Lin-Sanity now 8-1, Durant/Westbook combine for 91 in OT win over the Nuggets
There were lost of monster individual performances on a busy NBA Sunday headed by February’s flavor the month Jeremy Lin. The Harvard grad had 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Knicks 104-97 win over the Mavericks. Six Knicks has 13+ points including JR Smith who was making his Knick debut. Steve Novak scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter. Dirk had 34 for the Mavs.
Kevin Durant had a career high 51 points, Russell Westbrook added 40, and Serge Ibaka had a 14 point, 15 rebound, 11 block triple-double in a Thunder 124-118 overtime win over the Nuggets. It was the first time teammates had gone for 50 and 40 since 1996 when Jordan and Pippen turned the trick for the Bulls. Aaron Affalo led seven Nuggets in double-digits with 27 points.
The Milwaukee Bucks were the only NBA team to win on the road, beating the Nets 92-85 in Newark. Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 25 rebounds for Milwaukee, spoiling the return of Brook Lopez. Ilyasova joined Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Sven Nader as the only 25/25 players for the Bucks. Nader went for 30 points and 33 rebounds in a 1976 game vs the Hawks.
The Heat beat Orlando 90-78 for temporary Florida bragging rights. It was Miami’s sixth straight win, all by double-digits. Dwayne Wade had 27 points and Lebron added 25/11/8 for South Beach. Dwight Howard had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic but connect on just two of ten from the foul line. JJ Redick led Orlando with 17 points.
The Suns spanked the Lakers 102-90 in the Valley of the Sun and Kobe immediately ripped Laker management for leaving Pau Gasol in limbo. Kobe said Gasol trade rumors were affecting both Pau and the team. Kobe has 32 in the loss to the Suns, Gasol had 17/14/6.
Kyrie Irving sank two FTs with 00:00:4 left on the clock as the Cavs stopped the Kings 93-92. Detroit punked the Celtics for the second time in a week winning 96-81 at Auburn Hills. Indiana pounded Charlotte 108-73 behind 18 points from Roy Hibbert. Houston outscored Utah 56-39 in the second half of the Rockets easy win.
(NBA) Hornets +12.5 over Oklahoma City
The Hornets has had two nights off after upset win over the white-hot Knicks. The Thunder played OT last night vs Denver and are playing their fifth game in seven nights. New Orleans has won three straight, the Thunder nine straight home games (6-3 ATS) so something has to give. You couldn’t nake three Hornets if we put a million in a suitcase but they play hard, are 8-5 ATS in L13 roadies, and 5-2 this year as a RD of 9-12, and have a major legs advantage here. The Thunder might just be happy to get outa Dodge with a win here. Take the dog.
(NBA) San Antonio -3 over Utah
The Spurs have won ten straight and are just cruising through their yearly 8000 mile Rodeo Roadie. San Antonio has been on the road forever but are enjoying a blow here playing for just the second time in five nights. The Jazz are playing for the sixth time in nine nights. The Jazz have lost six of eight but have a physical front curt so you always wonder if you’re going to the well once too often. SP3 doesn’t think so. Utah just 4-7 ATS in the second of B2Bs and 2-6 ATS this year vs the Southwest. Not ready to get off the Spurs train yet.
(CBB) Baylor +2 over Texas
The Bears are coming back to the field after a fast start. In fact, Baylor has lost three of their last four and are just 5-5 after a 17-0 start. The Longhorns are a true bubble team. They’re 5-2 at home in the Big 12 with their losses to Kansas and Missouri, no shame there. They did have four game winning streak snapped in tough loss at Okie State Saturday, a game they had to have. Baylor won the first go around in Waco 76-71 outscoring the Horns 27-16 from the line. Both teams offer nothing from a tech standpoint so we’ll call for the veteran Bears who are 4-2 SU and ATS in the series to get the money vs the young but unproven Longhorns.
(CBB) St John’s -5 over DePaul
The Johnnies had lost 11 of 15 before getting a nice home win over UCLA in their last. The beat the Blue Demons 87-81 in Chicago back on February 1st starting the current DePaul six-game losing streak. DePaul had Louisville dead and buried Saturday but blew a 20-point lead and getting their hearts ripped out in an OT loss to the Cards. The Demons last three road losses were all by 8+ points. These are two young teams under new regimes whose best time are in the future. Tonight, take the homestanding Red Storm after getting a nice confidence builder against the Bruins.