Portland TB - LA Clippers 101-100 Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) had 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists for his second triple-double in a week and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Los Angeles Clippers their fourth straight loss with a 101-100 victory on Saturday night. The Clippers, playing without guard Chis Paul for the third straight game because of a bruised right kneecap, trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half but reclaimed the lead in the fourth quarter. They held off the Blazers until Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) pulled Portland within 100-99 with a layup and free throw. J.J. Hickson made a pair of foul shots to give the Blazers back the lead with 45 seconds left and Jamal Crawford missed a 19-foot jumper for the Clippers with 0.9 seconds left for the final margin. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Clippers, just shy of his third career triple-double. Courtesy of: centredaily.com
Utah Jazz - Indiana P. 114-110 OT Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 25 points and Paul Millsap had 21, leading the Utah Jazz to a 114-110 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Utah scored the first six points in overtime after blowing a 97-89 lead with 2:44 left in regulation. Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) coughed up three turnovers to Indiana's George Hill in the final minute of the fourth. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 24 points, David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) added 23 and Hill had 22 for Indiana (26-18), which lost for the third time in four road games. The Pacers outrebounded the Jazz 41-28, Hayward scored 15 points, but had the ball stolen from him three times on the final three possessions for Utah in regulation. The Jazz held a 98-94 lead when Hill stepped in front of Hayward's attempted pass to Jefferson and took it in for layup to cut the lead to two. Hill picked Hayward's pocket again a few seconds later, leading to Paul George's tying free throws with 9.5 seconds left. The Jazz still had a time for a potential winning shot, but never got a chance to run a play after Hill stole the ball from Hayward a third time to force overtime. Utah bounced back by making five consecutive baskets to open the overtime period. The final one, a long jumper from Jefferson, gave the Jazz a 108-102 lead with 1:51 remaining. The Pacers pulled within three on a 3-pointer from George with 30.6 seconds left. Hayward blocked George when he tried another 3 on Indiana's next possession. Randy Foye then sank a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds to seal the win. After a listless second quarter, the Jazz bounced back in the third. Utah neutralized Indiana's advantage on the glass by attacking the rim and forcing the Pacers to settle for outside shots. It paid off when the Jazz put together a 9-0 run capped by Derrick Favors' dunk off a lob pass from Earl Watson, putting Utah in front 69-59 late in the quarter. Indiana put together a couple of rallies, but Utah had a response for each charge - until the Pacers' final surge to force overtime. Hill's jumper trimmed the Jazz's lead to 73-68, but Hayward closed the third with a three-point play and Favors scored on the first play of the fourth to push the lead back to 10. The Pacers trimmed the lead to three on Roy Hibbert's basket with 4:22 left. Then Jefferson took over, making a free throw and a pair of baskets to increase Utah's advantage to eight. Indiana closed the second quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 48-45 halftime lead. West closed the run with a jumper. Courtesy of: macon.com
Denver N. - Sacramento K. 121-93 Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 26 points, Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) had 20 and the Denver Nuggets used a strong first three quarters to rout the Sacramento Kings 121-93 on Saturday night. Danilo Gallinari added 14 points for the Nuggets, who led 71-49 at intermission to set a season high for points in a half. They shot 62 percent in the first two quarters and had three players in double figures. They led by as many as 35 in the second half and were up 101-69 heading into the fourth period when most of the regular players watched the rest of the game. Aaron Brooks (6'0''-PG-85, college: Oregon) scored 16 points off the bench and Tyreke Evans had 15 for the Kings, who have lost four straight. DeMarcus Cousins was held to three points. It's the first time in his past 17 games he failed to score in double figures. The Nuggets took charge with a dominant first quarter when they shot 74 percent and hit 17 of 23 shots. Lawson led the way with 15 points and hit all three of his 3-point attempts. Sacramento committed five turnovers in the period, two of which came on consecutive possessions and led to layups by Lawson. The Kings, who were coming off a 10-point loss to Oklahoma City on Friday, were never really in it. They led by one early in the game but a 28-7 run by Denver made it 35-15 late in the first quarter. The Kings showed brief life early in the second quarter when Marcus Thornton hit a 3-pointer to cut it 39-28, but the lead never dipped below double digits. Denver's bench, led by JaVale McGee, scored 14 points in the second quarter as the lead grew to 22. Iguodala's 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the second finished the Nuggets best half of the season. Denver opened the third quarter on a 17-6 run to lead 88-55. Courtesy of: valleymorningstar.com
San Antonio S. - Phoenix Suns 108-99 It's easy to see why Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) is headed to another All-Star game. Parker had 31 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs earned their eighth consecutive win by shutting down the Phoenix Suns in the final quarter for a 108-99 victory on Saturday night. "He is unbelievable," said teammate Manu Ginobili, who had 20 points. "I cannot say he became a fourth-quarter finisher this year because of how he played last year, especially in the first two months. But he is in that point of his career where he is so confident. He is doing so good that he can relax a little bit in the first half then when we need him, he starts making those jumpers and takes over." Tiago Splitter had 13 points and Boris Diaw finished with 11 for San Antonio (36-11), which has won 16 in a row at home. Michael Beasley had 25 points and Jared Dudley scored 23 for the Suns (15-29), who lost for the first time since coach Lindsey Hunter took over. "He's their best player," Dudley said of Parker. "He's their best offensive threat. He knows their offense. If they don't have him, I know the Spurs are always good, but they can't win without him." Playing without Tim Duncan (sore knee) and coach Gregg Popovich (illness) for a third consecutive game, the Spurs needed a clutch performance from Parker in the fourth and he stepped up again. Showing no ill effects from a blow to the head by Elton Brand that required three stitches during a 113-107 victory at Dallas on Friday night, Parker had 11 points and five assists as San Antonio outscored Phoenix 27-17 in the fourth, forcing six turnovers in the period. The speedy point guard finished 13 for 17 from the field and only had three turnovers in 34 minutes. The Spurs turned up their defensive pressure in the final period, forcing three turnovers and three missed shots while building a 96-88 lead with 6:21 remaining. Parker had four points and an assist in the 7-0 run, including racing down the court for a layup after stepping in front of a pass by Markieff Morris. "Over the last few years it is becoming my team and coach Pop is always challenging me to become the franchise player who closes games and makes good decisions with the ball offensively for myself and my teammates," Parker said. "I always take to heart Pop's challenges." San Antonio grabbed control after Ginobili was knocked down by Shannon Brown (6'4''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) with 31.4 seconds left in the third, leading to a flagrant foul and an ejection. Brown struck Ginobili violently across the side of the head as he attempted to recover defensively after getting beat off the dribble. Ginobili also was undercut by Morris almost simultaneously, leading to loud jeers by the crowd. The ejection shocked Brown, who watched mouth agape as the foul was replayed on the video screen. "I saw a clear path and I thought I was going to go to lay it up and then I felt that hit in the head and I did not know what happened," Ginobili said. "I knew it was a flagrant foul, but I did not see what the player was doing." The play invigorated Ginobili, who had two steals and a 3 to bridge the third and fourth quarters and tie the game at 84. Hunter refused to blame the foul for Phoenix's struggles in the fourth. "We talk about being a no-excuse organization and that's no excuse," he said. "We're not at that level right now, but I can tell you this, it won't be long before we are." Just as it did in Wednesday's 106-102 victory over New Orleans, San Antonio struggled early. The Spurs missed their first three shots while failing to score in the first 3 minutes. After Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each missed a 3, Parker scored on a layup after Goran Dragic fell while attempting to backpedal defensively. The basket sparked the Spurs, who made their next 10 attempts in a 22-13 run. Parker scored 10 points during the run, including a layup that put San Antonio up 22-19 with 4 minutes left. Beasley scored 10 points in the second quarter, including six during an 11-6 surge that put Phoenix ahead 49-48 with 4:21 left in the half. "They have history," Beasley said. "They just know how to win. The same guys have been here for the last hundred years. They know how to play with each other. They've won titles on top of titles. We've got to be able to take care of the ball, at the very least get a shot." Courtesy of: alamogordonews.com
Milwaukee B. - Golden St.W. 109-102 After the 109-102 setback Golden State took Saturday night, it's hard not to wonder if reality is setting in for these undermanned Warriors. It was their second loss to a beatable team, and in both they were outworked and looked fatigue. "We just have to pick up our effort and our level of play if we expect to be a successful basketball team," point guard Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) said. "Across the board." As did Chicago on Friday, Milwaukee dominated the interior. The Bucks outrebounded the Warriors 58-50 and racked up 27 second-chance points. In the loss at Chicago, Golden State was outrebounded by 19 and gave up 30 second-chance points. "We climbed back. We showed some fight," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "But it takes so much out of you when you have to defend for 48 seconds instead of 24 seconds. Too many second-chance points. That really hurt us, and it cost is the ballgame." The interior inferiority was again compounded by opponents' guards catching fire. One night after Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson torched the Warriors for 47 points, Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) and Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) hurt the Warriors with 40. Jennings scored 18 of his 20 points in the third quarter, when the Bucks took over the game, knocking down five straight 3-pointers. Golden State (26-17), loser of two straight, gets a day off before a back-to-back set at Toronto and Cleveland. It's pretty early to start calling games must-wins, but the Warriors can ill-afford an elongated slide. Are teams figuring out Jackson's schemes? Is the weight of leading the team wearing down stars Stephen Curry and David Lee? The Warriors, though, didn't seem too worried after the game. "We're not panicking at all," Curry said after totaling 26 points and seven assists. "We beat two good teams before this little slide. ... We just have to get back to how we were playing before we left Oracle -- uptempo, physical on both ends and making big plays when they matter." The silver lining out of Saturday's game, those in the locker room contend, is that Golden State displayed that familiar resiliency. That wasn't the case at Chicago, but perhaps that's because the Bulls, ranked No. 4 in the Eastern Conference, are a better team. Either way, the Warriors had a chance to win Saturday. They opened the fourth quarter down 12. But Jack, who finished with 13 points and 10 assists, got them back in the game with consecutive 3-pointers. Reserve Richard Jefferson followed with a layup, cutting Milwaukee's lead to 86-82. But the Bucks responded with an 8-0 run, thanks to three straight open looks. Ersan Ilyasova knocked down two of them, including the 18-foot jumper that put Golden State down 94-82. Golden State put together another run to make it interesting. Curry hit a 3-pointer to cut it 98-93 with just over three minutes left. Then, with 52.9 seconds left, Jack nailed a 3-pointer to pull the Warriors within 100-98. But the Warriors couldn't get a stop. With Curry in his face, Ellis (20 points) nailed a dagger 3-pointer to put Golden State down five. On the ensuing possession, Lee capped a rough night by committing the Warriors' 16th turnover with a travel violation. Game over. "It's a disappointing loss," Jackson said. "But at the same time, it's important for us not to let go of the rope. And we're not going to do that." Warriors center Andrew Bogut broke a nearly two-month silence Saturday, his first trip to Milwaukee since being traded to the Warriors in March. Bogut is rehabbing his surgically repaired left ankle, and Golden State isn't putting a timetable on his return. But Saturday, you could sense his frustration. "I mean, it's been a long road for me," he said. "It is definitely taking a lot longer than we expected. ... It's frustrating. Nobody wants to be hurt. I don't want to be hurt. At the same time, I've got no choice but to go through this process, do the right things and then come back strong." Both Ellis and Ekpe Udoh, whom the Warriors gave up for Bogut, have played more than 60 games each for the Bucks, currently the No. 7 seed in the East. Bogut, on the other hand, has given the Warriors four games, 73 minutes. Coming back to Milwaukee dredged up that disappointing fact. "I'm injury prone," Bogut said. "I'm injury prone (in the sense) that I've had a lot of gruesome injuries that I can't control. ... It's just one of those things I've got to deal with." Courtesy of: mercurynews.com
Houston R. - Brooklyn N. 119-106 James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 29 points, Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) added 16 points and a career-high 11 assists and the Houston Rockets beat Brooklyn 119-106 on Saturday night for their 12th consecutive win over the Nets. Omer Asik had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who outrebounded the Nets 50-31 and outscored Brooklyn 60-24 in the paint. Nets star Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) scored 27 points, but cooled off after a 20-point first quarter. He was ejected with 1:07 left after arguing a call with referee David Jones. Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 13 for Brooklyn. Jeremy Lin had 14 points, nine assists and six turnovers for the Rockets. Lin had his breakout game against Williams last Feb. 4, scoring 25 points and launching "Linsanity" in a 99-92 victory for the New York Knicks. Williams scored 38 points the next time they met at Madison Square Garden, leading the Nets to a 100-92 win. Lin was a restricted free agent after last season and signed a three-year, $25 million deal with Houston. Raymond Felton replaced Lin as the Knicks' point guard, and Williams said before the season that he thought Felton was a better point guard than Lin. Williams dominated the matchup at the beginning of the game, scoring Brooklyn's first nine points, and 17 of its first 22. He started 7 for 7 and just beat the first-quarter buzzer with his fourth 3-pointer to put Brooklyn up 29-28. Lin missed his first two shots from the field and went to the bench after 7 1/2 minutes. With Lin back on the floor and Williams resting, the Rockets built a 46-33 lead, dominating inside at both ends. Williams returned and missed two shots, while Houston stretched its lead to 18. The Rockets had 17 assists on their first 20 field goals. Parsons had eight assists by himself in the first half, matching his career high for a game. Williams didn't score with Parsons guarding him in the second quarter, and Lopez went 1 for 7 in the first half. Houston outrebounded Brooklyn 27-15 and outscored the Nets 32-6 in the paint to lead 62-49 at the break. Lin was back on Williams in the third, and the Rockets stayed comfortably in front. Brooklyn played better defense toward the end of the third quarter and cut the deficit to 89-80. Williams missed a 3-point try and Carlos Delfino finished a fast break with a dunk early in the fourth to restore Houston's double-digit lead. Lin sank his first two 3-pointers of the game to put Houston over 100 points for just the third time in six games. Harden converted a three-point play and drove for a reverse layup to give the Rockets a 113-98 advantage with four minutes left. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com
Charlotte B. - Minnesota T. 102-101 The Charlotte Bobcats' long home losing streak is over. Gerald Henderson made a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left to lift the Bobcats to a 102-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night, snapping a 16-game home losing streak. The Bobcats streak was stopped two short of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks. Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) led Charlotte with 25 points and Ramon Sessions finished with 23 as the Bobcats won at home for the first time since Nov. 21. Henderson finished with 15 points and Bismack Biyombo had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte. Luke Ridnour (6'2''-PG-81, college: Oregon) had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Minnesota, which has lost nine of 10. Trailing by two, the Bobcats were struggling to get a shot off before the 24-second shot clock expired. A scramble ensued as the ball was knocked into the backcourt late in the possession. Walker retrieved the ball and passed it ahead to Henderson on the left wing. He pump-faked to avoid a leaping Andrei Kirilenko and swished the 3-pointer. J.J. Barea had a chance to win the game, but never could get a shot off as time expired. After the game, acting Timberwolves coach Terry Porter and Berea argued the call with officials at midcourt, saying Berea was fouled by Walker as he attempted the shot. Despite being short-handed, the Timberwolves jumped out to a 29-11 lead less than nine minutes into the game. Ridnour hit a pair of 3-pointers and Greg Stiemsma gave the Bobcats fits inside, three times getting free for uncontested alley-oop dunks. Stiemsma had 10 points and six rebounds in the first eight minutes but struggled to produce after that, finishing with just 11 points and seven rebounds. Looking to generate something offensively, Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap went with a small lineup that included Henderson as the team's power forward late in the first half. The Bobcats managed to cut the lead to 11 at the break and then to four at the end of the third quarter. Charlotte opened the fourth quarter with a flurry, going on an 18-6 run as Walker and Sessions began to take charge. Walker had 16 points in the second half. The Bobcats tied the game at 79 after a Minnesota turnover and a Walker steal led to a pair of fastbreak layups for Sessions. Walker gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game on a pull-up jumper from 18 feet with just over 10 minutes to play. Charlotte increased its lead to eight, but the Timberwolves battled back to tie the game behind back-to-back 3-pointers from Ridnour and Berea. Ricky Rubio's reverse layup gave the Timberwolves the lead before Henderson's big 3. Barea had 19 points and Rubio finished with 14 points and eight assists. Courtesy of: galvestondailynews.com
Washington W. - Chicago B. 86-73 For the first 32 games of the season, the Washington Wizards were a sorry bunch - winning only four times. The comical comparison was the Washington Generals - the punching bag for the Harlem Globetrotters. Not so much anymore. Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 86-73 on Saturday night for their seventh victory in the last 10 games. Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) scored 16 points and John Wall had 15 for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years. "We are the team we thought we were supposed to be," Okafor said. The run began before Wall returned from a left knee injury, and now the injury-riddled team is healthy again. "We have back all the players. There is our team," Hilario Nene said. "We gonna shut up people's mouths. That's what we're going to do." Chicago (26-17) had won a season-high three in a row for the third time. Nate Robinson scored 19 points for the Bulls, and Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) narrowly missed a triple-double with nine points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, which equaled his career high. "I think we got beat by a team that just played harder than us tonight," Noah said. "We played tired basketball tonight." Chicago dominated Golden State at home on Friday night, leading throughout the game while Washington (11-31) easily beat undermanned Minnesota for its 10th victory of the season. Two of the season's first five wins came against Miami and Oklahoma City, but in many ways, this was even more impressive. "As a coach, I'll take it against a high school team," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. Wittman, whose team was decimated by injuries early this season, pointed out that star point guard Derrick Rose has yet to play for the Bulls, and All-Star forward Luol Deng missed his fifth straight game with a strained right hamstring. "I've been there, but a win's a win," Wittman said. Wall, who started for the second straight night, has been the catalyst for the team's recent success. "It's not just me, man. It's never just me. I wanted to come in and be a spark for the team," Wall said. "I'm just doing a great job of getting easy shots for my teammates." The Wizards outscored Chicago 23-11 in the third quarter to take a 73-55 lead. The 11 points were a season low for the Bulls. Chicago had twice as many turnovers (six) as field goals (three) in the period. "I thought we played low energy tonight," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "You gotta get ready for everybody. ... When you start taking shortcuts, the results aren't gonna be good." The Wizards put together an 11-0 run late in the second quarter, holding the Bulls scoreless for nearly five minutes while building a 50-44 halftime lead. Washington outscored Chicago 10-2 to start the third and led 60-46 with 8:58 to play. Hilario Nene hit two more field goals and two free throws as the Wizards extended the lead to 69-51 with 4:28 left in the third. Courtesy of: heraldonline.com
Philadelph.76 - New York K. 97-80 Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) showed a couple of his All-Star teammates he belongs. Holiday scored a career-high 35 points, Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) had 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 97-80 victory over the Knicks last night. Holiday, who at 22 became the youngest Sixers player selected to an All-Star team last week, shot 16 of 25, and had six assists and five rebounds. He'll be playing with the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and Tyson Chandler on the East squad. "We played well against a good team," Holiday said. "We came off really aggressive offensively and played well defensively." Anthony was impressed. "Holiday is an All-Star for a reason. He kept it rolling," Anthony said. Evan Turner also added 20 points for the Sixers, who led from the start and beat the Knicks for the first time in four tries and second in eight games. The victory should make coach Doug Collins feel better. He left the bench in the third quarter and was diagnosed with a sinus infection and blocked nasal passage. "Great game for us," assistant coach Michael Curry said. "We've been on them to play 48 minutes. We stayed with the things we wanted to do throughout the game." Anthony needed 28 shots to score 25 points. He has 28 straight 20-point games, tied with Patrick Ewing for second-longest streak in franchise history. Richie Guerin did it 29 games in a row in 1961-62. "We just didn't have it," Anthony said. "They played extremely well. We didn't make shots. We didn't defend. We didn't move the ball." It was a great day for hoops at the Wells Fargo Center. In a game that tipped off eight hours earlier, Villanova knocked off No. 3 Syracuse, 75-71, in overtime for its second victory over a top-five team in five days. The Atlantic Division-leading Knicks, who are second in the Eastern Conference, have lost five of eight. Amar'e Stoudemire had 20 points for the Knicks. Jason Kidd, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith combined to go 0 for 17. Kidd had zero assists in 15 minutes. The Sixers opened an eight-game homestand, their longest since 1986, with only their third win in 11 games. They're 8-19 since a 10-6 start. Holiday took control right from the start. He scored eight points in the first three-plus minutes as the Sixers jumped out to a 12-2 lead and never let up. Holiday hit a 3-pointer to make it 46-36 late in the second. After baskets by Raymond Felton and Chandler, Holiday scored on a driving layup and made a free throw to complete a 3-point play. Another basket by Holiday was followed by Turner's dunk off an alley-oop pass from Young that made it 53-41 going into the half. "It's been a while since we came out and took care of business early," Holiday said. "We made them work." Holiday got things started in the third with a jumper, and Young hit a 20-footer and a 3-pointer to give Philadelphia a 60-43 lead. A 14-4 run put the Sixers up 67-45 and the lead stretched to 29 points at one point. The Knicks missed 12 straight shots in a span of 7:22 in the third. Felton returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a broken right finger. Courtesy of: nj.com
Toronto R. - Cleveland C. 98-99 Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 99-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. Headed to his first All-Star game, Irving added to his credentials by calmly draining a pull-up jumper from the top of the arc to send the Cavaliers to their third straight win. Irving finished with 32 points and Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) had 17 for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson scored 14 and Wayne Ellington had 12. Toronto had five players score in double figures. Amir Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) scored 17 and Ed Davis finished with 16. The Raptors had won seven of their previous nine meetings with the Cavaliers. Anderson's layup to begin the fourth gave the Raptors an 11-point cushion but Ellington hit two 3-pointers as Cleveland answered with a 12-2 run, cutting it to 79-78 with 9:21 left. The Cavaliers took their first lead since the first quarter on a layup by Thompson, but Terrence Ross restored Toronto's lead with a 3 less than a minute later. Ellington's third 3-pointer of the fourth put the Cavaliers in front again, making it 88-87 with 4:44 left. Irving followed with a pair of free throws and then a driving layup for Cleveland's biggest lead of the game, but another 3 by Ross cut it to 92-90 with 3:19 remaining. Toronto tied it with 2:12 left when Jose Calderon stole the ball from Irving and fed a streaking Ross for a layup. The Raptors reclaimed the lead on a driving dunk by Johnson with 1:16 to play. Irving tied it again on a driving layup but Calderon promptly answered with a layup at the other end, putting the Raptors up 98-96 with 12 seconds to go. The Cavaliers then called timeout and Irving made the decisive 3 while topping 30 points for the third straight game. DeMar DeRozan, whose buzzer-beating jump shot gave Toronto a 97-95 victory at Orlando on Thursday, got off to a strong start, making six of his first seven field-goal attempts and scoring 12 points to help the Raptors to a 25-19 lead after one. But DeRozan had just three points the rest of the way. Irving scored eight points in the second and Speights added seven as Cleveland closed the gap, but an eight-point effort by Davis gave Toronto a 50-46 lead at the half. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com
Chicago Bulls released 24-year old swingman Thomas Walkup (193-88kg-92, college: SF Austin). Walkup's team won Southland Conference Tournament for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). He was voted Southland Conf. All-Defensive Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Walkup played at another team Lumberjacks where in 32 games he had 4.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the conference final. Walkup has never been drafted by t... [read more]
Chicago Bulls released 24-year old swingman Thomas Walkup (193-88kg-92, college: SF Austin). Walkup's team won Southland Conference Tournament for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). He was voted Southland Conf. All-Defensive Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Walkup played at another team Lumberjacks where in 32 games he had 4.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to make it to the conference final. Walkup has never been drafted by the NBA. He just graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and it is his first season as a pro.
Chicago Bulls released 25-year old forward J.J. Avila (201-112kg-91, college: Colorado State, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). The last season Avila played at Leuven Bears (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 27 games he had 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg (in top 3). He has never been drafted by the NBA. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Avila's team made it to the MWC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted NABC All-District 17 1st Team... [read more]
Chicago Bulls released 25-year old forward J.J. Avila (201-112kg-91, college: Colorado State, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). The last season Avila played at Leuven Bears (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 27 games he had 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg (in top 3). He has never been drafted by the NBA. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Avila's team made it to the MWC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted NABC All-District 17 1st Team in 2015 at his college time. Avila graduated from Colorado State in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
Chicago Bulls cut 24-year old guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (191-99kg-92, college: Georgetown, agency: Stealth Sport). Smith-Rivera received All-Big East 2nd Team award in 2014 and 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Smith-Rivera played at another team Hoyas where in 32 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to win the regular season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Big East All-Rookie Team. Smith-Rivera has never been d... [read more]
Chicago Bulls cut 24-year old guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (191-99kg-92, college: Georgetown, agency: Stealth Sport). Smith-Rivera received All-Big East 2nd Team award in 2014 and 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Smith-Rivera played at another team Hoyas where in 32 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to win the regular season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Big East All-Rookie Team. Smith-Rivera has never been drafted by the NBA. He just graduated from Georgetown University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
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