A decent size schedule in the Association as eight games were on tap. Of those five had a touch of carolina blue, with one being a head to head match up. With seven former Heels in action once again on ISPORTSWEB it’s time for the delay recap we call “North Carolina in the NBA” for 12/01/13…
The first game of the slate is also the head to head match up as the Denver Nuggets (Pick’Em) head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors in what was the first of a pair of match ups. The game was played at the Air Canada Centre with a crowd that numbered 16,290 and was shown on television on ALT. For the visiting team from the Mile High City it’s speedster Ty Lawson, who starts and played a total of 29 minutes. In that time the point guard scores 16 points (6 for 13 ~ 1 for 3 ~ 3 for 4) to go with six assists, four rebounds, a steal and a game high of five turnovers while having a +1 pts differential. On the other side it’s former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, who plays a total of 34 minutes. In that time frame the power forward scored seven points (2 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 3 for 4) to go with five assists and a turnover while having a pts differential of -5. In the end, in this one it’s Denver defeating Toronto by 14 points, with the final score being 112 to 98.
The victory gives the Nuggets a 10 and 6 (4-4 on the road) record and places the squad as the sixth team in the Western Conference, a game ahead of the last playoff team. The franchise will be back in action on 12/03 when they travel to take on the Nets.
The loss drops the Raptors back to a 6 and 10 (3-6 at home) record this season and the team is now at the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, with the same record as the first team out of the playoff chase. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/03 when they travel to the Golden State to take on the Warriors.
Next up is the game that has the Los Angeles Clippers (Pick’Em) hosting the Indiana Pacers in the first of two clashes between the franchises this season. The game was broadcasted on Fox Sport West2 and was disputed in front of a pack arena of 19,060 at the Staples Center. For the home team it’s a pair of former North Carolina players, beginning with veteran Antawn Jamison, who came off the bench for 16 minutes. In that stint the power forward scored three points (1 for 4 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 0 for 2) to go with four rebounds and tallying a +16 pts differential. The other is rookie Reggie Bullock, who plays 19 minutes in all. In that stint the shooting guard scores 10 points (4 for 4 ~ 1 for 1 ~ 1 for 1) to go with a rebound and a stealin and registering a pts differential of +11. In the end, dispute a fourth quarter come back, it was Indiana taking this one by five points, beating Los Angeles by the final of 105 to 100.
The loss drops the Clippers to 12 and 6 (8-2 at home) and the squad is fourth in the Western Conference, 2.5 games behind the top spot and 2 games ahead of the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/04 when they head to take on the Hawks.
The midway point of the slate is the game between Golden State Warriors (-3.5) and the Sacramento Kings in the second of four match ups between the teams, with the first one going to the Warriors 98 to 87. The game was played in front of a crowd of 15,588 at the Sleep Train Arena and was shown by KXTV. For the visiting team it’s second year pro Harrison Barnes, who starts and plays a game high of 38 minutes. In that time frame the small forward scors 11 points (3 for 8 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 5 for 6) to go with three steals, an assist and a pair of turnovers while tallying a -7 pts differential. In a high scoring game, where they had to hold back the opposition, it was Golden State winning this one, defeating Sacramento by the final of 115 to 113.
The victory places the Warriors with a 10 and 8 (5-6 on the road) record and the squad is at the eighth spot in the Western Confernce playoff race, half a game in front of the next teams. The franchise is back playing on 12/03 when they host the Raptors.
The fourth game of the night is the one that has the Charlotte Bobcats (Pick’Em) heading to the sunshine state to take on the defending champions Miami Heat in the second of four clashes between the squads, with the first one going to the Heat 97 to 81. The game was played at the American Airlines Arena in front of an attendance of 19,617 and was show on SUN. For the visting squad it should have been seven footer Brendan Haywood, but the veteran center is still working on getting himself back from a foot operation. In the end, thanks to a great fourth quarter comeback, it was Miami beating Charlotte by the slightest of margin, with the final score being 99 to 98.
The loss drops the Bobcats to 8 and 10 (4-4 on the road) and the team is holding on to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, half a game ahead of the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/03 when they head to Big D to take on the Mavs.
And we close out this edition of “North Carolina in the NBA” with the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks (+1) in the first of two meetings between the franchises. The game was shown on MSG and was disputed at the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden, with a sold out attendance that numbered 19,812. For the home squad it was Raymon Felton, who starts and plays a total of 38 minutes. In that time frame the point guard comes close to a double double, scoring 12 points (4 for 10 ~ 2 for 6 ~ 2 for 4) to go with eight assists, a pair of rebounds, a steal and a turnover while registering a zero pts differential. In the end it was New Orleans taking this one by four points, beating New York by the score of 103 to 99.
The loss, ninth in a row, puts the Knicks at 3 and 13 (1-7 at home) and the team is in second to last place in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games back of the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back on the court on 12/05 when they head to take on their new neighbors Nets.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 12/01/13 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!