Archive for November 7th, 2012

Sixers hold Hornets to franchise low 62 points

Jrue Holiday had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers held New Orleans to its lowest point total ever in a 77-62 victory over the Hornets on Wednesday night.

Evan Turner also scored 14, and Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 12 points for the Sixers, who dominated the second half defensively. The Hornets committed 14 of their 24 turnovers after halftime and scored only 25 points during the final two quarters. Young also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Al-Farouq Aminu was the only Hornets player to score in double figures with 10 points to go with a career-high 16 rebounds. Ryan Anderson grabbed 10 rebounds and 7-foot reserve Jason Smith blocked five shots.

The Hornets, who lost for the first time in three games, played without first-round draft choices Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Davis was not cleared to return from a recent concussion and Rivers had a sprained finger on his left hand.

– Reported by Brett Martel of the Associated Press

InsideHoops.com notes: This game was an ugly brickfest… Hornets guard Eric Gordon also remains out… This game was a mess… Philly enjoyed a balanced scoring effort… This game was a disaster.

Zach Randolph leads Grizzlies to win over Bucks

Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies shot 53 percent from the floor in a 108-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Rudy Gay added 17 points and Marreese Speights contributed 16 off the bench to help Memphis win its third straight after a season-opening loss.

Milwaukee, which was looking to start 3-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, shot just 38.5 percent from the field. Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 19 points, but he was only 6 of 20 from the field. Monta Ellis added 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting.

The Grizzlies withstood a third-quarter rally and pulled away in the fourth.

– Reported by the Associated Press

Heat beat Nets by 30 in Miami

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Dwyane Wade scored 22 points on 10 for 14 shooting, LeBron James finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the Miami Heat improved to 4-0 at home for the first time in franchise history by beating the Brooklyn Nets 103-73 on Wednesday night.

James had 20 points and 12 rebounds in only 30 minutes, and Rashard Lewis scored 13 points for the Heat (4-1). Miami - which plays its next six games on the road - has won its four home games by an average of 17.8 points.

Kris Humphries had a double-double by halftime, then was silent in the second half and finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets (1-2). Deron Williams scored 14 for Brooklyn, which got 12 off the bench from MarShon Brooks.

The Nets had 19 turnovers, which Miami turned into 31 points…

The Nets were without Gerald Wallace, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

– Reported by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press

InsideHoops.com notes: Deron Williams dished just three assists while committing seven turnovers… Keith Bogans, who started at shooting guard for Brooklyn, contributed just three points and two rebounds… Nets swingman Joe Johnson shot just 4-of-14 for  nine points and little else… The Heat as a team shot 52 percent from the field.

The Sacramento Kings assigned second-year forward Tyler Honeycutt to the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today.

The assignment is the first of the 2012-13 NBA and NBA D-League seasons, and the second for Honeycutt in his career.  He was assigned last season from Jan. 2 – Jan. 22, 2012.

Honeycutt (6-8, 188, UCLA) appeared in 15 games for the Kings as a rookie last season, averaging 1.3 points, 0.9 rebounds and 5.9 minutes.  In one preseason game this year, he scored two points and grabbed four rebounds in 14 minutes.

In 10 games on assignment with the Bighorns last season, Honeycutt averaged 5.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 12.7 minutes.

Originally selected in the second round (35th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Kings, Honeycutt appeared in 59 career games for the Bruins, averaging 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 31.7 minutes.

Honeycutt, who will be available to play tonight in Sacramento, is expected to join the Bighorns in time for their 2012 NBA D-League training camp which opens on Nov. 12 in Reno.

Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen says President Barack Obama has a ‘’smooth game” on the basketball court.

Pippen described playing basketball with the president Tuesday afternoon in a story on the Chicago Bulls website. He played on Obama’s team in an Election Day game complete with referees and a running clock. Pippen and Obama’s team won the game.

Pippen says the president was ”very easy to approach” and says Obama isn’t an overly aggressive player, probably because he doesn’t want to get hurt.

– Reported by the Associated Press

“When he first entered the gym, if you hadn’t looked over to see him, you wouldn’t have noticed,” said Pippen of Obama. “It was surprisingly low key. He just came in and started shaking hands. He’s someone who is very easy to approach.”

It was the first time Pippen had met Obama. The connection was made through a mutual friend, Marty Nesbitt. Obama mentioned that Nesbitt thinks very highly of Pippen.

“He said it was a pleasure to meet me and that he had heard good things about me from Marty,” said Pippen. “I told him, ‘Thank you and I wish you well tonight. But if you want to be a winner this afternoon, you better play with me.’”

– Reported by Adam Fluck of Bulls.com

“We kind of blew them out,” said Pippen. “It should have been worse but we started messing around at the end. The game was close for awhile, but in the third quarter we opened it up. They tried to get back in it in the fourth, but we kept expanding the lead. It was a good game, fun and competitive.”

The Election Day games began when Obama played on the day he won the Iowa caucuses in 2008. They became tradition after he lost the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Clinton on a day in which Obama did not play basketball.

Other participants in this year’s edition included former Bulls guard Randy Brown, currently the team’s Special Assistant to the General Manager, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

– Reported by Adam Fluck of Bulls.com

Kobe Bryant still trying to rest his strained right foot

Out of interest that he heals his strained right foot, Kobe Bryant sat out of practice Tuesday for the second consecutive time this week.

Out of interest to stop the Lakers’ sluggish start, Coach Mike Brown has kept Bryant on the floor longer than planned.

Bryant expressed optimism the past two days of treatment and rest will make his foot feel “90 percent” when the Lakers (1-3) play tonight at Utah (1-2). Brown expressed optimism he’ll reduce Bryant’s current playing time, which has hovered at an average of 37 minutes through four games.

“I want to try to really be conscious of Kobe’s minutes, Brown said. “What I can do is as we go on, is continue to be more conscious of not throwing him out there.”

– Reported by Mark Medina of the Daily Breeze

Dallas owner Mark Cuban donated $1 million last week to a Hurricane Sandy relief fund and also, quietly, made a smaller donation specifically to devastated Rockaway Beach.

But Cuban isn’t the most popular guy in the Knicks’ locker room. Tyson Chandler still is stunned Cuban was so indifferent when he jumped ship after he keyed Dallas’ lone championship before last season. Jason Kidd also got slammed by Cuban in mid-August, making it seem the Knicks guard had double-crossed him. His jersey won’t ever hang in the AmericanAirlines Center rafters despite his two stints and one title.

The Knicks will put their 3-0 record on the line against the Mavericks on Friday at the Garden. Cuban will be there. Chandler and Kidd don’t just want to win, they may want to come away with Cuban’s scalp as bounty.

Asked if he needed to rest his strep throat in the days leading to Dallas, Chandler said, “No, I don’t need much to get up for that one.’’

– Reported by Marc Berman of the New York Post

Pacers lose forward Danny Granger for 3 months

Danny Granger injury update: The news is bad

The Indiana Pacers announced that Danny Granger received an injection Tuesday to treat left patellar tendinosis.  The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Team medical personnel are looking at a recovery time of approximately three months. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.

According to the Associated Press, “Without Granger, the Pacers will be searching for offense to offset his loss. Granger averaged 18.3 points per game last season and led Indiana to the Eastern Conference semifinals. He has led the team in scoring the past five seasons. Gerald Green had started at forward in Granger’s absence before coach Frank Vogel turned to Sam Young this week.”

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