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Imagine you were 10 per cent as confident as Greivis Vasquez.
Lobs from Jeff to Al = 😍
Horford dunks on alley-oop from Teague and Hawks lead 89-77.
Turner on a shooter's mindset: "Keep shooting it til it goes in... It can't get much worse than missing."
Clarkson at 24 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals
With all that's happened since, where do Canaan-for-McDaniels and cutting Black stand among worst transactions by a contender this year?
Career highs tonight: Clarkson 11 assists, Brown 22 points, Kelly 4 blocks.
"I'm not saying it's his fault at all." Clifford on Lance Stephenson not playing.
Turner on playing the Pacers on Wednesday: "Obviously this next game is a big game because they're trying to do the same thing we are."
Kidd has stuck with Bayless at PG in fourth quarter.
Timeout, Sixers. Lakers lead 111-109 with 31.9 seconds remaining in OT.
Sixers come up with a turnover to get the ball back, down 111-109 with 0:31.9 seconds to play. Time out.
Clarkson has had a terrific game. But that turnover could be costly.
That's another 20-point night for DeMarre.
Wayne Ellington's still a Philly guy
4-point run for Sixers 111-109 LA - Lakers ball final minute
The NBA tanking playoffs finale coming down to the wire
Another put back from Noel cuts the 6-point LAL lead to 2 with 45 seconds to play.
Turner on the win: "We knew we needed this game. Every game is important, so we came and toughed it out."
Wayne Ellington's three gives Lakers a 111-105 lead with 1:25 left.
Ellington for 3 … good. Lakers up 6, until Noel's hoop inside. 111-107, 1:15 to play.
Rudy gets a warm ovation as he goes off, which is nice.
"Effort is a strength of our team, but we have some real limitations." -- Steve Clifford.
Fans giving Gay a nice round of applause.
Lakers going to win this up 111-105 - 1:40 left
Rodney Hood has concussion-like symptoms and will not return.
Clint Capela before tonight: 0 points, -22.45 PER
Gay took a shot from from Gasol to the face in a collison. Gay looks little woozy and his being helped to the locker room.
For those not watching - Sixers are doubling Jordan Clarkson, trapping to make him give up the ball
In past 5 years, teams that had a pre-lottery position of 4th dropped to 6th on two occasions ('10 & '11). So LAL wins = verrrry bad.
Wayne Ellington's jumper gives Lakers a 108-105 lead with 2:00 left.
If Tom Izzo were coaching when the Colosseum was a new arena, I seriously doubt the Christians would get shut out by the Lions.
Um, wow. Jeff. Green.
Elligton's pull-up J, a tough shot, goes down to answer Covington's bucket in the paint. LAL still up 3, 2 min. to play.
Capela's latest dunk was his best yet, but generally, Raps covering those rolls to hoop. Rockets getting 3s where help left, but missing.
LAL's small line up has worked in this OT. Sixers can't get around the perimeter defense and inside to test LAL's lack of rim protection.
It’s “DUNK ON EVERYONE” night in the NBA. Capela just got Lou Will again.
Getting smashed by Jazz at home. No matter who is out and how improved Jazz have been, it's not a good look
Harden is just sitting on the floor after not getting a foul call. Looks a bit shaken up.
James Harden sitting on the floor in protest after refs actually miss a clear foul.
Sigh. Lakers take the 106-103 lead with 2:57 remaining in overtime.
"Frankly, we just take too many plays off." -- Hornets coach Steve Clifford.
Right now I'd say the Rockets did better getting unknown Cllint Capela at No.25 than Raptors did getting unknown Bruno Caboclo at No.20.
In its own weird right, this Lakers-Sixers OT game is kinda "League Pass Alert." AK
An Ellington layup, then steal and layup from Jabari Brown have LAL up 106-103 with 2:57 to play. Brown up to 22 points.
Meanwhile, Clint Capela is still out here murdering people (in the legal, basketball way, to clarify)
Lakers up 106-103
Clint Capela giving Andrew Wiggins a run for multiple dunks of the night.
Capela got LouWill again.
Maybe it's a reach, but I believe Tom Izzo would have avoided the iceberg in 1912. Too soon?
I'm running out of things to say about Clint Capela.
Wes Johnson with turnover and still cares about your pick, Lakers fans.
Wooden Award 10 finalists: Kaminsky, Okafor, Cauley-Stein, Jerian Grant, D. Russell, Delon Wright, Ron Baker, Seth Tuttle, Wiltjer, Brogdon.
Sixers take a commanding 103-102 lead with 4:00 remaining in OT.
So Curry went off for 3 threes in 65 seconds against Bucks; now Korver 11 points in 65 seconds (3 triples, one deuce).
This will be the first game Clarkson logs more than 40 minutes in a game. He's growing before our very eyes
The Washington Wizards have clinched a playoff spot.
There’s an anti-Harden sign (that only makes a bit of sense) that says: “Beard-trimming here."
Jordan Hill and Tarik Black have both fouled out, while Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer have been DNP's. Sacre is available.
Trevor Booker...stretch power forward
Korver just took a 40-footer at end of clock and nearly drilled it.
Get ready for riots at the Rose Garden now that Tim Frazier is wearing Joel Przybilla's number. That cuts deep.
They crank up the music, sound effects so loud here, they sort of hold back one of league's loudest crowds. What's the point if drowned out?
These refs continue to verge on awful.
Z-Bo. Dunk. Yep. It's a party down here.
Check that, Canaan to the bench and JaKarr Sampson in at the 3.
Lee killing the mid-ranger jumper today. I mean, in a good way. He's 5/8 on the night.
Solid, driven and confident play of Capela and Johnson a nice reflection on their work in D-League. Both have progressed.
Lakers. 76ers. Overtime. Switch game.
This is DeRozan's first career 30/10 game
Blazers have announced the signing of guard Tim Frazier for the rest of the season.
After four quarters, both teams refuse to win and we're heading to overtime for the ninth time this season =(
Overtime for Lakers-Sixers feels oddly appropriate.
Just split the ping pong ball and call it a draw.
Andre Drummond is 13 months younger than Rudy Gobert.
Writers have no rooting interest in anything except no overtime. We did not get our wish tonight. Lakers-Sixers head into OT tied up 102-102
If Mirotic plays two weeks in April like he has in March (20 points per), it's going to get interesting. Only one playing for something.
Fourth double-double of the season for DeRozan (30 points, 10 rebounds & counting). He's one board shy of matching season/career-high.
Really liked the growth of Jordan Clarkson since getting quality time with Lakers. Front office deserves praise for grabbing him 2nd rd
Overtime it is. LAL's league-leading 9th time to the extra session. They're 5-3.
ISH SMITH MISSES THE LAYUP AND WE'RE GOING TO OVERTIME.
Stevens on what his team looks for on the floor: "We want to see five guys playing together."
And then Lakers-Sixers went into OT as both teams just stared at the ball for the final 11.1 seconds. AK
Giannis burying jumpers but w/o transition stuff he's struggling to get shots. That was the beauty of Dudley starting -- didn't clog middle.
P.S. Gobert ran the break once last week and it had Mark Eaton absolutely busting up laughing. The big man loved it.
Nick Johnson just flat beat Jonas Valanciunas for an offensive rebound, put it back in and got fouled. I'm seriously impressed.
Landry scores on his first touch. The assist to Reggie Evans.
Clarkson has scored 10 points in nearly the last 2:30 minutes, including making all 4 FT attempts
Gobert with a steal and a behind-the-back pass on the fastbreak.
TAKE THE LAST SHOT, SIXERS.
The ROY race is interesting. Do Wiggins/Noel deserve award on sheer numbers? How do you value Mirotic's contributions in tight playoff race?
Sixers tried to freeze Jordan Clarkson there, but he makes both free throws and ties the game with 11.1 left.
Jordan Clarkson 8-8 at line late in recent games
It would behoove Philly to hold the ball for a final shot, but they didn't do that last time.
Am I hallucinating or did Rudy Gobert just lead the break with a behind-the-back pass?
!. Jordan Clarkson. 2. Julius Erving....
Stevens on Bradley's 30-point performance: "I thought Avery (Bradley) was terrific on both ends of the floor."
Clarkson hits another pair of FT's. Game is tied 102-102 w/ 11.1 seconds left
Rudy is showing off....my goodness
Clarkson stepped up and hit the pressure FT's again to reach 24 points in the game. Sixers ball, 11.1 left, 102-102.
Tonight's a good example why Giannis needs to be used as PF offensively. Ers (top) and Z (elbow) both clog up space you want Giannis using.
Crazy stat of the night: Celtics already have more road wins (15) this year than the 2012-13 Celtics (14).
Jordan Clarkson again drove to the hoop and drew a foul. The rookie is 6 for 8 at the FT line. 11.1 seconds left.
Stevens on his team's performance: "I said this a couple of weeks ago, we're going to rally together... We're not going to use excuses."
Jordan Clarkson heads to the free throw line with 11.1 seconds left.
Jordan Clarkson to the line - he's hit 6 in a row dating back a few games in this situation
Hawks outscored Bucks 26-25 in third, including 11-0 Korver blitz.
The Celtics beat the Hornets so the Wizards have clinched a playoff spot.
Carl Landry is checking in. For real.
The two Kings with 7 points: Reggie Evans and Derrick Williams
PLEASE have Byron draw up a quick (and made) two point basket, then look at Brett Brown & say, "Two can play this game, sir!" AK
And its just morbid curiosity that draws me into this Sixers-Lakers game
Rudy Gay has 18 points. No other King has more than 7. Kings trail 61046, 8:50 left in the third.
WHY IS IT SO LOUD IN HERE GAME OPS? Haven’t met a single person that likes the sound being ratcheted to concert level here.
Sixers trapped Jordan Clarkson near halfcourt as Lakers call timeout.
Clarkson got a double team and called a timeout before any chance Sixers could force a turnover. Lakers down 102-100 w/ 14.5 seconds left
Rudy with a phenomenal hedge...then recovers and rebounds the ball...great defensive possession for him
Sam Hinkie reconsidering that decision to spend all of last year rebuilding Noel's free throw shot.
DeMar vs. Harden down the stretch could be very Drew League.
GIVE THE BALL TO ROBERT SACRE AND GET OUT OF THE WAY
DeMarre Carroll also killing Bucks - has 5 straight points to start fourth.
Nerlens Noel makes both free throws, but Lakers have one more chance to tie or win the game with 17.6 left.
Meanwhile, DeRozan had 13 of his game-high 30 points in the 3rd. Raptors trail by 2 going into the 4th. They have 15 turnovers.
Hinkie just cut Nerlens too.
Noel hits a pair 102-100 with 17.6 - Lakers ball - in a game they really need to lose
Noel hits both FT's. Sixers up 102-100 w/ 17.6 seconds left
Noel hit both FT's. The 62% FTer came through, yet LAL now have 17.6 seconds and the ball, can attack early trying to tie or lead.
Pablo Prigioni now has six assists and a couple of steals without a turnover in 17 minutes tonight. Harden's got 28. 76-74 Rockets after 3Q.
Celtics beat Hornets, move back into tie with Nets for eighth. Nets have two games in hand and one less loss, however.
Raptors led by seven and looked like ready to blow it open, but Rockets scored final 9 pts of 3rd, 7 by Harden, to lead 76-74 after 3.
Rockets up 76-74 going into fourth. Playing an undermanned team on tough end of back-to-back. No excuses.
"It's so dumb" - Stu Lantz on Sixers going early instead of taking the final shot of the game. LOLOLOLOLOL.
For the 2nd time in 2 matchups this year, Harden was held in check in 1st half before going off in 3rd. He scored 15 of his 28 in the Q
For some reason, Nerlens Noel drove to the hoop immediately, and drew a foul. He's a 62% shooter. Sixers could have held for a last shot.
From Hawks PR: Dennis will not return tonight.
Sixers go quickly - shrug
Final: Celtics 116, Hornets 104
Now there's a friendly foul call that Harden gets because he's Harden. First I've seen tonight.
100-100 with 22.3 left - Sixers ball
Philly can hold for a last-second shot, with 22.3 to play. LAL have played 8 overtime games (5-3) this season.
Avery Bradley's game-high 30 lead the Celtics to a 116-104 win over the Hornets. The C's are back in the 8th spot. http://t.co/s4yrONtSUq
So the last two months, Westbrook has averaged 31.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 10.2 assists. And the Thunder have gone 18-8 in that time.
Celtics move back into tie for 8th seed with Brooklyn after 116-105 win over Hornets. Also tie up season series at 2-2 with Charlotte.
Big win for Boston. Keeps pace with Brooklyn and pushes Charlotte a little further back in the standings. Every game counts from here on in.
Huge shots for Clarkson in last week. Hit two FT's to win over T-Wolves. Hits two FT"s to tie Lakers-Sixers at 100-100 w/ 22.3 seconds left
Celtics' 7th straight win on the second of a back to back. They will host the Pacers in the game of the year Wednesday. No April Fool's.
Old man Prigioni is an inspiration to us all.
Jordan Clarkson makes both free throws and ties the game at 100 with 22.3 seconds left. Timeout, Sixers.
Jordan Clarkson now 6-6 on FT with game on line in past couple of weeks
Russell Westbrook followed up his absurd February by averaging 30.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game in March.
This is tense.
30 points and 8 rebounds for Avery Bradley.
Clarkson drove to his right again, and this time drew a PF. His 2 FT's with 22.3 left tied the game at 100. He has 22, 8 and 6.
With this win, the Celtics moved ahead of the Nets by percentage points for eighth place in the East.
Jordan Clarkson to the line - has been very clutch to date at the line in these situations
Third quarter summary: http://t.co/LSWqk1Xk7n
That Ish ish. AK
Ish Smith makes the floater and Sixers regain the lead 100-98.
Got a little squirrely at the end, but good response by the Celtics after an uneven week.
Celtics win sixth straight game on second half of back-to-back, have also won nine of their last 10 contests in that spot. Incredible.
Sam Hinkie just cut Ish Smith on the spot.
Celtics 116, Hornets 104. Final. Pretty big road win for Boston.
7 MIA 34-39. Next: SAS,CLE 8 BOS 33-41. Next: IND,MIL 9 BKN 32-40. Next: IND,NYK 10 IND 32-41. Next: BKN,BOS 11 CHA 31-42. Next: DET,IND
Celtics top Hornets 116-104; now 9-1 in 2nd night of back-to-back since Jan. 22-23. Boston back in 8th (tied with BKN). Next up: Indy on Wed
Ish Smith scores late 100-98
Philly got a driving bucket from Ish Smith with 31 seconds to play. LAL ball, down 2.
Mizzou Lakers backcourt - 20 points each
Bucks took 11-point hammer from Korver to trail by 16 but cut it to 72-64 entering fourth. Giannis has 5 baskets and think 4 are jumpers.
Lotta Lakers fans aren't happy right now
We've won every quarter so far. Let's win the 4th. http://t.co/3TZ9NghBoy
Photos: Andrew Wiggins dunks on Rudy Gobert http://t.co/HNg9A7p8p4
24 hours later...Celtics regain the 8th spot. 7 Heat 34 39 8 Celtics 33 41 9 Nets 32 40 10 Pacers 32 41 11 Hornets 31 42
98 all - Clarkson ties it 49.9 - game hasn't disappointed - both teams with some big shots- despite tank positions
Jordan Clarkson with the layup as it's all tied up at 98 with 49.9 left.
Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Ryan Kelly care not for the lottery picks either. They're competing to try to secure a win
And Jordan Clarkson ties the game on a drive to his right … Sixers ball, 0:49.9 to play. Quick 5-0 Lakers run.
JORDAN CLARKSON TIES IT.
Ryan Kelly responds back with a three as Lakers still trail by two.
Ryan Kelly answered a corner 3 from Covington with a 3 of his own to keep Philly's lead at 2, 1 minute left. LAL ball.
Of course the counter is would you rather have Ross giving you nothing many nights or Johnson mixing the good with the bad?
Ryan Kelly right back - now suddenly neither team can miss
Celtics will beat Hornets. If Hawks hold off Bucks, Boston will be three games back of No. 6 seed with two games against Milwaukee.
Covington big 3
Jabari Brown makes both free throws as Lakers trail 95-93 with 2:00 left.
Philly went into crunch time at Cleveland last night before ultimately losing, struggling to find a bucket. They lead LAL by 2, 2:03 left.
Harden aside (he's not human), Rockets are starting to look gassed. Undermanned, 2nd game of back-to-back. Crucial stretch coming up here
For the final of the dunk contest next year both finalists should have to dunk over Gobert. The one who does it in the fewest attempts wins.
My computer froze, but Sixers lead 95-91 with 2:03 remaining in game.
That’s the trouble with Johnson, great skill-set and potential, but tries to do too much, lacks great feel for the game.
That's the ballgame folks. Awful clear path foul by Mo Williams there. Sneaky speed by Avery Bradley.
Avery Bradley made Mo Williams look like Mo Williams. Call on the floor is a clear path foul.
Just so you know I'm not on the take, James Johnson has done some pretty silly things since checking into the second half. Bad silly.
James Johnson was great early on, terrible in this quarter, mistake after mistake after mistake.
DeMar DeRozan has 30 points.
Smith hit a corner 3, but Clarkson answered with a tough layup. 95-91 Philly, 2:03 to play with Jabari Brown heading to the FT line.
Should I be surprised the Lakers are losing to the Sixers?
James Johnson gamble = easy James Harden foray to the hoop. Casey won’t like that.
Your favorite ROY candidate never dunked on Rudy Gobert twice in one game.
When we play this way it uplifts Memphis with the energy, now finish strong
Good no-call by the refs on that flop by Kemba Walker there while guarding Evan Turner.
That may have been the block of the year by Nerlens. Terrible call.
Make your free throws, Sixers.
DeRozan has grabbed 7 or more rebounds in 7 of his last 8 games. Has 9 and counting tonight. Career-high is 11. Also has 26 pts in 17 mins
Incredible block by Nerlens Noel on Jordan Hill there, but was wrongfully called for the foul. 92-87, Sixers.
A true "Ball Don't Lie" moment in Sheed's hometown as Noel's impressive block of Hill was called a foul, and Hill missed both FT's.
Wow, Teague with a sharp elbow to Bayless' dome...
Ball don't lie
Nope, ball don’t lie.
The entire arena woke up cheering for Noel's block on Hill and then booing for the foul call
Lakers trail 92-87 with 4:25 remaining in the game. Nervous times here.
Teague put elbow out and caught Bayless on drive. Refs reviewing for flagrant.
Terrence Ross picks up his fourth foul. I have a joke, but it's too snarky.
With this being Jabari Brown's second 10-day contract, Lakers will have to decide if they keep him for the remainder of the season.
Trey Burke 1st half shot chart http://t.co/uoFC04x4xO
Canaan, who's been big in this 4th Q, hit a 3... But Ellington answered to keep LAL within 5. 4:50 to play.
In case you missed it, Kyle Korver just scored 11 points in 65 seconds. 🔥🔥🔥
Refs don't know what they're doing, so they're calling everything. Might be a good time to drive relentlessly.
is Daryl Dawkins the last NBA player to come from a different planet?