Very big schedule on the NBA Friday night, as the slate was filled with a dozen games in all. Of those over half of them had former UNC basketball players in them, with a few being head to head match ups. And as usual, if there are games with former players from Chapel Hill the next day ISPORTSWEB will have the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. So, let’s get going with this edition of the run down for the games from 11/08/13…
Speaking of head to head match ups, the first one was just that as the New York Knicks (-2.5) headed to the Queen City to take on the Charlotte Bobcats for the second of four games, the first one going to the Bobcats 102 to 97. The game was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of 16,465 and televised on NBATV. For the team from the Big Apple it’s floor general Raymond Felton, who starts and plays a total of 38 minutes. In that time frame the point guard scored 15 points (6 for 17 ~ 2 for 6 ~ 1 for 1) to go with five assists, four rebounds, a block and a turnover while having a pts differential of +17. On the other side we should have seen big man Brendan Haywood, but the seven footer is still a long way from coming back from his foot operation. In the end the season series is now even as New York defeated Charlotte by ten, with the final score being 101 to 91. With the win the Knicks are now 2 and 3 (1-1 on the road) and will be back in action on 11/10 when they host the Spurs. For Bobcats the loss drops them to .500 at 3 and 3 (2-1 at home) and they will be back on the court when they take on the Hawks on 11/11.
The next game is a sort of homecoming, as the Toronto Raptors (+9) take on the unbeaten Indiana Pacers in the first of four games between the franchises. The game was broadcasted on FSMW and was held at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For the visiting team it’s former Pacers Tyler Hansbrough, who moved to north of the border in the off-season. The power forward, who played 19 minutes, scored four points (1 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 2) to go with five rebounds, one assist, a turnover and a -5 pts differential. As far as the game went it was the home team taking this one, as Indiana beat Toronto by seven, with the final tally being 91 to 84. The loss drops the Raptors to 2 and 4 (1-3 on the road) and the franchise will try to get back to winning on 11/09 when they host the Jazz.
The third game on the slate is the one that has Cleveland Cavaliers (+3.5) taking on the Philadelphia 76′ers for the first of four clashes between the squads. The game was played in front of a 15,219 at the Wells Fargo Center and was shown by CSN. For the visiting team it’s seven footer Tyler Zeller, who is still getting a few minutes as he comes back from injuries. In this one, the center played for just five minutes, not scoring (0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) and having nothing much but two turnovers and ending up with a pts differential of zero. In what was a lopsided with, it was Philadelphia taking this one by 15 points, defeating Cleveland by the score of 84 to 79. The loss drops the Cavs to 2 and 4 (0-4 on the road) and the squad will try to turn things around when they are back on the hardwoods on 11/09 when they host the same 76′ers they just played.
The halfway point of the run down comes when the winless Utah Jazz (+12.5) head to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls in what is the first of a pair of games between the teams. The game was played at the United Center in front of a standing room only crowd of 21,946 and was televised by CSNC. For the visiting squad it is power forward Marvin Williams, who comes off the bench for 11 minutes of playing time. In that stint the forward scores 3 points (1 for 5 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a rebound, an assist and three turnovers while having a pts differential of -5. In the end the visiting squad is still without a win, as Chicago take this one going away, beating Utah by 24 points, with the final tally being 97 to 73. The loss drops the Jazz to 0 and 6 (0-4 on the road) and the team will be back in action when they head to the Raptors on 11/09.
Moving forward with the slate it’s the Dallas Mavericks (+4) heading to the Gopher State to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in what was the first of four match ups the two will have. The game was shown on FSN and was played at the Target Center in front of an attendance of 13,677. For the team from Big D it is shooting guard Wayne Ellington, who comes off the pine to play a total of 14 minutes. In that stint the guard scores six points (2 for 2 ~ 2 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a rebound, an assist and a turnover while having a pts differential of +3. The other two former North Carolina players, shooting guard Vince Carter and center Brandan Wright on the team did not play. The former being suspended for throwing an elbow and the latter still dealing with an injury. In a pretty high scoring game it was Minnesota winning this one, defeating Dallas by eight points, the final being 116 to 108. The loss drops the Mavs to .500 with a 3 and 3 record (0-3 on the road) and the team will be back playing 11/09 when they head to take on the Bucks.
The second to last game of the night is another head to head match up when the Golden State Warriors head to the lone star state to take on the San Antonio Spurs (-4.5) in the first of a quartet of games. The game was broadcasted by KENS and was disputed at the AT&T Center in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 18,581. For the visiting team it’s small forward Harrison Barnes, who starts and plays 21 minutes. In that stint the second year player scored five points (2 for 6 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with a pair of rebounds, an assist and having a -10 pts differential. On the other side it’s shooting guard Danny Green, who starts and plays 28 minutes in all. In that time frame the off guard scores three points (1 for 6 ~ 1 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with six boards, an assist and a +14 pts differential. In what was the lowest scoring game of the night it was San Antonio squeaking by, beating Golden State by a duece, with the final being 76 to 74. The win, third in a row, puts the Spurs at 5 and 1 on the year (3-0 at home) and they will be up next on 11/10 when they head to the Big Apple to take on the Knicks. The loss drops the Warriors to 4 and 2 (2-2 on the road) and they will be back at it when they head to take on the Grizzlies on 11/09.
And we close this out with the game between the Denver Nuggets (pick) and the Phoenix Suns in what was the first of four games between the franchises. The game was played in front of 15,145 at the US Airways Center and was shown on FSAZ. For the visiting squad it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who starts and plays a game high of 41 minutes. In that time the point guard scores a game high 29 points (10 for 21 ~ 2 for 6 ~ 7 for 8) go with with four assists, a pair of rebounds, three steals and four turnovers while having a pts differential of -8. In the end, in this one it was Phoenix beating Denver by double digits, with the final score being 114 to 103. The loss drops the Nuggets to 1 and 4 (0-2 on the road) and the franchise will go at it once again on 11/11 when they head to play the Jazz.
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!