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Curry was the catalyser of his team. He finished the first round with 23 3-Pt Field Goals connected. 146 pts were scored by him ! Well helped by J.Jack, Curry was a strong tool to ruin Denver. 

Rk Player Age G MP FG% 3P 3P% FT% DRB TRB AST TOV PTS
1 Stephen Curry 24 6 239 .468 23 .434 1.000 24 26 56 20 146
2 Jarrett Jack 29 6 228 .526 4 .308 .906 26 31 42 24 113
3 Harrison Barnes 20 6 213 .457 13 .406 .857 29 33 7 4 89
4 Klay Thompson 22 6 246 .463 12 .343 .667 19 22 11 13 88
5 Carl Landry 29 6 126 .500 0 .864 16 24 5 10 77

 

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What an accomplishment made by Mark Jackson and his fellows ! Curry, Jack , Barnes were everywhere on the floor to push the young team (25,3 years old on average ) Only the Rockets with an average of 24,4 are younger. Mark Jackson can be proud of his team.

Mark Jackson is the right man in the right place

David Lee’s injury during the opener of the series was not a problem to solve Denver’s equation. Golden State with 643 points, 107,2 pts per game is  the only team to shoot with at least 40% behind the arc during the post season ( 59 – 147 ). David Lee just played 30 minutes during the serie, with 10 points and 15 rebounds.  Well, How They’ve won without the all star Lee.

If you’re looking at how the Warriors have won three straight, you have to start with the baby-faced assassin: Stephen Curry.

Entering the playoffs, I thought the Denver Nuggets had a fair chance of reaching the NBA Finals. Even without Danilo GallinariGeorge Karl‘s team seemed like the kind of machine that would just replace the missing cog with guys like Wilson ChandlerEvan Fournier and Corey Brewer. I didn’t give the Golden State Warriors much thought and once David Lee went down, I thought the series would last four, maybe five games. About a week later, Nuggets fans and I are sitting here scratching our heads and wondering how a Warriors team without its All-Star power forward has pushed Denver to the brink of elimination. After you know the history. Warriors are in the next round.

The great component of the Warriors’ success is Stephen Curry and his magnificent play. In three consecutive games won by Golden State, Curry was averaging 30 points, 10.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and three steals while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range  to pace the second youngest team in the post season. People, those numbers are just whopping. Especially when you consider all the efforts Denver has made defensively to prevent Curry from taking over the way he has.

It’s time to celebrate it

Behind a crucial home win vs Nuggets,  Golden State reaches NBA 2nd Round.  The Golden State Warriors became the first National Basketball Association team this postseason to wrap up a playoff series at home, and the Brooklyn Nets won on the road to force a decisive Game 7 tomorrow against Chicago.

The point guard Stephen Curry the MVP of this series  netted 14 of his 22 points in the third act as the Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 92-88 to complete a four-games-to-two series victory and advance to face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference’s second round.

Spurs – Warriors is the next series

Golden State will be playing in the second round of the playoffs only for the second time in 22 years. Game 1 of the Warriors-Spurs series is set for May 6 in San Antonio.

Curry had eight straight points, including consecutive 3- pointers, as the Warriors took the lead for good early in the third quarter and built the margin to as many as 18 points in the fourth period before surviving a late Denver rally.

The Nuggets used a 13-0 run to whittle the margin to five points and got within two points in the final minute as the Warriors missed shots and committed 10 turnovers in the final period. Nuggets have missed their first round. Karl was overcoached by the rookie Mark Jackson as head coach.

“God has a sense of humor, because he wanted to show folks at the end as we threw the ball all over the place,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said in a news conference. “It’s only a miracle that we advanced.”

Lee’s notable minute

Andrew Bogut , posted up 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Warriors, who got a cameo appearance from All-Star forward David Lee — who played one minute in his return to the court after hurting his hip in the opening game of the series.

Jackson, who played guard for the Knicks in 1987-92 and 2000-02, said his decision to play Lee was in part homage to Hall of Famer Willis Reed, who limped onto the court and hit two baskets for the Knicks early in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I guess the New York City in me, the Willis Reed impact as a kid, really played a role,” the Warriors coach told reporters. “Not only did I put him in, but I ran a play for him for a shot, just about where Willis hit his shot.”

The Warriors are often weird . Weird and spectacular and inexperienced and exuberant and inconsistent — I want to say, really, really fun to watch.  With the confetti snowfall filling the air of Oracle after the final buzzer, it was easy to drift back to Game 2, when Jackson talked to his players in the huddle during a timeout. “In case I forget to tell you guys,” he said, “I love you.” Jackson is the soul of the team ! Indeed the Game 2 won on Denver was the key game of that series.

League Playoffs : Check it out !

Eastern Conference First Round (3-3): Chicago Bulls tied with Brooklyn Nets
Eastern Conference First Round (3-2): Indiana Pacers over Atlanta Hawks
Eastern Conference First Round (4-0): Miami Heat over Milwaukee Bucks
Eastern Conference First Round (3-2): New York Knicks over Boston Celtics
Western Conference First Round (4-2): Golden State Warriors over Denver Nuggets
Western Conference First Round (3-2): Memphis Grizzlies over Los Angeles Clippers
Western Conference First Round (3-2): Oklahoma City Thunder over Houston Rockets
Western Conference First Round (4-0): San Antonio Spurs over Los Angeles Lakers
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Curry ( 15 pts ) was well stopped by Denver’s defense. Dirty plays said Mark  Jackson ! 

The  offensive Nuggets finally looked like themselves this series. By topping the Warriors 107-100, the Nuggets not only staved off elimination, but grabbed some momentum in the process. They finally find a solution to display theirs skills. Yeah they were terrific in the paint to play the game they fancy.

Nearly every Nugget win this season saw the same trends develop and this game was no different. Denver scored 50 points in the paint, forced 17 Warrior turnovers (which they turned into 19 points), and worked the offensive glass to grab 15 offensive rebounds (which they turned into 20 points). When Denver can control these three aspects of the game, they become almost unbeatable as the Warriors found out. Warriors had not solution in that  game.

The star of that game was the versatile forward Andre Iguodala who put up a LeBron  James type line, stuffing the stat sheet with a team high 25 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 7 dimes. Iguodala was all over the floor, flashing his versatility by playing a lot of point forward and creating shots for himself and his teammates off the dribble.

Outside of Iguodala, it was a real team effort from Denver who got several strong contributions up and down their roster. Six players scored in double-digits, with Wilson Chandler‘s 19 points via some very good outside shooting helping to create spacing for Ty Lawson (who also scored 19) to create off the dribble and attack the interior of the Warriors’ defense.

But while the Nuggets on the floor clearly picked up their respective games to pick up this win, a lot of credit has to go to head George Karl for pushing the right buttons and making some effective adjustments. Karl switched up his starting lineup, going to JaVale McGee at Center to play next to Kenneth Faried in the front court. McGee’s activity in defending the paint allowed the Denver’s wing defenders to pressure the ball and shoot the gap into passing lanes and create turnovers.

With the series heading back to Oakland, it remains to be seen if Denver has actually figured things out to the point that they can still pull out the series. But, even if it was just for one night, the Nuggets finally resembled the team they were from the regular season; the team that was favored to win this series.

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

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The Oracle Arena saw an another epic game this night.

Stephen Curry, dropped 31 points and secured an important steal in the final seconds to help Warriors to outduel league leading Oklahoma City Thunder.

The point guard of Oakland displayed an All-Star performance. He was 8-for-13 from inside the arc and handed out seven assists to offer easy baskets.  We just can point out his performance by his clumsiness at three-points. He was just 3-for-14.

” I’m sure we are surprising people ” stated Curry. He’s right !  Expectations for Golden State were low at the beginning of the season.

Warriors , behind only one playoff  ticket since 1994, are 26-15 owning the fifth best record in the toughest conference.

Warriors moved to a 26-15 record after 41 games. This season Dubs are excellent , able to beat elite teams. That’s the franchise’s best first half record since 1991-1992 with the TMC connexion. Memories, memories. Warriors are making a tremendous all-around production.

Their impressive run is marked by surprising home victories against top western teams such as  Clippers and Thunder.

Warriors rely on a fascinating man ! His name is David Lee. Golden State forward is a serious contender to be among the Western Conference All-Star reservers. Coaches are making their choices ! Don’t forget Lee !

David is the only player to average at least 19 pts , 10 rebs and 3 dimes per night. On Wednesday, he chipped in 22 points and pulled down 12 boards for his league 17th game of at least 20 and 10. A monster double double machine is rolling !

Kevin Durant made a fantastic game but was not enough to stop Warriors. He tailed 33 points , dished out 9 dimes. His impact was limited by six turnovers , part of 19 on the night for the visitors.

The other guerilla  weapon was rusty. R.Westbrook was not on his game ! His arms were shaky ! He collected a season low tying just 10 units. Is Westbrook slowing down ? The motion needs to pay attention. Because Thunder clearly  need a complement to help Westbrook in point guard position when he is in pain with outside shoot.

Warriors broke a serious record this night ! This was first Thunder defeat in 30 games when Thunder led after three acts.

Indeed, Thunder led the game 79-76. To break Thunder’s hegemony, Golden State made a tough final corner to outscore Thunder by 8, passing a team high quarter game of 28.  Stephen Curry was the game changer to make the final decision.

This intense contest was high in colours , we have seen 19 changes of leader, 16 ties ,and no leads above double digits figures.

A closed game won by home team.

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.