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If the Pelicans buy out JaVale and a contender doesn't sign him I'm out on Sam Hinkie's plan for good.
But Denver had no answer tonight for New Orleans center Jamaal Magloire.
The Pelicans were without Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday (15.2 ppg) and Ryan Anderson (14.6 ppg).
ALT postgame intro: "Nuggets with a solid effort ... Some great moments ... But in the end, just not quite enough, 99-92 is the final."
Over about 21 minutes with Draymond Green at center, the Warriors outscored Boston by 28 points.
1st time inconsistent UConn beat a ranked team (#21) this year. Boatright added 20. Will probably have to beat them again for NCAA bid.
The Nuggets have lost 10-straight games at home. Two seasons ago, Denver lost three home games total.
Pelicans beat Nuggets, 99-92, at Pepsi Center.
Man. In the 5 games since the All-Star break, including tonight's 5 point showing, Ty Lawson has averaged 9.8 ppg.
Tim Gleason on Alex Ovechkin's two goals: "I probably said at least five or six times, ‘My God, I’m lucky to be on this team.’"
Looks like Pelicans are going to pull it out in Denver, leading 97-88 with 36 seconds remaining.
Jimmer Fredette subbed in for free throw prowess and immediately sinks a pair. Norris Cole adds one more and it's 95-88 at 0:47
New Better Call Saul tomorrow 🙏
Pelicans leading Nuggets, 92-85, with 1:09 remaining in game.
Last year Jazz allowed 109 pts per 100 possessions This year Jazz allow 104 per 100 This month 97 per 100 Since ASB 87 per 100
Pelicans' Omer Asik has 16 rebounds, 14 defensive
Andre Miller said George Karl is being patient right now, but "he'll end up getting revved up in a little bit with his expectations."
Dante Cunningham draws the charge. One of half a dozen sneaky effort plays he’s made tonight.
I very much enjoyed Last Man on Earth.
Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans have combined for 34 points. Each has 17 points vs. Nuggets.
Eric Gordon has made at least two three-pointers in eight straight games. Has knocked down two huge treys in 4Q. NOLA 87-83 at 3:18
Trying to think of a reason Alexis Ajinca has been in this long while Omer Asik sits there on the bench.
Eric Gordon makes another clutch 3-pointer to put Pelicans up 85-80
Great play by Dante Cunningham, who sinks baseline J then gets all way back on D to steal Denver pass for Faried. NOLA 82-80 at 4:25
Pelicans have been outscored 19-7 on fastbreak points. They also have committed 15 turnovers.
Wingstop got into the dubstep game in their commercials.
Eric Gordon makes clutch 3-pointer to put Pelicans ahead 78-75 with 6:07 left in game.
Nuggets have their hands full trying to stop Alexis Ajinca in low post. Has five inches on defender J.J. Hickson. Ajinca 8 pts in 4Q
This was the Rockets halftime act today http://t.co/lIUMOVDDjx
The Warriors in the fourth quarter had one player at least 6-foot-8 play, and that was Harrison Barnes for two minutes.
"We can play against anybody, that's how I feel...I think we've just got to play a full game." - Rudy Gay
Pelicans outscored 14-6 on second-chance points.
Omri Casspi said pain in his left knee is still bothering him in games and practice. Said "it's there all the time."
Nuggets take 73-71 lead vs. Pels on Will Barton's shot with 8:30 remaining in game.
Way too many people are leaving us...RIP one of the ALL TIME greats Gordie Gillespie. A man of character and integrity.
Luke Babbitt (4 pts, 0-2 treys) quiet game but had two 3-pointers wiped out by NOLA offensive fouls away from the ball. Den 73-71 early 4Q
The Will Barton dream is alive.
Jimmer Fredette commits turnover that Burton converts for dunk. Denver cuts lead to 71-69.
Barry Trotz and Curtis Glencross were chatting just outside the Capitals' dressing room.
Lin on recent uptick: "I’m being trusted with the ball. ... I’m being given the minutes and the spacing and the style of play."
Norris Cole said one reason he likes playing with Alexis Ajinca is AA is such a big target. Those two have already had some nice combo plays
Nuggets' Will Burton has 12 points off bench.
Even Kobe thought preseason the offense would be Kobe setting up below FT-line extended and Lin creating on perimeter. Never came together.
Gallo shoots so many of those half court shots just messing around after practices.
Pelicans and Nuggets tied at 65 at end of third quarter. Danilo Gallinari made a halfcourt shot before time expired.
Bad break to end 3Q as Denver's Danilo Gallinari sinks halfcourt shot. It's tied at 65. Nuggets 7/24 on treys but that was a big one
Andre Iguodala on Sixth Man of the Year: "Next year I'm going to get it."
Alexis Ajinca gets his first points of the night with a minute remaining in the third quarter after making two free throws.
Byron Scott: ""All of our bigs got pretty much outplayed tonight."
"The talent is here and I think the guys are going to figure it out soon." - Andre Miller on the Kings
Alexis Ajinca's recent free throws were initially credited to Jimmer Fredette. Those two guys get confused for each other all the time
Tyreke Evans just gets his fourth foul, Jimmer Fredette enters.
Lin: "The ball's basically given to me every single possession of the fourth quarter. ... It's definitely fun to play this style."
Pelicans on 7-2 run to take 58-52 lead in 3Q.
Enes Kanter's first five games with the Thunder: 15.8 points on 57.7 percent shooting, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
Andre Miller on his "old man game" http://t.co/ZkgBpAPrWT
Me: "You're too small, right?" Draymond Green: "I am. Way too small."
Just asked Jeremy Lin if he ever looks at his Twitter mentions. “No. You as well not even send me anything on Twitter.”
Halfway through the third. Pels in the bonus, Faried out with 4 fouls. Asik killing it with 13 rebounds (career high is 17). -CR
Celtics shot just 30 percent in the second half (15-of-50). Woof.
Pelicans leading Nuggets, 51-50 with 5:59 left in 3Q
Kenneth Faried gets his fourth foul. He made 1-of-6 shots for two points.
Draymond Green said he was laughing on the bench when the Warriors were down 26 like Derek Anderson did.
Ben McLemore jammed his finger, was wearing a sleeve on it in the locker room. He said he will be ok.
"I’m fine where I’m at.” -Andre Miller on whether he would like to stay in Sacramento
“That’s the goal, if it’s a 3rd point guard or something where I have some effect on the team.” -Andre Miller on staying w/Kings
Wayne Ellington on career-high assists: “Trying to play better all around.”
Jeremy Lin averaging 17 points and shooting 50% since All-Star Break.
*Horace Grant as someone corrected me said
Harvey Pollack, the NBA's only remaining active original employee, says Wilt Chamberlain is best player in league history. I believe him.
Ed Davis: “Wayne [Ellington] is an underrated passer.”
Under the circumstances, you may have to do something you're not used to. Dante Cunningham has played all but 58 seconds tonight. NOLA 43-41
You watch what Harden did today, then watch D'Angelo Russell tonight, and it starts to seem like he should be the top pick.
OSU's jumbotron puts Michigan's block "M" up while opposing teams are shooting FTs -- even tho OSU is playing Purdue today. Y'all are petty.
Horse Grant sighting in the Lakers locker room
Scott on Westbrook: “I think Russell is more animated than Kobe.“
Byron Scott on Russell Westbrook: "Russell is like our Kobe. He plays like it's his last game every night."
Byron Scott: “Russell [Westbrook] is like our Kobe.”
Byron Scott on Jordan Hill: “Stat wise I thought he played a pretty good game.”
The first post-game question posed to Byron: "Where did this all go wrong?" Dude could spend the next three days talking. AK
Al Jefferson: "I shot 100 percent from 3 tonight."
Byron Scott: “You look at the stats, we should’ve won the game.”
Klay Thompson on the Celtics: "They've improved since the last time we played them. They play real well together."
Steve Kerr said of Draymond Green: "We'll have to get him some rest tomorrow night."
Lance said he's just trying to help his team win, and isn't trying to focus on anything other than that.
Talked to Lance about his shooting woes and he said he still trying to find a rhythm... asked him if he was in his head about it, said no.
Same players said if Lance wasn't putting in the work, things might be different, but he's working and they see that as a team.
Talked to one Hornets players about Lance Stephenson's struggles -- pointed out that it isn't lack of work, its just one of those things.
Losing* streak is over. Because, losing is winning for the Lakers.
Brad Stevens: "We really got swallowed up by that small lineup (but)..u forced the hand of the best team in the league to play it that way."
Chatted with Curtis Glencross, who said he's open to playing wherever Barry Trotz puts him. They'll figure that out in coming days.
Wiggle room has left the building for the Heat. http://t.co/GHac2VIbXV
Isaiah Thomas on the TD Garden crowd tonight: "It was one of those games I used to watch on TV when Garnett and those guys were here."
Pelicans held to 16 points in second quarter.
Pelicans struggled offensively in the second quarter after giving a strong first quarter performance.
Isaiah Thomas on the atmosphere at TD Garden when Celtics built their big lead against Warriors: http://t.co/gebQKLinMI
Thunder beat Lakers 108-101.
Pelicans and Nuggets go into halftime tied at 37.
Jordan Hill made his first career 3-pointer (he was 0-for-12) in garbage time. Fun. Anyway, Lakers lose 108-101.
Love hearing the Chicago L announcements from my hotel room above the station on Adams. Throwback to my college days!
The streak is over.
Most believe Jeremy Lin will head elsewhere in free agency. But if he keeps playing this way, Lakers could consider re-signing him.
Final: OKC 108, LAL 101. Lin had 20, 8 and 6, Ed Davis 10 and 6, Jordan Hill 14 and 12 off the bench. Augustin had 18-5-9, Ibaka 18-14-3.
Jeremy Lin’s post-trade deadline value has gone through the roof. AK
Thunder beat the Lakers 108-101. Augustin 18-8-5, Ibaka 18 and 14 rebounds, Kanter 16-15-5, Lamb 14 (5-8 shooting), Collison 12.
Nuggets have made three consecutive 3-pointers
Nice win for the Thunder without Durant and Westbrook: 108-101 over the Lakers. Next up: Sixers at home on Wednesday.
Lakers lose 108-101 to Thunder, snapping their 3-game winning streak. Jeremy Lin led way w/ 20 points on 7-of-14 clip & 8 assists
Final: Thunder 108, Lakers 101.
Ellington was 6 for 7 last 4th Q, but 0 for 6 tonight. OKC defense was strong in the final period.
Pelicans have scored just three points in almost four minutes.
JORDAN HILL TAKES/MAKES THE THREE. LAKERS DOWN BY SEVEN.
Al Jefferson (2-of-3 from long range this season) says he's waiting for that invitation from the NBA for the 3-point contest.
Jeremy Lin has scored 20 or more only 3x this season. Two of those three have come in the last four games.
Nuggets retake lead 35-34
Time for Dicky V. to get a T.O., baby, and sit down with ESPN execs.
Scott Brooks calls a timeout after the Lakers cut the Thunder's lead down to nine with 34 seconds remaining.
What if Byron had run this much D'Antoni pick and roll for Jeremy Lin before the All-Star break?
Pelicans missing too many shots late in second quarter.
Jeremy Lin's 20 points & 8 assists doesn't do enough justice in capturing how aggressive he has been on both ends of the floor.
Jeremy Lin with a game-high 20 points, but it wasn't enough today.
Lin's adding to his stat sheet late with 5 quick points, getting up to 20 plus 8 dimes and 5 boards, but OKC's a minute from a W.
Pelicans' lead down to 31-29.
Also, LeBron shot 73.2 percent from the line in "clutch situations" in regular season in 4 yrs w/ Miami. Roughly same as overall percentage.
Jeremy Lin continues to attack. 20 points on the night.
Well, I picked the Lakers to beat the Thunders and the Clippers to lose to the Grizzlies and Bulls, so what do I know? Nothing, clearly.
Pelicans applying traps - good deal.
About a week ago, this happened. http://t.co/XNtAaBgr4O
Pelicans are 1-of-9 from 3-point range, but they are leading the Nuggets 31-26 with 5:17 left in 2Q.
Blazers eating In-N-Out in the locker room. A Sacramento tradition.
Jeremy Lin improves his total to a game-high 18 points on that three. Lakers still down by 9. 1:39 left in the fourth.
TJones on Harden, LBJ matchup: "The best players ... want to go at the best and prove it. They did -- and us getting a win proved a lot.”
It appears the Lakers three-game winning streak is coming to an end as the Thunder lead by 14 with 2:25 left.
Isaiah Thomas on the raucous Garden crowd: "That's why you want to be a Boston Celtic."
Thomas on the atmosphere: "it was one of those games I used to watch on TV when Garnett and them were here."
Have always wanted the Wizards to sign Dante Cunningham. Really solid player
WHAT A BLOCK BY SERGE IBAKA ON JORDAN HILL. MY GOODNESS.
Last rebound gives Jordan Hill a double-double on the night with 11 points and 10 boards.
Dante Cunningham has scored on three of the Pelicans' last four possessions.
It's a big hill for LAL to climb, down 10 with 3:36 to play. It's a small, offensive line up with Kelly at 4, Ellington the 3.
Serge Ibaka (13) and Enes Kanter (14) have been crashing the boards tonight. They’ve combined for 27 rebounds. OKC outrebounding LAL 50-44.
Alexis Ajinca, who scored a career-high 24 points against Heat, has missed his first two shots to start the game vs. Nuggets.
LeBron James came into today 10-of-11 in free throws in "clutch" situations this season (last 5 mins, <= 5 pt. differential).
Enes Kanter has been effective inside for OKC all night, with 13 points, 14 boards plus 5 assists (0 blocks or steals). OKC up 101-90.
Jeremy Lamb with 14 points on seven shots in 12 minutes.
Jordan Clarkson with the three, but Lakers trail 101-90 with 3:50 left.
Christian Welp, Washington's all-time leading scorer, died at the age of 51. Seven-foot German native. RIP.
Jeremy Lamb has been terrific tonight. 14 points in 12 minutes on 5-7 shooting.
Evan Turner: "I thought we should've won the game. ... There's no such thing as good losses, but I think we can compete with anybody."
Dion Waiters is a basketball sigh.
Byron said he would stick with hot hand late in games. Clarkson and Kelly replacing Johnson and Davis.
Jimmer Fredette on runner.
Jeremy Lin stringing good games together now. He's up to 15 pts, 8a, 5r with 6 minutes left.
Monty has been relying heavily on eight players lately, but Jimmer Fredette on floor to open 2Q for NOLA. Scores layup for 25-20 lead
Jimmer Fredette enters at start of 2Q.
"M-V-P!' chants for Jeremy Lin.
Serge Iblocka with the Mutombo wag.
Pelicans close out first quarter with 21-16 lead against Denver. They had 16 points scored in the paint.
Two big plays from Jeremy Lamb for OKC, first a block of Ellington into his own and-1 layup, then a 3 to put OKC back up 10. 6:20 to go.
After Sunday’s results, here’s the East: 7. MIA 8. IND 0.5 GB ———— 9. BRK —— 10. CHA —— 11. BOS 1.0 GB 12. DET 2.0 GB
If I lose my fantasy league by one block, I'm coming after Bennie Adams. BK
Jeremy Lin continues his strong play as he is up to 14 points and eight assists as Lakers trail 93-84 with 6:55 remaining in the fourth.
Impressive sequence from Jeremy Lamb. Stuffs Wayne Ellington's 3, and goes coast-to-coast for an and-1.
FINAL: Blazers 110, Kings 99. Gay 24 points, 8 rebs, Miller 12 pts 10 ast. POR: Lillard 31 points, 7 assists. Aldridge 26 points, 15 rebs.
Stevens on no timeout at end: Our guards are smaller…I just felt like 94 feet was better than 25 feet. Thomas said he’d rather go 94.
Ball game: Blazers beat Kings 110-99. Lillard 31pts and 7ast, Aldridge 26pts, 15rebs; Lopez 15pts, 8rebs. Gay 24pts, Williams 18pts for SAC
110-99 Blazers. Damian Lillard closes the door with 9 in Q4, finishes with 31 points, 7 assists, 4 boards.
Jeremy Lin continues to play well since the All Star break, up to 14 points with 8 assists in his 25 minutes. LAL have cut OKC's lead to 6.
Final: 110-99 Blazers. 31 for Lillard with 7 assists. 26 and 15 for Aldridge.
Stevens: "Whatever we were up in the 1st half felt like 3, and 16 at halftime felt like 2 against those guys. They can come back so fast."
Reason P.J. Hairston wasn't on bench: He didn't have a sports coat to conform to NBA dress policy.
Shooting shirts for Los Lakers y El Thunder. http://t.co/M4jOl7aG73
Brad Stevens: “The biggest thing I takeaway: Disappointing loss, but I really like the guys in our locker room.”
Pelicans shooting at 55.6 percent from the field. New Orleans leading Denver, 21-12.
Props to the Bulls for naming their pregame stat packet the "Bullsheet" and postgame notes "Bulletpoints." Now where's my moo-lah?
After 58 games, Lakers are in a position to get a top-five pick in this year's draft. Losing is winning, guys.
Stevens: "I have to look at it objectively, but also subjectively. It's a disappointing loss, but I like the guys in our locker room."
Stevens: "It's a disappointing loss but I really like the guys in our locker room."
Kings show fight but Portland impressively pulls away to win 110-99 behind 31 from Damian Lillard. 26 from LaMarcus Aldridge
Gillard with the coup de grace 110-99 Portland up 110-99 Oakland product has 31 Aldridge 29
LeBron James on Harden kicking him: "That’s not a basketball play and the league will probably take a look at it.”
LeBron James on Harden kicking him: "That’s not a basketball play and the league will probably take a look at it.”
Denver has lost nine straight because they don't play defense.
Wesley Matthews: rim protector
CSN cameras show Curtis Glencross has arrived at Verizon Center. He'll chat with reporters during the second intermission.
Warriors overcame a 26-point deficit to beat Celtics. It's tied for the largest comeback of the season (with Grizzlies' Nov. win over Kings)