Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Round Up - January 16th, 2013.

Stats Rundown
Via: @ESPN
Still questioning LeBron James's superiority compared to the rest of the league? Does his 25 points (11 of 20), 7 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory over the Golden State Warriors change your mind? How about after reading this list of things he accomplished in this game. LeBron becomes the youngest to score 20,000 points in NBA history, at 725 games, he is the 8th fastest to do it. He also becomes the 55th player and the 6th non-guard to dish out 5,000 assists. Add those two up, he is the 12th player to have 20,000 points, 5,000 assists and 5,000 rebounds. That's pretty cool.

This is one of those 20,000 points that I may have spoken of.

You can now return your jaw back into its original position, keeping your mouth open too long can be quite dangerous.

MJ vs. LBJ Career Comparison Chart. (Via: @ESPN_Numbers)
Okay, enough LeBron love, I will never forget you for blocking Derrick Rose in the Eastern Conference Finals and crushing what was the remaining of my soul.

Honorable Mention: To Kyrie Irving, who once again dragged to his team to victory. He had 31 points on 13 of 24 shots, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals against the Portland Trail Blazers. I don't even know how Cleveland pulled it out without making a field goal for 8 minutes at some point of the game. Can you imagine LeBron James teaming up with Kyrie Irving. It is a possibility, but I am scared it might stunt Kyrie's growth.

Career Highs: Alan Anderson of the Toronto Raptors tied his career high of 27 points, shooting 10 of 18 from the field after getting his teeth knocked out of his mouth against Brooklyn yesterday. Jeff Teague went for a career high 28 points (12 of 18), 4 rebounds and 11 assists for the Atlanta Hawks. The ATL victory snaps the Nets' 7 game winning streak.

Early Start: Carlos Boozer and Russell Westbrook both scored 25 points in the first half in their respective games. The difference? Russell got to pack it in early in the blowout win over the Denver Nuggets. He had 32 points on a rare efficient 12 of 20 shooting, 2 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes of play. Boozer had to go to overtime against the Raptors. He finished with a season high 36 points (16 of 24), 12 rebounds and 3 assists. Despite getting outscored by the Toronto Bench, 66 to 18, the Chicago Bulls came out on top, thanks to a game sealing dagger from Luol Deng.

Rookie Watch: If John Wall is hurting Bradley Beal's play, it surely didn't show last night. The rookie shot 6 of 7 from downtown for a career high 26 points to go with his 3 rebounds and 6 assists in the Sleep Train Arena.

Triplets: It was a great effort by the Wizards, but you can't stop the Kings when three of their players drop 21 points on you. John Salmons had some fun, DeMarcus Cousins got 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and Marcus Thornton added 8 boards and 8 dimes. You can blame John Wall for ending Washinton's 3 game winning streak, as he missed 2 crucial free throws with less than 30 seconds left in the game. The mid-range struggle continues.

Time Machine User: Tim Duncan is still alive and schooling dudes. The Big Fundamental had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks in the victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, who could not stop the Spurs from making baskets. They allowed the Spurs to shoot 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three. To make things worst, they couldn't score themselves. Not a single field goal from the 6 minute mark of the 3rd quarter to midway through the 4th. That is 11 minutes without a field goal. Note: Zach Randolph left early in this game due to a strained lower back.


#KDisNotNice: No, seriously. After the dunk, he got a technical for giving a few words to Keneth Faried.

R.I.P.: Geez J.J. Hickson, you don't have to do Alonzo like that.

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