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 →
LEBRON AND WADE HAVE SEASON-HIGHS TO PROPEL MIAMI TO WIN IN DOUBLE OT; INDIANA MAKE IT FIVE STRAIGHT WHILE THE BULLS FALL BACK
Miami Heat (41-14) needed two periods of overtime to record their TWELFTH straight victory after beating the Sacramento Kings (19-39) 141-129 in a thriller. LeBron James posted his first 40 point game of the season and dished out a career-high 16 assists with Dwayne Wade a grateful recipient on his way to a season-high 39 point haul while Ray Allen chipped in with 21 points on 5-10 shooting from beyond the arc. For the Kings, Marcus Thornton had a season-high 38 points off the bench with 8-12 from long range and DeMarcus Cousins added a 24p/15r double-double but couldn’t prevent a SIXTH consecutive defeat.
Miami trailed at the half and at the end of the third but a bright spell in the fourth gave them a 105-96 advantage with four minutes on the clock. Thornton made a trio of triples and a lay-in from Cousins with 8.5 seconds left was enough to take the game beyond regulation at 112. Thornton drained another shortly followed by a three from Isaiah Thomas to make it a one point game before LeBron split his free throw attempts and the game was extended further at 124. The reigning MVP took over in the double-overtime with 11 points to take him to 40 as the Heat outscored Sacramento 17-5 in the second period.
Chicago (32-25) have now lost SEVEN of their last ten as they fell to a 101-98 defeat at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-38). Carlos Boozer (27p) and Luol Deng (26p) led the hosts with a combined 53 points but a 25 point haul from Dion Waiters in the absence of Kyrie Irvingcarried the Cavs to the win. Meanwhile, the LA Clippers (41-18) powered past the Charlotte Bobcats (13-44) 106-84 as Blake Griffin led the way with a 24p while Chris Paul provided 13 assists.
STAT: It was the 24th time this season CP3 has dished out 10+ dimes in a game.
Indiana Pacers (36-21) maintained second spot in the Eastern conference with their FIFTH win in a row after seeing off the Golden State Warriors (33-24) 108-97 despite a 38 point haul from Stephen Curry. A strong third quarter (31-20) set the platform for the victory and the home side were led by 28 points from David West while Paul George and George Hill combining for a further 44. Brooklyn Nets (34-24) moved past New York Knicks in the win column with a 101-97 on the road in New Orleans despite some late resistance from the Hornets (20-38). Deron Williams had a big night with 33 points and EIGHT assists while Grievis Vasquez led the hosts in points, rebounds and assists with a 20-8-7 performance.
STAT: Deron Williams matched his season-high points tally he also recorded against OKC in early December.
Dirk Nowitzki had a huge 21p/20r double-double in vain for the Dallas Mavericks (25-31) as the Milwaukee Bucks (27-28) picked up the 95-90 win on the road. Monta Ellis had a game-high 22 points to keep the Bucks in the final play-off position ahead of the Toronto Raptors. Minnesota (20-34) had a strong second-half comeback to take their game with Phoenix into overtime but fell short as the Suns (19-39) came out with an 84-83 victory. Orlando Magic (16-41) recorded a surprise 98-84 win on the road in Philadelphia as the 76ers (22-33) suffered a sixth straight defeat.
STAT: Larry Sanders scored 10+ points for the sixth straight game for the first time this season whilst continuing to lead the league in blocks with an average of 3.16 a game.
The King amongst Kings: check-out LeBron’s season-high night against Sacramento: (NBA)
JOHNSON COMES UP CLUTCH TWICE FOR THE NETS; SAN ANTONIO ROLL ON WHILE BOSTON FALL IN DENVER
Joe Johnson forced overtime with a 3-pointer in the dying seconds then hit the game winner in the extra period to fire the Brooklyn Nets (32-22) to a 113-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks (26-26). Johnson tallied 24 points, five rebounds and five assists with Brook Lopezand Deron Williams adding a further 19 each while Brandon Jennings produced a game-high 34 points for the visitors. The Nets looked in command during the first half and opened up a 61-51 advantage after two quarters before Milwaukee battled back in the third to take the lead after outscoring their opponents 30-19 during that period. The Bucks enjoyed their highest lead of the night at 92-87 before a tight finish ensued. Brooklyn edged ahead by a single point with 20 seconds on the clock only for LarrySanders to wipe out the lead with a tip shot and Jennings then added two points from the line to make it 105-102. With the clock expiring Johnson fired in a three with 1.3 seconds to go to send the game beyond regulation. Keith Bogans tied the game at 111 with a triple for the Nets before Johnson sealed the game with a mid-range jumper with a second remaining.
San Antonio Spurs (43-12) made it four consecutive wins on the road with a 108-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings (19-36) inspired by a stellar display from Tony Parker. The French international finished with 30 points and also provided 11 assists for his team-mates with Danny Green (21) and Kawhi Leonard (15) the main beneficiaries while Tim Duncan narrowly missed out on a double-double with nine points and 14 boards. The Spurs raced out to a double digit lead early on after a Manu Ginobilli three made it 23-15 which became 28-19 after twelve. The next two quarters were shared in terms of scoring despite the visitors’ lead peaking at 14 points the gap remained at nine heading into the fourth. The Kings reduced their arrears to five points only for the Spurs to respond with a 7-0 burst to seemingly seal the game. However, Marcus Thornton netted EIGHT unanswered points in quick succession to make it a three-point game with less than a minute to play. San Antonio managed to hold on after Ginobilli added a free throw to follow a lay-up from Parker.
Toronto Raptors (22-26) continued their push for the play-offs with their FIFTH straight win after defeating the Washington Wizards (15-37) 96-88 in the capital. The first quarter was the main difference between the sides as the visitors opened up a 27-19 advantage with the next three played out evenly. Rudy Gay has been influential for the Raptors since his move from Memphis and top scored with 24 points, along with DeMar DeRozan, and dished out eight assists while the game-high honours went to Bradley Beal after his 25 point haul. Charlotte Bobcats (13-40) eased to a 105-92 win on the road against the Orlando Magic (15-38) in a game which pitted the two worst records in the Eastern conference.
Boston Celtics (28-25) were left to rue a poor third quarter as they were defeated 97-90 by the Denver Nuggets (34-21). Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari combined for 52 points while BBVA Rising Stars MVPKenneth Faried dominated the glass with 16 rebounds. Memphis (34-18) made it four wins in a row to remain fourth in the Western standings after a 105-91 victory against the Detroit Pistons (21-34). Chicago’s All-Stars combined to give the Bulls (31-22) a 96-87 win in New Orleans (19-35). Luol Deng top scored with 20 points while Joakim Noah had an impressive stat-line of 15 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and three blocks.
STAT: It was the 11th time this season that Joakim Noah has collected 15+ rebounds in a single game.
Utah Jazz (31-24) enjoyed a 115-101 triumph over the Golden State Warriors (30-23) despite a 29 point haul from Stephen Curry and in the final game Portland (25-29) fell to a 102-98 defeat at home to the Phoenix Suns (18-36). Goran Dragic had a career-high 18 assists as well as 16 points to inflict a sixth straight loss on the Trail Blazers, who were led by the trio of J.J Hickman, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge who combined for 72 POINTS.
Check-out the heroics of Joe Johnson in Brooklyn with two clutch shots against the Bucks: (NBA)
Featured Game of the Night- LA Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets
The Lakers recorded an important win in their play-off push; beating the Nets 93-82 in Brooklyn. Brook Lopezhad a game-high 30 points as well as 11 rebounds for the hosts but a 21 point haul from Kobe Bryant helped LA to the win. The Lakers were already without Dwight Howard (shoulder injury) and Metta World Peace (suspension) when Pau Gasol went off injured in the fourth quarter and was reported to have left the arena on crutches. The second quarter proved pivotal as the Lakers outscored their opponents 31-16 and managed to restrict Brooklyn to just 34.1 % from the field on the night. Lopez had given the Nets a one point lead with 2:33 to go but the visiting Lakers closed out the win with a 10-0 run containing 4/4 from the free throw line from Steve Nash– who finished with 17 points and 8 assists. Earl Clark has seen his playing time increase in 2013 and has justified the reward; adding a third straight double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. LA improve to a 23-26 record after making it three consecutive victories while Brooklyn drop to 28-20 which leaves them fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Rockets were on fire in Houston (27-23) with a blistering 23 3-pointers equalling an NBA record in a comprehensive 140-109 victory at home to the Golden State Warriors (30-18). The hosts had a total of EIGHT players in double-figures and were led by Jeremy Lin‘s 28 points whilst he also provided nine assists. Both teams set the tone for a high-scoring game in the opening quarter which was edged by Houston– 38-37. By the half, Houston maintained their high level of offence to lead 77-62 on their way to posting the highest score of the season.
In the three other matches; Denver (31-18) made it SEVEN consecutive wins with a 112-104 success against the Milwaukee Bucks (25-22). The Nuggets outscored their opponents 33-18 in the final quarter to get the victory despite a 35 point, 12 rebound double-double from Samuel Dalembert. PhoenixSuns (17-32) picked up a 96-90 win on the road at Memphis (30-17) with the Grizzlies‘ All-Star Zach Randolph posting 21 points and 13 boards. Finally, the Pacers (30-19) got the W again with a home 114-104 victory against the Atlanta Hawks (26-21). All of Indiana‘s starters had double-figures as well as D.J Augustin and Ian Mahinmi off the bench with Paul George leading the way with a 29 points personal.