts, Harden missed his three-point attempt at the buzzer with James providing intense defensive pressure. 'I was looking at coach and coach was looking at me coming out of the timeout and we basically were like, OK, it's time for me to take him,' and I'm glad I was able to get a good contest,' James said. James led the Heat (6-2) with 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists. His 32 points in the second half tied Wade's franchise record. James has had seven double-doubles in the Heat's first eight games. James was 5 of 8 from three-point range and no shot from outside was bigger than his fade-away three-pointer with 1:49 to play. The unimaginably difficult shot he made look easy cut the Rockets lead to 107-106. Chris Bosh finished with 24 points on 14 shots. He had 10 field goals and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. He also had 10 rebounds. Udonis Haslem had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Parsons, the Rockets' 6-10 small forward and former Southeastern Conference Player of the Year for the Gators, finished with 25 points. He was 8 of 17 from field and 5 of 10 from three-point range. Houston (3-4) was 12 of 34 from three-point range overall. Harden had a chance to put the Rockets ahead by three points but his driving layup was defended well by Chris Bosh with less than a minute to play. The Heat countered immediately and the ball found James' hands with 20 seconds on the clock. James crossed up Lin on the wing and then powered his way to the basket through Patrick Patterson. The driving layup gave the Heat 111-110 lead. Miami trailed by six points with 4:13 left when Patterson slammed his way to the rim. The Heat built a 17-point lead to begin the game but had to play catch up in the final minutes. For 35 minutes between the first and last five minutes of the game, the Heat's defense took a catnap and let the Rockets' youngsters back into the game. Chris Bosh roused his teammates from their sleep with four consecutive points, cutting Houston's lead to 103-100. From there, the three-pointers began raining down like so many screams inside Toyota Center. Ray Allen started it off with a three-pointer from the corner. The shot sliced the Rockets' lead to 104-103, but Marcus Morris answered it with a three of his own. James then nailed his fadeaway but Parsons countered with his fifth and final three-pointer. The shot gave the Rockets a four-point lead with 1:29 left. Everything was swishing the nets until, of course, Lin's airball. Lin struggled famously last season in his only matchup against the Heat. He was 1 of 11 from the field with eight turnovers. On Monday, he was much better yet faded from the spotlight in the end. He finished with nine points on 3-of-8 shooting with six assists and two turnovers. The Heat's defense has allowed at least 100 points in seven of its first eight games. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com
Chicago B. - Boston C. 95-101 Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) had 20 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 101-95 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Rondo took advantage of Bulls point guard Nate Robinson for three quarters, helping the Celtics build a 12-point lead on 56-percent shooting. He extended his streak of consecutive games with 10 or more assists to 31, the longest in the NBA since John Stockton had 37 straight between Feb. 27 to Nov. 29, 1989. Brandon Bass led four other Celtics in double figures with 16 points as Boston held off a furious late Chicago rally to snap a five-game losing streak at the United Center. Kevin Garnett had 15 points. Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) led the Bulls with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Joakim Noah added 17 points and 11 boards and led Chicago's fourth quarter rally with nine points. The Celtics became the first team to score 100 points against the Bulls since April 8 of last season, ending a streak that had reached 15 straight games. The Bulls held Boston without a point for 5:15 of the fourth quarter, scoring 10 straight pull to 87-84. Chicago had five straight possessions to close the gap further but couldn't, and Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) finally snapped the Celtics' drought with a jumper with just under 5 minutes to play. Rookie Marquis Teague replaced Robinson in the fourth and helped curb Rondo's scoring. Noah outplayed Garnett during the Chicago spree, aggressively driving to the basket while Garnett missed three straight jumpers on the other end, including an air ball that landed out of bounds. In the final minute, Deng made two free throws to cut the lead to three, but Rondo passed to Garnett for a dunk and Taj Gibson missed two free throws. Rondo then passed to Bass for a dunk to seal the win and extend his assists streak. The Celtics shot just 35 percent in the fourth after their strong start. Chicago had won seven of its last 10 games overall against Boston, but lost for the third in its last five outings at home. Chicago will now head on the road for a five-game trip. The Celtics used a 10-0 run over a 3:45 stretch of the second quarter to establish its biggest lead of the first half at 51-38. Boston led 58-46 at the break, getting 59.5 percent shooting. Rondo had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first half. Rondo continued to take advantage of Robinson in the third quarter, scoring 10 points in the period as the Celtics maintained their shooting touch. Boston led 82-70 after three and appeared to be in good shape. The Celtics entered the game having won their last 26 games when leading after three quarter, twice as long as any other such streak in the NBA. Pierce and Rondo scored eight points apiece as the Celtics took a 33-27 lead after the first quarter. Boston shot 63.6 percent from the field and set a new season high for points in a quarter. Carlos Boozer scored 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting for Chicago. Boozer finished with 15 points, but didn't play in the fourth quarter. Courtesy of: boston.com
Detroit P. - Oklah.City T. 90-92 Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored a season-high 33 points and keyed a fourth-quarter comeback as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat the winless Detroit Pistons 92-90 on Monday night. The loss left the Pistons with an 0-8 record, the worst start in franchise history. It was the fourth game in five nights for the Thunder, who improved to 6-2. Westbrook, who also had 10 rebounds and four assists, contributed six points - all on free throws - to a 13-0 Thunder run to open the fourth quarter that turned a 73-62 deficit into a 75-73 lead with 8:11 left. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas), who hit a tough runner with 47.8 seconds remaining that gave Oklahoma City an 88-85 advantage, added 26 points and nine rebounds. Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) led the Pistons with 19 points and Greg Monroe had 17 points and six rebounds. His lay-in ended Detroit's fourth-quarter drought and tied it at 75 with 7:47 left. The Pistons took a 62-51 lead on two free throws by Stuckey with 6:11 left in the third quarter before a timeout by the Thunder. After the timeout, Monroe's layup made it 64-51, the Pistons' biggest advantage to that point. Detroit led 51-45 at halftime after leading by as much as 12 in the second quarter. The Pistons' biggest advantage was 44-32 with 5:29 left in the first half after Jason Maxiell's layup capped a 10-2 run. Oklahoma City cut the deficit to 47-45 after a 13-3 spurt was finished off by Durant's dunk with 2:27 remaining in the first half. Serge Ibaka (seven points) and Westbrook (four) accounted for the rest of that run for the Thunder. Courtesy of: utsandiego.com
Philadelph.76 - Milwaukee B. 96-105 Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) scored 33 points and Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 18 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. The Bucks improved to 3-0 on the road for the first time since they won their first four in 2001-02. Jennings and Ellis combined to make 20 of 41 shots with 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Mike Dunleavy scored 13 points and the Bucks shot around 60 percent most of the game. Dunleavy buried a 3 with 2:44 left to stretch Milwaukee's lead to 103-93. Led by Dorell Wright, the Sixers sizzled from 3-point range, but they simply didn't have long-range makes left in them to make this one a game. They also couldn't stop Jennings' drives to the basket. He also hit four 3-pointers, had four steals and was 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. Jrue Holiday had 25 points and a whopping eight turnovers for the Sixers. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 20 points and Wright had 14. The Sixers made 10 of 24 3-pointers. The Sixers were rolling coming off their first 3-0 road trip since 2003. But they received a dose of bad news earlier in the day when they learned center Andrew Bynum will miss at least five more weeks because of a bone bruise in his right knee and may not play in a game until early January. The Sixers said the new goal was for Bynum to resume "normal basketball activity" around Dec. 10. He would then need 1-4 weeks of conditioning and practice before he can play in his first game for the 76ers. He has yet to even practice with them this season. For all the hype surrounding Bynum, he was far from the only big piece acquired in the offseason. Richardson, picked up in the same four-team deal that landed Bynum, Young and Wright all were expected to bolster a team fresh off a surprising run to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half, Richardson, Young and Wright got to work to rally the Sixers in the third. The Sixers went on a 16-3 run to pull within three. Young and Richardson hit consecutive 3s to make it a two-point game and Holiday sank a pull-up jumper to close the quarter and tie the game at 83. Richardson missed the last four games with a sprained left ankle. No rust here. Richardson scored 10 points in the first, including a highlight-reel worth 360 dunk off a fastbreak to send the crowd into a frenzy. His scoring boost wasn't enough early. Keyed by six straight points from Jennings, the Bucks snapped a tie game with a 14-0 run in the second quarter. The Bucks were only shooting 45 percent from the floor over the first five games, but blew that number away in the first half, shooting 64 percent (23 of 36) to lead 62-50 at the break. Jennings' 19 points by halftime were well above his season average of 13.8 a game. Larry Sanders had nine rebounds to give the Bucks a 48-31 edge on the boards. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com
Toronto R. - Utah Jazz 133-140 3OT The Utah Jazz got its first road-win of the season by defeating the Toronto Raptors 140-133 in triple overtime, Monday night. The Jazz did not lead in the first four quarters of regulation play. Down by three in the last few seconds of the clock ticking in the fourth quarter, Mo Williams unexpectedly found Al Jefferson behind the 3-point line. Jefferson's shot bounced around the rim and dropped, sending the game into overtime. Utah led for the majority of the time in the first two overtimes but couldn't quite close the door on Toronto until the third overtime. Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) led the Jazz in scoring with 34 points, nine boards and two blocks. He shot 3-4 from beyond the arc, including multiple 3-pointers in overtime. The Jazz had seven players who reached double-figures in scoring, including all five starters. Randy Foye (6'3''-G-83, college: Villanova) had 20 points off the bench. Toronto's Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) led all scorers with 37 on 16-33 shooting from the field. The Raptors had six players who reached double-figures in scoring. The Jazz struggled to close out the Raptors due to stellar play on the glass. Toronto out-rebounded Utah 52-46 and grabbed 20 offensive boards. Courtesy of: deseretnews.com
Atlanta Hawks cut 33-year old point guard Jarrett Jack (190-91kg-83, college: Georgia Tech). The last season Jack played at the Nets where in 32 NBA games he averaged 12.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 7.4apg and 1.1spg. In 2005 he was drafted by Denver Nuggets in first round (22 nd overall). Jack attended Georgia Tech and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. He has spent his entire career in NBA playing for six other teams: New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Po... [read more]
Atlanta Hawks cut 33-year old point guard Jarrett Jack (190-91kg-83, college: Georgia Tech). The last season Jack played at the Nets where in 32 NBA games he averaged 12.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 7.4apg and 1.1spg. In 2005 he was drafted by Denver Nuggets in first round (22 nd overall). Jack attended Georgia Tech and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball. He has spent his entire career in NBA playing for six other teams: New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers. Jack's game is described as:
Excellent passer and distributor who looks to pass first, shoot second ... Evolved into a dependable scorer, with the ability to penetrate the lane and get to the foul line, but still developing as a perimeter shooter.
The Pistons waive Nikola Jovanovic - 11 minutes ago
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Detroit Pistons released 22-year old Serbian power forward Nikola Jovanovic (211-107kg-94, college: USC). Jovanovic has never been drafted by the NBA. He just graduated from University of Southern California and it is his first season as a pro. Jovanovic played in the final of Serbian U18 Championships in 2011. He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg. Jovanovic has played also for other S... [read more]
Detroit Pistons released 22-year old Serbian power forward Nikola Jovanovic (211-107kg-94, college: USC). Jovanovic has never been drafted by the NBA. He just graduated from University of Southern California and it is his first season as a pro. Jovanovic played in the final of Serbian U18 Championships in 2011. He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg. Jovanovic has played also for other Serbian teams like Partizan and Crvena Zvezda.
The Warriors waived Elliot Williams - 12 minutes ago
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Golden State Warriors (NBA) waived 27-year old shooting guard Elliot Williams (196-81kg-89, college: Memphis). The last season Williams played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 17 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Williams played 10 games in Euroleague where he averaged 13.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. In 2010 Williams was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers in firs... [read more]
Golden State Warriors (NBA) waived 27-year old shooting guard Elliot Williams (196-81kg-89, college: Memphis). The last season Williams played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 17 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.8apg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Williams played 10 games in Euroleague where he averaged 13.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. In 2010 Williams was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers in first round (22nd overall). The former University of Memphis staris in his seventh season in pro basketball. Williams has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Delaware 87ers). The scouts decsribe him following way:
(by Adam Ganeles for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Versatile southpaw guard with very good athleticism ... At 6'4 with long arms, has the size and length to play either guard position ... Displays a powerful burst to the basket with his natural lefty dribble ... Has a quick first step and long, easy strides ... Thrives in the open court where he can utilize his speed and attack in space. Not a catch-and-shoot guy, preferring to walk into his shot with a few habit dribbles ... Shoots a layup or three pointer with very little in between - has not put his midrange game to much use.
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