Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday Night in the League
Now that the All Star Weekend is done and over with, the NBA stars can concentrate on their perspective teams and continue to work on that Championship that awaits one of them. There was a lot of basketball played on Tuesday, but these were the games and stat lines that caught my eye.
First we start with my Hometown New York Knicks who took on the San Antonio Spurs. Everyone knows the Spurs own the Knicks and beat them a few years back for the Larry O'Brian Trophy, but tonight was a bit different. New York and San Antonio played like it was a Playoff game, going into overtime the Knicks had enough of a lead to keep the Spurs off giving New York a 112-107 victory in Overtime at the garden. Nate Robinson, who after winning the Slam Dunk Competition for the 2nd time in his career was nicknamed Krypto-Nate. Boy did he put on another show. He dropped 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to show the Spurs and the Knicks fans his whole arsenal. David Lee had another Double-Double with 13 points and 10 Rebounds while Chris Duhon and Wilson Chandler both added 17 points each. Tim Duncan had a hell of a game with 26 points and 15 boards while Roger Mason added 20 points and grabbed 6 boards as the Spurs came short of a road win. Great home win for the Knicks. Go New york, Go New York, Go!
The Lakers entered the All Star Weekend with the Best record in the League and came in Tuesday trying to improve that with the Hawks coming into town. The game was pretty close most of the first half. Kobe Bryant had minimal to do with the Lakers win, but the big story is the Lakers supporting cast and how they stepped up. Los Angeles took over in the 2nd half, and the bench had a little something to do with that.
Farmar, Vujacic and Ariza all stepped up. Kobe only had 10 points and 4 rebounds on 4-12 shooting, but they didn't need him. Pau Gasol messed around and had a triple-double dropping 12 points, 13 boards and dishing out 10 dimes, and My man Lamar Odom grabbed 20 rebounds as the Lakers cruised to a 96-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Joe Johnson had 14 and 3 for the Hawks but came up short in Los Angeles.
Now the stat of the night goes to none other then Dwight "Superman" Howard, who after losing his title at the Slam Dunk Contest to Nate Robinson came into tonight's game and went off. Howard went for 45 points, 19 rebounds and had 8 blocks. Talk about doing it all...who could be mad at that stat line? Rashard Lewis dropped 17 points and grabbed 6 boards as the Magic beat off the Charlotte Bobcats 107-102. Emeka Okafor added 14 and 9 while Raymond Felton lead the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a loss.