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Westbrook misses the first. Ball lies.
Westbrook misses the first.
One of those fouls that makes you go: What was he thinking?
Oh. My. Trying for the intentional foul and Matthews clearly fouls Westbrook shooting a 3.
Oh my oh my. Westbrook to the line to make three free throws... again. Unreal.
Wow. After Afflalo makes both, Westbrook streaks up court, hoists a loooong shot ... but is fouled by Matthews. Will go to line shooting 3.
What's he doing????!!!!!
Westbrook can't ask for better than that.
Wesley Matthews fouls Russell Westbrook shooting a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left. Blazers up 113-110...
Nothing wrong with that play.
Westbrook missed a driving J over LA, Afflalo snared rebound. Lead intact. Afflalo will go to FT line with 6.3 secs left.
Blazers got the stop but Wesley Matthews is grabbing his right hand.
Ok, MJax. He's putting this one up.
Coaches and players don't tank - Lakers fans want Lakers to tank (some anyway) - but they're not going to lose willingly (apparently)
Russell Westbrook with the chance to cap a historic month in a perfect way right now. OKC down 1, with ball, 11 seconds left.
Westbrook has been sensational tonight, but that was definitely a bad possession. Got tunnel vision and forced one up.
111-110 Blazers, 11.1 seconds left.
GREAT D from Batum on Westbrook there.
LaMarcus Aldridge is great.
9 points, 4 boards in Q4 for LaMarcus Aldridge. Blazers up 111-110 with 42.4 left.
And the fact that the Moda Center plays the Hunger Games whistle after Wesley Matthews make a 3-pointer makes it the 2nd best arena in NBA
Break up the Lakers - winners of 3 straight - 101-93 over Bucks
Call stands. Off-setting techs for Ibaka and Aldridge. Westbrook with 2 FTs
Lakers win third straight and Bucks open western trip with 101-93 loss at Staples. Had 11-point lead in third but faltered in fourth.
Final: Lakers 101, Bucks 93. LAL outscored MIL 36-21 in a red hot 4th Q, keyed by Wayne Ellington's 6 of 7 FG's for 14 4th Q points.
36, 13, 11 on a back to back road game after going to overtime last night and he’s going to the line for more.
Oh, by the way: Russell Westbrook makes it eight career games with at least 30 shot attempts. Anyone griping about that tonight?
Halfway home from Evansville. If you're still up and have my number, give me a call and help me kill some time.
The Lakers have won three in a row for the first time since Dec. 9-14, 2014.
Westbrook’s stat line tonight. http://t.co/2iYlBsAQgj
Tempers flare at the Moda, where Ibaka and LA get into a mini altercation and have to separated. Each given techs.
Serge Ibaka and LaMarcus Aldridge get techs. After Ibaka gave an extra slap to Batum and LA came over to discuss that decision.
This Thunder-Blazers game is one of the best I've seen all year. Teams making some incredibly difficult shots.
Serge Ibaka and LaMarcus Aldridge go face-to-face. Crowd cheering wildly because Ed Malloy will get to review something
Serge Ibaka and LaMarcus Aldridge: not friends.
Bucks needed a lot of luck to beat Lakers in Milwaukee. Probably got what they deserved tonight.
Lakers win 101-93 over Bucks. It marks Lakers' first 3-game winning streak since Dec. 14, 2014 in Minny when Kobe surpassed MJ in scoring
Serge v. LaMarcus II
LA. Again. 110-108 Blazers. Under 2 left.
Btw, LaMarcus has a season high 5 assists too
Such balance from Lakers backcourt. Lin, Ellington, Clarkson all with 14+ points, 5+ assists and 4+ rebounds.
Russell. Russell. Russell.
Aldridge coming up big here in Q4. Another bucket puts the Blazers up 108-106.
Boston Celtics - 14 3's in a game Last three games : 3 Previous 426 games: 3
Dame just let OKC off the hook
Aldridge's decision making in the PNR has made a huge difference down the stretch.
Ranking the Sixers' assets: 1. Brett Brown
That should do it. Lin got Bayless to bite on a pump fake with 0:35.3 left, and hit both FT's. 100-93, Lakers.
It's nights like this, games like this, that separate Portland from many in the NBA. Absolutely electric atmosphere in Moda Center
For those asking for Mitch McGary to come back in: He looked winded at end of his last spurt, roasted by Lillard on PnR. Needed a break.
When Milwaukee came back in that final minute against LAL, O.J. Mayo hit 2 3's, and Brandon Knight 1. Mayo's injured, Knight traded.
Tied at 103 with 4:32 to play. Blazers going with a small lineup (Wright/Batum at the 4) and the space on offense has been the difference.
Lakers have given up losing for Lent and are on their way to their third consecutive victory with 55.1 left.
If this game goes to OT, Westbrook may end up with 30/20/20 or something stupid like that - and 40+ FG attempts
(Only rooting for OKC for Mavs playoff purposes)
Dion Waiters has the same role as Arron Afflalo.
The Blazers spacing is just terrific.
LAL's lead pushed to 7 w/1:00 left after another Hill hoop, and Johnson's steal and resulting dunk. 98-91, LAL looking for a 3rd straight W.
Aldridge ties the game at 103 with 4:32 left.
103-101 Thunder. Blazers with a chance to ties here ...
WES JOHNSON DUNKED ON GIANNIS ANTEDASJDLSKDJLA.
Great look off by Aldridge to get Augustin to commit to Lillard, leaving Wes in the corner. $$$
Come on, OKC.
Lakers going to win this one 98-91 with a minute left - third in a row
Well, Lakers lead 94-91 with 90 seconds remaining in the game.
Russell Westbrook's last 26 hours: 70 points, 25 rebounds, 22 assists.
Hill and Bayless exchange buckets, LAL's lead remaining at 3 with 1:20 and counting to play...
Pretty sure all of Bayless FT misses this year are in the fourth quarter.
For those wanting the Lakers to lose, Wes Johnson is doing everything in his power to make that happen.
Thunder with a pair of dumb fouls on 3-pointers.
Westbrook hasn't attempted a 3 yet tonight and when he finally does, it's either gonna be a dagger, or a horrible airball. No in between.
LAL led 94-88 at MIL (Feb. 4) w/36 sec. left before allowing B2B 3's to tie it in the final minute. LAL lead is 3 with 2:04 to go tonight.
Lin clobbers Giannis on the head, Davis with the block. OK.
Jerryd Bayless to the line - Bucks down 92-88 to Lakers with 2:04 left
WHAT A BLOCK BY ED DAVIS.
Burke: Snyder "came at us yesterday in film session. It was something we needed because we weren't the same team the other night at home."
Bucks closing lineup is 1/8 from three tonight. We may be having this conversation again soon.
Ellington 14 in fourth after going scoreless in first 3 quarters. Now 6 of 13 and 2 of 6 from 3.
Thunder just can't hold the Blazers off. This is gonna be a tight final seven minutes.
97-91 Thunder with 7:19 left. Plenty of time.
Ellington's en fuego, NBA JAM style, now 6 for 7 in the 4th Q after missing his first 6 shots through 3 Q's. He has 14, LAL up 92-86.
Ellington has gone 6 of 7 in the 4th Q after missing his first 6 shots. Huge turnaround
Ellington on fire and Lakers lead 92-86.
Wayne Ellington has 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers take the 90-86 lead with 3:44 remaining.
Overheard in hotel lobby: “I feel bad for the Wizards. They lost to the Sixers.”
Bucks left hottest guy in gym and Ellington drains a 3.
Wayne Ellington is feeling it. 0-6 through 3, he's 4-5 in the fourth, including two 3s.
Ellington hits a three - Lakers up 88-84 with 4:32 left
Ellington stays hot, draining a corner 3 to reach 10 points in the 4th Q, putting LAL up 88-84 at the 4:45 mark of the 4th.
The Blazers suddenly missing Joel Freeland on this second unit, especially in PNR D.
It was Brandon Knight, whom Milwaukee traded, that killed LAL in the 4th and OT on Feb. 4. They're searching for some scoring right now.
There have been 25 triple-doubles in the NBA this season. Westbrook has five of them. Next closest? Michael Carter-Williams with three.
Staples Center crowd was quiet but into it now for final 5 minutes.
The Spurs' bench scored 45 points as well. SA heads to Phoenix for a back-to-back to finish the road trip.
Lakers up 85-83 as Ellington scored twice on break.
Mitch McGary could have collected those llamas.
Wayne Ellington was 0 for 6 in the 1st 3 Q's, but has made 3 of 4 FG's in the 4th Q for 7 points w/his 6 boards and 4 assists.
For the first time this season, Lakers successfully completed a fastbreak.
Mitch McGary gets to 20 points - a career high - with a layup with 9:40 left. He now has 20 pts, 9 rbs, 2 asts. OKC leads 95-82.
Awful shot from Bayless sets up the Laker runout.
Mitch McGary has made nine consecutive shots vs. Blazers. He also only has two games in his NBA career where he has 9+ attempts.
Strange game. But Lakers have come all the way back from 11 down to take a lead. Locked in another close one. 83-83 now.
LAL have come all the way back from the 10-point lead early in the 4th to take an 83-81 lead at the 5:45 mark. Ellington, Hill coming on.
Seems fair. http://t.co/J9CLzxJ6Ut
Midway through 4, Lakers lead 83-81 after Wayne Ellington's layup.
New career-high for Mitch McGary: 20 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes.
Did I mention DeMarcus Cousins didn't play tonight?
Lakers up 83-81 with 6 minutes left
WES JOHNSON TIES THE GAME. With 6:15 remaining in the game.
Mitch McGary with 20 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Been a monster all night.
That's a career high 20 points to go with 9 boards for the next Dave Cowens, OKC southpaw Mitch McGary
Wesley Johnson hits a three to tie the game at 81-81 w/ 6:30 left after missing his first four shots.
20 and 9 for McGary. Blazers down 13 with 9:40 left to go.
Parker scored 17 of his 19 in the second half, while Manu Ginobili scored 11 of his 16 in those last two quarters too.
Lin tried to draw the Chris Paul "shooting from half court while being fouled" thing, but didn't get the call.
mannnnn, McGary is relentless
Career-high 20 points for Mitch McGary tonight. Also has nine rebounds.
Mitch McGary has a new career-high with 20. Just 80 more to match Wilt. 9:40 left to try
Tony Parker's scoring by quarter: 1Q: 2 points, 1/2 FG 2Q: 0 points, 0/3 FG 3Q: 6 points, 2/4 FG 4Q: 11 points, 4/7 FG
Russell Westbrook is the first player with at least 20 points, 10 assists & 10 rebounds in 3 straight games since Michael Jordan in 1989.
Spurs now 3-5 on the rodeo trip, finish up tmw night against Phoenix.
Final: Spurs 107, Sacramento 96. Tony Parker scores 11 of 19 in the 4th quarter. Kawhi Leonard with 17/7/5/1/2. 4-game losing streak over.
FINAL: Spurs 107, Kings 96. 21 points for McLemore, 20 for McCallum. SA: Parker 19 points, Leonard 17 points, Manu 16 points.
The Spurs end their 4-game losing streak & improve to 35-23 with a 107-96 victory over the Kings. Tony Parker leads the team with 19 points
Wesley Matthews (1 for 11) and Dion Waiters (2 for 10) waging a personal duel of hack-a-shot
Actually, Lakers are down by one. My math is terrible and I can't spell.
LAL trailed by 9 into the 4th at Utah before rallying to win the game. They trailed by 7 tonight into the 4th, are w/in 1 w/9 min. left.
Fun fact: Westbrook's last game without a triple-double, he had 21-8-17 in 27 minutes. Had he played the fourth, this would be four straight
Dorell Wright into the game. Surprise!
After three straight expulsions from school.
Stotts going with Dorell instead of Meyers on this shift to start the fourth quarter. Adjusting to Thunder small lineup w/ McGary at C.
So, does Russell Westbrook have any connection to the DC area?
He's been a good, solid B.
Ellington 3-pointer over Ilyasova brings Lakers within 77-76 and Kidd calls a timeout w/9:15 left.
Disappeared off the face of the earth after 21/13/0 masterclass against Clips. So going to limit any judgement strictly to tonight.
Correction: This is Westbrook' FIFTH triple-double of the season, not fourth.
Crazy impressive: Three of Russell Westbrook's five triple-doubles this season have become before the start of the 4th quarter.
After trailing by 11, Lakers have stormed back and only trail by two.
LAL are on an 11-1 run, enough to cut Milwaukee's 10-point lead down to just a single point at 77-76, capped by Wayne Ellington's 1st FG.
Wayne Ellington hit a huge 3 to cut Bucks lead to 77-76 w/ 9:15 left. Also marked Ellington's first FG after missing his first 6 shots
Tony Parker has scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half.
Lakers making a 4th quarter push - Ellington from three makes it 77-76 Bucks with 9:15 left - Milwaukee had been up 11
Parker up to 19 after FTs. Needed 16 shots to get there, but after last few outings, he'll take it any way he can get it.
Russell Westbrook isn't on fire. He is fire.
I wonder how long it's been since a player had triple-doubles on back-to-back nights? Magic? Oscar?
It was over a week ago on a Thursday Parker scored 21 points & dished 13 assists vs. the Clippers. He's got 19 and 4 tonight.
THAT WAS A CHARGE, REF.
After 3: Thunder 89, Blazers 78. Mitch McGary with 12 points of his 16 points in the third. Westbrook 27-10-11. Lillard 22. LA 20.
Tony Parker looks alive for the first time in over a month.
89-78 Thunder after Q3. Blazers actually won the third 31-30.
Jeremy Lin's jumper cuts the deficit down to 76-71 with 9:46 remaining.
Thunder lead 89-78 after three. Westbrook 27-10-11, McGary 16 and 7 rebounds.
Guess somebody tripped over a cable in Sacramento?
Tony Parker has 17 points tonight. He just nailed a three. Spurs take 13 poin lead, 2 mins left.
Parker with the 3. He's got 17 and...suddenly my TV goes black.
Portland better be careful. OKC could come back to win this division.
Can’t tell who is more upset right now… Brian Wheeler or Terry Stotts.
Point guard Russell Westbrook, sans Kevin Durant, now has three straight triple-doubles. LeBron James still doesn't have one. Wow!
Russell Westbrook now with eight triple-doubles since the start of last season's playoffs. No one else with more than three.
btw ... Russell Westbrook gets his 3td consecutive triple-double. He's now at 27 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds. Still in 3rd Q.
Scott Brooks called Russell Westbrook a "walking triple double" pregame. Russ has 27/10/11 in the third quarter. 3rd straight triple-double
Kings trail Spurs 102-92 with 2:39 to go. Sacramento with 16 turnovers. San Antonio with only 5.
Three straight. Russell Westbrook has 25-11-10 in less than three quarters. 19 FGAs.
For Westbrook, 27 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists for his 5th triple-double of the season
Three straight triple-doubles (fourth of the season) for Russell Westbrook: 25-10-11, 1:55 left in the third.
Russell Westbrook becomes the first player since LeBron in March 2009 to post three consecutive triple-doubles.
Westbrook now has a third consecutive triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in 28 minutes. LeBron in '09 last to do it.
Serge Ibaka has been incredible defensively since the All-Star break. And not just as a shot-blocker.
Bucks have owned the Lakers in the 2nd and 3rd after a strong 1st for LA - currently 75-65 Milwaukee in 4th
Milwaukee opened the 4th Q with a pick and pop 3-pointer from Ersan Ilyasova to restore their 10-point lead at 75-65.
Great no call. Ibaka went straight up
Good problem to have, but gonna be tough to keep Mitch McGary off the court when Adams/Kanter come back. Ton of young frontcourt depth.
Terry Stotts gets a tech. Letting the refs know he is displeased with a non-foul on Lillard's drive.
Terry Stotts with the rare technical after arguing a no-call on Damian Lillard driving layup. He's pretty heated.
Bucks lead 72-65 after three quarters. Giannis 11-7-4. Ilyasova and Middleton 10 pts each.
Mitch McGary making the Blazers PNR D look like it's 2012-13
That's eight TOs for Master Gay, by the way.
Chris Paul on halftime adjustments: "The only thing that happened at halftime was that I was playing one-on-one with Dahntay’s son."
Blazers broadcaster Brian Wheeler from press row: “What’s going on!?!?"
8 turnovers now for Rudy Gay. Yikes
Speaking of the Kings Kingsing...how 'bout Rudy Gay dribbling ball off his feet on key fourth quarter possession?
OKC rookie Mitch McGary (14 points, 6 rebounds) filling in nicely for Steven Adams
Rudy Gay with his 8th turnover.
Parker T'd up complaining about non-call on drive. Not the best time, but you can certainly understand his frustration.
Parker gets called for the T. Thought he should have been fouled when he drove. SA leads by 9, free Kings FT.
Valparaiso defeated Cleveland State to clinch the Horizon League regular season title. Oakland can earn the No. 2 seed with a win Saturday
Tony Parker picked up a technical? Apocalypse upon us. Run for your lives
Lakers trailing 72-65 to Bucks after 3rd Q. Clarkson has 16 points on a 7 of 9 clip, but Lakers shooting only 41.9% overall
Tony Parker with the tech.
ED DAVIS IS MY HOMEBOY.
STOP IT BEN
With his free throw after that last-minute foul, Harden has six games with go-ahead points in final 90 seconds of Rockets wins this season.
Ginobili is single-handedly beating the Kings in the fourth.
George Karl going with interesting lineup here, Ben McLemore with Ray McCallum and Andre Miller, with Rudy Gay and Jason Thompson.
Arron Afflalo goes right at Dion Waiters. And-1.
That last rebound by Manu...he might have nights where he's out of control and/or shooting poorly, but you can never question the effort.
Fully expected a Batum flop, but instead, it was Westbrook who did.
Harden begged to differ: "I was just trying to walk. He was so low he kinda took my legs from under me."
4:07 left in the 4th and the Spurs have a 10 point lead. SA taking an 18-10 scoring edge in the 4th.
So Dion Waiters CAN hit a jumper ...
Dion believes that the crowd is actually booing him
Jarrett Jack on the hack-a-Harden call: "“He stayed with it and got some calls down the stretch that superstars get."
Kings have attempted only two three pointers tonight.
Manu Ginobili's 3 extends Spurs lead to 10, 4:30 to play. Kings trying to trade buckets with them. Tony Parker coming to life too
Ginobili drills the 3, Spurs up 10. Might finally be it, but with this team lately you just never know.
And now Manu's heating up. He's got 14 points, who are these guys?
Just like that, Spurs 98, Kings 88.
A 7-0 Blazer run, followed by 10-0 OKC run, followed by a 10-0 Blazer run. More runs than in a T-ball game
Oh hey, a few layups go in and now Parker's jumper just went in. He's got 14, Spurs by 7.
D-League call-up Bryce Cotton after playing his first NBA minutes with the Jazz tonight: "Everything out there was a bonus today."
Parker now with 12 points, as he just made yet another layup. Something's kicked in this quarter for him.
Wes Johnson, 56.0 --> Not Activated.
Nic Batum's first basket is a big one. His 3 cuts the OKC lead ot 69-64 and wakes up Moda Center.
Nice run here by the Blazers ...
Russell came to play but Dame is answering the bell. His best game in what seems like months.
Mark Wahlberg and Denzel got the most love on the jumbotron tonight … LAL, meanwhile, trail 70-61 with 2:32 to play.
Some fans chanted Cooley's name after his two baskets, like his Notre Dame days. He didn't expect it in Denver but called it "pretty cool."
The Blazers have to be the worst 2-on-1 fast break team in the West. Always an adventure.
Tyreke Evans: "We're not worried about a computer. We're worried about us playing basketball. I know the computer is smart, but..."
The Spurs' bench is now outscoring the Kings' bench 40-17. Manu with 11 points, Diaw with 7, Beli/Baynes 8 each.
And now Manu embellishes contact to induce an offensive foul -- AKA, flopping. Pulling out all the stops tonight!
OK, be honest: Who's watching Bucks-Lakers right now?
Ray McCallum just picked up his 5th foul, Kings down 91-86, 5:50 to play.
Wes Johnson tried to pump-fake his defender, but jumped during the process and was called for a travel.
Russell Westbrook (21-8-10) is approximately two possessions away from his third straight triple-double.
Wesley Johnson called for traveling. A pump fake doesn't exactly work when you also jump
Box score has Westbrook with 8 rebounds now. Regardless, two rebounds away then. With nine minutes left in the third quarter.
You know who else we've been missing this year: Land Walrus mode Boris Diaw.
A thought popped into Jack Cooley's head after his quick foul in his first NBA action: "I better not end up with more fouls than points."