A pretty big night in the NBA on Monday, as nine games were played in the Association. Of those seven had a touch of carolina blue, one being a head to head match up. As usual, when there are former Tar Heels in action the next day on ISPORTSWEB there will be the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. So, without further ado, let’s get going with the run down from the games of 11/11/13…
The first game of the night has the Charlotte Bobcats (+2) hosting the Atlanta Hawks in the first of four games between the franchises. The game was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of a crowd that numbered 13,996 and was televised by TSOH. For the home squad it should be seven footer Brendan Haywood, but as we know the big man for the Charlotte franchise will not be back for quite sometimes as he comes back from a foot surgery. As far as the game went it was Atlanta winning this one by nine, defeating Charlotte by the final of 103 to 94. The loss drops the Bobcats to below .500 at 3 and 4 (2-2 at home) and they will be back in action on 11/13 when they head to Bean Town to take on the Celtics.
Next on tap is the game that has the Memphis Grizzlies (+6.5) heading to the Hoosier State to take on the unbeaten Indiana Pacers in the first of a pair of clashes between the squads. The game was broadcasted by FSWM and disputed at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in front of an attendance of 13,130. For the visiting squad it’s power forward Ed Davis, who comes off the bench for 17 minutes. In that stint the forward scored five points (2 for 8 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with a team high seven rebounds and 2 blocks as well as having a pts differential of -13. In what was a landslide it was Indiana staying undefeated, beating Memphis by the final score of 95 to 79. The loss drops the Grizzlies to 3 and 4 (0-3 on the road) and the franchise will be back in action against the Raptors on 11/13.
Third game of the run down has the San Antonio Spurs (-7) taking on the Philadelphia 76’ers in what was the first of a duo of games. The game was played in front of a crowd of 12,424 at the Wells Fargo Center and was shown by CSN. For the team from the lone star state it is shooting guard Danny Green, who starts and plays a team high 32 minutes. In that time frame the off guard scores a team high 18 points (6 for 9 ~ 5 for 7 ~ 1 for 1) to go with seven rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and a pts differential of +14. In another lopsided win it was all San Antonio in this one, taking down Philadelphia by 24, with the final tally being 109 to 85. The win, the fifth in a row, puts the Spurs at 7 and 1 (4-1 on the road) and the team will try to keep the momentum going when they host the Wizards on 11/13.
The halfway mark is the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers (+8) and the Chicago Bulls in the first of a quartet of games. The game was played at the United Center in front of a standing room only crowd that numbered 21,778 and was shown by CSNC. For the traveling team it’s seven footer Tyler Zeller, who plays just four minutes as he is coming back from injuries. In that stint the second year player scores a bucket (1 for 1 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three boards and a +7 pts differential (the only players on his squad to have a positive one). In the end this was all the home squad, as Chicago defeated Cleveland by double digits, with the final tally being 96 to 81. The loss drops the Cavs to 3 and 5 (0-5 on the road) and the franchise will try to get back on a winning track on 11/13 when they travel to the Timberwolves.
Next on the slate is the game which has the Toronto Raptors heading to the lone star state to take on the Houston Rockets. The game, which was shown by CSN Houston, was played at the Toyota Center with a packed house attendance of 18,134. For the team from north of the border it’s former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, who plays nine minutes coming off the bench. In this one the power forward scored two points (1 for 3 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with three rebounds and an assist while recording a pts differential of -7. In a pretty high scoring contest it was Houston taking this one, beating Toronto by a half dozen, with the final being 110 to 104. With the loss the Raptors slide to 3 and 5 (1-4 on the road) and the team will get back on the hardwoods when they take on the Grizzlies on 11/13.
The second to last game on the schedule is the only head to head match up as the Denver Nuggets (-2.5) take on the winless Utah Jazz in the first of four contests. The game was televised nationally by NBATV and disputed in front of 16,886 at the EnergySolutions Arena. For the visiting team it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who plays a team high 32 minutes. In that time the floor general scores a team high 17 points (6 for 13 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 5 for 6) to go with a game high 10 assists, six rebounds, a steal and a turnover while having a pts differential of +16. On the other side it’s power forward Marvin Williams, who comes off the pine for 18 minutes. In that stint the forward scores six points (2 for 3 ~ 2 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a pair of steals, a rebound, a block and a turnover as well as having a -10 pts differential. In this one it was the away team winning, as Denver defeated Utah by 19, with the final score being 100 to 81. The win puts the Nuggets at 2 and 4 (1-2 on the road) and the team will try to keep the winning way going as they host the Lakers on 11/13. The loss keeps the Jazz without a win and are now at 0 and 8 (0-3 at home) and the franchise will try to find its first W on 11/13 when they host the Pelicans.
And we close it out with the game that has the Los Angeles Clippers (-6.5) hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves in what was the first of four match ups between the franchises. The game was covered on television by FSW2 and was played at the STAPLES Center in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 19,060. For the home team it should have been a pair of former North Carolina players, veteran power forward Antawn Jamison and rookie shooting guard Reggie Bullock, but neither is called into action in this one. In what was a high scoring tight game, in the end it was Los Angeles coming out on top, defeating Minnesota by a bucket, with the final score being 109 to 107. The victory puts the Clippers at 5 and 3 on the year (3-0 at home) and they will get back into action when they host the Thunder on 11/13.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 11//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!