Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Around the NBA


The Cavaliers came so close to ending their losing streak, but alas, it continues. Hosting the Pacers, the Cavs erased a 17 point deficit and actually had a 108-107 lead with 2:53 left in the 4th quarter. But Darren Collison would break a 110-110 tie with a huge 3-pointer with a little over a minute to go, and Danny Granger hit 4 free throws in the final minute as the Cavaliers lost their 22nd game in a row, 117-112. This was the 4th time this season the Pacers have beaten the Cavaliers. Cleveland had 6 players in double figures led by Ramon Sessions' 25, but it wasn't enough. The 112 points the Cavs scored were the most they scored in a game since November 5th when they beat Philadelphia 123-116. With 22 straight losses, Cleveland is now 1 away from tying the single-season record for consecutive losses. They will take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night in Memphis to avoid becoming a part of history.


Kevin Love got his 34th double double by the skin of his teeth. Thoroughly outplayed by Zach Randolph who went for 23 points and 13 rebounds, Love needed 6 points in the 4th quarter just to finish with the bare minimum 10 points and 10 rebounds. It was only the 3rd time during his streak that he'd been held to as few as 10 rebounds. His previous low for points during the streak was 11 in a loss to Orlando on January 15th. Rudy Gay chipped in 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Grizzlies who cruised to a 102-84 win over the Wolves. Memphis improved to 26-24 with the win.

40 IS THE NEW 30

The NBA's leading scorer Kevin Durant topped 40 points for the 3rd time in the last 4 games as the Thunder bounced back from their tough loss against Miami on Sunday and defeated the Hornets 104-93. Not coincidentally, Oklahoma City won all three of the games in which Durant went over 40. For the year, the Thunder are 5-0 when Durant scores at least 40 points.


Blake Griffin continued his stellar rookie season by scoring 32 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists in 41 minutes against the Bulls tonight, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls beat the Clippers 106-88 in Los Angeles tonight. Griffin's night could've been even bigger, but he struggled at the line shooting a Shaq-esque 4 for 13. Derrick Rose led the way for the Bulls with 32 points and 11 assists, and Luol Deng chipped in 26 points 6 boards and 5 assists as Chicago won their 6th in a row.

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