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George Hill, Indiana Pacers

George  Hill
George Hill was the clearly the factor X  for the  heavy Indiana Pacers. (NBA.com photo)

Hill unfortunately missed the Game 5 of the series with a bad concussion and his absence was conspicuous. Without Hill to run the point, Indiana turned the ball over 19 times and shot just 36.2 percent in a 10-point loss that forced the series back to Indianapolis for Game 6.

Hill returned for Game 6 and the turnover count dropped to nine, with just one of them coming in the second half, and the Pacers were able to withstand a sizzling second-half run by the Knicks to close out the series. 11-2 to close out well the series. We need to thank every Pacers who had solid performances during the span.

It’s not as if Hill’s numbers in the series were dazzling—16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in the five games he played on just 36.8 percent shooting (25-for-68). But the advanced numbers tell a big story. Hill had an offensive rating (ORtg, points per 100 possessions), of 106 and a defensive rating of 97.1—that 8.9 differential was far and away the best among Indiana’s balanced starting five. What a player to help his team to destroy Knicks ! The balanced starter was the key factor !

The game of his life

Hill was especially tough in Indiana’s Game 4 win, with 26 units.

Mavs are still alive

Posted: 2013/03/27 in notebook, notes of the game
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Big man Dirk Nowitzki,  dropped eight of his season-high 33 units in extra time to lift his team Dallas Mavericks to an important 109-102 win Tuesday against  all-star Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers at the American Airlines Center in Texas. The Mavericks (35-36) have won three straight and nine of their last 12 to pull within one game of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth seed in the West.

Mavs are looking for a playoff ticket . Do you think Mavs can top Lakers for it ? Mavs want to destroy Lakers for the last seed.

Paul also scored a season-high 33 points, but turned the ball over seven times as Los Angeles (48-23) began a stretch of four games in five nights with a tough loss. The Clippers still need one more win to match the franchise’s single-season record and one more road victory to clinch a winning road record for the first time in team history.

THE FIGURE: The Mavericks had just their second win in overtime (2-8) this season and only their second win (2-13) against one of the top five teams in the Western Conference (San Antonio, Denver, Oklahoma City, Memphis and the Clippers). What a tremendous performance to believe in post season ! Hopes and hard work . I say

RED HOT : Paul, who was questionable with a bad sore left knee, was 12-for-15 (3-for-5 3-pointers) with six rebounds, five assists and two steals. He scored the Clippers’ last 10 points of regulation and gave them a short 99-97 lead to begin the overtime.

GOOD BASKETBALL TIP: Dallas  dangerous guard O.J. Mayo offered the extra session with a beautiful baseline drive and left-handed layup with less than a second remaining. Today, OJ Mayo scored less and his team is able to win crucial games.  Also, I love watching  veteran Mike James playing. His basketball science is extremely useful for postseason believing  Mavs.

NOTABLE: On a baseline jumper with 8:52 left in the first period, Nowitzki passed Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 17th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Next on the list is the  laker Jerry West (25,192). …  The Mavericks are 17-2 at home when leading at halftime (50-48). … The Clippers fell to 37-3 when leading after the first quarter (27-22). … There were 14 ties and 14 lead changes.

Dirk is the first european as active player in that list.

TOP 25 NBA / ABA leaders/pts_career

Rank Player PTS
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 38387
2. Karl Malone* 36928
3. Michael Jordan* 32292
4. Wilt Chamberlain* 31419
5. Kobe Bryant 31354
6. Julius Erving* 30026
7. Moses Malone* 29580
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28596
9. Dan Issel* 27482
10. Elvin Hayes* 27313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon* 26946
12. Oscar Robertson* 26710
13. Dominique Wilkins* 26668
14. George Gervin* 26595
15. John Havlicek* 26395
16. Alex English* 25613
17. Reggie Miller* 25279
Rick Barry* 25279
19. Kevin Garnett 25237
20. Jerry West* 25192
21. Artis Gilmore* 24941
22. Dirk Nowitzki 24845
23. Patrick Ewing* 24815
24. Allen Iverson 24368
25. Paul Pierce 23880

from basketball reference

LeBron And Michael, Together for the best

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James during a current 18-0 run is shooting 60.2 % from the floor, while Jordan during his 18-0 run with Bulls netted 50.9 % from the floor ?

So who is the best in shooting skills ?

With the hot Miami Heat topping at ease the Pacers on showcase night, LeBron James matched the longest win streak ever (18) by a team Michael Jordan was on, the 1995-96 Bulls. Here’s at look at each star’s performance during his respective team’s streak.

For lovers of Chicago’s hegemony, Bulls were pretty unbeaten during the 1995-1996 season.

During what a lot Chicago fans call the “perfect season,” Michael Jordan and the Bulls cruised to an NBA record 72 wins during the regular season, a stretch that have seen an exciting 18-game win streak. Weel, do you know the name of the team which decided to stop Bull’s streak ? Do you want a clue ? This team played on Pepsi Center at home …

Jordan and James by figures during their 18 win streak.

Jordan James
W-L 18-0 18-0
PPG 31.2 27.2
RPG 6.8 7.7
APG 3.8 7.4
FG pct. 50.9 60.2
High pts. 48 40
— ESPN Stats & Information

From Elias:

The Heat posted a 18-game win streak into yesterday’s game against the Pacers. A key figure emerges to emphase LeBron James.

LeBron with the new Heat win, has now the longest win streak by a reigning MVP in NBA history.

Longest Win Streak By Reigning MVP – NBA History

2012-13 LeBron James 18

1995-96 David Robinson 17

2006-07 Steve Nash 17

1990-91 Magic Johnson 16

2006-07 Steve Nash 16

That list breaks the house down, does not break it ?

A long road to be the best …

The streak ties the seventh longest in NBA history, and is the league’s best since the Celtic’s Big Four, Pierce, Garnett, Allen, Rondo won 19 straight in November and December 2008.

Well, it’s not a King James winning streak. It’s a Miami Heat winning streak. Chemistry is the key. Yeah, in that game LeBron James was in pain , but he was able to make teammates better. LeBron James had only 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting Sunday. James was primarily being guarded by famished Paul George against whom he went 2-for-5 with two turnovers.

The 13 points were his fewest since February 6, 2011 when he had 12 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Can we see the end of that impressive streak ?

With the Miami Heat setting a new franchise record for consecutive wins at 15 with their March 4 victory at Minnesota, and extending it to 18 with a March 10 victory vs Pacers . What a tremendous hegemony to top every team !

Sources to achieve this article :

nba.com, ESPN.COM, Sport illustrated, daily time, hoopdatas, basketballreference, and passion for sure !

Pierce led road-inspiring Celtics to ruin Jazz in OT

The fact : The Boston Celtics weren’t pretty tired after contesting five games in seven days back.

However, They had enough left to play overtime to conclude a long Western road trip, topping the Utah Jazz 110-107 on Monday contest. They were resourceful and able to play clutch basketball.

Paul Pierce, DeMarre Carroll

Veteran Paul Pierce carried Boston with 26 points, including seven huge straight in the extra session. He was terrific and clutch in extra time with big buckets. “It was huge,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “Whatever that was, it was the best win of the year for me. . To go into overtime and still have enough to win.”

Other Veteran of C’s , Garnett chipped in four points in overtime on 2-of-2 shooting, with three rebounds. He finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, a blocked shot and steal. The Celtics also collected a big contribution from young Avery Bradley, who dropped a season-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Pierce had a chance to finish work in regulation, but his 19-footer at the buzzer rimmed out.

Photo : AP PHOTO / Rick Browmer

Overall, the game saw 13 lead changes and was tied 17 times.”We were in position,” said Jazz forward Marvin Williams. “We fought back in the fourth quarter to force overtime but Boston just made big plays down the stretch.” Inspiring Gordon Hayward led Utah with 26 units, Millsap had 16 and Al Jefferson finished with  another double 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Celtics (30-27) were playing their fifth game in seven days, but had energy and abilities to win the game.The Jazz (31-26) led 101-99 in extra time on DeMarre Carroll’s 21-jump shoot, but  strong-willed Pierce countered with a 3-pointer, then followed with a pull-up jumper over Carroll and a 15-footer to give the Celtics a 106-101 final edge with 1:12 left.

“We knew this was probably going to be the toughest game for us physically and mentally,” Pierce said. “Talking about a long road trip, coming in to one of the toughest places to play. We felt we could salvage this trip with a win here. So guys did a good job of just being mentally tough, digging in and doing what we had to do to get the win.”

“We wanted to win in regulation,” Pierce said. “It would have felt better just to get a stop when we needed it. That’s what we need to get better at. We didn’t do it in Portland. We didn’t do it tonight. That’s what we need to start focusing on. When we get the lead and we need crucial stops, we have to figure out how to get them.”

Source : ESPN / sportsillustrated

NOTE BOOK OF THE MATCHUP BETWEEN THE ELITE TWO TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE

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Kevin’s 32  points carried the Thunder over Clippers in the matchup of the West Conference while “supersonic” point guard R. Westbrook added 26 to help the franchise player. Thunder won 109-97 vs Clippers.

The quotation :

“We’ve got 82 games and we want to play well every night,” “We don’t put more emphasis on any one game. We know the Clippers are one of the best teams, and with Chris Paul in or out, they’ve still got a great team.” Thunder coach Scott Brooks stated.

The stat :

The stat of the game was in favor of Thunder’s offense.

Indeed, Thunder did an outstanding job with game changers called triples.

With 15-for-27 from deep , they connected  their best triple since they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.  In their best season , they were 11-for-23 from long-range in their 53 minutes exhausting contest where they finally ran over Clippers 117-111 at home on November 21, 2012.

The player of the night :

In his last contest VS Clippers, Durant poured in 35 units and was pretty clumsy.

He was below  the 40% mark from the field including a bad 2-for-6 from 3’s.

Also , Kevin Durant scored 37 points, making 20-of-21 free throws in this intense duel between the two best Nord-West Division teams.

This night he was terrific and accurate.

He sank 5-for-6 behind the arc whereas he produced a 30% “paper”  in the last game  against Denver  on 1/20/13 at  Pepsi Center .

He dropped a game high with 32 points and reach the first the 1200 points plateau.

Denver scenario was an accident :

The Thunder fell to 10-1 on the season when Durant scores 35-or-more points. It means that Thunder underwent their first loss of the season while KD dropping 35-or-more points.

Denver was at the top his game with 121 points and improved an amazing 16-3 home record with this win vs Thunder.

Durant , with a best focus, was better and scored 32 units whom 24 in the second half to lift his team to collect a big win.

At Staples Center behind a crowd of 19,451  spectators  he showed why he is an elite rare player in the NBA.

He was able to play his best basketball with such an unusual capacity to drop shoots after shoots without feeling shaking hands.

Durant’s big production since the new year :

In January he is producing an elite 32.3 points per game. Behind this constant prolific production Durant is the first player to reach the 1200 points plateau.

Now, he is 1241 points outpacing Kobe Bryant who is under 1200 with 1199. He’s on the top with 29.5 ppg.

During this span, Durant tailed a career-best 52 points during the Thunder’s victory over Dallas on Jan. 18 where he likes shinning !

In the game, Durant went a perfect 21-of-21 from the free throw line (tied for second best free throw shooting performance in NBA history; Dominique Wilkins went 23-of-23 in 1992) The “ highlight machine man “ made his reputation by his capacity to rise above the rim, but was an elite accurate  player in free throw line.

Kevin Durant increased his production to finally surpass Kobe Bryant thanks to a good January month.

By Month

GP

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

PF

TO

PTS

November

17

39.4

8.6-16.8

.510

1.5-3.5

.433

7.8-8.8

.893

1.6

3.5

26.5

December

13

39.8

10.1-19.5

.516

1.9-4.6

.417

8.9-9.7

.921

2.3

3.1

31.0

January

12

40.0

10.5-19.8

.532

2.7-6.6

.405

8.6-9.3

.920

2.1

3.1

32.3

Pre All-Star

42

39.7

9.6-18.5

.519

2.0-4.7

.417

8.4-9.2

.910

2.0

3.3

29.5

Kevin Durant wants to pull down a championship trophy and hope to win a four straight  scoring title to stun other competitors and legends to force admiration in the pursuit of the happiness.

This matchup between the league’s two best teams was highlighted by the tough duel between the two best scorers in the game called B.Griffin and K.Durant.

A duel between B.Griffin and K.Durant :

In this game, B Griffin exploded for 31 points, and was shortly outdueled by K.Durant who collected 32 points .

Audience and broadcasters would keep in mind that Thunder is better than Clippers this  regular season. Postseason remains an other business for Viny Del Negro and his duds.

The  great absent of the game :

Chris Paul missed the game due to a painful bruised right kneecap. We hope to see him running the floor very soon.  If Chris Paul has played this game , we would have seen another story ! Don’t you think ? In my eyes, the doubt does not exist !

Chemistry I ask ! :

Sharing the ball was the biggest issue of the home team this night. Chris Paul is the top player in assists for Clippers.

Indeed , Clippers , the home team  , were unselfish with ball, they were outscored by 9 dimes , finishing with only 15 , not enough to matchup marvelous Thunder.

Kevin Durant and Co finished the game with 24 assists enough to make the difference and create easy baskets to take the lead.

A fever third quarter for visitors :

Thunder found their path in the third quarter outscoring Clippers by 10 scoring a  quarter high of 33 units to destroy the Clippers fighting spirit. They made the difference in this act.

Notable :

Thunder skillfully succeeded  to hold famished Clippers under 100 points.

Thunder are now 29-2 when they scored 100 points or more.

Thunder are 33-9 and remains the only team in the NBA under 10 losses. And the worst is Cavs which underwent 32 defeats.

Now , Thunder tied San Antonio  with 33 wins.

Moreover, Thunder are 18-7 against teams collecting more victories than losses.

A key stat to show how Thunder is playing  focusing games against the best teams in the league.

Center cured Dwight Howard  powered Lakers to end 6-game losing streak

The fact of the game :

Dwight Howard came at arena expecting to sit out another game because of his painful shoulder. But He was on the lineup.

He helped the Los Angeles Lakers to stop their longest losing streak in nearly six years. A relief for Lakers fan

Double Double Machine  did well the job :

Howard tailed a monster double double with 22 points and  14  rebounds in his return.

The Lakers ended their six-game losing streak with a 113-93 win over the leaderless team Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

Bryant’s barometer is working

Kobe Bryant the best scorer in the league ,chipped in 23 points for the Lakers, who collected their first victory of  new year while ending their longest losing streak since February 2007.

CLOSE-UP WITH BRYANT’S STATS IN WINS AND LOSSES

In Wins 16 36.7 .475 5.6 6.0 0.2 1.4 2.7 25.9
In Losses 21 40.2 .475 4.6 3.9 0.3 1.6 2.7 32.9

In this contest , Bryants scored less than 30 points and handed out 6 assists. Figures explain for a while Laker’s trends : If your are reluctant to trust these fantasy figures ! Don’t read notes of the game because figures are the essence of data collectors and coachs are even juggling with  keys figures to be more efficient and earn wins. Stats  talk in basketball !

Good :

Nash sank three free throws, going to a perfect 18 for 18 this season and increasing his minuscule lead on Mark Price for the best free throw percentage in NBA history.

Bad :

The Lakers topped the Cavs with an impressive total of 22 turnovers, including 18 by their starting lineup.

Dwight with 7 was pretty careless with the ball.

Player of the game : Howard

Howard with safe shoots went 9 for 11 despite his torn labrum while leading Los Angeles to an easy victory over the lowly Cavaliers, who topped the Lakers last month with a huge Kile Irving scoring 28 points and handing out 11 assists to a 100-94.

Nash played an other structured game with 10 points and nine clever assists  to rule the game.

The Lakers’s win relied on their good defensive effort, and Bryant showed the way with a tough defensive strain vs the awful Cavs.

Point guards Irving and Dion Waiters recorded both 15 points apiece for Cleveland, which has dropped seven of nine.

Alonzo Gee added 14 points for the Cavaliers, who were led by 19 points in the first quarter.

Cleveland (9-30) is barely ahead of Washington (6-28) for the NBA’s worst record.

The stat of the game :

The Lakers went 13 for 25 in deep range and collected a season high  58.0% from the floor handing out 32 assists to ruin Cavs.

 

West’ first triple double career powered  Pacers to a win 96-88 vs Bobcats

Playing without their best offensive player , Paul George , Indiana was looking for offensives answers.

Indeed, their low-scoring game 98 vs hopeless Charlotte Bobcats appeared surely while on the opening act Pacers were clumsy and missed their first ten shoots of the game.

After a slow first half, Indiana was better on the second half with 53 points while Charlotte scored only 43 points whom 20 in the third corner.

George Hill dropped 19 points , DJ Augustin added a season high 18 and Indiana topped the Bobcats for a fourth straight win.:

FACTOR PLAYER :

David West  a former all-star with a new balanced performance behind his first triple double in his career was pretty efficient. He tailed 14 points , 12 rebounds and handed out a career high 10 assists. He was everywhere on the court playing with a high basketball IQ.

He was the overwhelming player to stretch score and defense because he offered 26 points for his teammates because of West’s 10 assists, six came on 3-pointers who literally means 18 points in the bank if you pay attention a couple of second.

His only bad performance was prehaps his four turnovers but for the rest he was amazing. He finished with a ration of 2,5 assists per turnover an excellent ratio for a big man.

IS CHALOTTE LOOKING FOR A CONSTANT LEADER IN THE LOCKER ROOM ?

Ben Gordon scored 21 off the bench to lead Charlotte (9-27), which lost for the 22nd time in 24 games, while Kemba Walker contributed for 16.

TURNING POINT: Charlotte led 10-1 in the first period but after Pacers found way in defense and cleaned the glass with  17 offensives rebounds. Roy Hibbert with 8 offensives rebounds collected almost  the total of Charlotte who finished with 9

Pacers outrebounded Charlotte 48-38.

Pacers have won eight of their last 10 games and are 21-14 now.At the final they were under 100 points for the seven time in seven contest but win is more important than points.

According to a survey made by nba.com Pacers are a serious team in post season ! Look the votes now !

Once healthy, how far can the Pacers go this season?

  • First-round playoff exit 35k
  • East semifinals 71k
  • East finals 24k
  • NBA Finals 5k
  • NBA champions 9 K

THEY SAID:

“They were doubling David just about every time he touched the ball and we knew that would open up some things for our 3-point shooters.”
— Indiana coach Frank Vogel.

“I’ve been close to a triple-double a bunch of times and finally pushed it through tonight.”
— West.

THE STAT WAS FOR WEST : Of West’s 10 assists, six came on 3-pointers.