What I Saw, where Westbrook led the Thunder

11 games yesterday, here’s your catch-up in case you missed any of the action:

Memphis 86, Washington 89: Memphis lost to Washington? Dammit. The Grizz have lost 5 straight, and while I can see how they lost to Dallas and Boston, and Orlando…and Portland, they really should be defeating the Wizards. Rudy didn’t have a great game, but he’s having a quality season (22.5/7/3), while Z-Bo’s a double-double machine (16.7/11.3/1.8). The trouble is O.J. Mayo, who’s struggling quite a bit, his scoring has dropped 3ppg to just 14.5ppg and he’s shooting sub-40%. Once he comes around, hopefully Memphis does too.

Nothing Washington did to get the W was outstanding; they were aggressive going to the rim and made 30-35 at the line, compared to just 10-18 for the Grizz. Also, they got a very Gilberty-game from Gilbert (24 points, 7-15, 2-6 and 8-10, 3 boards, 4 assists).

Oklahoma City 89, Boston 84: No Kevin Durant, no problem, as Russell Westbrook leads them into Boston and comes away with the victory. 31 points and 6 assists, 9-21 from the floor, 2-3 threes (although he’s extended his range to the three point line, they were taken with the shot clock running down. He was doing a really good job looking to create) and 11-13 at the foul line. It is just so much fun to watch this young fella play ball right now, he’s playing at an unbelievable level.

It’s worth talking about Serge Ibaka, too. In the 6 games he’s started at power forward, filling in for the injured Jeff Green, OKC are 5-1. The Thunder should probably think about bringing Jeff Green off the bench once he returns, he can probably play three positions off the bench and would give the second unit a nice scoring punch (and it would be a pretty nice second team, Maynor, Harden, Collison and D.J. White joining him to go 10-deep).

Boston couldn’t buy a three in the game, finishing 1-8 from distance despite some good looks, and they had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Delonte West couldn’t knock down a clear look from the corner. Still, good win for the Thunder. How the heck did they lose to the Clippers?

Milwaukee 79, Philadelphia 90: In the continued absence of Andre Iguodala, and with Elton Brand in foul trouble, Thad Young stepped up off the bench, contributing 23 points and 6 rebounds, 8-13 from the floor, and 7-8 at the foul line, while Lou Williams added 19 (5-13, 3-8, 6-6). Philly won for the first time in 6 tries, capitalising on the Bucks’ 34% shooting for the game.

Houston 96, Toronto 106: The Raps were able to overcome Kevin Martin’s 31 points (8-16, 4-7 and 11-11) to come away with the win, with 6 guys scoring in double-figures. Andrea led the way with 26, and he even had 6 rebounds, while Kleiza came off the bench with 17. 49% shooting for Toronto, and they actually out-rebounded an opponent (44-37)!

Charlotte 87, Miami 95: So the Heat get the win, not before the Bobcats make them sweat a little, going up 82-80 with just under 5 to go. LeBron would respond however, on his way to 32 points (12-25, 2-5, 6-7), while Captain Jack led the way for Charlotte with 30 (12-24, 4-9, 2-2). Gerald Wallace managed to have more fouls than points, 6 personal fouls while picking up 2 techs along the way against just 6 points off 9 field goal attempts (2-9, 0-1, 2-2).

Cleveland 101, New Orleans 108: 65 bench points for the Cavs in this one, and they would’ve had a much better chance if they could’ve done anything to stop David West – a season-high 34 points, along with 11 rebounds and 3 blocks, on 14-20 from the floor and 6-7 at the line. CP had a double-double and his backcourt mate Belinelli chipped in with 20 points (5-11, 3-8, 7-7). 46% shooting for New Orleans, while they held the Cavaliers to 35% shooting; however, for the first time this season they allowed 100 points in a game. The Hornets D ranks 4th in the league right now, 101.1 points allowed per 100 possessions.

L.A. Lakers 112, Minnesota 95: Kobe needed 27 shots for his 23 points (8-27, 1-4, 6-7), but no matter: Matt Barnes came off the bench to score 24 off of just 7 shots (7-7, 5-5, 5-5), all while adding 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Pau continued his nice season with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Speaking of having nice seasons, Mike Beasley continued to fill it up on the night, 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Darko had the sort of game that you figure, if he could do semi-regularly, he’d justify second-overall draft-pick status – 23 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 blocks, 10-18 from the floor and 3-3 at the foul line.

San Antonio 94, Utah 82: The Spurs crushed the Jazz on the boards on their way to an easy victory, while Timmy did overtake David Robinson to become the Spurs all-time leading scorer (not counting the points George Gervin scored in the ABA – if we did, he’d hold that honour).

Chicago 88, Dallas 83: Dirk scores 36, 15-26, 3-5 and 3-6 (!) in the game, but it wasn’t enough as Derrick Rose leads the Bulls with 22. Jo Noah had 17 rebounds, while Taj Gibson chipped in with 17 points and 18 rebounds (and this is the guy heading to the bench when Carlos Boozer eventually makes his Bulls debut). Speaking of Taj; how would you feel, as a Maverick, when Taj buries the deep 3 with 1 second left on the shot-clock, to put Chicago up 79-77, with under 3 minutes to go? Not only that, it was the first three-pointer he’s ever made. That’s gotta sting.

New Jersey 81, Sacramento 86: Tyreke needed 21 shots for 20 points, but the Kings come away with the win regardless. Kris Humphries was pretty decent for the Nets, 18/10 on 9-12.

New York 125, Golden State 119: Raymond Felton was clownin’ in this game, 35/5/11 on 13-17, 4-7 and 5-6 shooting, but he got some help. Amar’e came through with 26/11 (10-12 and 6-7), while Gallinari added 23 on 7-15, 3-5 and 6-6 shooting (although he didn’t grab a single board in 33 minutes of action). Monta was equally stupid for the Warriors, 40 points on 17-30, 4-7 from deep and 2-4 from the line, and while Steph Curry added 29, it wasn’t enough for the W.


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