Publish Up: Blazers Blast Cats


by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Kobe Bryant turning into the Lakers all-time scoring chief, scoring 44 to move #44, in Memphis after which developing quick towards the Grizzlies. Fairly positive that’s not how he say that sport going. Giving up the ball to Ron Artest for the ultimate shot wasn’t how I noticed that taking place.

Props to the freaking Grizz. They fought arduous, they performed robust and it was superior to look at Marc go up towards his older bro. It was additionally nice to see Zach Randolph put in one other stable efficiency, scoring 22 factors to go together with 18 rebounds. Mayo going up towards Kobe was additionally enjoyable, pondering of how one grew up watching Kobe and the opposite was praising Mayo’s work ethic when he was right here in Tronto final week.

Nice, nice win for the Grizz. Rudy Homosexual’s three was a fantastic shot in entrance of the Lakers bench. Lester Hudson reaching a career-high in simply 6:06 seconds of taking part in time was superior, too.

I really feel like Kobe’s hit a ton of milestones this season and it’s not even the All-Star break.

In Washington, Robust Juice, Nick Younger and the Wizards hung with the Celtics… for awhile. Within the fourth issues kinda fell aside offensively as they scored simply 10 factors within the quarter, permitting Boston to interrupt away and getthe 99-88 victory. Rajon Rondo had 17 factors and 12 assists, KG scored 19 and Ray Allen added 17 as nicely. Caron was stable for the Wiz with 20 and 11 as Antawn Jamison struggled mightily from the ground, scoring simply eight factors on 2-for-17 fgs.

The Milwaukee Bucks took down the Warmth for the second time in every week,  defeating Miami 97-81, regardless of opening the sport by lacking their first 10 pictures. Dwyane Wade had 23 factors and 6 assists within the sport, however shot simply 7-for-19 from the ground. The Warmth as a staff shot simply 36 p.c. Andrew Bogut had the environment friendly sort of line that I really like a lot. The man scored 22 factors on 10-for-13 subject targets to go together with 11 rebounds. Carlos Delfino added 16 factors and 10 rebounds for the Bucks whereas Japanese Convention rookie of the month, Brandon Jennings had simply 9 factors however eight assists.

In New Orleans, Steve Nash performed by way of an stomach pressure to steer the Suns to the 109-100 victory. Darren Collison continued to kill it as he steps in for Chris Paul, however the Hornets had been unable to beat a second quarter the place they had been outscored 29-15 by the Suns. Nash completed with 18 factors and 12 assists, however the Hornets rookie had his second straight double-double with 16 factors and 14 assists. Fellow rookie Marcus Thornton scored 25 factors, nevertheless it wasnt’ sufficient to beat 25 from Amar’e and 20 off of the bench from Channing Frye.

In Denver with out Melo as soon as once more, Arron Afflalo continued to impress in a 112-109 OT victory. Down 17 within the third quarter, the Nuggets stormed again towards the Kings and within the additional session, it was Afflalo who hit a jumper with 18.4 seconds remaining to present the Nuggets the lead and the sport. Spencer Hawes had 23 factors and seven rebounds whereas Kevin Martin added 22. Kenyon Martin led the Nuggets with 24 factors and 12 boards, Chauncey Billups added 23 factors and 9 assists and Afflalo scored 12 factors, none larger than his ultimate two of the night time.

In Utah, the Jazz and Mavs had an in depth sport till the fourth when Dallas sort of fell aside and Utah jumped on them, creating turnovers and getting second likelihood alternatives, crashing the offensive glass. In addition they outscored the Mavs 27-16 within the ultimate quarter to drag away down the stretch and get the 104-92 victory. Deron Williams had 18 factors, seven rebounds and 15 assists to depart Utah. Paul Millsap scored 25 factors and grabbed 9 boards and CJ Miles added 17 factors off of the bench. Dirk had 28 factors for the Mavs whereas Jason Terry added 19 factors to go together with eight assists within the loss.

In Portland, awesomeness was in full impact, regardless of Stephen Jackson and the Bobcats dropping, 98-79. Sure, it was a blowout, nevertheless it was nonetheless enjoyable. Batum had 15 factors and 9 boards. Andre Miller had eight factors (not fairly 52, hey?) and 9 assists. LaMarcus had 17 and Jerryd Bayless scored 15. Patty Mills even acquired into the sport on the finish! That made me pleased. For the Bobcats, Stack Jack had 23 factors and Gerald Wallace added 17 and 10 rebounds.

Man, the Blazers are only a enjoyable staff to look at. I really like the Bobcats, however Portland simply feels proper. Particularly at house. Their followers could also be taking up Oracle’s for my favourite within the league.

I nonetheless can’t imagine the Lakers misplaced to Memphis. I wasn’t anticipating that. I additionally don’t see Kobe having the persistence along with his teammates to surrender the ultimate shot in one other scenario like that. Agh. That one made me really feel torn. I used to be pleased for the Grizz, however needed Kobe to have a W for his large milestone.


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