In a medium size slate, where the National Basketball Association had eight games, only half of them had former UNC Basketball in them, and of those, half were games with former Tar Heels on both benches. This means it’s once again time for a recap of those games in the daily post that I call Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style. But enough with the talking, let’s get rolling this this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Styler for November 12, 2012…
The first game, which is also the first match up with former UNC Basketball players, both playing power forward, on both franchises, it’s Utah Jazz [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (3-4 overall ~ 0-4 on the road) heading north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (1-5 overall ~ 1-2 at home). This is the first of two times the teams will meet this season and in this one Utah is favored by three points. The game, which was played at the Air Canada Centre in front of 18,230 fans (max capacity: 19,800), lasted 3 hours and 13 minutes. For the traveling squad it’s Marvin Williams (no twitter account for Williams), who starts for the Jazz and gets a total of 32 minutes. In that time frame the forward scores 17 points (6 for 9 ~ 1 for 1 ~ 4 for 6) to go with five rebounds, a block and a turnover while having a points differential of -6. On the other side, for the home squad, it’s Ed Davis (@eddavis32 on twitter), coming off the pine for 18 minutes. In that time span the big man gets four points (2 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with nine rebounds (six on the offensive side), a pair of steals, a block and a TO while amassing a -6 in points differential. At the end, in a game that needed three over times, it was Utah winning this one, defeating Toronto by the final of 140 to 133. With the win the Jazz are now at .500 with a 4 and 4 record and will get into action on 11/14 when they travel to play the Celtics (4-3). The loss drops the Raptors to 1 and 6, last in the Atlantic, and will be in action next when they take on the Pacers (3-4) on 11/13.
Jazz win! 140-133 in triple overtime. #UTAatTOR
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 13, 2012
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 13, 2012
The next game of the night is the one that has the Milwaukee Bucks [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (3-2 overall ~ 2-0 on the road) going to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Philadelphia 76’ers [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (4-2 overall ~ 1-1 at home). This is the first of four match ups between the franchises and in this one Philly is a four point favorite. The game, which lasted 2 hours and three minutes, was played i front of a crowd of 15,086 (max capacity: 20,328) at the Wells Fargo Arena. For the traveling squad it’s rookie John Henson (@_John_Henson_ on twitter), who is dressed for action but does not get on to the hardwoods in this one… “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision”. When it was all said and done, it was Milwaukee taking this one, defeating Philadelphia by nine points, with the final being 105 to 96. With the win the Bucks are now 4 and 2, unbeaten on the road, and will try to keep going with this momentum on 11/14 when they play the Pacers (3-4) at home.
Bucks win! Beating the Sixers 105-96. Brandon Jennings 33p/8a/5r/4s/2b and Monta Ellis 18p/5r/7a/1b leading Milwaukee in Philly. #MILvPHI
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 13, 2012
The third game is one that has a pair of former UNC Basketball players on one team as the Dallas Mavericks [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (4-3 overall ~ 3-0 at home) host the Minnesota Timberwolves [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] 4-2 overall ~ 1-2 on the road). This is the first of a quarter of match ups between the teams with this one having Dallas as a 6.5 favorite. The game, which was played at the American Airlines Center in front of an attendance that numbered 19,322 (max capacity: 19,600), lasted 2 hours and twenty minutes. For the home team it’s first Brandan Wright (@bwright34 on twitter), who starts in the middle but only plays nine minutes. In that time the center scores two points (1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a steal and a block while having a -8 in points differential. The other is Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15 on twitter), who plays 29 minute off the bench. The shooting guard gets four points (1 for 7 ~ 0 for 4 ~ 2 for 2) to go along with three boards, two steals and an assist while having a points differential of -6. In the end, in an upset, it was Minnesota taking this one, defeating Dallas 90 to 82. The loss slides the Mavs to .500 at 4 and 4, and the team from the lone star state will try to get it back going on 11/14 when they host the winless Wizards (0-5).
This final score is brought to you by @paniniamerica: Timberwolves 90, Mavericks 82; 21 pts & 5 assists for Collison, 18 pts for Mayo.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 13, 2012
And we close out the recap with another game that has former UNC basketball players, this time both being point guards, having to go at it as Denver Nuggets [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (4-3 overall ~ 2-3 on the road) taking on the Phoenix Suns [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (3-4 overall ~ 2-1 at home). This is the first of three match ups between the teams and in this one Denver is favored by four points. The game, which lasted 2 hours and twelve minutes, was played at the US Ariways Center in front of a crowd of 14,060 (max capacity: 18,422). For the team from the Mile High City it’s speedster Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3 on twitter), who plays a team high 35 minutes. In that time the floor general scores 12 points (5 for 8 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 2 for 2) to go along with a game high eight assists, one rebound, a steal and four turnovers while having a -4 points differential. On the other side it’s rookie Kendall Marshall (@KButter5 on twitter), who is dressed but see no action on the night… “DNP ~ Coach’s Decision”. In the end, in another upset, it’s Phoenix defeating Denver by 10, with the final tally being 110 to 100. The win puts the Jazz at .500 for the season with a 4 and 4 record and they will host the Bulls (4-3) on 11/14 for their next game. The loss, which snaps a four game winning streak, puts the Nuggets at 4 and 4 and they will try to get back to their winning way on 11/15 when they host the Heat (6-2).
Final from PHX: #Nuggets fall to the Suns 110-100.
— Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) November 13, 2012
And that is it, four games with six teams having former UNC Basketball players on it and a total of seven former Heels in action. Come back tomorrow for the next edition of NBA Style, and also check out how the UNC gridiron and hardwoods team are doing in their season. It’s all here when it comes to information about North Carolina basketball and/or football, teams and players, present and past, make sure to check back often on isportsweb!