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Rockets back on the road after this one. They have Boston Friday and Detroit Saturday.
Rockets and Mavericks play two more times this year- both in Dallas. 2/20 and 4/2
Josh Smith said “We both (Mavs and Rox) came in and gave the fans what they wanted to see tonight."
Wiggins' 12 points don't jump off the sheet tonight. But he locked up Avery Bradley all night and made big plays down stretch in 4th.
Harden had led Rockets in scoring in 9 of 11 gms (Howard in other 2) before Smith led Rockets tonight. Smith also led Rockets Jan. 5 in Chi.
When asked how many rookies he's seen fearlessly taking big shots like Langston Galloway, Melo mentioned the L-word: "Probably Linsanity"
Wizards down 56-39 at half. Have just 5 assists to 6 turnovers, shooting 33.3%. Suns shooting 51.2%, 15 fast-break pts.
Kings were averaging 18.7 turnovers in their previous 6 games ... tonight they had 18.
Tyrone Corbin: "Defensively we’ve got to make sure we communicate and take away what we’re trying to take away." .
The Clippers sweep the season series from the Jazz
You know things were bad when we can say Wizards *only* down 17 at halftime.
Wizards look like they're ready for that bus to the airport or Uber to Scottsdale, whichever their travel plans tonight are.
Linsanity was truly great - but my favorite part was a certain beat writer asking Melo how he'd adjust his game to Lin's style after 4 games
Enes Kanter finished with 21 and 11 rebounds. Derrick Favors had 18 and 9 and 2 blocked shots
In 2015, the Knicks have a better record than the Nets.
I just don't think that you can do major identity shift and change how a team plays during season in any sport and expect instant success
Clippers win 94-89. LAC holds Jazz to just 17 points in the 4th.
Asked center Jason Smith if he knew he was flirting with a triple-double. He cracked an enormous grin, and said he did.
Clippers open 8-gm road trip with 94-89 win over the Jazz in SLC. Played w/o star shooter JJ Redick who sat with back spasms. On to N.Orl.
Can Gerald Green at least be a judge in the dunk contest?
The entire Pro Bowl roster is here tonight. God bless the PA and jumbotron because they all look like a bunch of dudes to me
Funniest part is Melo referred to Jeremy Lin as "Linsanity" and recalled him in a question about rookies - before noting Lin wasn't one.
Once again I prep for a game and love Blake Griffin. Then I have to watch his act for 48 minutes and love is not my emotion at this moment
Wall goes coast-to-coast for layup, but gets up holding and shaking off left wrist.
The Nets still haven't won a home game in 2015. So who cares if they're on the road for the basically all of February?
Panicking in January over a + .600 team not dealing with a major injury issue is premature in the NBA...in my opinion...or not...eff it
Fisher, on Melo: http://t.co/cLsjuqNx4T
It's spreading - Carmelo just brought up Linsanity in reference to Langston Galloway. Also, seems to think that's Jeremy Lin's name.
Doc Rivers' tie oddly matched the Jazz color scheme tonight.
Clutch plays from DJ and Barnes, CP3 and Blake hit some big shots - some big non-calls late (both ways)
Final: Clippers win their sixth game in a row, beating the Utah Jazz, 94-89. They are in 4th place in the West.
You can tell Clippers really like Joe Ingles from the exchanges after they pulled out 94-89 win over Jazz for 6th straight win.
FINAL: Clippers 94, Jazz 89. The Clippers have won six straight and now hold the 3rd best record in the West.
And that's it. The Jazz lose to the Clippers, 94-89....
Final: Clippers 94, Jazz 89. Kanter goes for 21 & 11. Paul and Crawford score 21 apiece for L.A.
Carmelo Anthony compared Langston Galloway's penchant for taking big shots to Linsanity
Jazz late game execution = not good
Taped wiz-Suns for the morning fully expecting a blowout loss. Suns may be the worst team to play at the end of four in five nights.
This is the difference between a young team and a veteran team
Eight Suns have at least one FG Wall + Pierce = 0 for 8.
Brandan Wright has scored points for 3 different teams against the Wizards this season.
This is a classic case of a team with tired legs.
Maybe my memory is shifting to accommodate current opinion, but feel like team didn't really adjust to Kidd until the next season.
Carmelo compares Galloway's penchant for taking big shots to Linsanity.
Jazz fans just cheered for some Salt Lake City bar owner named Ty Burrell on the video screen.
Matt Barnes with the block and stare down of Kanter. The four other Clippers on the court congratulate him and move him to the sideline.
No Brandan Wright running the break means apparently Gerald Green will dunk this one
Jazz down 94-89 with 47.6 seconds remaining
Matt Barnes blocks Enes Kanter but NBA rules he blocked a fan.
Carmelo was asked if he knows of another young, inexperienced player who plays without fear like Langston Galloway. "I think Linsanity."
3 assists for Green. All 3 to Brandan Wright....
But, I'm not sure that's all that odd when working in a PG that's as significant a piece as Rondo with no training camp/preseason.
Melo says he doesn't mean to compare Langston and Jeremy Lin, but says neither guy is/was afraid to take big shots in certain scenarios
Ice Ice Baby
Clippers appear to be on verge of winning game in which Austin Rivers' 12 points comprise their entire bench scoring.
Melo, asked how many rookies he's seen who aren't afraid of taking big shots: "I was here for Linsanity."
Big step-back J for Blake Griffin -- LAC milked the clock down, shot keeps Clippers up 5.
On Splitter: "I kept him out." OK then...
At times, that's what Mavs offense has felt like. Not the flow they've done so well with under Carlisle, but, "oops, X needs more" whatever
Great enough to keep Leonard in the fourth quarter: "(Joseph) was giving us everything we needed at the time, so I went with him."
Carmelo isn't sure whether he'll play tomorrow, in team's back to back vs Indiana.
Con't: "His defense, his 50/50 balls, his rebounds, the things he did out there were huge. He did a great job."
Dante Exum has played just seven minutes in the second half
Pop on Cory, who had 2 pts in 18 mins: "He was the most important part of the game. Everyone will scratch their head and they won't get it."
Sometimes in 2K I'll start to think, "damn, I want this guy to get stats (pts, rebs, assts, etc)" and gradually come unglued.
Gerald Green has 2 assists and I think the world is going to end
Jazz-Clippers is flirting with an all-out brawl.
Life without Robert Upshaw starting poorly for the Huskies. Down 12-4 early at home to Stanford. I'd like to see more spread pick-and-roll.
#Cavs 99, Blazers 94: Cavs rip off 8 in row, as Kyrie Irving has 55 points. clevelandcavaliersblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/game-4…
Jazz down 90-87 with 2:43 remaining
Warren Sapp got a mixed reaction from the crowd. The man's a Hall of Famer!
When the Clippers lose a game in the playoffs they should have won I will remember Enes Kanter luring Blake Griffin into a Tech.
Blake Griffin fouls Enes Kanter and then gets a technical foul for raising his hands and defending him (almost hitting him) after the call.
Griffin and Kanter get a little tangled up and Griffin picks up a personal foul and a tech. Jazz down 90-85 with 2:50 left to play.
The ref that called the tech on Griffin looks like Damon from the third Friday.....DAMON!!!!!!!
The Wizards are trailing big early in a 10:30 tipoff game at the Suns with Buckhantz out. Probably not ideal for CSN Washington.
Bad T on Blake Griffin
The Clippers have taken their biggest lead of the game, 90-85, with 3:06 left after Chris Paul made a jumper.
The Jazz broadcast is debating whether Blake Griffin is the "best red head of all time." Nearly forgot Bill Walton.
Two reasons Lakers fans would want the Jazz to win tonight - LAL lotto chase - Lakers need Clippers in 51-55 range in 2nd round
It's 'T' time for Blake Griffin.
Technical foul on Blake Griffin for getting in Enes Kanter's face after Griffin fouled him.
I am not saying Indiana can't be NCAA tourney team. But on the bubble as of today. Certainly not a lock by any means.
DMC on def: "Its’ a mental thing. That’s the only thing I can say. We have the ability to do it. We’ve done it before. Its’ a mental thing."
Kendrick Perkins: "We gotta get our s*** together"
Such a smart play by Brandan Wright....caught, heard the whistle and instinctively threw it back up in one motion. Score the bucket, and-1
Kanter working on a 20-10 night...has 20 and 9
Rudy Gobert has played 11 minutes tonight. Don't remember the last time this has happend
Court's 50 feet wide, that time Green needed 51....*Clyde Frazier voice*
All those who wrote the "you shouldn't have put Tom Crean on the Hot Seat" stories may want a mulligan. Hoosiers are NIT team as of today.
“It was really fun to see him out there playing with that big smile on his face.” - McHale on Terrence Jones.
5 min game: The Jazz up 83-81 over the Clip show....CP3 at the line for two at the other end of the timeout
Clemson goes into Raleigh and takes care of N.C. State. The Wolfpack fans are gonna be in rare form tonight.
Timeout with Clippers trailing Jazz, 83-81, and 5:07 left.
Suns have outscored Wizards 79-58 over last three head-to-head quarters.
So are Seahawks d-linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.
Steve Clifford said Marvin Williams' headaches have abated, so he can start the concussion protocol as soon as tomorrow.
Warren Sapp is here.
Matt Barnes is the greatest shooter on earth against the Jazz lol....Don't think he's missed against them all season
Also, the Clippers are at the point where they're reacting negatively to every whistle. Composure is teetering.
The Kings have given up their season high in three pointers made (17) in back-to-back games.
Favors and Kanter are bullying the Clipper bigs right now.
Suns lead 29-17 after 1Q. Gortat = 8p, 3r. Humphries = 4p, 6r. Dragic, Markieff Morris = 8p each. Wizards have 4 turnovers & just 2 assists
This game is tied but it feels like Clippers are down 5-10.
Favors gets fouled hard (twice on same play) and comes up with an elbow that may/may not have caught Matt Barnes in the face.
Matt Barnes you want zero with Derrick Favors, lol...just go on to the next play
Things are getting feisty here at ESA. Shockingly, Matt Barnes is involved.
The Knicks are so bad that they're bad at being. You know what I mean.
Otto Porter, not Martell Webster, off the bench to replace Pierce.
Most wholesome kiss cam of all time happening now in Utah. I swear we're about to see a handshake.
Bad UM loss (at home): 70-50 to a Georgia Tech team that entered 0-7 in ACC. Rodriguez scoreless and 0 for 8 from field. UM 14-6, 4-3.
Austin Rivers has more points (12) than Blake Griffin (10). It's the fourth quarter.
Martin thought, if healthy, Wolves would be this year's Suns, surprising everyone in West. Several in organization felt that way
Think about this: Joe Ingles was essentially No. 16 on the Clippers' depth chart and now he's starting for Jazz. And playing well.
Fisher said it's "very important" to keep Lance Thomas and Lou Amundson.Their 10-day deals expire later this week.
Drew Gooden III and Rasual Butler are the first off the bench.
Tons of Hawks fans here thousands http://t.co/3pSMD4Qoi1
Can't wait to see vines of Trey Burke killing the ankles of Austin Rivers
Clippers had 3 guys in the paint but forgot to box out the guy who was over 7 feet.
You know Elijah Millsap is going to say his missed shot was an alley-oop pass to Rudy Gobert.
Second efforts killing the Clippers right now, loose balls, offensive rebounds...
Austin Rivers sixth man of the year
Kevin Martin: "We were gonna shock a lot of people, even with K-Love's departure ... Unfortunately we didn't get that chance" w/injuries
Pelicans say Anthony Davis' injury suffered in third quarter before he returned to the game involved his groin.
Jamal starts the 4th with a 3.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts is in the house!!!
Louisville's Chris Jones just knocked down a pair of huge 3's that just pushed lead from 1 to 68-61. 3:22 left.
Jazz 72, Clippers 68 to start the 4th quarter.
A part of my childhood - Jake the Snake Roberts - is currently at ESA...
DMC on def plays "They’re not being drawn up for the hell of it, it’s for a reason it’s going to help us win the game. We need to execute."
Pop just said it was his decision not to play Splitter - didn't give a reason why.
"They're an N.B.A. team," Russell Westbrook said of the Knicks.
Jake the Snake Roberts is signing basketballs on the court, and if he doesn't DDT a mascot soon, I'll be bummed
End of 3: Jazz 72, Clippers 68. Kanter leads all scorers with 18 points. Another bad offensive night for Exum (3 pts, 1/5 FG, 1 ast.).
Jazz leads Clippers, 72-68, after third quarter. Clippers will need to dig deep and get more from second unit to win this game.
Jazz up 72-68 over the Clippers, heading into the fourth quarter
End of 3 - Utah up 72-68.
"I think he was the most important part of the game..." - Pop on Cory Joseph in the 4th.
Len's lack of core strength makes it tough for him vs old vets who know how to hit you with that immobilizer. chicken wing aint hurt either!
Mavs lose 99-94 in Houston. Season hi 24 turnovers w/ 1 on late inbounds again. Mavs got 33 from Monta & hold Harden to 17 but fall to 30-17
Hayes on Cousins: “He's right there top two (among big men) with Marc Gasol … it’s like a mini-Shaq.”
Fox Sports 1 right now is a good idea. St. John's and Creighton tied at the under-4. Johnnies need it.
Blazers' Lillard on Kyrie's 55: "He's really crafty. But usually it's mid-range pullups and layups. It's not 11 threes. He's in a rhythm."
Rudy Gobert is 7-foot-1....throw the ball up
Gortat trying to show out against the Suns lol...waved off his teammates and spun baseline for the emphatic two hand Diesel jam
Marcin Gortat asked for a clearout then spun off Len for a 2-handed dunk. He’s got 6 pts. Wizards up 13-12 with 5:31 left.
Alex Len allowing a guy on the cover of Forbes magazine to dunk on him.
McHale raved about Josh Smith's blocks late: "His threes went in, which is great, but his rim protection helped us win that game."
Jarrett Jack: "You have to give them credit. They're a damn good team."
Really like watching Jim Christian coach here at BC. Has gotten these kids to defend and play hard. BC only down 2 to Louisville w/6:45 left
Spurs move into a tie with Mavs for 6th.
18 from Langston Galloway, 17 from Lance Thomas in Knicks' win. Is this, uh, Lansanity in New York?
Ellis had 33 points tonight. Mavs coach Carlisle said it was too bad that was a wasted performance.
Stinks Al Jefferson lost Kemba to injury, Jefferson was as efficient as usual: 17 points, 16 boards on 8/12 shooting.
The turnovers are weird. Not sure if it's pressing, carelessness, fatigue, or whatever else. Just weird. It's not like that's the norm.
Dragic playing like he knows this game is on national TV....the repertoire is on full display
What a win does to locker room: Thad Young tickles Andrew Wiggins' ear during interview; Kevin Martin jokingly rips on Zach LaVine's pants.
The Detroit Pistons (at 17-30) are only 2.5 games back of 8th seed in the East. OKC Thunder (23-23) are 3 games behind 8th spot out West.
Fisher, on how important it is to keep the other 10-day signings around, given how much success the team has had: "Very important."
Capitals defeat Penguins, 4-0, to snap four-game losing streak.
Austin Rivers is the new Jamal Crawford with all the Clippers' bench points.
Ready for the face off http://t.co/5k4PrZCn2F
Terry Rozier isn't really a point guard, but I'll take him on my team any day. Versatile offensive player and can really defend.
Monty Williams said Anthony Davis has a groin injury and will have an MRI tomorrow. Williams pulled Davis late b/c he was laboring.
Clippers playing like I feel after eating about 58 cookies in the Jazz media room.
If only Rondo (atrocious offense, dominant defense) and Monta (awesome offense, doormat defense) could be combined into one player.
Austin Rivers has 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting, 2 of 4 from behind the arc, off the bench. No other Clippers reserve has scored.
Vasquez sang the praises of Chuck Hayes. “He's one of those leaders that you don't really see, but he's a big-time piece for our team."
Love the effort by Enes Kanter. Totally gassed and he got back defensively and got rebound. Caught breath going the other way
Joe Ingles: 10 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds in 24 min
Free throw shooters falling backward as they release. I'll never understand it.
Austin Rivers with another three.....he's got 10 off the bench....bigtime pick-up for the Clips....tonight, at least
Austin Rivers hits a big 3 -- he's got 10 off the bench -- only reserve to score.
Nice game for Danny Green: 16 points, four 3s, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
Austin Rivers has 10 points on four-for-six shooting for Clippers.
Durant, no Durant, OKC can't afford to lose these types of games against New York. Defense--top ten, statistically--has to carry them.
Kyrie Irving hit that last jumper on Nic Batum, as if he isn't having a lousy enough season.
Clippers now 5/19 from 3-point range
The Spurs improve to 30-17 (tied with Mavs for 6th) after SA's 95-86 victory over the Hornets. Parker 17 pts, Green 16.
Final: Spurs 95, Hornets 86
Enes Kanter with 18 points and five rebounds so far
Joe Ingles just earned himself a spot in the highlight package. Force da steal & and found Kanter with a ridiculous pass.
I wonder if Gary mentions anything to Morris later. "Soooo, are you on twitter?"
I'm writing about James Johnson. Please stop asking me about James Johnson.
Hi Doc Rivers - I am Joe Ingles Ingles 10 pts, 4 rebs and 7 ast
Joe Ingles has all the tricks! Steal. Loses ball. Behind the back pass to Enes Kanter.
JOE INGLES REVENGE GAME!!!!!
Joe Ingles steals the ball from Blake Griffin and makes behind-the-back pass to Enes Kanter for layup-and-one. SAY WHAT????
JOE INGLES RUCKER PARK PASS!!!!!!!
This only further reinforces the Nets' need to get Deron Williams back as soon as possible. They're much better when he plays/Morris doesn't
Nets 15-18 from the FT line on the game. Paul Millsap was 15-16 by himself.
During Cousins' media time he didn't mention the Kings' offense once.
Are the New Orleans Pelicans fans finished exhaling yet?
So Reggie Williams ends up making his debut with the Spurs ahead by 15 and 1:52 left.
Sterling Gibbs goes for 24 and 10 assists as Seton Hall gets a huge road win at Marquette