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Couple of good signs upon Gallo's first appearance: The drive into the lane; then the quick second jump to grab the board & score in traffic
Knicks are 0-for-14 from three.
Mavs have 71-64 lead over Raptors entering fourth despite 4-of-15 night for Dirk. Another double-double for Tyson Chandler (11 pts, 10 reb)
After 3, Dallas 71, Raps 64. Raps shooting just 36% from floor, 67% from stripe.
DeMarre is shooting 41% from deep this season. Not too shabby.
No matter what happens Sunday at SMU, this felt like a night where Monmouth could turn a corner and start doing some damage.
Pels clicking on offense, but can't get stops and defensive rebounds when they need it.
Milwaukee bench has a combined differential of +100.
Flip Saunders a Kobe fan: “What he’s doing just shows you again why he’s gonna go down as one of the top 5 players to ever play the game.”
Rockets down 18 3 1/2 mins into 2nd half, not coming close to slowing Clippers. Call it early and save something for Milwaukee tomorrow?
Clippers open 3rd quarter on a 12-4 run to take a 68-50 lead
With DeRozan ruled out, this will be the first time he's been held scoreless when playing 16+ mins in 5+ year career. He was 0/8 in 21 mins
Can we stop showing the Ray Rice elevator video now? Only thing that does is hurt Janay over and over and over.
Credit Valanciunas, really poor against Chandler, but took it to Mavs bigs when Chandler went to bench.
Ho-hum: Parker with 13 points and 4 assists in 18 mins.
Rare CP3 on-court celebration, but he emoted (a little) after that transition 3 to put Clippers up 68-50.
With 5 seconds on the clock, Parker split the screen, drove in, then found Kawhi for the corner three which he made. Spurs by 10.
The Bucks' only center has 3 rebounds in 11 minutes...and yet here they are winning by 16 and outrebounding the Pistons 39-32. Beautiful.
Raps on 8-0 run since Wolstat of the Sun declared game over.
JV's first bucket comes with 2:33 remaining in the 3rd quarter. He follows it up with free throws on the next possession.
John Salmons is finally hitting some outside shots for the Pelicans. He has made three 3-pointers so far. Could he be the starter tomorrow?
David West doing it all... 16 points, five rebounds, a 3-pointer, a steal and a dunk tonight. Still 19:31 to be played.
Would love to help someone else with their Xmas shopping, so…I talked @molhimawk into giving away another $300 gift card. Details soon.
Bucks run out, swing it and find Marshall for the wide open three. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Now 90-74 Bucks with 7:35 left.
JR Smith switched which type of shoes he was wearing at halftime. Maybe that's kinda like Michael's Secret Stuff from Space Jam.
19 fouls called between the Spurs and Kings with 2:57 left in the first half. Spurs lead 50-42. SA outscoring SAC 24-20 in 2Q.
Where is Anthony Davis?
What has got into Mareese Speights
Little things: Blake Griffin's hustle turns a breakaway lay up into a missed 6-foot jumper.
Marshall drains a 3 and Bucks lead extends to 90-74. Van Gundy immediately calls a timeout.
Phoenix D reallly shading Ty's right hand. He's gonna have to take the lefty dribbling opportunities
Ilyasova with the putback to give him 22 in 22 minutes. GMS OF THE NBA TAKE NOTE.
Mavs up 69-56 with 3 mins left 3Q in Toronto. Monta has 15 and 9 in this 3rd quarter
Gary Harris making an early appearance tonight
I'd mention JV, but Tyson Chandler has devoured him whole so far.
Charlotte has lost 8 straight games. They're now 4-13. They had 6th-best defense last year, but have one of NBA's worst defenses this year.
Not a fun night for DeRozan. Leaves early with groin injury after shooting 0-for-8.
Dinwiddie's not small, but both Bayless and Marshall have looked to attack him in the post. Working.
With DeRozan out for the game, they need some secondary creation from Ross, and just a crapload from Lowry.
GSW survives rough homecoming from Curry, because this is The Year Of Speights (& because 4 quarters of offense from CHA would be too much).
DeMar with a strained left groin. Will not return. Very odd considering how he fell. Looked like he jammed his left wrist.
Ersan now with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
DeMar DeRozan will not return due to a strained left groin.
Final: Warriors 106, Hornets 101
Second-chance points: Warriors 18, Hornets 7.
Kawhi with the steal and then fast break layup, where he almost got tackled by Hollins in the open court.
It's funny what fans will boo as a dirty play.
Raptors say DeRozan strained his left groin on the fall. Will not return tonight.
Down to 10 off some scrappy plays and an Evans layup. Time to make a run is now.
DeRozan has a strained left groin and will not return.
Ersan, Middleton and Dudley the only guys in double figures for the Bucks...and they're all off the bench
Amar'e starts the second half for Acy
Another opponent shooting just shy of 50% from three against Raptors on a lot of makes. Hard to win games with defending like that.
I'll give him this: Monta have at least some of it.
Kevin Pangos had 33 pts and 15 assists in 2 games for the Zags.
NIT Preseason Tip-Off All-Tourney Team: Rysheed Jordan (SJU) D'Angelo Harrison (SJU) Kyle Wiltjer (Zags) Sabonis (Zags) MOP: Kevin Pangos
But if the Knicks can get into the top three in next year's draft, wouldn't be surprised if they're pushing for homecourt in 1st Rd in 2016.
With 7:17 left, Hawks lead 72-62. But if the Pelicans get a few more stops, this could get interesting.
The quick crossover to a step back is quickly becoming Ty Lawson's favorite shot
Manu just ran around two different sets of screens to free himself from McLemore for the open three. The youngin' had trouble keeping up.
It's Block Friday.
Ersan scores first 6 points of fourth to stretch Bucks lead to 11. After a Singler triple, Middleton responds with a 3 off Marshall assist.
Make that 9 turnovers. And Manu just hit a 3. 46-36 Spurs.
Looking at those Westbrook numbers http://t.co/BklgxbhzA8
The Knicks, if they do it right, can have this be a one-year blip and be very good next season. Or they could turn into the current Lakers.
No word yet on DeRozan. He has only missed 11 games in 5+ seasons.
Sacramento really has stepped up in the rebounding category without DeMarcus Cousins thus far.
Monroe guarded by Jared Dudley. What happens? Swing-swing to Jerebko, who barrels into Ilysova for an offensive foul on the baseline. 85-72
Kings have their starters back in down 43-36, 5:09 before halftime. Kings 8 turnovers a big reason they trail .
Update: Ersan is at a career-best FG% this season right now.
Spurs match their largest lead of the night with 7 points, as Manu scores the layup out of a Horns set.
Is Pelicans backup center Alexis Ajinca hurt? Hasn't played since last Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz.
Game Ops calling their shot with "Whoomp: There It Is" in the second quarter.
Looks like DeRozan fell on and injured his left wrist. He had been holding his right wrist after a fall earlier in the game.
Weird, seeing replay, DeRozan fell on his left wrist, but his right was the one wrapped with a towel as he exited.
Also, Ryan Hollins, who came in averaging 0.9 points in seven games, has 10 first half points to lead the Kings.
That was terrible.
Who's looking forward to the Saints-Falcons game? Pels jacking up all kinds of poor shots.
Shocking that when I say something positive about the Knicks, my mentions don't explode like when I state the obvious about them right now.
Thats my fear with potentially going all in on Gasol next year. Need more than just one guy. Guys who can guard the wing would be nice, too.
DeRozan has twice played in all 82 games. Played in 79 last year, all but three in lockout year and missed five contests as a rookie.
Second-half prediction: A Grant Jerrett sighting!!! He's active for the first time tonight.
Maybe the Husky Dolphin?
5:46 left until half, Spurs lead Kings 41-35. SAC keeping pace with SA in 2Q scoring, as SA has 15-13 edge.
Knicks have neglected defensive side of the ball for too long. Chandler was great, but its wrong to get C in hopes of him being savior on D.
Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook combined for a first half triple-double: 24 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists.
I don't think I can ever call him the Land Walrus after that.
End of three: Bucks 74, Pistons 69. Bucks bench outscoring Detroit 39-4 led by Ilyasova w/12. Middleton came off bench to hit 2 big shots.
Hornets fans chanting "Go Home Curry."
Ultimate Cream Shake from Boris. Took Landry to the rim, reverse once, twice, then a third time under the rim before kissing in the reverse.
Raptors rallying for their all-star DeRozan. Lead down to 58-52
Rockets play in Milwaukee tomorrow in 2nd game of back-to-back. Bucks are 9-7 with strong defense, lead in Detroit heading to 4th tonight.
Final: No. 10 Gonzaga 73, St. John's 66. Unfortunate this ended the way it did. I'd give the MVP to Pangos.
Love Melo's game, and think he's as talented as they come. But watching a guy like Westbrook, you see how infectious his effort/energy is.
Awkward possession that ends in a Bobo made three. Parker tried to get Kawhi in the post, didn't work out, so eventually found Diaw for 3PT
In case you have lost track, that makes three starters -- Howard, Jones and Beverley -- and one fill-in starter, Canaan, out for Rockets.
More than anything, I just wanna see the Knicks with some guys who can legitimately play both ends of the court and play hard all the time.
Klay HAS no conscience
DeRozan is off to the locker room. Lou checks in.
westbrook comes back and has 20, 7, and 6... and it is halftime
With the help of a trainer, DeRozan walks (slowly) to the locker room. Head down. Hard to see what happened exactly.
DeMar straight to locker room. Lou Williams in to replace him. Next man up.
Isaiah Canaan has a sprained left ankle. He will not return. Left as Rockets' leading scorer with 13.
DeMar being taken to the back, his right hand is covered by a towel. We haven’t been shown a replay yet.
DeRozan is up, walking gingerly and they're holding his right hand/wrist. Doesn't look good. He's going to the locker room.
I can guess more, but that's all it would be.
DeRozan walking off on his own, with some help from trainer. Moving gingerly.
If Knicks go into next offseason with Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, a top five pick & tons of cap space, there's a lot of potential there.
The refs taking this game away from the players w/ that offensive foul call on Harrison. Bad job.
DeRozan on his feet, mostly walking under his own power with a bit of help from the trainer. Walking a bit gingerly to the bench.
Entire Raptors team is on the court around DeRozan, trainers now helping him up and over to the bench
DeMar just now getting up. Helped to bench by trainer Scott McCullough.
To be such a young team, the Bucks move the ball really well and play well together. The mark of a good coach, Mr. Jason Kidd
Things have gone from bad to worse in a hurry, DeRozan is down, lying on the court and kicking his foot in pain. Doesn't look good.
Klay had zero conscience
College basketball is crazy. Maryland was one of the hottest team in the nation coming into the night, then had to fend off Monmouth.
The whole team is coming out to surround DeRozan, still on the floor.
Raptors star DeMar DeRozan slips as he's dribbling and is writhing in pain on the floor.
DeMar DeRozan down on the floor, kicking his legs on the court a couple of times. In obvious pain. One of NBA’s true iron men. This is rare.
Pacers had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half, although missed layups contributed to that. Shot just 36% and were 0-7 from 3-point line
"Panama" blares, Diaw bulls his way to rim and draws free throws. Coincidence?
Valanciunas gets yanked for Patterson, looks a bit dejected, so James Johnson gives him a pat on the back.
Damn. Hope Derozan is OK.
And now he appears hurt after slipping on a drive. He is kicking his foot, in pain.
DeMar is down and he's hurting. Kicking the floor.
Pistons have now stopped Jabari from dunking for one possession in a row.
Can the Pelicans wake from their slumber? Salmons hits a three. 62-51 heading into the fourth.
Knicks: 0-of-13 from three in the first half.
Pelicans trailing Hawks 62-51 at end of third.
Toronto must not be hitting contested 25 footers tonight
Jabari coming alive a bit with a dunk and now fouled on another dunk attempt. Bucks lead 67-66 with 2:28 left in third.
Derrick Williams and Ryan Hollins normally average 4.5 points combined. They have 15 together with 9 minutes left in the 2Q right now.
After slow start Danny Green is back in his usual range at 40.8 percent on 3s. Already 2 for 2 after drilling pull-up that barely moved net.
Kings are full of of Guys I Always Personally Sort of Liked More Than Everyone Else (GIPSOLMTEE): Sessions, Thompson, Landry, Casspi.
DeMar DeRozan scored 40 vs. the Mavs last year. He has 40 fewer than that, 27 minutes in.
Hornets in bonus the rest of the game.
End of 3Q: Hawks 62, Pelicans 51
Not a good night to be a Raptors starter not named Amir. Valanciunas coming out. He just lost his chair in the timeout.
Tyreke Evans just forced shot and it was blocked
Drummond dunked and got away with taunting Ilyasova - refs didn't see it.
Messina rocking the cufflinks tonight.
Thunder up 59-33 on the Knicks at halftime. Russell Westbrook has 13 more points, four more assists and one more rebound than anyone on NY.
Ramon Sessions, nothing but net. But not in the good way.
56-45 Dallas leads. Q3
Simple yet efficient shot by Danny Green. Gets the light screen from Diaw, takes a dribble around and buries the three. Green has 8 points.
Two minutes into this college game, the lack of scoring is made up with extensive Hoosiering
Omri Casspi is trying to single handedly drive the tempo of the game.
Raps holding in pretty well considering they're playing 2-on-5.
Westbrook on triple double alert after 15 minutes: 20 pts, 7 asts, 6 rebs.
Kyle Lowry needs a Raptors win and a huge second half to have a shot at East player of the month.
Melo Trimble was 13-for-14 from the line, including 8-for-8 in the final 44.8 seconds to hold Monmouth off. He's a special one for sure
Grandmama is dressed as Marreese Speights.
End of 1st half: Clippers up 56-44. 18 points for Blake Griffin and 15 for Jamal Crawford.
Thunder lead the Knicks 59-33 at half. Westbrook 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists, Ibaka 14, Lamb 11, Adams 4 and 8 rebounds.
Clippers 56, Rockets 44, halftime
Clippers up, 56-44 at half. With Houston missing 3 starters and Canaan tweaking his ankle, the Clippers better win this game decisively
HALF: Clippers 56, Rockets 44. LAC shoots 51%, Rockets just 6-18 from three. That Canaan injury really hurts.
Monroe might be the most talented offensive player on the floor for either side but 13 players have taken more shots than him tonight
Flip said they talked to 19-year-old Wiggins about 36-year-old Kobe; expects Bryant to get him on some pump fakes and tricks.
Pelicans 1-of-14 on 3s.
Kick ball not called... Davis gets whacked several times. Not called. But, refs can't be played for this poor performance by New Orleans.
KD 7's for Wolves Zach Lavine http://t.co/mJXXW0iE84
Andrew Wiggins will guard Kobe Bryant tonight. Wiggins was a 1-year old when Bryant entered the league.
Nice D from Parsons.
Phil Greene has drained 2 Yuge 3's for the Johnnies and they've got it to within 3, 69-66, under a minute.
Looks like Andrew Wiggins is guarding Kobe Bryant tonight
Jason Terry foul of Blake Griffin (smacked him in the face) changed to a flagrant-1 after video review.
Diaw makes so many simple yet brilliant plays in a given game. Passed up open 3 to whip ball inside to BAYNES. Always makes the smart choice
No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins has been guarding MIN’s opponent’s best player all year, and Flip Saunders says he’ll be on Kobe some tonight.
Terry called for a flagrant 1 against Griffin.
I would expect the Pelicans to get some veteran help from the wing heading towards the trade deadline.
Winning 68% of your games the rest of the way isn't easy but the Thunder have won 72% of their games the last three seasons.
Marreese Speights could be the next "Between Two Ferns" guest at this rate.
So is it too soon to knock Speights off GM Bob Myers list of bad moves?
Thunder 55, Knicks 27. Late 2nd.
Pacers take a 47-45 lead over the Magic into the locker room. David West with 11p, 4r in 12mins. Lavoy Allen nearing a d-d: 6p, 10r.
This game is going to need its own "Top 5 Plays"
Bucks lead down to 61-60 with 5:03 left in third. Caldwell-Pope with a pair of 3s to help Pistons rally.
I'd say that was more of a 5-yard facemask on Jason Terry than a 15-yard penalty.
Josh Smith has become facilitator recently. Kick to KCP for corner 3. Alley-oop to Drummond. 61-60, 5:03 left
The Great Speights.
Final: Maryland 61, Monmouth 56. Terps hang on after Hawks got within 1 late and had a quality look late to tie it. Trimble: 8-for-8 FT late
Terps survive. Gonna be an interesting month.
With Williams' 3-point make, the Kings are now shooting 60% in the game, SA leads 28-25. Parker up to 13 points.
Deon Jones had a good look from the left wing, but missed it. Maryland looking to shake Monmouth off its leg now with 7.7 left
Klay Thompson breaks the Speights strangle-hold on Warriors' scoring.
Continuity has led to good starts for Toronto and basically the entire Western Conference `
Don't remember seeing them, but Danny Green has already been credited with 2 blocks in the first quarter. Green also has 2 steals.
Speights has scored all 16 of the Warriors' points this quarter.
Jamal Crawford just celebrated helping force a 24-second violation more than he would hitting a 3. He's been good on D tonight too.
Hornets crowd is confused.
Knicks fans didn't think it could possibly get any worse - then they saw the 1-800-Kars-4-Kids folks made a TV commercial.
You can feel this game is in the balance of either being a blowout with Hawks winning or one where Pels come back. ATL up 54-44.
Warriors lead 88-86 on -- no surprise -- a Marreese Speights layup.
That said, KCP, two straight triples, Pistons down 59-58.
Kings have 6 turnovers, Spurs are shooting 3/5 from three, but SAC 7 assists on 11 makes have kept them close.
Bucks in some foul trouble with Sanders upset after fourth foul called on his putback attempt. Giannis has 3 fouls.
Adreian Payne with 11 points and 10 rebounds, John Jenkins with 10 points on 4-6 shooting midway through 3rd in Fort Wayne
Either way, Monmouth will have a chance to get up the floor for the win or the tie
If I'm Monroe, I'm pissed...keeps getting position inside, not getting the rock at all.
Parker's buzzer-beater (which is being reviewed) gives Spurs 26-22 lead heading to 2Q.
1Q: Tony Parker drains the buzzer-beating three, Spurs lead Kings 26-22. Parker 11 points, Manu 3 assists.
Kings down 26-22 after one after Parker hits a 3 at the buzzer. Parker has 11 points.
Melo Trimble back to the line for 2 more out of a timeout with Maryland up 1. Frosh has been big here late at the line.
Brooks wasn't kidding when he said Russ' return benefits him the most and second most. Brooks hasn't done nearly as much coaching tonight.
The Kings should probably defend teams to end quarters, halves and games.
The Thunder have 3 players w/ at least 11 points... The Knicks leading scorer is Sammy Dalembert - who has 5 points.
To get to 49-33, which was the record for the No. 8 seed in the West last season, the Thunder would have to go 45-21 the rest of the way.
Suns will start: Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Miles Plumlee
Tony Parker's hot streak lives on. Beats the buzzer from 3, and he's now 16 for 24 on the season.
This thing where Tony Parker never misses 3-pointers no matter the circumstances is apparently a thing.
Canaan back up and walking, but with a limp. He makes 1-2 free throws. They foul quickly to get him out as he heads to the locker room.