Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Round Up - March 5th, 2013.

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If you are in a hurry to get out of the door, but still want a recap of last night's NBA schedule. Here are the GIFs that will sums up each game nicely.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder.
Via: Bleacher Report
Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers.
Via: SB Nation
Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings.
Via: SB Nation
Now, for those that would still like to read, just continue to scroll down.

Jerkyll and Hyde: Russell Westbrook might shoot you out of games in rare occasions, but sometimes, he can go off for 37 points (15 of 29), 10 rebounds and 5 assists, like he did against the Lakers last night. Russ had everything his way for the entire game. He pulled up when he wanted and never once had trouble getting into the paint for an array of dunks/lay-ups. His partner in crime, wasn't too shabby either. Kevin Durant added 26 points on 9 of 22 shooting, 9 boards and 5 dimes in the Thunder win. Besides scoring 71 points in the first half on the purple and gold, OKC also tied a NBA record for the least turnovers in a game, with only two on the night. Kobe Bryant did everything he could to get this much-needed win for the Lakers. He willed himself into 30 points (8 of 19), even after a brief exit in the first 2 minutes of the game for a ulnar nerve contusion in the right elbow, which is fancy talk for a bruise elbow. Steve Nash tried to help, but his measly 20 points on 7 of 15 shooting could not overcome the onslaught set out by the blood-thirsty Thunder.

Power Struggle: Despite turning the ball over 22 times and allowing 30 points on those slip ups, the Boston Celtics held off the Philadephia 76ers to survive for another day. The Celtics received quite a pleasant surprise when their defensive specialist, Avery Bradley erupts for a game-high 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting, 7 boards and 5 assists. Paul Pierce shot a perfect 4 for 4 from the three to chip in for 18 points to go with his 11 rebounds and 7 dimes. The Sixers didn't shoot too well in this game, hitting only 41 percent of their shots from the field. Jrue Holiday led his team with 18 points on 17 shots, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. While Arnett Moultire came off the bench for a flawless 5 of 5 shooting for 10 points in 20 minutes of play.

Camping Grounds: The Denver Nuggets dominated the paint again, outscoring the Sacramento Kings 60 to 44 to extend the Nugget's winning streak to six. Little Ty Lawson went off for 24 points (8 of 16) and 7 dimes. Danilo Gallinari scored an additional 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting and snagged 4 rebounds. The Kings with this loss drops to bottom of the West. DeMarcus Cousins was a non-factor in this contest, going 1 for 12 for only 8 points, but he did block a career high 5 shots. Sacramento's own short guy, Isiah Thomas also had a good game, he had 23 points (6 of 13) and 8 assists at the Sleep Train Arena (This name will never not be funny).

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