Lakers edge Nets in D’Antoni’s debut
Kobe Bryant had 25 points and Dwight Howard chipped in with 23 points and 15 boards to give new Laker head coach Mike D’Antoni a 95-90 win over the Brooklyn Nets in his L.A. debut. Pao Gasol and Metta World Peace both had 17 points for the winners. Brook Lopez has 23 points in a losing effort for the Nets who saw their five-game win streak come to an end. Ten of the last 11 Laker head coaches won their first game with the franchise. The one that didn’t was Mike Brown, the man D’Antoni replaced last week after the LakeShow got off to a 1-4 start. It took D’Antoni about ten days to assume his duties as he was recovering from the effects of major knee surgery.
Hoosier’s survive Georgetown in OT
If you had Georgetown and Under in last night’s Legends Classic at the Barclay Center, you absorbed two of the worst bad beats of the young college basketball season. Both looked to be easy covers with Indiana up 63-59 with 44 second left ….. but 5 points by Otto Porter in the final seconds sent the game to OT at 64 all. Indiana dominated the final five minutes winning 18-8. Hoosier backers seemed to have a push in their back pocket as Indiana was content to dribble out the clock but a Porter foul with 5 second left sent Indiana to the line for the dagger. Christian Watford made one of two and the Hoyas missed a final long three. For those of you that had +9 and Under 138.5, the sun still came up this morning.
Rockets down Zips 35-23 in Wednesday college football
The Toledo Rockets were riding a two game losing streak and playing 1-10 Akron in their senior night home finale. After sleep walking through the first 15 minutes and finding themselves down 10-0, Toledo turned on the jets. Austin Dantin threw five touchdown passes, three in the second quarter to send the home folk and the seniors home happy with a 35-23 win. Toledo never came close to covering the -18.5 number although they did lead by 18 in the final quarter. The total never came near last night’s final posted 62 1/2. College football resumes on Thursday where TCU is a +7.5 underdog at Texas.
NFL news and Notes
Yesterday, SP3 reported that Ed Reed had been suspended for a game without pay for an illegal blow to the head of a defenseless receiver, a penalty that would have cost him about $450,000. In an expedited appeal, the league overturned the suspension but did fine Reed 50K for the hit on the Steeler’s Emanuel Sanders.
Also on yesterday’s report, SP3 noted that the Steelers would work out veteran Plaxico Burress. They did and signed the tall lanky veteran out of Michigan State. Pittsburg also signed another ex-Spartan picking up quarterback Brian Hoyer who was one of the final cuts of the Pats this year.
Hector “Macho” Camacho in grave condition after being shot