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NBA Awards Mon 12/10/12

Weekend Notes – Fri Night
— Rondo Has Rare, Massive Triple Double – In a Fri loss to the 76ers, Rondo had a rare 13X3 & 3+3 tri-double….at least 13 pts, rebs, & asst, plus at least 3 stls & 3 blks. Final line: 16, 13, 14 asst, 3 stl, 3 blk, 8-14 shooting….Strong!
— D Lee goes for 5th career 30/15 game vs. Nets (exactly 30/15/2 asst, 14-22) while Brooklyn’s Andray Blatche has best game of season (22/15/4 stls). G.S. won 109-102.
— Noah Goes Nuts for Chicago! – Joakim Noah went off for 30 pts, 23 rebs, 6 asst, 2 stl, 2 blk, and shot 12-19 from the floor…whoa!!!! They beat the Pistons 108-104.
— Rudy Ridiculous vs. Hornets – Rudy Gay had 28/8/5 asst, 2 blks, 2 treys in a 96-89 win over New Orleans…while rookie Anthony Davis missed his 10th staright gm (then 11th straight Sat night) for the Hornets.
— Love is Lovely vs. Cavs – Kevin Love had 36, 13 rebs, 14 FTM, and shot 10-19 in an easy 91-73 win over Clev.
— Utah (w/o Al Jeff or Favors) Scores 131 Against Hapless Raptors – 8 players hit double digits in a 131-99 romp over Toronto, now 4-17.
— Durant (36), Westy (33) Lead Thunder Over Lakers – Westbrook had 27 in the 1st half, and OKC withstood a too little, too late L.A. rally to win their 16th game against just 4 losses (now 17-4).
Weekend Notes – Sat Night
— Klay & D Lee Big in Warriors Win Over Wiz – Klay Thompson (23, 6, 5 asst, 2 blk, 5 treys, and 8-14 FG%) and David Lee (24/17/8-8 free throws) led G.S. to a tight win over Wash.
— Brandon Knight Shines Bright in Det’s 104-97 Win Over Clev – Knight had 30/7/5 asst & 5 treys in the win. Cleveland fell to 4-17 as they wait for Kyrie’s return.
— Atl Wins 9th of Last 10 Against Memphis – The Hawks are hot, now 12-5 after starting 3-4, after knocking off the Griz (14-4) 93-83 in Memphis.
— Mayo (40), Harden (39) Battle in Houston – OJ Mayo tied his career high with 40 pts to go along with 8 rebs & 6 treys in Dallas’ 116-109 win. Harden had a massive 39/6/9 asst, 2 stl, 15 FTM, 4 long bomb effort in the loss.
Sun Night Action
The Clippers improved to 14-6 as they took down Toronto 102-83 at home. Their reserves scored 47, led by birthday boy Eric Bledsoe (now 23) with an impressive 14/4/6 asst, 2 stl, 2 blk, 6-9 effort in just 20 minutes….Meanwhile, later that night at Staples Center, the Lakers took the court against Utah (12-10) but forgot that half the game is defense. The Jazz shot 54.2% and never scored less than 25 pts in a quarter in a 117-110 win over L.A. Utah dominated in the paint (outscored them 54-34) and in transition (19-4 on fastbreak pts). The struggling, lost, semi-panicking Lakers are now 9-12, getting their just desserts for fielding an ancient, shallow roster….Milwaukee’s dynamic backcourt came alive vs. the Nets as Br Jennings (26/6/7 asst) and Monta Ellis (24, 5 asst, 3 stl, 8 FTM) led them to a win over suddenly struggling Brooklyn (11-8), now on a 4-game losing streak….The Thunder outscored the Pacers 27-18 in the 3rd Q to turn a 1 pt halftime lead into a comfortable margin of victory, 103-94. Kevin Martin had one of the shallower 24 point nights you’ll see, as he added 0 rebs, 1 asst, 0 stls, and 0 blks to his nice scoring line….Melo came back from his cut finger to score 34 pts in a New York win over Denver. Old Man Jason Kidd played 34 min and had 17/4/7 asst, 6 FTM and 3 treys for the Knicks as well….The Magic beat the Suns 98-90 as JJ Reddick continued his best season ever with 20 pts, 9 asst, 2 stls, and 4 long bombs.
The Akeem Olajuwon Award —  Brandon Jennings  —  26 pts, 6 rebs, 7 asst, 6 FTM, 5 stl, 0 blk, 4 treys, and 8-19 shooting…The lightning quick Jennings still struggles mightily with his shooting, at 40.6% this season and 38.8% in Dec, but has contributed solidly in other areas while leading the Bucks to a 10-9 record so far this year. He started off the season thieving at a career high rate, well over 3 stl/gm, but has since cooled to 2.6/gm after a 6 game stretch of just 3 total steals. That stretch also included no games of 6 asst or more. His averages now lie at 17.2/3.4/6.3 asst on the season.
The Jerome Moiso Award —  Jonas Valanciunas —  1 pts, 3 rebs, 1 asst, 1 FTM, 0 stl, 0 blk, 0 treys, and 0-3 shooting in 18 minutes…I haven’t seen the rookie Euro big man (6’11”) play yet, but his numbers speak to a ho-hum, adequate start to his NBA career – 8.2 pts, 5.3 rebs, 1.1 blks and 49.6% shooting in 23.1 min/gm. He was the 5th pick of the 2011 Draft, but at only 19 yrs old, decided to stay in Europe one more year before venturing out to play against the world’s best. He’s had some very bright moments in the season’s first 21 games, showing why Toronto nabbed him so high, including a 22/7/3 asst, 3 blk effort vs. San Antonio; 16/10, 8-11 shooting vs. Charlotte; and 11/11/3 asst, 3 blks vs. Philly. Of course, he’s also had plenty of stinkers, including 7 games of under 5 pts & under 5 rebs.
NFL Update – Adrian & Calvin Remain on Course
         Both Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson cleared the 100 yd mark Sunday as they both pursue epic rushing and receiving seasons, respectively. Peterson ran for 154 yds, his 7th straight 100+ yd effort, 4 of which went over 150. He’s at 1,600 yards right now after 13 gms, good for 50th on the single-season all-time list, right behind Otis Anderson’s rookie year (1,605 in 1979 w/ the Cardinals) and above Clinton Portis’ 2nd season in the pros, 2003 when he ran for 1,591 yds. AP also remains at 6.0 yds/carry and projects to 1,969 yds on the season (would be 7th best all-time). As for Calvin, he didn’t have any really long receptions yesterday, but did end up with 118 yds on 10 catches, his 6th straight 100+ yd game. He’s now at 1,546 yds on the year, which would be tied for the 23rd best season ever with Charley Hennigan, who did it in 1964 in the AFL with the Oilers. He projects to 1,902 yds on the season, 54 more than Jerry Rice’s 1995 record of 1,848.
         Also notable, two rookie RBs are about to become the 17th & 18th rookies in NFL history to rush for over 1,300 yds. Doug Martin (1,234 yds) & Alfred Morris (1,228 yds) will likely cross the barrier next Sunday, becoming the first rookies to do it since Peterson in 2007 (1,341 yds). Eric Dickerson (1,808 yds in 1983) and George Rodgers (1,674 yds in 1981) are the leading rookie rushers of all-time.

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