- Four buzzer-beaters ruled Wednesday's NBA docket.
Andrea Bargnani dropped 41 points and Amar'e Stou_emire dropped 34
and grabbed 14 boards for his sixth consecutive game with 30+ points.
But Raymond Felton's three was needed for the Knicks (14-9) to beat the
CRaptors (8-14) 113-110 and win their 11th of their last 12.
The Teddy Bears (9-14) blew a 15-point lead to the Suns (11-11) and had
only scored 11 in the fourth quarter before this Rudy Gay three put them
into OT. Check out the screen at the basket by Zach Randolph, who had a
34-17 double-double and two baskets off the pick n' roll from Mike
Conley in the final OT minute for the Memphis 104-98 win.
The Imperial Lakers (16-6) beat the Staples Center Red Team 87-86 with Derek Fisher driving hard
The Bucks (8-13) beat the Pacers (10-10) 97-95
thanks to Andrew Bogut muscling in for the inbound lob that featured
one of the defensive blunders that make me wanna barf every time. Why
the hell is Darren Collison trailing Brandon Jennings? Doesn't the coach
tell him Jennings is never getting the inbound. Does Collison really
think Jennings is targeted for an elbow jumper with 0.5 seconds on the
Here's all four in one video clip:
- LeBron James had 33 points and nine assists to go with Dwyane Wade's 28 points as the Heat (15-8) shot 51.2% to beat the Jazz (16-7) 111-98 in Utah. More important, the Heat dominated the glass 42-28 with a 24-8 advantage in second chance points to trump Utah's 58 points in the paint. Miami's won six straight. They're tied with Orlando in the win column, but two behind in the loss column to keep them one game back from the division lead, but they stay a game-and-a-half in front the Bulls for the # seed.
- The Spurs (18-3) beat GSW (8-14) 111-94 in San Antonio. Predictable. So what, right? It was the 25th consecutive GSW loss in San Antonio. Six Spurs scored in double figures -- none of whom are named Tim Duncan, as he played less than 18 minutes.
- Loose balls are big in the box score under turnovers, rebounds, and steals, but they're loose balls, nonetheless. Chances are a lot of guys get their hands on the ball before a new possession begins. Zach Lowe tackled the question of how these are scored in a great post.
- Owners quickly struck down a proposal by the NBAPA Wednesday. "I don't think it's so much about what the players propose," one
management source told CBSSports.com this week, upon being informed of
the details of the players' proposal. "It's about what they're
willing to accept. How much pain are they willing to accept?" That's nice.
- Seref Yalcin, general manager of the Turkish club Besiktas, says he was told by Shaq,
"I want to be champion this season with Boston. But I'm coming to
Turkey next year." Yalcin recently signed Allen Iverson to a two-year
deal to play for the team.
Also: Rob Mahoney asks, "What Makes an NBA All-Star?" and addresses a recent ESPN post supporting Shaq as an All-Star in 2011. On being an All-Star, I agree those center candidates in the East are isolated to "Dwight Howard, Al Horford, Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah and Andrew Bogut." Remember that there are rarely -- if ever? -- more than two active centers on an All-Star Team.
- Yesterday, I linked to an article about the recent BYU study showing a correlation between referee calls and racial bias. Wednesday, Henry Abbott went deeper with the Newspeak from the league itself and research conducted by Malcolm Gladwell. The issue a "human -- not NBA -- issue."
- Getting back to FAIL, Antoine Walker straight-up airballed a free throw... in a friggin' D-League game.
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