19/3/2012 New recruit Nene sits out Wizards loss as Miami win in Orlando, assert dominance in East
The Heat avalanche rolled on without issue, accounting for the Orlando Magic with seeming ease. Whilst this game was close through the first three periods, the Heat took over in the fourth. Dwyane Wade once again proved he is a clutch performer, filling up the basket with 13 points in the second half. LeBron James made his usual all around contribution, reistering double digits in both rebounds and points. Howard scored 18 points for the home team, yet struggled from the field shooting 7-17. A fairly routine win for a surging Heat, looking to reclaim the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Utah overthrew the Lakers in the upset of the day, defeating the former champions by four,despite the fearsome frontcourt of Gasol and Bynum putting up some phenomenal numbers. Bynum in particular continued his scorching run of good form, posting 33 points in the loss. However, as with most things to do with the Lakers, the talking point will be Kobe Bryant’s 3-20 shooting performance, the future Hall of Famer seemingly unable to buy a basket. For the Jazz, the front court tandem of Favours, Millsap and Kanter reaped rewards, with 53 points between them.
The Blazers rebuidling phase appears well and truly underway, with the one time playoff staple being blown out by Westeren conference leaders Okhlahoma City. With the shipping out of Gerald Wallace, Marcus Camby and others for mainly draft picks, the unlucky Blazers have bowed to their horrific run with injuries. Meanwhile, the much more fortitutious Thunder’s one two punch of Westbrook and Durant continued on their way, with Westbrook filling up the points column with 28 and reigning scoring champion and MVP candidate Durant posting 26.
The still Al Horford-less Hawks cruised to an easy win in Cleveland, defeating the Kyrie led Cavs by 16. Joe Johnson put up the points, scoring 28 points, while Alonzo Gee had a career night, slamming home 20 points for the Cavaliers. The Cavs remain 3 and a half games outside of the playoffs, but with the mercurial Knicks in the eighth seed, anything could happen. The Hawks on the other hand continues their win streak and lift themselves above .500 on road games.
A certain Steve Nash continued his seemingly ageless ways, handing out 11 dimes in a Sun’s win over the Rockets. Yet another veteran guard is the story here, with Michael Redd delivering a vintage performance, scoring 25 points on 10-13 shooting and in only 18 minutes of playing time. Newly aquired Derek Fisher didnt play, but journeyman center Marcus Camby did play for the Rockets, backing up starter Samuel Dalembert.
Rudy Gay blasted the Wizards for 27 points as the Grizzlies trumped Washington in the capital. Trade deadline recruite Nene didnt play, despite being ready to make his debut for the Wizards, which seemed odd. The Grizzlies are beginning to become relevant as the Wizards season long slump continues.
Sacramento have beaten the Rubio-less Timberwolves by 16, with rookie senstation Isiah Thomas continuing to usurp the much more vaunted Jimmer Freddete, with the 60th pick in the draft scoring 18, assisted by Marcus Thornton following up his big game against Boston with 24 points against Minnesota. Kevin Love posted yet another double-double but struggled from the field, the Wolves looking like they’ll struggle to fill the gaping void that Rubio has left in thier lineup
The Clippers have continued making noise in tinsle town, with Blake Griffin tipping in the Paul miss to force overtime against the Detroit Pistons. In overtime, CP would take over, scoring 9 in the extra period for the Clips. New addition Nick Young made his debut, not starting but coming off the bench, seeing 28 minutes of action with his new team, scoring 8 points. Rising big man Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 23 points including six in extra time.
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