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KG, The Truth and the Jet traded to Brooklyn

KG, The Truth and the Jet traded to Brooklyn

BROOKLYN BOLSTER ARSENAL WITH AK47 AND BOSTON TRIO

Brooklyn have confirmed the incredible trade with Boston that sees the Nets sign Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce AND Jason Terry as the Celtics exodus continues.

As well as the explosive trio,  the Nets also picked up the deadly Russian Andrei Kirilenko from Minnesota as Jason Kidd‘s tenure in charge of the Nets starts boldly.

Part of the trade saw Brooklyn give up Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and potentially in 2017. The blockbuster trade has raised Brooklyn‘s chances of a strong season and it has excited their team owner.

“With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch, and tough to compete against.”

Mikhail Prokhorov admitted that the basketball gods have smiled on the Nets. Continue reading

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Game Night! Toronto @ NY Knicks

KNICKS FALL FURTHER BEHIND MIAMI; SAN ANTONIO LEAVE IT LATE & BOSTON EDGE LOW-SCORING THRILLER

Toronto (21-32) continued their winning streak with a 92-88 success over the NY Knicks (32-18). Heading into the game, Rudy Gay and Carmelo Anthony were the form players for their respective sides but had a poor shooting night with Gay 4-21 for 11 points and ‘Melo’ 5-24 for 12. Instead the Raptors were led by Alan Anderson‘s 26 points from the bench while J.R Smith top scored for the Knicks with a game-high 28 points. New York jumped out to an early lead and had an 18-14 advantage despite a late three from Anderson before the gap reached double-digits following a trio of triples from Steve Novak. Anderson got the Raptors back on track with two more of his own and the deficit had been halved by half-time at 42-37. Yet another three from Anderson late on in the third gave Toronto a lead they would relinquish. The visitors began to pull away in the fourth but a trey from Anthony made it a one possession game only for Toronto to seal the win from the free throw line despite two late triples from Smith.

STAT: Anderson made 6/8 from 3-point range for a career best night from beyond the arc while DeMar DeRozan made 10/10 from the FT line.

San Antonio (42-12) snatched a 96-95 victory in Cleveland in the dying seconds as Kawhi Leonard fired in a 3-pointer to deny the Cavaliers (16-37). Tony Parker top scored with 24 points as the French international returned alongside fellow All-Star Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobilli. Cleveland opened up an 8-2 lead which became 22-21 at the end of the first before extending that advantage at the half to 54-46. The visiting Spurs tied the game with the first eight points when play resumed and took the lead at 62-60. The hosts responded and regained the lead before seeing a five point advantage wiped out in the closing stages. Dion Waiters went to 20 points with a late basket to make it 95-93 with ten seconds remaining before Leonard‘s winner.

Boston (28-24) defeated Chicago (30-22) 71-69 in a game where both teams shot a sub-standard 36% from the field. Brandon Bass top scored for the Celtics while Kevin Garnett added a 12-11 double-double and Joakim Noah had 16 rebounds for the visiting Bulls. Chicago outscored their opponents 13-8 in the third period to establish a six point advantage heading into the fourth. Bass started a 10-0 run for the Celtics, in the fourth, with consecutive baskets as the momentum swung in favour of the hosts. Monta Ellis had a 27 point haul to lead the Milwaukee Bucks (26-25) to a 94-92 win against the Philadelphia 76ers (22-29). Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson combined for 41 points in another close-fought game as the Utah Jazz (30-24) earned a 97-93 win on the road in Minnesota against the Timberwolves (19-31).

A blistering opening quarter powered the LA Clippers (38-17) to a 106-96 victory at home to the Houston Rockets (29-26). Blake Griffin had a double-double of 20 points and 11 boards and Chris Paul had 10 points and 11 assists against a Rockets side without James Harden. The hosts raced out of the blocks to open up an incredible 46-28 lead after the opening 12 minutes with Caron Butler scoring 17 of his 19 points in that period. The lead peaked at 23 points in the second as Jamal Crawford added eight points early on before Chauncey Billups fired in two 3-pointers. Houston salvaged some pride in the second half as they managed to outscore the Clippers 47-37 to cut the losing margin to ten points.

STAT: LA Clippers‘ 46 points in the first quarter was one short of their best total in a quarter (47).

Washington (15-36) saw their four game win-streak end in Detroit as the Pistons (21-33) won 96-85. Jose Calderon had a season-high 24 points including 6/9 3-pointers while Will Bynum added a 20 point haul to halt the Wizards‘ charge. Josh Smith inspired a dominant Atlanta Hawks (29-22) win with a 30 point haul in the 108-76 thrashing at Orlando Magic (15-37). Indiana (32-21) matched NY Knicks‘ win tally for the season with a 101-77 victory at home to the Charlotte Bobcats (12-40). Paul George recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists as the Pacers produced a strong finish to collect a comfortable finish.

STAT: It was the first time this season that George had double-figures in assists as he recorded a triple-double.

Brooklyn Nets (31-22) used a profitable third quarter to carry them to a 119-108 win against the Denver Nuggets (33-21). Despite the defeat, Ty Lawson had 26 points on 5-5 shooting from 3-point range with Joe Johnson and C.J Watson combining for 51 points in the Nets‘ victory. New Orleans (19-34) eased to a 99-63 triumph against the Portland Trail Blazers (25-28) with Anthony Davis posting a 21-11 double-double for the Hornets. In the final game, Dallas Mavericks (23-29) enjoyed a 123-100 win over the Sacramento Kings (19-35) as Vince Carter became the 26th all-time leading scorer in the NBA; passing Larry Bird with a 26 point haul.

STAT: Denver made 12/17 3-pointers (70.6%) while Brooklyn made 16/27 (59.7%)

Check-out Kawhi Leonard‘s game-winner in Cleveland for the Spurs: (NBA)

Game Night! San Antonio @ Chicago

BACK-TO-BACK ROAD WINS FOR SPURS; BOSTON LOSE TO CHARLOTTE & CLIPPERS FINDING THEIR FORM AGAIN

San Antonio (41-12) made it back-to-back road wins with a 103-89 victory against the Chicago Bulls (30-21) to move two games clear of Oklahoma. Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 26 points as the Spurs were without Tony Parker, Manu Ginobilli and Tim Duncan but still managed to get the win.  Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 20 points and 7 assists with the home side out-rebounding their opponents 49-26 with 15 coming from Joakim Noah. Chicago enjoyed an early seven point lead but the Spurs came to life in the second quarter to establish a double-digit lead before powering to victory.

STAT: Chicago made just 2/12 from 3-point range while the visitors shot 50% as they made 8/16.

Boston‘s seven game win streak came to an end as they suffered a 94-91 defeat at home to the Charlotte Bobcats (12-39). Ramon Sessions nailed a late jumper to seal the victory with Byron Mullens producing a huge double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds. Jeff Green led the Celtics (27-24) with 18 points off the bench while KG added a 16-13 double-double. The win is just Charlotte‘s 12th of the season having come close to beating the Lakers last week. Atlanta (28-22) remain ahead of Boston in the Eastern standings after a 105-101 victory on the road in Dallas. Josh Smith led the way for the Hawks with 26 points and 13 rebounds while Dirk Nowitzki had 24 for the Mavericks (22-29).

LA Clippers (37-17) shot an impressive 58% from the field as ‘Lob City’ turned in an impressive performance in Philadelphia. Chris Paul top scored with 20 points whilst dishing out 11 assists with Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford two beneficiaries as they both recorded 20 point games. Nick Young led the 76ers (22-28) with his second-best points tally of the season with 29. Minnesota (19-30) ended their losing streak of eight games with a 100-92 win on the road against Cleveland (16-36). Ricky Rubio reached double-figures in points for the third consecutive game for the first time this season whilst providing ten dimes.

STAT: This was CP3‘s first double-double since Jan.19th v Washington due to being out in recent weeks because of injury.

Indiana (31-21) suffered another overtime heart-break on their home court with Brooklyn (30-22) taking the win on this occasion; 89-94. Brook Lopez had 25 points for the Nets in the absence of Deron Williams while Reggie Evans pulled down an incredible 22 rebounds. Ryan Anderson led the Hornets (18-34) to a 105-86 win in Detroit (20-33) with his third 30+ point game of the season. New Orleans outscored the Pistons in every quarter on their way to a dominant win. The final game saw Washington (15-35) record their fourth straight win, beating Milwaukee (25-25) 102-90 with rookie Bradley Beal producing his NBA best points tally of 28 off the bench.

Watch Blake Griffin’s incredible left-handed slam amongst others as the Clippers turn it up in Philadelphia (NBA):

Game Night! Denver @ Boston

BOSTON NEED SEVEN PERIODS TO DENY DENVER; DYNAMIC HEAT DUO HELP TO BEAT LAKERS

Denver Nuggets (33-19) fought hard to keep their winning streak alive but were beaten in Boston as the Celtics (27-23) continued their revival without Rajon Rondo with a 118-114 victory in triple-overtime. Paul Pierce had a stellar night with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists while Jason Terry added 26 and Kevin Garnett contributed 20 points and 18 rebounds with six points coming in the final period. The visiting Nuggets had five players in double-figures with Ty Lawson producing a game-high 29 points to lead his side. Kenneth Faried missed two free throws in regulation time and Andre Miller missed a lay-up before Lawson sent the game into overtime with a late basket. The teams were tied again at the end of the first and second periods of overtime before Boston sealed the win in triple-OT.

STAT: Doc Rivers’ Celtics are now 7-0 in the absence of Rajon Rondo as they make their way up the Eastern conference standings.

Lebron James and Dwayne Wade combined for 62 points in Miami‘s 107-97 triumph over the LA Lakers (24-28). Heat (34-14)pulled away in the final quarter with Wade scoring 16 of his 30 in the fourth while LeBron finished with a game-high 32. Kobe Bryant led the visiting Lakers with a 28 point haul to go with nine assists with Earl Clark contiuing to be noticed with 18 points while Steve Nash and Dwight Howard each contributed 15. There was nothing between the sides at half-time as they went into the interval all-square at 53 but a seven point burst from LeBron to close the third helped Miami into a 78-73 lead. Wade took over in the fourth scoring nine points a row for his side as they increased their advantage. Lakers closed to within five but that was as close as they were to get with Shane Battier bringing up the Heat century late on from beyond the arc.

STAT: LBJ‘s 32 points made it five consecutive 30+point games to set a new franchise record.

LA Clippers (36-17) defeated the Knicks (32-17) 102-88 in New York despite a 42 point haul from Carmelo Anthony. The visitors had a one point lead heading into the fourth before they powered on to take the victory on the back of 27 points from Jamal Crawford, 25 points and 7 dimes from Chris Paul and a 17-12 double-double from Blake Griffin. Houston (28-25) suffered a 117-111 defeat on the road at Sacramento (19-33) despite James Harden scoring 30 points.

San Antonio (40-12) recovered from their loss to Detroit with a 111-89 win at the Brooklyn Nets (29-22). Tony Parker led the way with 29 points and 11 assists as the Spurs held the hosts to just 29 second half points whilst pouring in 60. Oklahoma (39-12) kept up the heat on San Antonio‘s record with their second comfortable win over the Phoenix Suns (17-35) inside a week with Russell Westbrook’s 24 points helping the City Thunder to a 97-69 blow-out.

Memphis (32-18) enjoyed a 105-88 victory against Minnesota (18-30) with Tayshaun Prince top-scoring with 18 points- his highest tally since joining the Grizzlies from Detroit. Orlando (15-36) snapped their 12-game losing streak with a 110-104 home win against the Portland Trail Blazers (25-26). Rudy Gay top scored for the Toronto Raptors (19-32) once again, as his 20 point haul helped the Raptors to a 102-89 win over the New Orleans Hornets (17-34).

Blake Griffin responds to Tyson Chandler’s throw-down with one of his own: (NBA)

Game Night! Lakers @ Boston

CELTICS CRUSH THE LAKERS IN THE GARDEN

Boston Celtics recorded an emphatic 116-95 victory against their main rivals LA Lakers. Paul Pierce top scored for the home side with 24 points whilst grabbing seven boards and providing six assists. Jeff Green added a further 19 points while Jason Terry and Kevin Garnett had 15 each. KG made NBA history by passing 25, 000 points and stands alone with his unique milestone (25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists and 1,500 steals). The Celtics (26-23) have now won six matches in a row and all of those victories have come since Rajon Rondo was ruled out for the season. LA welcomed back Dwight Howard (injury) and Metta World Peace (suspension) and they were led by a 27 point haul from Kobe Bryant. The Celtics had a dominant third quarter to break away and finished the game shooting 52% from the field while the Lakers only managed 41%.

In the other game in the NBA, Denver (32-18) secured a convincing 128-96 win at home to the Chicago Bulls. Will Chandler was on fire for the Nuggets; top scoring with 24 points on 8-9 FG shooting while Kenneth Faried’s 9-10 shooting from the field helped him to 21 points with Denver making an impressive 58% of their shots on the night. Marco Belinelli was absent for the Bulls (29-20) although Joakim Noah did return.

This is the moment when KG went to 25,000 points in the NBA.