Last night’s schedule in the National Basketball Association was quite large, as it held a dozen games in all. Of those nine had a touch of carolina blue, with one being a head to head match ups. And it has been the case for the entire season, if there is any former Tar Heel in action at the next level you will get on ISPORTSWEB the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap the following day. So, without further ado, let’s get going with the run down from 11/13/13…
First game of the night has the Milwaukee Bucks heading into the sunshine state to take on the Orlando Magic in the first of four games the teams will play. The game was disputed at the Amway Center in front of a crowd of 13,588 and was televised on Fox Sports Florida. For the visiting squad it’s power forward John Henson, who comes off the bench and plays a total of 27 minutes. In that time frame the 6’11″ second year man comes close to a double double as he scores 10 points (5 for 11 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 1) while grabbing nine boards, along with game and career high five blocks, an assist and three turnovers while having a -6 pts differential. In a pretty close game, it was Orlando coming from behind to win this one, defeating Milwaukee by three points, with the final score being 84 to 91. With the loss the Bucks are now 2 and 5 (1-3 on the season) and they will be back in action on 11/16 when they host the Thunder.
Next up on the schedule is the game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Boston Celtics in the first of a trio of showdowns between the squads. The game was covered by CSNN and was played in front of a crowd of 17,032 at the TD Garden. For the visiting team it should be seven footer Brandon Haywood, but the center is still recovering from his foot surgery in the pre-season. As far as the game went it was Charlotte taking this one, as they beat Boston by the final tally of 89 to 83. With the victory the Bobcats are back to .500 at 4 and 4 (2-2 on the road) and will be back on the court next when they host the Heat on 11/16.
The third game on the slate is a head to head match up as the Toronto Raptors lock on with Memphis Grizzlies in the first of a duo of clashes between the franchises. The game was played at the FedEXForum in front of a 15,971 and broadcasted by TSOH. For the team from north of the border it’s veteran Tyler Hansbrough, who comes off the pine for 23 minutes. In that time the power forward scores four points (1 for 5 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 2) to go with four rebounds, a steal, a block and a pair of turnovers while having a pts differential of +16. On the other side of the ball it’s another power forward, Ed Davis, who comes off the bench to play a total of 24 minutes. In that time frame the forward scores five points (2 for 5 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with five boards, three blocks and a pair of assists while having a -20 pts differential. As far as the game went it was Toronto winning this one by double digits, defeating Memphis by 16, with the final score being 103 to 87. The win puts the Raptors at 4 and 5 (2-4 on the road) and the franchise will be back on the court when they take on the Trail Blazers on 11/17. The loss drops the Grizzlies at 3 and 5 (3-2 at home) and they will be back in action on 11/17 when they travel to take on the Kings.
We move on to the fourth game of the night as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second of two games, with the first one going to the Cavs 93 to 92. The game was shown on FSN while being played in front of a crowd that numbered 14,978 at the Target Center. For the road team it is center Tyler Zeller, who plays a total of 15 minutes in all. In that stint the seven footer scores eight points (3 for 5 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 2) go to with six rebounds and having a pts differential of -8. As far as the game went it was landslide by Minnesota, defeating Cleveland by 29 points, with the final tally being 124 to 95. The loss slides the Cavs to 3 and 6 (0-6 on the road) and the squad will be back on the court on 11/16 when they head to play the Wizards.
The next game on the schedule is the one that has the New York Knicks heading south to take on the Atlanta Hawks in what is the first of four games between the franchises. This game was played at the Philips Arena in front of an attendance of 15,057 and was national televised on ESPN/WatchESPN. For the squad from the Big Apple it’s floor general Raymond Felton, who starts and plays 32 minutes. In that time the point guard scores 10 points (5 for 12 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with five assists, a pair of boards, a steal and a block while registering a +1 pts differential. In the end, this game was won by New York, beating Atlanta by the final of 95 to 91. The victory puts the Knicks at 3 and 4 (2-1 on the road) and the team is going to be playing next on 11/16 when they host the same Hawks at MSG.
Moving on with this run down of former North Carolina players it’s the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Washington Wizards in what is the first of a pair of match ups. The game was shown on Fox Sports SouthWest and wast disputed at the AT&T Center in front of a sold out crowd of 18,581. For the home squad it’s shooting guard Danny Green who plays a total of 22 minutes. In that stint the forward does not score (0 for 3 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with four assists, a rebound, a steal and two turnovers while having a pts differential of +2. As far as the game went it was San Antonio winning by double digits, beating Washington by the final of 92 to 79. With the win, sixth in a row, the Spurs are 8 and 1 (4-0 at home) and will be back on the hardwoods next when they head to the Jazz on 11/15.
The seventh game of this huge slate has the Los Angeles Lakers heading to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Nuggets in what was one of a trio of games between the franchises. The game was played at the Pepsi Center in front of an attendance of 17,824 and was shown by ALT. For the home squad it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who played 34 minutes in this one. In that time frame the point guard scored 19 points (7 for 17 ~ 0 for 3 ~ 5 for 8) to go with a team high seven assists, six rebounds (3 on the offensive side), a trio of steals, a block and a turnover while having a zero pts differential. In the end it’s the home team, with Denver defeating LA by a dozen, with the final score being 111 to 99. The win brings the Nuggets to 3 and 4 (2-2 at home) and the squad is back on the field on 11/16 when they travel to play the Rockets.
The second to last game of this recap of former North Carolina players has the Utah Jazz hosting the New Orleans Pelicans in the first of a quartet of games between the two squads. The match up was played in front of 16,717 at the EnergySolutions Arena and was televised by FSRM. For the home squad it’s power forward Marvin Williams coming off the bench to play a total of 26 minutes. In that time the forward comes close to a double double scoring 12 points (5 for 9 ~ 2 for 4 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with nine rebounds (5 on the offensive side), to go along with a block and a pair of turnovers while having a +13 pts differential. In a pretty high scoring game it was Utah taking this one by a half dozen, beating New Orleans by the final score of 111 to 105. The win, the first one of the season, puts the Jazz at 1 and 8 (1-3 at home) and the franchise will be back in action on 11/16 when they head to take on the Warriors.
And we close out the run down with the game that has the Los Angeles Clippers hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder in what was the first of four clashes. The game was played at the STAPLES Center in front of standing room only attendance of 19,273 and was broadcasted by ESPN/WatchESPN. For the home squad it’s a pair of former Tar Heels, beginning with rookie Reggie Bullock, who plays six minutes in this one. In that stint the shooting guard scores two points (0 for 1 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 2 for 2) to go with a trio of boards and a turnover while having a pts differential of +12. On the other hand veteran power forward Antawn Jamison does not see any action, but is on the bench. In a game where a few players were ejected it was Los Angeles beating Oklahoma City by eight points, with the final tally being 111 to 103. The win puts the Clippers at 6 and 3 (4-0 at home) and the squad hosts the Grizzlies on 11/18.
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!