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A guy like Keith Thomas who can board would've really helped St. John's against this huge Gonzaga front line. Zags lead 40-33
Giannis at 5 spot as Ersan checks out.
After going 4-for-12 in the first half, Klay Thompson is the first Warrior back on the court to take warmup shots for the second half.
Westbrook has played a part in 10 of first 11 points with 4 pts, 3 assists. Beyond exciting watching him play.
Dinwiddie jacks up a three. Van Gundy barks to no one in particular, "Ball movement"
Clippers offense is really struggling right now - 1/4, 3 turnovers to start the game.
Gonna go out on a limb and suggest that the glove, padding and tape job on Russ Westbrook's right hand ain't bothering him much
Westbrook super juiced. After that spectacular drive, he went downcourt and looked at Fisher but Fisher didn't return look.
Thunder has 11 points in the first four minutes. Russell Westbrook has scored or assisted on 10 of them.
Russell Westbrook is dominating this game early on. He's scored or assisted on 10 of the Thunder's first 11 points. Thunder 11, Knicks 5.
Brandan Wright is very good.
The officiant should have prayed for the Knicks.
So, I'm going to safely infer Gay and Collison will play tonight vs. Spurs. Coach Malone said they were game-time decisions.
Russell Westbrook looks ok.
Both Rudy Gay and Darren Collison are in the warm-up line and they're both on the starting lineup from monitor.
3rd deflection --- 2 by Harden.
In a game like this, Monmouth is going to rue the amount of times it has turned the ball over.
Drummond with 8 and 9 boards already. You wonder if a 20-20 is in store
Rockets open with Black, instead of Motiejunas, on Griffin. Might be to help keep Motiejunas out of foul trouble. Need big minutes from him.
HOLIDAY SPLASH 3!
The Pelicans have a shooter's lineup in now with Jimmer, Ryan Anderson, Jrue all spotting up and Tyreke Evans running the show.
That's a big boy post move by Paul!
Brice Kofane now has 10 blocks in the last two games
Lot of good options to choose from, but I think Westbrook is my favorite player to watch. Never know whats gonna happen when he has the ball
West for quick points and two quick fouls. Scola in for him.
Extended PT early on for Kent Bazemore
Rockets have two deflections (one steal) in Clippers' first 3 possessions.
Westbrook looks terrific early. No rust. Just speed.
Raps offence is all kinds of out of sync right now, although part of it is Lou downgrading from God mode.
Monty Williams doing the right thing - playing his reserves and trying to see who has the hot hand. Jimmer Fredette is in the game now.
Madison Square Garden floor just shook when Przemek Karnowski hit the ground with authority.
Make it three possessions, three Westbrook assists.
Two Thunder possessions, two buckets set up by Russell Westbrook. Thunder are playing with a previously unseen pace.
Mo said today was first day he picked up a ball since Saturday, said there's a good chance he'll be a quick sub-out tonight
Russell Westbrook to Steven Adams for a dunk to start this one off. Those two had great preseason chemistry.
Good job here by Monmouth of hanging in when it looked like Maryland was really going to drop the hammer up 16 late in the first half.
Mavs shot 4-for-31 from 3pt range in their OT win over NY Wednesday. They're 4-for-4 tonight
Raptors fans don’t love everybody, apparently. Some top 5 list goes up on screen, Bargnani and Bosh booed, Calderon, MoPete cheered.
Russell Westbrook flexing that right hand/brace like it's bionic. Which we shouldn't rule out.
All five Thunder starters went over to Derek Fisher for a hug/handshake right before tipoff.
Russell Westbrook just went over and hugged Derek Fisher.
Maryland leads, 38-30, at the under-16 with Josh James shooting when we come back. Hawks have brought the tempo of this thing to a halt.
Our 3 point guards: 7/10 shooting, 14 points, 4 assists
Dirk Nowitzki hit the 1500th 3-pointer of his career with 7:26 left in 1Q tonight in Toronto
Raptors took an early 10-0 lead, Mavs went on a 26-11 run after Carlisle timeout and lead by 5 after 1Q
1) Crowder flopped; 2) Lou used his off arm to clear out.
Dudley with 5 quick points early in second.
An utter disastrous start in the second. 9-2 run by the Hawks. 25-15 timeout.
Big cheers for David West during pre-game intros ahead of his season debut tonight...
After that hot start, Raps cooled off considerably and lost Lowry temporarily with foul trouble. Down 26-21 after a quarter.
Tom Washington, Ben Taylor and Josh Tiven are the people who will be fielding complaints from players and coaches tonight.
Completely different energy and feel in the arena tonight. Wonder why...
Hornets 55, Warriors 49 (half) Speights 9 pts, Curry 8 pts/4 ast, Thompson 8 pts, Green 6 pts/4 reb, Bogut 4 pts/4 reb/4 ast; Roberts 14 pts
Mavs lead 26-21 after a q. Mavs have hit all four of their three-point attempts.
Russell Westbrook just raced through the introduction line faster than any player I've ever seen. Think he's excited to be back?
Circus shot by Deon Jones in transition and Monmouth is suddenly within six.
That is the way you start a quarter
Halftime: Hornets 55, Warriors 49. Hornets shot 49 percent that half.
Jae Crowder with the 3, then draws a charge.
Rousing cheer for Fisher during introductions, even though nobody prayed for him during the invocation.
Giannis made a really, really nice play and people didn't lose their minds about it. New level.
Underrated aspect of Giannis and Jabari's games: 19-year-olds who are comfortable going left and finishing with their off hands.
Fisher gets really nice applause/ovation here in OKC. Played two years here before becoming NYK coach.
Large pregame ovation from the Thunder crowd for Derek Fisher.
Victor Oladipo, the first Magic player introduced as a starter, received some nice applause from the Indiana crowd.
Warriors throw in Steph for last possession of the half.
Kendall Marshall and Jerryd Bayless in to start second quarter.
Huge applause for Derek Fisher as he's introduced as coach of the Knicks. Serge Ibaka even clapped.
Nobody should be jumping at an Aminu 3. Contest, but on balance.
Derek Fisher received a long and loud ovation when he was introduced pregame in the building he called home the last couple of years.
Rockets have same starters -- Motiejunas, Black, Ariza, Harden and Canaan -- for a third-consecutive game for the first time this season.
Derek Fisher gets introduced and gets a big standing ovation.
Stephen Curry checking back in for the Warriors' final possession.
Justin Robinson is doing a really nice job of getting into the lane and finding the open man.
Low scoring first quarter for both teams - Hawks leading Pelicans 19-15. Anthony Davis has taken four shots and has scored 5 points.
19-15 to start the game, Hawks lead after one quarter. Pels looking unsure of themselves on offense. Nice couple of D sequences at the end.
End of one: Pistons 29, Bucks 25. Augustin has 9 for Detroit; Sanders with 6 for Milwaukee.
During the pre-game prayer in OKC, the officiant prayed for Russell Westbrook's recovery
Wasn't just a fan -- officiant probably more accurate.
During the pregame invocation here at the arena, the officiant prayed for Russell Westbrook.
Is there such thing as a fast-paced 19-15 quarter? That's what the first quarter felt like.
Rookie point guard Russ Smith is now in the game for the Pelicans. I think this guy can make an impact if he gets minutes.
Jennings is no slouch, either, so I wouldn't call the trade a franchise blunder by any stretch.
An OKC fan led the pregame prayer at the arena. Finished it by praying that Westbrook heals quickly in his return
Dude doing the pregame prayer: "We are thankful for a quick healing of Westbrook." Gets laughs from the crowd.
At the end of 1Q: Hawks 19, Pelicans 15
Well, the Raps will have to keep up for the rest of the half without Lowry. Should be insightful.
So impressive the way Knight now splits those double teams. Yes, I know the Pistons traded him, why they did and for who...
Vasquez in for Lowry, who has 3 early fouls. Second foul came on a charge - looked like Monta flopped
Raptors fans give Jalen Rose a a warm welcome back.
Great defensive set ruined by John salmons falling for a pump fake. Ryan Anderson lays it up on other end. 19-15 Hawks.
Standing O for Jalen Rose. Beginning to think this city just likes standing Os
They're doing a video tribute right now for Jalen Rose. He's getting a standing ovation now.
Monty Williams is really going deep into his bench tonight. Russ Smith has entered the game.
Bad news for Raps: Lowry picks up his third foul, still 2:56 remaining in the 1stQ
Kyle Lowry has 3 fouls. Did someone NOT tell Dwane Casey he had 2? It's 2:56 left in the 1st period.
Kyle picked up his third foul still three minutes to go in the quarter.
Sixteen of Hornets' 19 baskets tonight were assisted. That's pretty good ball-movement.
Remember those pick-rolls Knight would try to split but couldn't? Well, he's doing it now. Dropped it to Jabari for a dunk
And Lowry just picked up his third foul in silly fashion.
Knight with the nice split and finds Jabari running the baseline for the slam. 22-18 Pistons.
Raps offence has gone cold since start. Mavs lead 17-15.
The LOU chants are a soft whisper at the moment but I think they will get louder throughout the course of this game!
Well, shit yeah?
Monroe can't get the ball on offense so he has to take it from Ersan, follows with a layup.
Jump shots by Kemba and Big Al give Hornets a 47-41 lead with Steph Curry done for the half.
The Pelicans shooting woes from their last outing have continued. They are 4 for 15 from the field, including 0 for 3 on 3-pointers.
It's clear this Pistons team isn't smart enough to exploit inside advantages. In comes Butler for Drummond
16-11 with the technical shot by Davis. 3:04 left in the first.
Sanders picks up second foul and Ilyasova in at 5 spot.
Brian Roberts is 5-of-5 for 14 points.
Oh boy, Rivers air balls a wide open three...
Lakers social media going next level http://t.co/H1Qr49ykId
Stephen Curry picked up his third personal foul with 4:27 to go in the half, and he'll head to the bench.
Pels pick and roll defensive word continue. Teague walks into the lane with Holiday expecting help from his right.
Third foul on Stephen Curry for tripping Kemba Walker. Takes a seat.
The Pelicans will miss Eric Gordon more than many observers want to believe. With this roster, it will be hard to find his replacement.
Sophomore G Rysheed Jordan is carrying St. John's offensively now, hit a nice reverse layup there with spin and has 13 pts.
This Gonzaga team has NBA talent all over its roster
All you really want Rivers doing tonight is to play good defense on Korver (tough) and to hit catch and shoot threes.
13-0 Pistons run and they lead Bucks 14-6.
Bucks missing midrange jumpers and Pistons scoring from everywhere in 13-0 run. 14-6 Detroit and Kidd wants a TO.
Pistons respond after timeout with a 13-0 run. Now Kidd calls a timeout as Bucks trail 14-6.
Amir Johnson now 5-for-12 from three this year.
Something that the Pels are doing to counter defenses sagging off Tyreke is the get entry pass on the elbow. Forces defender to commit.
13-0 run from the Pistons to take 14-6 lead. Drummond dominating the boards. They need this win in the worst way
There is an Air Guitar contest going on at halftime. Either the best or worst thing ever.
7-0 Mavs run coming out of the timeout (Dirk with 5). Amir answers with a 3-ball
DeMar is holding his right wrist after falling awkwardly.
This Gonzaga team is big -- 6-10, 6-10, 7-1 -- and deep. Not skipping a beat w/o Perkins, leading St. John's 29-26 in a good one at MSG
Austin Rivers hasn't gotten off to the type of start he had hoped for, missing his first four shots. Hawks lead 10-8 with 5:09 left in 1Q.
Jeff is on pace to shoot 100% for the game.
Back-to-back treys from Ross and Lowry, then the two connect on a Lowry-to-Ross lob. 10-0 start for Toronto, 3 minutes in. Mavs timeout
Rivers missing everything right now. Making shots look more difficult than they need to be.
Austin Rivers off to a 0-for-2 start from the field. Just missed a reverse layup.
Somebody told the Raptors the first quarter was the fourth tonight, apparently.
Quirky Pacers stat - Ian Mahinmi & Roy Hibbert are the league's two most improved defensive rebounders: http://t.co/XbD7VWc36d
Raps out to a 10-0 lead on Mavs. Raps' crowd, as usual, at full volume.
Hawks zone proved effective, but not nearly enough offense to rock with a team like this for 40 minutes. Melo Trimble leads all with 11
Great post defense by Davis. Didn't go for the pump fake. Millsap passed out of it.
What a start by the Raptors. Remember Dwane Casey was on the hot seat not that long ago?
Jabari is matched up on Greg Monroe to start game. Sanders brings out the hook and gives Bucks a 6-1 lead. Quick timeout for Van Gundy.
That DeMarre cross got the oooos and ahhhhs of everyone.
Halftime: Maryland 32, Monmouth 22. Max DiLeo for 3 right before the horn puts Monmouth at 7-for-20 from the field in that first half
Make it 10-0 after Lowry feeds Ross with a lob that Ross acrobatically lays in. 10-0.
JV recognizes double quickly, kicks it back out, and ball swings across floor to Ross for a 3. Nice. 8-0 Raps.
Davis rattles in the jumper. Then steals the ball at the other end.
Warriors had five offensive rebounds first quarter. That's the kind of breakdown Hornets can't afford.
Amir with the Raptors first bucket and a strong contest on Dirk's jumper to begin the game. Raps beed a big night from him
Mark Cuban took Rick Carlisle’s Dwane Casey praise up another level. Story later. Cuban helped get Casey hired in Toronto with recomendation
Always wondered how good a prime Arvidas Sabonis would've been in the NBA. His kid is a heck of a talent at Gonzaga
2nd 3 for Hairston. Guess the thumb isn't a problem.
That was one heck of a pass from Kevin Pangos to Domantas Sabonis.
It's funny to see people in Steph Curry Warriors jerseys cheering for the Hornets while Curry is on the bench.
Pelicans starters vs Hawks: PG Holiday, SG Rivers, SF Evans, PF Davis, C Asik Hawks: PG Teague, SG Korver, SF Carroll, PF Millsap, C Horford
Hairston with a 3.
Fireworks just went off in Air Canada Centre. It may get a bit smokey in here.
Northern Touch is a new touch for Raptors intro.
Northern Touch back.
Folks here who are smarter than me, told me that even though the Maple Leaps haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967, this is a hockey town.
Assistant coaches at work: Coach Messina passing to Manu Ginobili, Coach Hammon passing to Boris Diaw in pregame shootaround.
I like the Raptors ‘90s nights way too much. A little Mystikal right now.
Ultimately, Pelicans are going have to address their production problem at the backup small forward spot. It's a band-aid fix for now.
Now I know why Mark Few has been raving about Silas Melson. Kid looks terrific thus far.
End of first: Warriors 28, Hornets 24.
Maryland leads, 26-14, at the under-4 with Melo Trimble going to the line. The 5-star recruit has 9 on 3-for-4 shooting from deep.
Lance is making Biz look like a scorer tonight.
The Warriors' bench erupts as Brandon Rush gets his first three-pointer of the season to fall.
Hornets giving up far too many offensive rebounds tonight.
Deon Jones has 7 on 3-for-3 shooting so far. Monmouth not getting much else offensively as the rest are a combined 2-for-10 shooting.
Biz fouls Marreese Speights on a long 2, which is seldom a good decision.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few has taken freshman Silas Melson out of his redshirt with the injury (broken jaw) to Josh Perkins. Melson more of a 2.
This GSW-CHA 1st quarter has featured 2 of my favorite pick-and-roll passes of the season, by Curry & Stephenson.
It turns out Kevin Pangos could have entered witness protection just by growing a goatee and his hair out.
Lance with a lob pass to Biz for an easy dunk.
No pressure on Boise State tomorrow night: Fiesta Bowl vs. Poinsettia Bowl.
Ranking of North American national anthems: 1. O Canada 2. Himno Nacional Mexicano 3. Star Spangled Banner
I don't know what that looked like on TV, but Jake Layman drove and Brice Kofane sent it to the first row
Nice pass from Lance Stephenson to Cody Zeller for a dunk.
SABONIS for Gonzaga has his dad's footwork. and only a freshman. he is on espn2 if wanna check him out
That's my fault. Last foul was not on Kofane. He remains on the floor with his two
OKC still has to go 44-22 the rest of the way to get to 48 wins, which might not even be enough for the 8 seed in the west.
Domantas Sabonis showing his skill level in the post. Plays so hard -- just needs to stay out of foul trouble.
Steve Clifford draws a technical. His first of the season.
Brandon Rush is the first guy off the bench. I wonder if Kerr will limit Iguodala's minutes after a back-to-back set.
P.J. Hairston first off the bench for Hornets tonight.
Adjust your fantasy teams accordingly
Gay and Collison now listed as probable
If there's a game set up for the Pistons to win, it's this one. No Pachulia, no Henson. Only Larry Sanders and Ilysova as bigs
Monmouth has gone zone against Maryland, which has more guys who can bang jumpers than West Virginia
Behold, the reach of Obekpa ... http://t.co/MJaSKSEXPk