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NBA Awards – 2/5/13

Monday Action…Clipper Woes Continue
The Clipper Curse, seemingly dormant that last 18 months or so, might be resurfacing. CP III missed his 8th straight game with the bruised kneecap (team has lost 6 of those games), Blake (hammy) just missed the first game of his career (besides his entire first season), and they can’t even beat poor teams these days. They lost to the Wizards 98-90 yesterday, the Raptors blew them out by 25 Friday night, and they also lost to Phoenix in this CP III-less stretch. Bledsoe has been up & down in Paul’s place at PG – very strong the last two games, but shot under 30% the prior three games. Odom started in place of Griffin last night but took only 3 shots the entire game, had 5 turnovers, and fouled out in 31 minutes of playing time.They did get a career-high 22 rebounds from the often invisible DeAndre Jordan, who before last night had failed to record double digits in either scoring or rebs in 9 of the prior 12 games. Martell Webster (21/5/3) led Washington in scoring while Jamal Crawford led L.A. with 28 off the bench. 
Other Games
Miami had a surprisingly difficult time with Charlotte, but ended up winning 99-94 behind an absurd effort by LeBron (more below), as well as Bosh (23, 11-18) and Wade (20/12 rebs, but 7-19 shooting) doing their thing. Sessions led the Bobcats with 18 off the bench, while Kemba Walker had a very down night, just 11 pts, 3 rebs, 3 dimes in 22 minutes…..In a major Central Division battle between Chicago & Indy, the Pacers defended their home court (19-3 there this year), putting the Bulls away 111-101 behind strong efforts from David West (29/9/4) and Paul George (21/11/5). Additionally, SG Lance Stephenson continued his breakout season, contributing 15/4/5 asst while making 6 of 9 shots from the floor. Little Nate Robinson (19/5/9 asst) was ‘the man’ for Chicago, who saw their All-Star SF Luol Deng make just 4 of 18 shots in the game. The Bulls and Pacers are now tied atop the Central Division with 29-19 records…..The Thunder buried any hope the Mavericks had of pulling off an upset in OKC, running out to a 68-44 halftime lead en route to a 112-91 victory. Westy (24/7 asst) led OKC while Durant (19/10) had a rare sub-20 effort. The Matrix led Dallas with 23 pts, 3 stl, 2 blk while Dirk was just 3-11 for his 10 pts, to go with 3 rebs…..The Blazers beat the Timberwolves 100-98 in a tight, crazy finish that saw LaMarcus Aldridge (25/13/5, 2 blks) block a potential game-tying 8 footer by Rubio late, only to then miss two free throws with 6 seconds left, giving Minnesota another chance to tie it. But Dante Cunningham missed an 18 footer, and that was that. Lillard (21/6 asst, 3 stl) & Wesley Matthews (22/5 asst) were also strong for Portland, while Dante led the T-Wolves with 23/3 stl off the bench. Rubio had a season-high 14 dimes for Minnesota, his first double-digit assist effort of the season! (took him 20 games…)…..The Knicks pounced on the Pistons early, building a 58-36 halftime lead and then cruising to a 99-85 win in The Big Apple. Melo had 27, Stoudamire 20, and Tyson grabbed 20 rebounds while no one on Detroit was able to score more than the recently acquired Jose Calderon’s 15 pts…..It took an extra 5 minutes but the Jazz held off the Kings in OT, 98-91 in Utah. Al-Jeff (15/12/5) and Randy Foye (20/6 asst) led Utah while Jason Thompson (23/10) led Sacto, who saw DeMarcus Cousins again lose his cool and let his emotions get the best of him. This time he was ejected at halftime after arguing with officials…..The shorthanded Magic (Jameer out with forearm problem, G Davis out for year with fractured foot) were especially inept in Philly last night, managing to score just 61 points in an ugly 78-61 loss. E’Twaun Moore led Orlando with 18 points, but no one else scored more than 11 as the team shot 33.8% in the game. The 76ers were led by Spencer Hawes (21/14) & Jrue (13/14 asst).
The Akeem Olajuwon Award —  LeBron James  —  31 pts, 8 rebs, 8 asst, 5 FTM, 2 stl, 0 blk, 0 treys, and 13-14 shooting…14 attempts, 13 makes – nice. Every shot he took was 15 feet or closer, 9 of them inside 5 feet…the Bobcats are a little small and vulnerable in the paint, and he took full advantage, boosting his FG% on the year to 55.5%. He is also shooting 40.4% from distance this year, a full 4.2% better than his prior career-high on treys (last season). It was his 67th career game of at least 31/8/8 (including playoffs), 5 this season. 
The Mark Randall Award —  Andrei Kirilenko  —  2 pts, 0 rebs, 0 asst, 0 FTM, 1 stl, 0 blk, 0 treys, and 1-4 shooting in 14 minutes…AK-47 had to leave the game with a strained right quad, but wasn’t doing much before he left. For the season though, he’s been rather nice (13.3, 6.3, 3.0 asst, 1.5 stl, 1.1 blk, 51.0%) after playing in Russia last season and being named Euroleague MVP. 

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