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Correction, the Spurs lead the Suns 51-24 at half.
Parker is not making shots. But he's at least looking more decisive, to my eyes. Had a drive and dump to Duncan earlier that seemed vintage
The Nets have four wing players on the floor and Brook Lopez shoots a quick 18-footer. Again, I don’t get it.
Spurs' Offense in 2Q: 27 points, 44% shooting, 3 TOs only, 6 ast on 10 FGM. SA defense in 2Q: 11 points for PHX, 4/22 shooting, 6 TOs
My favorite thing at Taco Cabana? Waving on my way by en route to Taco Palenque.
Plumlee called for a goaltend and a technical for inadvertently hitting the net? Is that the rule?
The Lakers (3 straight) & Knicks (2 straight) are both on winning streaks. The end is near.
Half: Kawhi Leonard: 11 points, 6 boards, 3 steals, 2 blocks. Danny Green: 12 points. Aron Baynes: 10 points, 6 boards.
Spurs up 51-24 at the break. Phoenix is shooting 8 for 43, 18.6 percent. Point total is a franchise low, apparently.
Giannis scoreless in 18 first-half minutes and did not attempt a shot. Hasn't looked same since all-star break.
Danny Green nails a 26-footer at the horn. Spurs take 51-24 lead into break. Fitting end to the half.
Z-Bo is in it now. 5 straight for Grizz and beating up the smaller Wolves in the paint
So this is Max Contract Leonard: 9 pts, 6 rebs, 3 stls, 2 blks in 1st half.
Deron Williams (22 points midway through the third) is worth every penny tonight.
Deron Williams with 22 points midway through the third quarter. Nets up on the Mavericks 68-59. Guys,
Some questions about a late-game crucial possession by Lou Williams. http://t.co/5pbcvDXL2h
Analytic introduced at Sloan measures individual D, shows how tough Kawhi makes it to shoot from perimeter; Bledsoe discovering it 1st hand
To quote Aldridge: "I do what I do." Even with two bad thumbs.
Jazz has 15 TOs leading to 15 Bucks points.
Okay big brains at Sloan - explain that. Knicks over Raptors. Shved, Amundson, Galloway. Forget it, I'm asking Charles Barkley.
Halftime will probably be good for Suns to regroup. Right now, body language doesn't look like a team that's going to roar back.
Kawhi joins Baynes in double-digit scoring before half with 11 points now. SA by 24.
My view. http://t.co/gxebUgzk0E
Tulsa leads, 66-64. Memphis ball with 38 left.
Antetokounmpo, who has been in a horrendous shooting slump, didn't take a single shot in 18 minutes in 1st half.
LaMarcus Aldridge has 9 double-doubles in 12 games since injuring his thumb with basically no drop off in production http://t.co/gXelQsu2rB
HT: Jazz 47, Bucks 40. Ilyasova with 10 points and Middleton 10 for Bucks, who are shooting 44.7%. But 15 TOs lead to 14 Jazz points.
Galloway is now 6-for-10 on clutch 3s this season, tying Melo (6-for-16) for the team lead.
That just about covers it. http://t.co/C3wGYk3pnf
What a win for the guys! Without 3 starters, we fend off Miami for a big 93-91 road victory. http://t.co/wJVkbLVakr
Parker gets on the scoreboard after the direct pass from Manu. SA by 22, largest lead of the night.
Manu is dropping some dimes tonight. Another gorgeous feed underneath, spoon feeds Parker. Five assists for him.
Raptors lose their 5th straight game, a season-most, to the league-worst 12-46 Knicks. Rock. Bottom.
UNLV loses by 18 at Utah State; five days later beats Wyoming by 12 at home. No advantage playing MWC tournament at Thomas & Mack, right?
Hey, if you want to see a Deron Williams that kind of looks like a Deron Williams you saw in a past life, turn on Nets-Mavericks
Wiggins on Z-Bo?
Tigers on one screen. Grizzlies on the other. Both gonna make me barf
Final results: Heat lose by 2 to team resting 3 starters; guy next to me friend zoned by girl while buying drinks & dinner. About the same.
Halftime: Jazz 47, Bucks 40. Burke leads all scorers with 12 points. Ilyasova has 11 for Milwaukee.
Jazz up 47-40 at halftime. Trey Burke leading the way with 12 points and three assists
Snyder took Gobert out of game for rest of half.
The Spurs are 2:26 minutes from holding the Suns to back-to-back quarters with less than 20 points. PHX currently has 11 in 2Q.
Langston Galloway with the actual dagger. Yet again, Vasquez can’t keep his man in front of him … kickout for three. Rinse and repeat.
... Whiteside 14 points, 24 boards. Heat 0-2 when Whiteside has 24 boards this year. Tied for 2nd most rebounds in Heat game. Seikaly had 34
Heat lose 93-91 to the Hawks despite Chalmers' 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Langston Galloway dagger. Never mind.
Galloway makes like Jet Terry. The Knicks are about to win. That missed 360 by DeMar kinda loomed large, huh.
Zaza super hot at Gobert and jawing at him. Double techs called by Ron Garretson on centers. Maybe a fire-up tactic?
FINAL: Hawks 93, Heat 91.
Heat loses 93-91 to Hawks, now 25-33,10-17 at home; 23 Heat TOs (Deng 8). Walker shoots 3-16;Dragic & Deng 2-7; Beasley 4-12.
What I'm learning: Spurs can get by with either Parker or Leonard shooting poorly. But not both. Leonard's been great tonight. Spurs up 20.
Langston Galloway is the clutchest.
Rudy hit Pachulia with an elbow. Then both 27s get hit with Ts.
Look at Pastner drawin up the play in timeout! Oh wait, he is just talkin
Totally different players, but he does remind me a ton of Big Game James every once in a while.
9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block for Kawhi now. Parker was more aggressive in attacking for a layup, but he missed the shot.
Knicks led by 12 less than 5 mins ago. Pat's put-back cuts Raps deficit to 2 w/ 33.2s left. This would be ugly but Raps desperately need it
Knicks were about to basically wrap it up until Amundson missed a dunk. Now Raptors within 2, 33 seconds left.
Kawhi Worthy swoops to the hoop.
So close, Lou. So close. http://t.co/NUu4HJ8BXD
LaVine lift-off, with Vince watching from the bench
Mmm, nice half-court bounce pass by Bledsoe.
Hayward shows his ups on dunk. Jazz leads 45-35 with 1:39 left in half. Burke having big half with 12 points off bench.
Monta Ellis doesn't cross halfcourt on D. Nets get a wide-open 3 off a tipout. Rick Carlisle calls timeout, resists urge to shout.
After starting 0/5 from three, Danny Green helps the Spurs sink their first three. SA back up 20. Green has 9 points.
The Jazz up 45-35 with 1:39 remaining in the first half
Parker won't be back, like that's a permanent distinction, until he starts hitting that mid-range shot on the regular. Just missed, 0 for 5.
Suns are giving Parker the jumper but he still can't connect. He's now 0/5 shooting in the game, 0/4 on jumpers.
If Deron Williams’s acceleration has been stuck on 30 this year, it’s like a 65-70 now.
Pretty sure teams are starting to shoot it at Rudy Gobert like hockey players do at a goalie. They just hope for a favorable deflection.
Is that rim regulation size
Grizz shooting 56 percent and lead 42-24 in paint. But 22 TOs have led to 30 MIN points to help Wolves overcome 39%. 77-76 MIN
Pop thinks refs are bailing out an out-of-control Eric Bledsoe right now. I kind of agree.
Spurs point in the paint: 22. Suns total points: 20. SA leads 39-20 with 4:38 left in 2Q.
Utah's defense right now is getting really good
That was the inverse of the Trevor Booker alley oop.
Snyder was livid with Joe Ingles after that ill-fated fast break, quickly yanked him for Elijah Millsap.
Bad choice by Kawhi. Passes to Duncan in a crowd, made the great catch but had no room to dribble. Offensive foul.
Barge was born for moments like these ...
Trey Burke is out here undressing people right now
That Bargnani trade is going to haunt the Raptors & their fans for a good 30 seconds after tonight's performance.
To be clear, Raps are 25-12 with DeRozan, 12-9 without. They're not better without him, they need to get him right, somehow.
If Nick King does not come back into the game...
Tony Allen leaking out like Corey Brewer
Since jettisoning Brandon Knight, the Bucks offense has been offensive.
Spurs turnover = Suns bucket on the other end. SA lead cut to 16.
Bargnani turnaround. He has 18 points (!). Timeout Toronto.
Of course Andrea Bargnani drops the dagger.
Bargnani = closer
Spurs up 18, and still haven't connected from 3-point range. And Parker remains scoreless. Playing D, protecting ball can go a long way.
Spurs lead by 18 with 6:25 until half. Kawhi has 7 points, 5 boards, 2 steals, 1 block. Baynes 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block.
Might've seen worst flop ever in Arizona-Utah game. Arizona kid turned to post and Utah kid became a piñata. Why do college refs enable this
Bucks turn it over and Jazz making them pay with dunk by Booker. Nine turnovers for 12 Jazz points.
Think maybe the refs forgot KG's 1st T when he got 2nd? No problem for GP & Sonics on 3/5/02: http://t.co/MvtrxL1Qx7
Ingles with the oop to Booker for two, and the Jazz lead is at 39-27 with 6:14 remaining in the first half
10 first half points for the Baynes off the bench. SA back up 20.
DeRozan gets beat off the dribble, JV comes over to help, gets called for his 6th foul and that'll end his night. Pat in for him.
Grizzlies 72, Wolves 70 after three quarters
Valanciunas fouls out with 3:11 remaining. Raptors down six.
Pop hates being up 20 in the first half but Suns are gonna have to help themselves a bit
20-point game in PHX. Suns are 4 for 28.
Krzyzewskiville after the game. http://t.co/GUZw5tNODc
Back-to-back Vasquez 3-balls cuts the Knicks 12-point lead in half. 3:29 to go.
20 point game, Kawhi has 7 points.
That really was a great contest by BAYNES. Can't make a clean vertical challenge any better than that.
Ilyasova's errant 3 sticks on the top of the backboard. That kind of night for Bucks so far.
I’ve haven’t been tweeting non-fantasy tweets because I might’ve spent the whole game fawning over Hassan Whiteside.
Ryan Saunders bleeding with Gorgui Dieng to calm down after foul call on Marc Gasol after five technical fouls have been called in game.
We are three minutes into the second quarter, and the Suns have made four field goals. They have missed 23.
Whiteside's 24 rebounds ties his season high.
Ball gets stuck on the top of the backboard. This is our best chance to see Giannis on Rudy's shoulders.
Again, post All-Star Break, Phoenix has been the 2nd best offense in the league. Being held to 13 points early through 2 quarters by SA.
Leonard already up to 6 pts, 4 rebs with 1 block, 1 steal.
The rooftop parking lot across from my hotel looks exactly like shootout scene from Fargo, snow and everything. Kinda freaking me out.
The Spurs are on an 8-0 run to start the 2Q. SA defense holding Suns to 4/27 shooting and 6 turnovers. Kawhi is locking down Bledsoe.
Whiteside's 24 rebounds tie his Heat season high.
And Joerger gets one too. AND YOU GET A T! AND YOU GET A T! AND YOU GET A T!
Jazz up 30-21 with 8:59 remaining in the first half
You gotta be kidding me with the foul/tech on M Gasol. Booooooooooooo
Gasol gets T'ed up now. Crowd trying to egg him into a second. I'd take that trade. Joerger gets a T too
Awful. Marc Gasol just wanted an explanation on a call and James Williams just T'd him up.
Kawhi, that's just not fair. Spurs go up by 19 now with the Kawhi dunk in open court.
The Spurs are just out-energizing these guys right now. Funny how blah a team can look (this time PHX) when the ball isn't going in.
Trail Blazers are one of 3 teams (Warriors and Hawks) that rank in the top in Off and Def efficiency. Portland is 4th on D, 10th on O.
Tigers were down by a point when King, Burrell came in at 14:20. Now lead by nine.
KAWHI LEONARD FREAK MODE ACTIVATED
30-13 Spurs early in second quarter.
in 24 hours the Blackhawks have seriously upgraded their roster--big time
Plan was to sit Lowry out in Philly on Monday. Even w/ eye on playoffs, have to wonder if that plan will be amended after this embarrassment
Wizards locker room still talking about the dress.
It's honestly difficult where Spurs would be without Baynes, who was signed like two days before training camp or something.
Spurs by 17 early in 2Q.
I think the last time the Suns made a basket, Steve Nash shot it.
Am I watching BAYNES play basketball (8 pts, 5 rebs off the bench), or the pit fighting montage from Conan?
The Spurs take a 15 point lead after Baynes' free throws. He has 8 points off the bench. PHX recently beat OKC.
The more games I watched… the more I saw a younger version of MJ emerge. Kobe had all the tools. Began to love every part of his game.
Baynes has 8 points and five boards in 7 minutes off the bench.
Green just tried to bully Wiggins on the block but the kid stood his ground.
Rodney Hood tried to punch on Miles Plumlee...
Aron Baynes wins this year's "Patty Mills Award" as Aussie who couldn't get off the bench last yr, but now has become kind of indispensable.
Consecutive sellouts, 19356
Baynes has such an advantage in the paint right now. Just had to stand under the rim for the offensive board. SA w/ 16 points in paint.
Raptors now getting torched by the immortal combination of Shved to Amundson. Knicks up 94-81.
Hmm, Chalmers out? He's been playing well, albeit a bit wild.
Tigers are guarding their asses off.
The Knicks are up 13 on Toronto. Their offense looks good and they're defending. Who knew?
Knicks are in the midst of their best 2-minute stretch since Game 2...Shved, Amundson, Thomas, Larkin, Smith. ... I can't explain it either.
Great move by Booker to score on the Greek Freak there
Get well soon, Kyle Lowry.
Great drop by Umlaut to Baze
Date update: guy telling her about his LA Fitness membership & Masters degree. Took him longer 2 get 2 that than 4 Heat to sub in Whiteside,
Awesome job by @BTN on its 1989 "Flying Illini" --tremendous job. That team and Hakeem's Houston Cougars best teams never to win NCAA title
It was hard for me to root for an arrogant teenager stealing the spotlight from my favorite Laker, Nick Van Exel.
Half: Mavs 51, Nets 47. Amar'e Stoudmire leads Dallas with 9 points in 11 minutes off the bench.
Andre Drummond is going to see Nene pump fakes in his nightmares tonight. Fun Dinwiddie 4Q after he looked overwhelmed in 1st half stint.
The Raptors played this whole game like they never believed they could lose. Well...
Wade and Whiteside back. But Dragic out (?).
The crazy thing is the Raptors could probably lose out and still win the Atlantic.
Raptors lose this and they fall into a tie with Chicago for second in the East. Cleveland would be just a half-game back in fourth.
If the Knicks win a second game in a row they are going to have to extend the Sloan Conference to let the greatest minds figure out how.
I'm at a loss for a response...
1Q: Spurs 24, Suns 13. SA defense holds PHX to 4/21 shooting w/ 3 turnovers. SA outscores PHX 14-4 in paint. Splitter 6 points. SA 48% FG
Spurs' offense is looking more familiar, with ball moving, guards attacking. If they could make open 3s (0 for4), might be running away.
The Raptors are in real danger of losing to the 11-46 Knicks. Would be five Ls in a row.
Knicks are playing really hard. Slumping Raptors are playing really tight. Knicks 86, Raptors 79, 7:25 to go.
Who would read a "long form" story about Lou Amundson's man-bun maintenance... lmk
Valanciunas and DeRozan back to try to prevent Knicks from closing within 24.5 games of the Raptors.
Couldn’t stand Kobe when he was a rookie. I thought he was cocky, arrogant & a bust. He quickly changed my opinion in the years to come.
End of first: Jazz 26, Bucks 18. Second straight night Bucks start slowly with 18 in first quarter. Shooting 40% but Jazz at 53.3%.
End of 1: Jazz 26, Bucks 18. Trey Burke has 8 points off the bench. Dante Exum, Joe Ingles & Jakob Poeltl all sitting on two fouls.
Rajon Rondo has a nice stat line in the first half: 6 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds. But he has Mavs' worst +/- (-10).
Trey Burke leads all scorers with eight points
Whiteside and Wade checking in after this timeout with 6:29 left in the game. Hawks 75, Heat 68.
It's got to be Wade and Whiteside now. As Wade would say, this has to be go-time.
Jeff Green has come alive. Great chase-down block of KMart. He's up to 13 points as well
What the hell ref, guy is asleep in front of you. Call it.
KG's ejection has taken the wind out Target Center's sails. Grizz pulling away up 67-54 in third
The Jazz lead the Bucks 26-18 at the end of the first quarter
I remember screaming at the TV. Directing all my anger at Del Harris: “Give the ball to Van Exel!!” Wasn’t a Kobe fan at that point.
Trey is to Triceratops as Gobert is to Gobstopper.
To be clear: No idea if King is going to transfer, but he's obviously not been happy about playing time and the Lawsons are coming.
Sloppy turnover by O'Bryant leads to break for Utah and 2 FTs for Burke.
Punishing tankers by adding more randomness to lottery, to me, akin to taxing homeless. Would love panel devoted to actually fixing tanking.
Rudy Gobert exits with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in the first quarter
Trey Burke transition opportunities
Trey Burke knocking down shots
Through 19 minutes of action JV had attempted 1 shot. He's taken 5 in 4 minutes since. Keep feeding him until Knicks/fouls take him out
Watching Kobe Bryant’s MUSE. Showing Game 5 against the Jazz back in 1997. Four airballs. Still makes me cringe. That was rough.
Shved autocorrects to Saved...
Nick King with the drive and bucket. He's playing well. Tigers lead, 53-47.
I have no idea what Norm Macdonald is talking about, but his Twitter stories are fantastic.
Mike Breen and Clyde Frazier are discussing whether Alexey Shved reminds them of Pete Maravich
Henson having a hard time getting that lefty hook off against Gobert. Jazz big man just made 3rd block - 2 on Henson.
In what will forever be known as "The Shved game..."
JV picks up his 5th foul early in the 4th Q. Casey leaving him in. He's been the Raps offence for most of the last 5 minutes
O'Bryant also enters for Ilyasova. No Dudley tonight due to sore left knee.
Garnett played 15 minutes, had 6 pts on 3/4 shooting, 3 rebs, 2 assists and at least 3 steals
Mayo getting ready to enter after this timeout. Game tied at 18-18 after Trey Burke sinks 3-pointer.
Kevin Garnett isn't really on your team until he's been ejected.
Huge, huge development there.
Final in Union County: Linden 60, Roselle Catholic 56 Otis Livingston scored 13 of his 21 in the 4th for the Tigers. Briscoe finished w/ 21
BAYNES, the Alabaster Barbarian, whistled for the offensive foul.
Boos rained as Kevin Garnett has been tossed. He drew a second technical foul for somewhat spiking the ball. Bennett Salvatore T'd him up.
Nichols: Sprained the same ankle, done for the night.
Garnett ejected!!!! Hahahahaha
Bucks' opponents average about 17 turnovers a game. Midway through the first, the Jazz have coughed up the ball six times already.
Bennett Salvatore just Ts up KG for slapping ball down hard, his 2nd of night and he's ejected. Talk about giving fans what they paid to see
Manu with 2 assists, as he feeds the Baynes. SA goes up 11. Baynes should have an advantage vs. lighter PHX frontcourt.
Mentioned that Manu is the same way. He immediately pipes up, "Man, they hate that guy around here." Moral of the story: PS losses sting.
At 0 for 5 from the field, Deng hits a 3-pointer that draws Heat within 65-60.
KG unnecessarily ejected for slamming the ball in frustration at himself for his 2nd tech
Feed Valanciunas the rest of the way. Look at who he is going up against. Makes sense, no?
One of my more favorite exchanges, talking to the PHX AP reporter about what a good guy Goran Dragic was to deal with.