As most Thursdays are in the Association this one was once again a very small slate for the NBA, with just three games. Fortunately for the Tar Heels fans there were two games with a touch of carolina blue, one being a head to head match up. And as we do each and every day afterwards ISPORTSWEB has the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap for those games…
The first of two games of the night it’s the clash of the Big Apple as the New York Knicks (-1) takes on the Brooklyn Nets in the first of a quartet of match ups between the two franchises. The game was played at the Barclays Center in front of a sold out crowd that numbered 17,732 and was televised nationally on TNT. For the away team it’s Raymond Felton, who starts and plays a total of 29 minutes. In that time frame the point guard scored 13 points (5 for 9 ~ 3 for 5 ~ 0 for 0) to go with four assists, a rebound and three turnovers while registering a +30 pts differential. In what was a lopsided win, mostly due to a 34 to 16 run in the third quarter, New York defeated Brooklyn by 30, with the final being 113 to 83.
The win, which snapped a nine game slide, puts the Knicks with a 4 and 13 (3-6 on the road) record on the season and the team is now second to last in the Eastern Conference, three games back of the last playoff spot. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/06 when they host the Magic.
And the other game of the slate is the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies (-1) in the second of three clashes between the squads, with the first one going to the Grizzlies by the score of 106 to 102. This game was shown on TSOH and was disputed at the FedEX Forum in front of an attendance of 15,112. For the visiting team it’s a pair of North Carolina players, beginning with rookie Reggie Bullock, who 21 minutes. In that time frame the shooting guard scores nine points (3 for 5 ~ 3 for 3 ~ 0 for 0) to go with two rebounds and a turnover while having a +5 pts differential. The other is veteran Antawn Jamison, who gets a total of 17 minutes. In that stint the power forward scores 11 points (3 for 5 ~ 3 for 5 ~ 2 for 2) to go along with four boards, an assists and a steal while tallying a pts differential of +4. On the other side it’s Ed Davis, who plays just eight minutes off the bench. In that time span the power forward scored six points (3 for 5 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a pair of rebounds, a block and a turnover while having a +7 pts differential. In this one, just like the other game, it was a lopsided win going to Los Angeles, as they beat Memphis by 20, with the final being 101 to 81.
With the win, which stops a two game slide, the Clippers are now at 13 and 7 (5-5 on the road) for the year and the team holds the fourth spot in the Western Conference, 1.5 games ahead of the last playoff spot and 3.5 games behind the first place team. The franchise will be back on the court on 12/07 when they head to take on the Cavs.
The loss drops the Grizzlies to a .500 record at 9 and 9 (4-6 at home) and the squad is now at the 11th slot in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind the last playoff team. The franchise will be back on the hardwoods on 12/07 when they host the Warriors.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 12/05/13 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!