Last night the NBA had a total of nine games on its schedule, over half of them had a former Tar Heels in them, a pair of them being head to head match ups. So, as usual, the next day on ISPORTSWEB there is the daily recap called “North Carolina in the NBA”. On a side note, another former Heel, Kendall Marshall could be getting another shot in the Association, as the Boston Celtics are showing interest in the point guard. Now, without furter interruptions, let’s check out the run down for the games from 11/05/13…
The first game of the night has the Toronto Raptors (+5) hosting the Miami Heat in what is the first of four match ups between the franchises. The game was played at the Air Canada Centre in front of an attendance of 18,470 and was televised on SUN. For the home squad it’s power forward Tyler Hansbrough, who comes off the bench and plays a total of 16 minutes. In that time frame the fifth year pro scored eight points (1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 6 for 7) to go with seven rebounds and a turnover while having a pts differential of -2. As far as the game went it was Miami winning this one by nine points, defeating Toronto by the final of 104 to 95. With the loss the Raptors slide to .500 at 2 and 2 (2-1 at home) and the squad will be back in action on 11/06 when they travel to the Bobcats.
The next game on the schedule has the Utah Jazz (+10) heading to the Big Apple to take on the Brooklyn Nets in what is the first of a pair of games between the teams. The game was shown by FSRM and played in front of a sold out crowd of 17,732 at the Barclays Center. For the visiting squad it should have been eighth year pro Marvin Williams, but the power forward is still recouping from his achilles injury. In the end it was the home team winning this one, as Brooklyn beat Utah by 16, with the final score being 104 to 88. The loss keeps the Jazz winless on the season at 0 and 4 (0-2 on the road) and the squad will be back in action when they travel to Bean Town to take on another winless team in the Celtics on 11/06.
The halfway mark arrives with the head to head match up between the Charlotte Bobcats and the New York Knicks (-9) in what is the first of a quartet of games between the franchises. The game was played in the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden, with a sold out attendance of 19,812 and was broadcasted on MSG. For the visiting team it should have been seven footer Brendan Haywood, but the center is still a long way out from seeing the hardwoods after an operation on his foot. On the other side, for the home team, we have floor general Raymond Felton, who starts and plays a total of 37 minutes. In that time frame the point guard scores 14 points (6 for 15 ~ 2 for 7 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with six rebounds, a pair of assists, two steals a block and two turnovers while having a pts differential of -5. In what was an upset it was Charlotte taking this one by five, defeating New York by the final tally of 102 to 97. With the victory the Bobcats are back to .500 at 2 and 2 (1-2 on the road) and will be back on the court on 11/06 when the host the Raptors. The loss drops the Knicks to 1 and 3 (1-2 at home) and the franchise will try to right the ship when they head south to take on the Bobcats on 11/08.
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The second to last game on the slate has the Dallas Mavericks (-8.5) hosting the Los Angeles Lakers in what is the first of a trio of clashes. The game was played at the American Airlines Center in front of a standing room only crowd of 19,670 and the tv coverage was supplied by NBATV. For the home squad from the lone star state it’s a pair of shooting guards from North Carolina. First off veteran Vince Carter, who gets in the game for 18 minutes. In the stint the 15 year pro scores eight points (3 for 10 ~ 2 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three assists and a rebound while putting up a pts differential of +4. The other is Wayne Ellington, who comes off the bench for nine minutes. In that time frame the newly acquired guard scores two points (1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a board and having a -2 pts differential. The third former Heel on this team, Brandan Wright was not even on the bench has he works on getting back to playing action. In a pretty lopsided game it was Dallas taking this one by 19, beating Los Angeles by the final of 123 to 104. With the huge win the Mavs are now 3 and 1 (3-0 at home) and the team will be back on the hardwoods on 11/06 traveling to the Thunder.
And we close out this run down about former North Carolina players with another head to head match up as the San Antonio Spurs (-4.5) head to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Nuggets in what was the first of a trio of games the two team will have against one another. The game was televised by ALT and was disputed at the Pepsi Center in front of 15,721 fans. For the visiting team it’s Danny Green, who starts and plays a total of 24 minutes. In that time frame the shooting guard scores four points (2 for 7 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three boards, an assist, a steal, a block and a turnover while having a +7 pts differential. On the other side, it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who starts and plays a game high 37 minutes. In the stint the point guard scores a team high 20 points (6 for 17 ~ 1 for 5 ~ 7 for 9) to go along with a game high eight assists, two rebounds, a steal and a pair of turnovers while having a pts differential of -6. In the end, thanks to a 30 to 16 fourth quarter, it was San Antonio defeating Denver by the final of 102 to 94. With the W the Spurs are now 3 and 1 (2-1 on the road) and will be back on the court on 11/06 when they host the Suns. The loss keeps the Nuggets winless at 0 and 3 (0-2) and the franchise will try to win its first game when they host the Hawks on 11/07.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 11/05/13 with former UNC Basketball players in them. Make sure to come back tomorrow for the next edition of the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. And as always, check back with ISPORTSWEB for more things Carolina!