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Doing Lines, 12/30/11

I'm likely to take New Year's Eve off, so here's wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2012!

  • Boston took a 22 point lead into the 4th quarter tonight, and in spite of scoring just 10 points in the 4th they beat the Detroit Pistons 96-85 in Boston. Boston had 9 players that took at least 4 shots and no more than 11 (Brandon Bass), shot 52% floor (44% from 3) and 95% from the line (19-20), with 25 assists against 10 turnovers - nice. Greg Monroe had 22 (9-12) and 9 (six offensive) for the Pistons, while Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight combined to go 4-22 from the field.
  • Atlanta also used a balanced attack (all 10 of their players took at least 4 shots with Joe Johnson capping out at 13) to defeat visiting New Jersey 105-98. Jeff Teague scored 22 pts. on 9-12 shooting and added 6 assists for the Hawks. Kris Humphries had a double-double for the Nets (10/13), while Marshon Brooks scored 21 off the bench.
  • Dwight Howard needed 16 shots and 14 free throws to get to 20 points, but his 24 boards and 4 blocks helped Orlando blow out hosting Charlotte 100-79. Ryan Anderson's 23 points included 5 3-pointers on 12(!) attempts - the Magic were 12-28 from 3 overall. Kemba Walker turned in a 1-9 shooting performance for the Bobcats, who shot 36% from the field.
  • Cleveland used a 23-14 4th quarter to take host Indiana to overtime, but the Pacers ultimately prevailed 98-91. Davis West, Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough all posted double-doubles for Indiana. Kyrie Irving finished with 20 pts., 5 rebs., 4 asts., 3 tos. Omri Casspi had 4 pts. (1-6) and 5 boards. Casspi is now averaging 3.7 in both points and rebounds at 21 minutes per game through the first three games of the young season.
  • Memphis treated Houston to a 113-93 beating, with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combining for 43 points (17-24 field) 17 rebounds, and 6 steals. Gasol added 5 blocks. Kevin Martin was 7-11 field for 21 points. Johnny Flynn had 8 points and 4 assists off the bench for the Rockets.
  • Game of the night in Minnesota, where the Heat converted late to beat the Timberwolves 103-101. Dwyane Wade scored the winning basket with 4 seconds left off of a LeBron James assist. James had 34 pts. (16-26), 8 rebs., 10 asts., 4 stls. James/Wade/Bosh scored all but 18 of Miami's points, with Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers scoring 9 each. Kevin Love had 25 and 12 for the T-Wolves, but also had 6 turnovers. Ricky Rubio came off the bench and in 31 minutes contributed 12 points (4-7 field, including 2-2 from 3), 6 boards, and 12 assists against 5 turnovers.
  • Go figure game of the night, as the winless Suns go into New Orleans and beat the previously unbeaten Hornets. Channing Frye compensated for a poor shooting night (4-15, including 2-9 from 3) by grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking 3 shots (Marcin Gortat blocked 4 and the Suns blocked a total of 10 as a team). Steve Nash had only 7 points on 2-8 shooting in 36 minutes, but added 12 assists against 3 turnovers. Hornets guards were a combined 10-40 from the floor, as New Orleans shot 29% overall. Emeka Okafor did secure a double double with 10/16. Fun fact: Okafor was 6-10 from the line, which is better than his career average, as well as the current average of the Kings as a team. Trevor Ariza was 2-11 floor, setting the table for Sunday's dream meh-tchup against John Salmons - Happy New Year!
  • Washington went into Milwaukee and dropped to 0-3 thanks to a 102-81 loss. The Wiz trailed 65-41 at the half, but closed the deficit to 11 at the end of the 3rd before the Bucks put them away in the 4th. Andray Blatche is now 11-41 field (27%) on the season for Washington. John Wall was 1-9 field with 7 assists against 4 turnovers - Wall did add a team high 3 blocks. Jordan Crawford scored 24 off the bench for Washington. Andrew Bogut had 13 pts., 15 rebs. and 3 blks. for the Bucks, while Beno Udrih had 8 points (4-7) in 23 bench minutes.
  • The Mavericks used the combination of home court and the Raptors to get into the win column for the first time this season, 99-86. Andrea Bargnani scored 30 for the Raps on 11-18 from the floor (2-3 from 3). The Mavs scored 56 points off the bench led by Ian Mahinmi's(!!!) 19 on 6-6 floor, 7-11 line.
  • Utah also entered the win column today. Without Al Jefferson, the Jazz beat Philadelphia in Salt Lake, 101-97. Derrick Favors impressed with 20 and 11. Paul Millsap has a double double in spite of 4-16 shooting. Spencer Hawes(!!!!!) scored 15 points on 7-8 shooting, grabbed 13 boards and had 3 blocks. Evan Turner was 0-5 in 14 minutes off the bench, and Andres Nocioni turned in another flawless DNP performance. Lou Williams had 20 off the bench for the Sixers.
  • The Chicago Bulls turned up the defensive heat late and beat the Clippers in LA, 114-101. Amazing how they turned up the defensive intensity in the closing stretch of the 2nd game of a b2b. Derrick Rose was all that and a bag of CP3, scoring 29 points and adding 16 assists (4 turnovers) and 8 rebounds. Blake Griffin led the Clips with 34 points and 13 boards. Paul had 15 points, 14 assists (3 turnovers) and four steals. And how does Joakim Noah make 9-10 free throws with that stroke? Noah finished with 19 points (5-7 field), 8 boards and 4 assists.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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