N.Orleans H. - Washington W. 70-77 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) kept shooting. In a game where neither team could hit anything, he finally connected on enough shots to give the shorthanded Washington Wizards a rare road win. Crawford scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Wizards spoiled the return of overall No. 1 draft pick Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) Davis, beating the New Orleans Hornets 77-70 on Tuesday night. Crawford made only nine out of 26 shots - his most attempts since his rookie season in 2010-11 - but he had four of the Wizards' final five baskets. ''I just really wanted to do everything to take the win,'' he said. ''I didn't care how many shots I shot. Turnovers. Nothing. I just wanted to do whatever it took to win.'' Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) added 15 points for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 13 and never led until the fourth quarter. Washington won for the first time on the road after losing its first eight away from home this season. Ryan Anderson led New Orleans with 17 points but did not score in the second half, missing all nine of his shots after going 7 of 12 in the first half. Davis, who missed 11 games with a stress reaction in his left ankle, had 13 points and seven rebounds. The game befitted the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference (Washington) and the team with the worst in the West (New Orleans). The Wizards shot 32.9 percent, scored 11 points in the first quarter - a season low for any quarter - and had a season-worst 36 points at the half. ''That first quarter, I thought I was getting my teeth pulled at the dentist without any Novacaine,'' Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. ''It was pretty painful.'' The Hornets shot 32.5 percent and scored a season-low 10 points in the fourth quarter, losing for the 13th time in 15 games. Crawford, normally a reserve shooting guard, started at the point for the first time because A.J. Price fractured his right hand against Golden State last Saturday and will be out four to six weeks. And Price was starting only because 2010 overall top pick John Wall has missed the entire season with a stress injury in his left knee. ''It was different playing the point,'' Crawford said. ''At the beginning of the game, I was thinking about different stuff. Once I got into the game and once I saw what the team needed, I got comfortable.'' HIs numbers weren't point-guard like - he shot first and passed second, finishing with four assists - but the Wizards will take it. ''It was good for the first time kind of starting there,'' Wittman said. ''You could see him thinking. It's going to be a little bit of a process, but he came down the stretch and made big shots.'' Crawford hit a 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 68-65 lead with 5:09 left, and he sank a tough leaner while drawing a foul from the Hornets' Greivis Vasquez the next time down the floor to make the score 71-65. ''We were stuck on 65-65, kept going back down,'' Crawford said. ''They were missing, we was missing and I just wanted to get that shot to break the ice.'' Davis responded with a dunk on an alley-oop from Austin Rivers, the Hornets' first points in nearly four minutes, but another attempted alley-oop from Vasquez to Davis resulted in a turnover that Nene converted into a layup as Washington went ahead 73-67 with 3:00 left. Davis converted a three-point play in transition to cut the deficit to 73-70 with 1:51 to go, but the Hornets did not score again. After Vasquez missed a wild running hook with just over a minute left, Crawford hit an open 18-footer to put Washington ahead 75-70. Anderson went 0 for 7 in the fourth quarter. ''I had some great looks,'' he said. ''Those are shots I normally make, and I wouldn't turn them down again. I would shoot them over and over again.'' Nene had a double-double for Washington with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie guard Austin Rivers, starting for the first time in 10 games, had 11 points for the Hornets, but only two of them came in the second half. The first two possessions for both teams set the tone. The Wizards turned the ball over on their first possession and missed their first shot badly. The Hornets clanked their first shot off the backboard and committed a turnover on their second possession. At one point, the Wizards were 6 of 26 from the floor with almost as many air balls as made shots. Jan Vesely even shot an air ball on a free throw, falling to 3 of 15 for the season at the line. The Wizards also played without Trevor Ariza, who strained his left calf last Tuesday against Miami, and Trevor Booker (right knee), who started the first six games. Even with the return of Davis, who scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his last game before getting hurt, the Hornets could not hold on. ''We did not play with the effort that is necessary to win an NBA game,'' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. ''You don't deserve to win when you play that way.'' NOTES: It was the first NBA game since April 1, 2005 when both teams shot below 33 percent. The Hornets were involved in that one, too, playing the Houston Rockets. ... Davis entered with 4:34 left in the first quarter and played 24:54, just under his average of 26 minutes. ... With its first road win, Washington is ahead of its pace from last year, when it lost its first 25 games away from home. Courtesy of: http://sports.yahoo.com
Detroit P. - Denver N. 94-101 Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) had 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Corey Brewer added 15 points and Andre Iguodala had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who rallied from a slow start in which they trailed by as many as 17 in the first quarter. JaVale McGee also had 12 points for Denver. Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) had 20 points and five assists for the Pistons. Jason Maxiell added 18 points, six blocks and six rebounds, and Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points. Danilo Gallinari hit a 3-pointer with 1:48 left to give the Nuggets a 96-89 lead before Lawson's driving layup with 1:15 remaining pushed it to 98-89. After Stuckey pulled the Pistons within two on a layup with 7:27 remaining, Andre Miller's three-point play with 7:11 left and Brewer's 3-pointer with 6:45 to go put the Nuggets up 82-74. Lawson's driving floater at the buzzer gave Denver a 72-66 lead after three quarters. The Nuggets led 48-42 at the half after outscoring the Pistons 31-17 in the second quarter -- including 20-6 in the finals seven minutes of the first half. McGee's breakaway dunk tied it at 41 with 3:17 left in the second and Lawson hit a layup with 2:12 remaining in the first half to give Denver its first lead of the game, 43-41. Detroit raced off to fast start and led 21-4 with 5:22 left in the first quarter after Greg Monroe hit a pair of free throws. Courtesy of: uppermichiganssource.com
Cleveland C. - LA Lakers 100-94 CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) dropped in 28 points and handed out 11 assists in his return to the hardwood on Tuesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-94, at Quicken Loans Arena. Irving saw his first game action since fracturing his left index finger in a Nov. 18 loss at Philadelphia. C.J. Miles buried five three-pointers en route to 28 points, while Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) contributed 20 points, nine boards and five assists for the Cavs, who snapped a five-game skid. Alonzo Gee donated 17 points and five rebounds in the triumph. Kobe Bryant went off for a game-high 42 points on 16-of-28 shooting to go with five rebounds, while Dwight Howard added 19 points and 20 boards for the free- falling Lakers, who have lost eight of their last 11 games. Metta World Peace finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for the visitors, who played without forward Pau Gasol for the fifth consecutive game. Courtesy of: www.wkyc.com
Chicago B. - LA Clippers 89-94 CHICAGO - Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls 94-89 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory, the team's longest winning streak in two decades. Marco Belinelli hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute left to cut Chicago's deficit to 89-87, but Chris Paul answered with a floater in the lane, then iced it with three free throws down the stretch as Los Angeles snapped the Bulls' season-high three-game winning streak. Paul finished with 18 points and four assists, below the 20 and 10 he averaged in his first dozen games against Chicago, but it was enough for the Clippers to sweep the season series for the first time since 2009-10. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who had won five of six overall. Courtesy of: www.star-telegram.com
Brooklyn N. - New York K. 97-100 NEW YORK (AP)Now, this Knicks-Nets rivalry is really on. If it hadn't started when the Nets left New Jersey and set up shop in the Knicks' city, it surely arrived when Jason Kidd delivered the tiebreaking 3-pointer Tuesday night, making himself an enemy of his former franchise. ''I hate him,'' Nets guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) said. Williams was kidding, the point guards are friends. But Nets fans who watched Kidd ask out of the organization and Carmelo Anthony refuse to come could easily work up more dislike of the Knicks after watching those two Tuesday. Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Kidd made the tiebreaking shot with 24 seconds left, and the Knicks rallied from an early 17-point hole to beat Brooklyn 100-97. Kidd finished with 18 points against his former team, who used to dominate the Knicks when he played in New Jersey. He pumped his fist afterward in what he said was as much emotion as he shows, though denied taking any special pleasure in beating the Nets. ''I'm a competitor. I want to win,'' he said. Now the series is tied at 1-1 since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, both games coming down to the tense final minutes. Andray Blatche scored 23 points in place of Brook Lopez, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right foot. Williams added 18 points and 10 assists, and Reggie Evans grabbed 18 rebounds, but the Nets lost their fifth straight. Gerald Wallace scored 17 points, but both he and Williams missed potential tying 3-pointers on the last possession after Kidd broke a 97-all tie with his 3-pointer from the left side while being fouled by Jerry Stackhouse. Kidd missed the free throw in an otherwise terrific effort for the 39-year-old point guard who helped carry the Knicks while fellow point guard Raymond Felton was struggling through a 3-for-12 night. Kidd had six rebounds and six assists, playing 38 minutes. There were wild swings in momentum and crowd support in the second half, once the Knicks had gotten themselves untracked after the Nets threatened to run them off the floor in the first quarter. The crowd was loud and energetic, the players and fans eventually matching the playoff-like intensity from the first meeting, a 96-89 Nets victory in overtime here on Nov. 26. That had left both teams tied atop the Atlantic Division at 9-4, but the Knicks have since gone 7-1 to surge to the top of the Eastern Conference, while Brooklyn has gone 2-5. It occasionally felt like a Knicks home game, with ''MVP! MVP!'' chants for Carmelo Anthony - which the Knicks think he deserves - and a black-and-orange dressed Spike Lee sitting courtside and yelling at the referees. ''What can you say? I just think tonight Carmelo wanted it so badly,'' Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. The Brooklyn native never wanted to play in New Jersey, preferring instead a trade to the Knicks, and Kidd eventually wanted out after leading the Nets to two NBA Finals but never the local popularity of the Knicks. But despite their efforts, the Nets had plenty of chances to send their fans home happy. ''This was a winnable game,'' Nets coach Avery Johnson said, ''but we just couldn't quite close it.'' The Nets scored the first five points, gave up a 3-pointer to Kidd, then outscored the Knicks 16-2 over the next five-plus minutes to open a 21-5 lead on Blatche's layup with 4:29 left in the first quarter. Brooklyn hit nine of its first 11 shots, led by as much as 17 and was ahead 30-16 going to the second. Blatche had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in eight minutes. The Nets still led by 16 with 4:49 remaining in the half, but Carmelo Anthony nailed a jumper and 3-pointer, triggering an 18-6 run to end the half that he capped with a layup with 1.8 seconds left, bringing the Knicks within 53-49 as they headed to the locker room. The Knicks scored the first five points of the second half to take their first lead, but Williams quickly put the Nets back ahead and Blatche helped them stay there. Brooklyn was back up by nine late in the third quarter before settling for a 79-74 lead. Brooklyn held the lead until Kidd tied it a 91 on a 3-pointer with 4:01 to play. The Nets lost a potential go-ahead basket when Blatche's tip in was ruled an offensive violation, and Carmelo Anthony tipped in his own miss to give New York a 93-91 edge with 2:47 to play. The Nets tied it again at 95 when Wallace - who just moments before had banged knees hard with J.R. Smith and could barely stand - tipped in a miss. Two free throws by Carmelo Anthony followed by Joe Johnson's basket set the stage for Kidd's go-ahead shot. Courtesy of: msn.foxsports.com
Philadelphia 76ers signed 23-year old forward Shawn Long (211-112kg-93) to a two-year partially guaranteed contract. He just graduated from La-Lafayette (NCAA). In 33 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 11.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded All-Sun Belt Player of the Year and voted to All-Sun Belt 1st Team and voted to NABC All-District 24 1st Team. Long has never been drafted by the NBA. As... [read more]
Philadelphia 76ers signed 23-year old forward Shawn Long (211-112kg-93) to a two-year partially guaranteed contract. He just graduated from La-Lafayette (NCAA). In 33 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 11.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded All-Sun Belt Player of the Year and voted to All-Sun Belt 1st Team and voted to NABC All-District 24 1st Team. Long has never been drafted by the NBA. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Long's college team won Sun Belt Tournament in 2014. He received also Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011. Long represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) last year. His team won Bronze. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Named Sun-Belt Freshman of the Yr. NBA Teams are already taking note "Mr. Double-Double!" #12 rebounder in the nation (10.2rpg) in his first NCAA season. Averaged a double-double and really showed his versatility inside out.
Recruited by; (Oregon, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi St., Mississippi).
Utah Jazz (NBA) inked 23-year old forward Quincy Ford (203-102kg-93) to a 3-year partially guaranteed contract. The contract details are not known yet, but it seems it would be close to the minimum wage amount. Ford just graduated from Northeastern (NCAA). In 29 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-CAA 2nd Team and NABC All-District 10 2nd Team. F... [read more]
Utah Jazz (NBA) inked 23-year old forward Quincy Ford (203-102kg-93) to a 3-year partially guaranteed contract. The contract details are not known yet, but it seems it would be close to the minimum wage amount. Ford just graduated from Northeastern (NCAA). In 29 games he averaged impressive 16.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-CAA 2nd Team and NABC All-District 10 2nd Team. Ford has never been drafted by the NBA. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Ford's college team won CAA Tournament in 2015.
Houston Rockets (NBA) tabbed 24-year old Canadian ex-international forward Kyle Wiltjer (208-109kg-92, agency: Priority Sports). He just graduated from Gonzaga (NCAA). In 36 games he averaged impressive 20.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to win WCC Tournament and they also made it to the NCAA Sweet 16. He can count that season as a very successful as All-WCC All-Tournament MVP, selected to All-WCC 1st Team and selected to NABC All-District 9 1st Team. Wiltjer also play... [read more]
Houston Rockets (NBA) tabbed 24-year old Canadian ex-international forward Kyle Wiltjer (208-109kg-92, agency: Priority Sports). He just graduated from Gonzaga (NCAA). In 36 games he averaged impressive 20.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to win WCC Tournament and they also made it to the NCAA Sweet 16. He can count that season as a very successful as All-WCC All-Tournament MVP, selected to All-WCC 1st Team and selected to NABC All-District 9 1st Team. Wiltjer also played 1 game in WCC where he had very remarkable stats: 18 points, 11 rebounds and 1 block. He has never been drafted by the NBA. As mentioned above Wiltjer is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements he won NCAA championship title in 2012. Wiltjer received also USBWA All-District IX Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time. Wiltjer was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian Senior National Team last year and previously for University National Team in 2013. Wiltjer represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.0rpg.
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