This will be the smallest recap of the week, which will be followed by the biggest one tomorrow, as there were only three games on the National Basketball Association slate. However all of them had a touch of carolina blue, and one was even a head to head match up between franchises that have former UNC Basketball players on their roster. But as we all know, be it one player or one game, if there is someone that once played in Chapel Hill in action there will be a recap the next day, called Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style. Just a FYI, with tomorrow being Thanksgiving and the slate being quite large, I am not sure what time the recap will be posted. But enough with that and let’s get going with this edtion of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for November 20, 2012…
The first game of the night is the one that has the Toronto Raptors [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (3-7 overall ~ 1-4 on the road) heading to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Philadelphia 76’ers [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (6-4 overall ~ 3-3 at home). This is the second meeting between the franchises, the first going to the 76’ers 93 to 83, and in this one Philadelphia (6-4 ATS) is a 5.5 points favorite over Toronto (4-6 ATS). The game, which was played at the Wells Fargo Arena in front of 13,965 (max capacity: 20,328), lasted 2 hours and eleven minutes. For the visiting team it’s big man Ed Davis (@eddavis32 on twitter), who comes off the bench for a total of just five minutes. In that time span the power forward scores a duece (1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three rebounds and an assist while having a 0 in points differential. As far as the game went, thanks to a 33 to 1 fourth quarter, it was Philadelphia defeating Toronto by eight points, with the final being 106 to 98. With the loss the Raptors are now at 3 and 8 and will be back in action on 11/21 when they go to the surprising Bobcats (5-4).
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 21, 2012
The second game of the night, which is also the second to last one, it’s the New York Knicks [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (7-1 overall ~ 3-1 on the road) headed to the Big Easy to take on New Orleans Hornets [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (3-5 overall ~ 2-3 at home). This is the first of two clashes between teams from different conferences and in this one it’s NY (7-1 ATS) as a six points favorite over New Orleans (6-2 ATS). The game, which lasted 2 hours and eight minutes, is played at the New Orleans Arena in front of an attendance that numbered 13,705 (max capacity: 17,188). For the team from the Big Apple it’s a pair of former UNC Basketball players, beginning with point guard Raymond Felton (no twitter account for Felton), who starts for the Knicks and plays a total of 30 minutes. In that time frame the floor general scores 15 points (5 for 8 ~ 5 for 6 ~ 0 for 0) to go with six assists, two boards and just one turnover while having a game high of +30 points differential. The other former Heel is big man Rasheed Wallace (no twitter account for Wallace), who comes off the bench for 18 minutes. In that time the power forward gets six points (2 for 8 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 2 for 2) to go with seven boards, a block and a TO while amassing a points differential of +13. When it was all said and done it was New York beating New Orleans in a lopsided win, with the final being 102 to 80. With the victory the Knicks are now 8 and 1 on the season and they will be taking on Dallas (6-6) on the road on 11/21.
— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) November 21, 2012
And we close out this recap with another two former UNC Basketball players in it, with the exception that in this one it’s one on each team, as the Brooklyn Nets [Eastern Conference ~ Atlantic Division] (6-2 overall ~ 2-1 on the road) goes cross country taking on the Los Angeles Lakers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (5-5 overall ~ 5-3 at home). This is the first of two meetings between franchises in different conferences, and in this one it’s LA (5-5 ATS) as a 6.5 points favorite over Brooklyn (4-2-2 ATS). The game, which was played at the Staples Arena in front of a sold out crowd of 18,997, lasted 2 hours and twenty minutes in all. For the visiting team from the east coast it’s veteran Jerry Stackhouse (@jerrystackhouse on twitter), who comes in and plays 15 minutes. In that time span the small forward scores five points (2 for 3 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 1 for 2) to go with one rebound and a TO while having a -1 points differential. On the other side, for the Lakers, it’s another veteran in Antawn Jamison (@Antawn_Jamison4 on twitter), who also comes off the bench and plays just nine minutes. In that time the power forward gets a duece (1 for 3 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a pair of assists while having a -2 points differential. In the end, in a close one, it was LA over Brooklyn by five points, with the final tally being 95 to 90. With the win the Lakers are now over .500 with a 6 and 5 record, and they will try to keep moving forward as they get back on the court on 11/21 when they take on the Kings (2-8) on the road. On the other hand the loss drops the Nets to 6 and 3, and the team will try to turn it around agains the Warriors (6-5) on the road on 11/21.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 21, 2012
The Lakers push their winning streak to 3 w/ a 95-90 victory & give Mike D’Antoni his 1st win as the Lakers head coach. #GoLakers
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 21, 2012
That is it, for November 20, 2012, as there were three games and five former UNC Basketball players in action. While you are here make sure to check out all the blog posts about Carolina’s basketball team in the Maui Invitational and other things regarding all things Tar Heels. And as usual for more information about North Carolina basketball and/or football, teams and players, present and past, make sure to check back often on isportsweb!