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Kevin Garnett on the Denver Nuggets "they quit on Brian Shaw so I figured they'd quit again. A quitter is a quitter."
Final: Portland beats Clippers in OT, 98-93.
Have always liked Batum's game. Wonder how he would do popularity wise in a big market
Portland is on a 6-0 run in OT to lead 93-89 with 2 minutes left.
CP shoots a driving jumper with 0.7 left that circles around the rim, then bounces out. Looks like we're going to OT.
Wi 25.1 seconds left in the and the Clippers up by three points, 87-84, Nicolas Batum made an uncontested three pointer to tie the game.
CP has 8 points in the first 8 mins of the 4th, including scoring last six consecutive baskets for Clips.
CP3 just sent Damian Lillard flying with a xover, then sank a jumper near the free throw line with 6 mins left. He has 28 pts and 10 assists
Big Baby just played strong defense on Aldridge, forcing him to shoot a long 3. The Staples Center crowd rose to their feet to applaud him.
DJ has 15 rebounds w just under 9 minutes left. It's his 10th straight game with 15 or more boards.
The Clips led by as many as 11 pts in the 3rd, but the Trail Blazers clawed their way back to cut the deficit to 2, 68-66, heading into 4th.
Clippers hanging on, lead 68-66 heading into the fourth quarter
Clippers lead down to three, 66-63, with 2 mins left in 3rd. Had led by 11
CP3 picks up his fourth foul, which could hurt. His defense on Lillard has been key. Lillard is 0/8 with 1 point so far
Turkoglu, not Rivers, took that last shot. My bad
Halftime: Clippers 48, Trail Blazers 46. CP3 leads all scorers w 17 points and 4 assists. Portland has 9 turnovers, the Clippers have 3.
Austin Rivers misses 3-pt shot at buzzer, but Clippers still take a 48-46 lead into halftime.
Minions are in the building. http://t.co/8dFsKMJiDy
Clippers and Blazers trading baskets. All tied at 42 with 3:18 left in the half.
Byron on Hassan Whiteside's 25 rebounds: "You've got one guy that out-rebounded all our bigs. I think that says it all."
Ed Davis putting up numbers. 14 points & 10 rebounds. Jeremy Lin w/ 12 points, 9 assists, 4 steals & 2 rebounds.
Unless Tarik Black isn’t actually alive, and is being propped up on the bench ala “Weekend at Bernie’s," shouldn't he be playing? AK
Lakers miss another chance at a victory. This time, they lose to Miami, 100-94.
4 bench players for the Lakers (Lin, Davis, Hill & Wes) outscored 5 starters. 51 to 43. Also outrebounded the starters. 28 to 14.
With 4.5 seconds left, Hassan Whiteside makes both free throws as the Lakers are down by six.
Rebound No. 25 from Whiteside followed misses from Lin and Johnson. He hit both this time. MIA up 100-94, 04.5 seconds left.
Jordan Clarkson misses the potential game-tying three, but there was no fear on that attempt. Encouraging.
Clarkson missed a potential game-tying 3, and Lin fouled Whiteside after his 24th rebound. 1 of 2 FT's put MIA up 4, 15 sec. left.
Whiteside tonight: 15 points, 23 rebounds, 4 blocks. Hill's battled him this 4th Q, has 13 points and 10 boards.
Hassan Whiteside: 15 points, 23 boards and 4 blocks. Talk about a steal for Miami. Kid is the real deal.
2/2: After Hill's reverse under the rim, Whiteside got a layup on the other end, from Wade, to put Miami up 97-94 with 21.3 seconds left.
Timeout, Lakers. Hassan Whiteside's layup gives the Heat a three point lead with 21.3 seconds remaining.
1/2: Wow, a huge one-handed alley-oop slam for Whiteside from Wade … then Hill gets a near dunk around Whiteside...
That might have been Hill's best play as a Laker. BK
I don't understand how some people simultaneously diminish the value of 2nd round picks and then get excited about Clarkson. BK
JORDAN CRAIG HILL.
What a pass from Jeremy Lin to Jordan Hill as Lakers are still trailing by three with 45.0 seconds left.
That pass was as good of a play as Jeremy Lin has made all season.
Wade made a great play to get his own miss on the O glass, and hit both FT's to put MIA back up 3 … but Hill answered on Lin's 9th dime.
Jordan Clarkson attacked the basket, but took a hard foul from Hassan Whiteside. He made both free throws as Lakers trail by one with 1:44.
Clarkson took it strong to the hoop, took a hard foul, but bounced up to hit 2 FT's. LAL back within 1, 1:44 left.
Wors-case scenario for Lakers these days: Jordan Clarkson taking a hard fall, landing on his back. Just happened vs. Miami but he seems OK.
Quite a serpentine exhibition of pain from Clarkson... BK
DON'T BE HURT, CLARKSON.
Ellington made a nice extra pass to Clarkson under the rim, but Whiteside came over for his 5th block plus 23 boards. MIA up 3, 1:53 left.
Ed Davis was playing well with 14 points and 12 rebounds, so he gets taken out with 2:20 remaining.
Miami aggressively trapped Lin, who's been running LAL's O, and Wade stole the ball from Kelly. Whiteside hit 1 of 2 FT's after Kelly's PF.
Goran Dragic isn't even a Laker yet, but he's helping them win. Because, losing is winning at this point.
Goran Dragic's three gives Heat a 90-88 lead with 3:19 left in the game.
Big 3 from Goran Dragic gets him to 21 points on just 10 shots, putting Miami up 90-88 at the 3:19 mark.
With four minutes left, Lakers lead 88-87. Do what you have to do, Lakers.
Doc says there's a chance Blake Griffin could play Sunday. Clippers will practice twice before then
Hassan Whiteside was about to tackle another player, but realized Ed Davis is my homeboy and backed off.
Davis committed a hard foul on Whiteside after an O board, which ends up being smart, as Whiteside missed both FT's (2 for 7 tonight).
Lin stays hot, up to 12 points with 8 assists + 4 steals to give LAL an 88-85 lead with 5:32 to play. Ellington, Johnson, Hill + Davis in.
Wes Johnson, 58.75 --> Activated.
After missing a dunk, Henry Walker has changed his name back to Bill.
Nice pass from Jeremy Lin to Ed Davis as Lakers take a 84-80 lead.
Ed Davis has been excellent tonight: 15 points and 11 boards after a tough hoop inside. Lin's up to 8 assists, LAL up 84-80 with 7:15 left.
ED DAVIS IS MY HOMEBOY.
After a timeout, Lakers draw up a play for a Wesley Johnson three. Lolz.
Dwyane Wade (18 points through 3 Q's) is tied with LeBron for 4th Q points with 6.9 per night. We'll see when he checks in.
With 8:30 to play, we're all square at 80 in Miami. Good game so far, the squads going back and forth towards 8 ties, 5 lead changes.
Goran Dragic with a strong audition for the Lakers as he has 18 points, four rebounds and six assists already.
Dragic has been in LAL's paint all night, now with 18 points and 6 assists on 5 of 9 FG's and 8 of 8 FT's. But LAL hanging, tied at 80.
Wes Johnson on a 5-0 run as the Lakers tie the game at 78.
LAL's starters have had trouble elevating their play as opponents do in 3rd Q. They play hard consistently, just don't have that next gear.
Miami outscored LAL 30-22 in the 3rd Q to take a 76-73 lead into the final period. Davis has 12 and 10, Lin 8 and 6 off the pine.
LAL are on an 11-2 run, after Ellington put back a Lin miss, then found Lin for a 3. Lin has 9 points and 6 assists, Ellington 13 and 3.
After Jeremy Lin's three, Lakers only trail by one with 44.4 left in the third.
Hassan Whiteside with a technical foul and his 'emotion' rating will increase after next NBA 2K update.
Same story for LAL in the 3rd: starters give up a run, subs start to bring them back. Lin/Davis have LAL within 4.