Spurs edge Rockets in overtime among six games on Monday - Dec 11, 2012
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Portland TB - Toronto R. 92-74 LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 92-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in a game that was overshadowed by injuries for both sides. Toronto also lost reserve Amir Johnson in the second half after he was ejected for arguing with an official. Johnson threw his mouthpiece and had to be restrained by his teammates before he left the court. J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who were without injured starters Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews. The Raptors lost forward Andrea Bargnani to a right elbow injury and guard Kyle Lowry to a right shoulder problem during the game. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) had 20 points for the Raptors, who trailed by as many as 18 points late in the second half. But the game was more about who didn't play - or had to leave. Batum did not play because of back pain that hampered him in Portland's 99-80 home loss to Sacramento on Saturday, while Matthews was out because he strained his left hip in the fourth quarter against the Kings. Matthews tried to drive to the basket during warmups and limped off to the locker room, wincing. Matthews missed a game for the first time in his four-year NBA career. He had played in 250 straight games, second-most among active players behind Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. To replace Matthews and Batum, the Blazers started Sasha Pavlovic and rookie Victor Claver. The Raptors were hurt late in the first quarter when Bargnani went to the locker room after falling awkwardly on a dunk. The Raptors said later that X-rays on his elbow were negative, but he did not return. Toronto already was without Linas Kleiza, who has a sore right knee from Sunday night's 102-83 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Blazers pulled ahead 30-24 in the second quarter on Pavlovic's running hook, but the Raptors battled back and tied it at 38 on Ed Davis' putback. Portland led 44-40 at the break and extended the lead with a 9-0 run capped by Aldridge's hook shot and free throw that made it 58-46 midway through the third quarter. Lowry did not play in the second half after he hurt his right shoulder in a first-half fall. The Raptors lost Johnson when he was ejected with 5:01 left in the third quarter. He had words with referee David Jones while trying to take the ball from him following a Portland free throw. After Johnson was ejected, he threw his mouthpiece at Jones and fellow players had to restrain him before he was escorted from the floor. Pavlovic's fast-break layup put Portland up 79-68 and Hickson extended the lead to 83-68 with an alley-oop dunk from Nolan Smith. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com
Dallas M. - Sacramento K. 119-96 O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 19 points and the Dallas Mavericks took control with a 31-3 run in the first half to win their 17th straight regular-season home game against Sacramento with a 119-96 victory over the Kings on Monday night. Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan), playing on a sprained left ankle he suffered last week, scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half and reserve Darren Collison added 15 points for the Mavericks, who won their third in a row. Francisco Garcia (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Louisville), who was 7 of 12 from 3-point range, and DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) scored 25 points apiece for the Kings, who haven't won in Dallas during the regular season since Feb. 27, 2003. Jason Thompson added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Mayo hit a jumper late in the first quarter to kick off the game-turning run for the Mavs, who led by as many as 28 in the first half and were up 65-43 at halftime. Dallas starting forward Shawn Marion missed his second straight game with a strained right groin. Kaman played 21 minutes on a gimpy ankle which coach Rick Carlisle described as "a glowing purple" before the game. Sacramento, which picked up its first road win of the season Saturday at Portland, opened the game by hitting 5 of 6 from 3-point range. The Kings took a 28-27 lead with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter on Thompson's tip-in basket. But the Kings scored only three points over the next 10:52 - all on free throws. They missed 12 straight shots from the floor and had nine turnovers in that span. Thompson's basket broke the drought with 3:34 left in the first half. Mayo started Dallas' run with a 20-footer and Vince Carter closed the opening quarter with a steal and dunk that gave the Mavericks a 36-29 lead. Brandan Wright capped the big spurt with a dunk, putting the Mavericks up 58-31. The Kings hit 9 of 13 shots to open the second half and went on a 23-12 run, cutting the deficit to 77-66 on Garcia's 3-pointer. Garcia started in place of an injured Tyreke Evans, who missed his third straight with a sore left knee. The Mavericks closed the third with an 11-4 spurt. Mayo's 3-pointer with 26.7 seconds left made it 88-70. Dallas stretched its advantage to as much as 26 in the fourth, and Sacramento got no closer than 17 in the final 12 minutes. Courtesy of: dallasnews.com
Houston R. - San Antonio S. 126-134 OT Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) scored 29 points and Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) had a triple-double to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 134-126 overtime win against the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Parker had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to complement Neal's 7-of-10 performance from 3-point range. Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) had his best game since joining the Rockets, scoring a career high-tying 38 points with leading scorer James Harden sidelined by a sprained right ankle. Neal's last 3-pointer followed by a three-point play by Manu Ginobili put the Spurs ahead 130-122 with two minutes left in overtime, and they held on for the win. It was San Antonio's fifth straight win overall and second over Houston in three days after a 114-92 victory Friday. The Rockets provided a stronger challenge in this one after San Antonio never trailed in Friday's win. But Houston's inexperience showed in overtime as the Rockets had three turnovers to help the Spurs build the lead. Houston fell to 0-2 since coach Kevin McHale returned to the bench Saturday after taking a leave of absence Nov. 10 to be with his family as his daughter's health worsened. Alexandra "Sasha" McHale died Nov. 24 of complications from Lupus. She was 23. A 3-pointer by Ginobili put the Spurs up two before Omer Asik tied it on a jumper with 37 seconds left. Parker then missed a shot, but Lin dribbled out the shot clock under pressure from Danny Green, giving the Spurs another chance. Carlos Delfino blocked a shot by Tim Duncan to send it to overtime tied at 120. Asik had a career-high 21 points and added 10 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons scored 20 for Houston. The game was tied when Neal and Parsons got into what looked like a 3-point shooting contest. Neal hit one before Parsons made two straight for Houston. Neal made a second before Parsons added another to put Houston up 116-113 with 3 1/2 minutes to go. Lin heated up late in the third quarter and continued his surge in the fourth, scoring six points during a 9-2 run to help Houston extend its lead to 102-93 less than two minutes into the quarter. The Spurs trailed by seven when Lin went to the bench with under 10 minutes remaining. They used a 10-2 spurt while Lin was out, powered by five points from Parker, to tie it at 107 before he returned with about six minutes left. San Antonio led by seven after a reverse layup by Parker with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Lin scored seven straight points for Houston to tie it at 88 just over a minute later. Neal made a 3-pointer on the other end before the Rockets closed out the quarter with two free throws by Marcus Morris and a 3-pointer by Lin to take a 93-91 lead. Duncan left the game after picking up his fourth foul with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third and didn't return until the start of the fourth. Houston was up by three with about 10 minutes left in the second quarter before using an 11-4 run to extend the lead to 42-32 a couple of minutes later. The Rockets were still up by 10 later in the quarter when San Antonio scored eight straight points, with four from Parker, to cut the lead to 49-47. The Spurs had taken a three-point lead later in the second before Toney Douglas hit a shot as time expired in the first half to get Houston within 64-63 at halftime. Courtesy of: huffingtonpost.com
Miami Heat - Atlanta H. 101-92 LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had 26 and the Miami Heat pulled away in the second half to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 on Monday night, improving to 10-1 at home this season. James (10-16) and Wade (11-13) made 21 of 29 shots for Miami, which shot 58 percent as a team. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Norris Cole scored 10 for the Heat, who handed the Hawks just their second loss in 11 games. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 22 points and Al Horford finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which briefly held the lead midway through the third quarter before the Heat got rolling and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Hawks in the Southeast Division. Atlanta has dropped both games against Miami this season and is 1-7 against the Heat since March 2011. A big third-quarter run put the Heat in control, and one of James' best dunks this season helped seal it in the fourth. Cole took a pass from Ray Allen, dribbled once and nonchalantly flipped the ball toward the rim. James did the rest. Naturally. James leaped - the top of his fingers stretched easily more than a foot above the basket - for a slam with 9:51 left, and the Heat weren't threatened in the final minutes. The Heat came into Monday night talking about how this particular game was significant for many reasons, foremost among them the Hawks' position in the Southeast Division. And while it's way too early to take more than a passing interest in the standings, Miami had taken notice of Atlanta's early success. 'We've been watching,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. The up-close-and-personal view wasn't a surprise, then. Miami led 56-54 at intermission, a well-played half where neither team led by more than five points. The Heat shot 64 percent from the field in the opening two quarters, 50 percent from 3-point range - but a mere 44 percent from the line, part of the reason why the margin was only two points at the break. James finished each of the first two quarters with a flurry, first going 1-on-4 for a driving layup to give Miami a 28-26 lead, then blowing past Horford for a layup-and-foul and putting the Heat up two with 14.6 seconds left in the half. The Hawks were helped mightily by a friend of Heat opponents of late, the 3-pointer. Atlanta made seven from beyond the arc in the half, and through three quarters, Smith was 4 for 4 - already matching his career-best single-game total from long range. But in the third, Miami began to flex its muscles. Jeff Teague made a 3-pointer midway through the third to give Atlanta a 65-63 lead, but after that, Miami took off running. A 17-4 run was the difference maker, turning a two-point deficit into an 11-point lead with 1:24 remaining in the third. Wade got it started with a jumper, and he wound up with eight during the burst, including a layup off a perfect pass by James from the right side of the lane. Shane Battier made two 3-pointers in the run, including the shot that ended it, and Miami's margin was suddenly 80-69. Courtesy of: sports.inquirer.net
Philadelph.76 - Detroit P. 104-97 Andrew Bynum has no idea if he will play for the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) and Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) are playing the role of go-to scorers just fine in his absence. Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Holiday scored 25 points and the Sixers beat the Detroit Pistons 104-97 on Monday night. Turner hit the winning shot in the final seconds of overtime on Friday against Boston. Holiday took his turn with a 12-point fourth quarter against the Pistons. Holiday thrived off the pick-and-roll all game and buried a pair of pull-up jumpers in the final 2 minutes that returned the lead to five. Holiday and Turner combined for a 19-for-33 effort from the floor with 15 assists. "I thought Jrue and myself would be successful," said Turner, who made eight of his 13 shots. "When we play like this, we have a great chance at winning games. Tonight, we did that." They sure did. The Sixers needed the lift after Bynum said before the game his left knee is causing him too much pain to play. The Sixers have played without him all year. They're getting used to having Turner and Holiday carry them, and it could be a familiar show for the rest of the season. "I think we saw it last year in the playoffs when Jrue and myself stepped up," Turner said. "When the play's run for you, you've got to make the shot." Holiday and Turner have been Philadelphia's best players, with power forward Thaddeus Young in the mix, as well. Young had 20 points and five steals. He had a nice swipe in the fourth against Tayshaun Prince at the top of Detroit's key and turned it into a fast-break dunk and a 95-91 lead. Each time the Sixers needed a clutch bucket or a big steal, Holiday, Turner and Young delivered. "We're the guys that have to go out there and be key for us each and every night," Young said. Spencer Hawes had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Sixers. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) missed a tip with less than a minute left that came back to haunt Detroit. Holiday sank a 19-footer for a 100-95 lead and the Sixers stretched the lead from the free-throw line. Monroe and Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) had 22 points apiece. Rodney Stuckey scored 19 for Detroit, and Tayshaun Prince finished with 16. "Holiday got away from us a couple of times," coach Lawrence Frank said. "We had some great looks at the rim that unfortunately didn't go our way. We just have to be cleaner." The Sixers shook off a tough loss Saturday at Boston and sluggish first half against Detroit before pulling away in the second half for the win. Jason Richardson scored 13 points for Philadelphia, including an unusual tiebreaking 3 that made it 83-80 in the fourth. Richardson's shot rattled around the rim, shot up off the top of the backboard and plopped through the net. Holiday's pull-up jumper made it 98-93 and the Sixers seemed to have some breathing room with 1:53 left. The Pistons were 0-8 when they came to Philadelphia last month and thumped the Sixers 94-76. They pulled within three in this one before Monroe's miss around the basket helped cost them a second straight upset win. "They are one of the best defensive teams in the league," Monroe said. The 76ers opened the third quarter with a 14-0 run, turning a three-point halftime deficit into a 60-49 lead. Holiday buried a 3 during the spurt and Hawes picked up his play after a poor first half. The Pistons recovered and pulled within three after Jason Maxiell's thunderous dunk over Young. In one of the odder box scores to that point, Maxiell missed his first 10 shots to go along with 11 rebounds. He wouldn't score again or grab another rebound. Taking a temporary break on press row, Sixers CEO Adam Aron fretted that the Pistons were making the game too close. Knight promptly hit a 3 that tied it at 71. Perhaps looking for better luck elsewhere, Aron left for better seats. Hawes hit an 18-footer to end the third and give the Sixers a 76-75 lead. The Sixers are now 11-0 when leading after three quarters. Courtesy of: mercurynews.com/
Charlotte B. - Golden St.W. 96-104 Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) put on a show for his hometown fans Monday night, finishing with 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to lead the surging Golden State Warriors to a 104-96 win over the struggling Charlotte Bobcats. Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and made a name for himself leading nearby Davidson College to the brink of the Final Four in 2008, shot 10 of 22 from the field and hit four 3-pointers. It was his eighth straight 20-point game, a career best. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors (14-7), who have won seven of their past eight games and improved to 4-0 on their current seven-game Eastern trip. Carl Landry added 16 points and Jarrett Jack had 12 points and six assists for Golden State. Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) scored 24 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 17 to lead the Bobcats, who have lost eight straight since beginning the season 7-5. Owner Michael Jordan took a seat at the end of the Bobcats' bench to try and provide a spark for his team, but it didn't work. Charlotte had a miserable shooting night with eight airballs - four by Byron Mullens, who was reinserted into the starting lineup for his scoring after getting benched by coach Mike Dunlap for a game. Charlotte also finished with a season-high 18 turnovers. The Bobcats made a myriad of mistakes, including letting the 24-second clock run out without even attempting a shot. Jordan appeared frustrated at times and tried talking to several players on the bench during breaks, both trying to teach and inspire his young team. But this night belonged to Curry and the Warriors. Golden State took control from the start, shooting a blazing 73 percent from the field to grab 38-23 lead. They built the lead to 21 at one point and never led by less than 10 until Walker hit a free throw with two minutes to go to cut it to 101-92. Dunlap preached defense back in training camp, but his team has struggled of late to stop anyone. Golden State's 38-point first quarter marked the third straight quarter Charlotte had surrendered at least 35 points dating to Saturday night's 132-102 loss to San Antonio. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com
Miami Heat cut 24-year old naturalized Jamaica center Vashil Fernandez (208-118kg-92, college: Valparaiso). His team won Horizon League Regular Season in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Fernandez received All-Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Fernandez played at another team Crusaders. But in 27 games he averaged just 1.0ppg and 1.2rpg. He has never been drafted by the NBA. Fernandez just graduated from Valparaiso Uni... [read more]
Miami Heat cut 24-year old naturalized Jamaica center Vashil Fernandez (208-118kg-92, college: Valparaiso). His team won Horizon League Regular Season in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Fernandez received All-Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Fernandez played at another team Crusaders. But in 27 games he averaged just 1.0ppg and 1.2rpg. He has never been drafted by the NBA. Fernandez just graduated from Valparaiso University and it is his first season in pro basketball. Fernandez represented USA at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) four years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts, 1.0rpg.
Houston Rockets (NBA) added to their roster 24-year old swingman Le'Bryan Nash (201-107kg-92, college: Oklahoma State). He may be sent to D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He played last season at Fukushima Firebonds in Japanese BJ League. In 54 games he was the best scorer with impressive 26.6ppg and averaged 8.0rpg and 3.1apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com Japanese BJ League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.
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Houston Rockets (NBA) added to their roster 24-year old swingman Le'Bryan Nash (201-107kg-92, college: Oklahoma State). He may be sent to D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He played last season at Fukushima Firebonds in Japanese BJ League. In 54 games he was the best scorer with impressive 26.6ppg and averaged 8.0rpg and 3.1apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Asia-Basket.com Japanese BJ League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Nash has never been drafted by the NBA. His team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2013. Nash graduated from Oklahoma State in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
San Antonio Spurs (NBA) cut 23-year old French-Guyanese power forward Livio Jean-Charles (202-93, agency: BeoBasket). The last season Jean-Charles played at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA where in 36 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 4.7rpg. He helped them to win the French ProA title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Jean-Charles played 8 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg. Three years ago he was drafted by the Spurs in first... [read more]
San Antonio Spurs (NBA) cut 23-year old French-Guyanese power forward Livio Jean-Charles (202-93, agency: BeoBasket). The last season Jean-Charles played at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA where in 36 games he averaged 6.4ppg and 4.7rpg. He helped them to win the French ProA title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Jean-Charles played 8 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg. Three years ago he was drafted by the Spurs in first round (28th overall). Among other achievements Jean-Charles received Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Newcomer of the Year award back in 2013. He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: Score-5 (17.3ppg), 6.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP-3 (69.2%), 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 70.6%. Jean-Charles has played previously for CFBB.
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