Saturday, February 5, 2011

Around the NBA


The Cleveland Cavaliers led at the half 59-52. They even led after 3 quarters 84-83. But they still managed to fall in Memphis as the Grizzlies started the 4th quarter with a 13-0 run, and won by a final sore of 112-105. With the loss Cleveland ties the all-time NBA single season record with their 23rd straight loss., a record they ironically share with the Grizzlies. J.J. Hickson tied a season high with 31 points and added 15 rebounds and Ramon Sessions had 20 points and 11 assists, but as it has been lately for Cleveland, it wasn't enough. Memphis was paced by double-doubles from Zach Randolph (29 pts, 13 rebs) and Rudy Gay (26 pts, 11 rebounds) and Mike Conley added 21 points and 8 assists as the Grizzlies won their 5th in a row.


The NBA announced that it's leading rebounder Kevin Love would be an all-star after all as he was tabbed to be the injury replacement for Houston's Yao Ming. Love is enjoying a breakout year in this his third season in the NBA averaging almost 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds more a game than he did last year. Unfortunately despite his efforts, the Timberwolves continue to lose. Love scored 20 and had 15 boards against Toronto - his 35th straight double-double-, but the Wolves couldn't get it done as the Raptors cruised to a 111-100 win snapping their 13 game losing streak. Italian Andrea Bargnani led all scorers with 30 points.


Up 6 points at home with 2:43 remaining it looked like the Celtics were well on their way to a victory over the Dallas Mavericks, but Jason Kidd had other plans. Kidd buried a 3 with 2.5 seconds left to give Dallas 99-97 lead and Boston threw the subsequent inbounds pass out of bounds giving the Mavericks a 101-97 win and a season sweep over the Celtics. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 29 points and Tyson Chandler added 14 points and 15 boards to lead the way for Dallas. The loss spoiled Kendrick Perkins' first start of the season. Perkins finished with 13 points on 6 of 7 shooting and added 12 rebounds. Ray Allen had 24 points to lead the Celtics. Dallas has now won 7 in a row.


Miami's back to being a good basketball team again apparently having successful put their past struggles behind them. Taking on the Bobcats in Charlotte, Dwyane Wade had his first triple double since 2006 and 4th of his career, leading Miami to a 109-97 win. Wade had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and Lebron James just missed a triple double of his own with 19 points 8 rebounds and 9 assists as Miami won their 5th in a row. Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson each had 25 for the Bobcats who fell to 21-28 with the loss.

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