Bobcats beat the Celtics on the road
This is by far the biggest upset of the season thusfar. Last night Bobcats, who have been horrible on the road, faced the Celtics, who have been great just about everywhere, in Boston. Even though Ray Allen didn’t play in this one because of a pinched nerve, it’s still an easy win right? Wrong.
The Jason Richardson-led Bobcats went into Boston and beat the Celtics 95-83. J-Rich came up big with a game high 34 points and 9 rebounds. Gerald Wallace also contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds.
“I’m not surprised because we’re a pretty good team,” Richardson said. “It just doesn’t show in our record.”
He’s definitely right about the record part. This teams road record is 1-11 and the Celtics were on a 9 game winning streak. So much for that.
I guess this shouldn’t have been a surprise though because a few months ago the Bobcats were a Ray Allen game winning shot away from beating the Celtics at home. If the Bobcats manage to get into the playoffs (which is very possible in the East) than they may end up being this years Golden State Warriors.
Pistons streaking in the wrong direction
After the Pistons 11 game winning streak was abruptly ended on Saturday by the Celtics, the Pistons went into Dallas last night looking to bounce back. Things didn’t go according t plan for them.
Last years MVP Dirk Nowitzki did what he could to make sure of that coming out hitting all kinds of shots for 11 points in the first quarter. Nowitzki lead his team in scoring with 23 points in this one and sent the Pistons to a 102-86 loss in Dallas.
I knew it was going to be a long game for the Pistons, especially after Brandon Bass completely abused Jason Maxiel. Check it out:
I guess Mike Tirico must have read our minds when he renamed the Mavs during this game:
Kobe doesn’t need to score 60 points for the Lakers to win?!?!
So this may come as a surprise to you but after all of the talk of being traded, Kobe’s numbers are way down from last year but the Lakers are winning more. Right now they look like they may be one of the better teams in the west after completely handling the Hornets last night 109-80.
This was a game of two of the wests hottest up and coming teams but the Lakers made a statement. Kobe Bryant scored only 19 points but got key contributions from his team. Andrew Bynum had 17 points, Luke Walton had 14 points and Lamar Odom had 11.
This kind of balanced attack has gotten the Lakers to a 23-11 record and Kobe is getting more and more comfortable with his new role.
“My role now has changed,” said Bryant, whose scoring average is down from 31.6 points per game last season to 26.4 through 34 games this season. “I’m not the guy who has to go out and score 35-something points. They come to me to get buckets when we need a little boost here and there and that’s as it should be.”
Around the League
- LeBron James had another big fourth quarter, but this time it wasn’t enough. James scored 14 of his 31 points in the final quarter, but Cleveland couldn’t find enough scoring help for its seventh straight win in Atlanta. Joe Johnson scored 29 points to lead a more balanced Atlanta attack, and the Hawks held off a late comeback to beat the Cavaliers 90-81.
- Richard Jefferson scored 28 points and the New Jersey Nets cruised to a 99-88 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in a blowout.
- Anthony Parker matched his season high with 22 points, Chris Bosh had 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 109-96, handing the 76ers their season-high fifth straight loss.
- Yao Ming scored 36 points, and the Rockets broke open a close game after Thomas was ejected to beat the New York Knicks 101-92 for their season-high fourth straight victory.
- Mo Williams scored a season-high 35 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 98-92 victory over Miami, sending the Heat to their ninth straight loss.
- Raja Bell sank two 3-pointers in the final 2 1/2 minutes of overtime and the Phoenix Suns rallied from 16 points down without Steve Nash to beat the Indiana Pacers 129-122.
- Steve Blake had a season-high 24 points before leaving the game with a left calf injury and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Golden State Warriors 109-91.
- Hedo Turkoglu scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, five teammates reached double figures, and the Orlando Magic beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-106 to snap a season-high three-game losing streak.