What I Saw, where Douglas had it locked-in

An absolutely fantastic match-up between New York and Chicago, followed by Oklahoma City heading to Portland to face the Blazers, what a terrific double-header!

New York 120, Chicago 112: This one was a really fun, up and down sort of game. Gallinari was fantastic, after scoring just 18 points in the first 3 games of the season; he scored 21 (cheers Al) in the first half, finishing the night with 24 while shooting 7-11 from the floor, 4-4 from three and 6-6 at the line. Raymond Felton added 20 points, 5 boards and 10 assists, 7-11, 4-6 and 2-2 shooting. However, neither of those guys were the Knicks’ best, that was Toney Douglas. A career-high 30 points on 9-14 shooting, 5-9 from distance along with 7-7 free throws. Also, at least one of those three attempts was a shot-clock heave from half-court on the Knicks final possession of the game.

Toney Douglas actually made me shout out loud a word that starts with F and ends with Uck when he made his 5th three in 6 tries, with the D draped all over him and a hand in his face, there was absolutely no hesitation, which is fantastic to see. He came through with all sorts of big shots anytime the Bulls looked like making a run. Very impressive.

The Knicks shot 67% from three, 16-24, which is ridiculous. They also forced the Bulls to commit 20 turnovers and used those to push the ball and destroy Chicago’s transition defence.

For Chicago, Taj Gibson got the fast start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter and finishing with 18 points, 10 boards, 2 assists and 2 blocks, while Jo Noah had a double-double with 12/13. The star for Chicago was Derrick Rose, 24 points and 14 assists on 9-17, 2-4, 4-6 shooting. He was aggressive going to the rim, made open threes and found the open man (usually Luol Deng) when the Knicks doubled up on him. He had a sick-wicked slam early on, too. Also, it should be mentioned the Kyle Korver got them back in the game in the final frame, he ended up with 18 points, hitting 4-6 triples overall.

The other thing I noticed, probably not surprising to those that know me quite well, is that it looks like Amar’e is wearing Kevin Durant’s signature shoe. While it’s a very nice shoe, yes, wouldn’t you agree with me that Amar’e could probably get Nike to fix him up with his own shoe? Surely a career average of 21 and 9 while working on a 5-year $100 million contract justifies your own pair of shoes? I’m just sayin’. Also, I’m mighty jealous that these guys have so many pairs of shoes that they can be like ‘Hey, you know what? Imma change my shoes at halftime.’ The other day, Corey Maggette was wearing green Adidas in the first, and red ones in the second, likewise Timofey Mozgov was wearing black Nikes in the first half, where he had blue ones in the second.

Actually, that’s not the only other thing I noticed. In addition to the whole shoe thing, there were an insane amount of travels called in this game, guys being called for stepping while trying to pump-fake their defender. I’m not even sure that all the calls were there, but I’m not a ref, so what do I know?

Oklahoma City 107, Portland 106 OT: Nice comeback win for the Thunder, who’re down 7 at the half, allowing the Blazers to shoot over 60%. They tightened up the D though, and came roaring back in the final frame to tie the game up at 100. Brandon Roy got a decent look at the end of regulation, but could not hit.

Portland forced 16 Oklahoma turnovers and assisted on 27 of their 43 field goals, but they were out-rebounded 47-38. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 22 points but fouled out early in the extra period. Brandon Roy added 19/5/5 and Andre Miller had 16 points and 11 assists, plus Wes Matthews, Nic Batum and Marcus Camby all had double-figure scoring; Camby added 12 rebounds to go along with his 13 points.

Russell Westbrook was outstanding for the Thunder, 28 points, 11 rebounds – including 6 on the offensive end – and 5 assists, while playing good D and leading the offence admirably. Kevin Durant also had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Jeff Green helped out with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Serge Ibaka came off the bench to contribute 11/7 with 2 blocks, with 7 of his 11 points coming in the final quarter.

Nice game for both teams, fun to watch, good two see a couple of my favourite teams going at it. Great to have a good day of hoops all ‘round.

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