- The Heat's (25-9) 16-game streak of keeping opponents under 100 pts was snapped by the Rockets (15-16), but Miami reacted to the fast pace of the 102-possession game winning 125-119 in the only game I watched last night. Very fun game to watch where Dwyane Wade had his second straight 40-point performace, scoring 45 on 17-24 shooting and hitting all ten FTs:
LeBron James had 21 pts, 9 ast Chris Bosh scored 21, but only had 4rbs to go with his 5 TOs.
The Heat were out-rebounded 44-40, but the Rockets only shot 42%. The game was littered with fouls, but Miami shot 34-for-37 at the line (91.9%), while the Rockets shot 32-for-40 (80%). Kevin Martin came into the game shooting over 90% at the line, but fell to 89.8 after bricking four in 10 tries. The Rockets are one the most exciting non-elite teams in the lead with Aaron Brooks back on the floor. Even without Yao Ming, they're a half-game back of Portland for the 8th spot in the West. (Box Score)
- Kevin Garnett will miss time with a calf injury he sustained in the first quarter of the Celtics (24-6) 104-92 loss to the Pistons (11-21) in Detroit. The NBA sector of the internet was frantic on Twitter and has remained in a bit of a frenzy, but the issue isn't his ankle or knee. Doctors conducted a "precautionary MRI" Wednesday after X-rays were negative Tuesday. "Since Garnett was traded to the Celtics in 2007, Boston is an immaculate 169-58 when KG plays, nearly a .750 winning percentage," Tom Ziller wrote, reporting the status of KG.
As for the game itself, Knee Mac had a season-high 21 pts and 8 ast off the bench for the win with Paul Pierce scoring 33 with 8 ast still manning the point forward for the C's. (Box Score)
- Apparently, the Nuggets refused the Nets offer of Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, and two 1st-round draft pick for Carmelo Anthony. The dealbreaker wasn't 'Melo in the end because Denver wants FIVE (!!!) 1st round picks in a deal. Under NBA rules, that requires a four-team deal. Like I said, the Nuggets are completely ruining their bargaining power with other teams every day that 'Melo is still a Nugget. An executive with an NBA team said the Nuggets have "overplayed their hand."
- During the 76ers (13-19) beat the Suns (13-17) 123-110 in Phoenix, Steve Nash told his coach he wanted to punch the refs. After the game, Macin Gortat told the media he's pissed their defense sucks.
- Watch Stan Van Gundy hate Hedo's threes. If you're wondering why, look at the shot clock in the first three of the four examples. Funny video, but shows good coaching to focus on less than optimal decision making instead of the results of selective possessions.
- No Phil Jackson title team has lost four straight or lost three straight by 10+ points. Both have happened this season. The Lakers (22-10) avoided losing four straight again, beating the Hornets (18-14) 103-88, led by Lamar Odom scoring 24 off the bench. Chris Paul scored 20 on 8-for-14 shooting with 7 ast and 3 stl, but the rest of the Hornets only scored 68 on 25-for-65 shooting (38.5%).
- The Pacers (13-17) continue to sink deeper and deeper into NBA Hell,
losing 104-90 to the Wizards (8-22). Both teams shot awful -- WAS
39.8%, IND 41.2% -- but the the DnD's out-reounded Indy 54-47. And Nick
Young continues to be awesome since the team traded Gilbert Arenas,
scoring 25 in the win. And Danny Granger continues to be inefficient
scoring 15 pts on 7-for-18 shooting for an Offensive Rating of 70. And
Roy Hibbert had five fouls in 15 minutes, leading him to say: "The way
I've been playing, I should be in the damn D-League." (Box Score)
- After the Bobcats (11-19) 101-92 win against the Cavs (8-24), Paul Silas is now 2-0 as MJ's head coach. And the players really like him.
Stephen Jackson scored 38 on 11-for-24 shooting -- 3-for-7 on threes --
and 13-for-15 at the FT line with D.J. Augustin's 28 pts that including
going 5-for-6 on threes. At a .367 Win%, Charlotte's in the #10 spot in
the East, only two games behind the 76ers (13-19). (Box Score)
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