PASPN.net - Nick Young thinks the Clippers have one of the NBA’s best bench units, is wrong (Ball Don't Lie)
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Trans. Apr 17 12:05 ET (Apr 17 12:05 ET ) The Los Angeles Clippers posted an impressive win on Monday night, notching a 92-77 home victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder — their second straight over the Kevin Durant- and Russell Westbrook-led crew — to extend their winning streak to four and stay just a game back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with five games to play.
It was an impressive win that saw some impressive performances off the L.A. bench, which chipped in 36 points on just under 50 percent shooting for the game, plus 17 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks. After the game, Clippers guard Nick Young — who did the lion's share of the damage, leading the Clips in scoring with 19 points on 10 shots in reserve duty — dapped up his fellow second-unit players for their contributions. From Beth Harris of The Associated Press :
''We're one of the best second units in the league,'' said Young, who joined the Clippers a month ago in a trade from Washington. ''I'm excited. I was waiting for one of these type of games. To get it tonight against one of the league's top teams was great.''
It's good for Nick Young to think that — I'm sure coach Vinny Del Negro doesn't want his reserves to think that they stink or anything, and a Nick Young without confidence is a Nick Young less likely to take quite as many irrational long jumpers. (Wait, that might be a good thing.)
Realistically, though, he is wrong, and he's pumping the L.A. reserves' tires in a way that defies reality. The Clippers bench is not one of the best benches in the league. Like, definitely not.
From Jodie Meeks' big day to the final result, this was definitely a surprise. Meeks scored 24 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Oklahoma City 114-110 on Sunday despite a triple-double by Thunder star Kevin Durant. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the injury-ravaged Lakers, who had lost 29 of their previous 37 games. Meeks was 11 of 18 from the field and 14 for 14 at the line while becoming the third player to reach the 30-point mark this season for last-place Los Angeles (22-42).
LOS ANGELES -- Guard Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 42 points, including 20 in the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-110 on Sunday at Staples Center The Lakers (22-42) ended a three-game losing streak and handed the Thunder (46-17) their second straight defeat. Center Pau Gasol scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lakers. Forward Kevin Durant recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Jodie Meeks finished with 42 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a close victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-110. This snaps a three-game losing streak for Los Angeles (22-42). Other key performers for Los Angeles were Pau Gasol with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Ryan Kelly with 12 points and 8 assists, and Kent Bazemore with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Kevin Durant had another strong performance for Oklahoma City despite the loss, scoring 27 points on 8-19 shooting (4-11 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-11 from the free throw line.
Kevin Durant put up the sixth triple-double of his career on Sunday during a loss to the Lakers, scoring 27 points with 10 boards, 12 assists and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
The Scoop:He is now 4-2 in games with a triple-double and the Thunder just couldn't make their shots today. Even with Russell Westbrook back to full strength, Durant's shot totals haven't dropped with 22.2 shots per game over his last five, adding averages of 33.6 points, 7.6 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.4 treys in that span. He's going to put up huge numbers the rest of the way, but you knew that.
Given the way the Oklahoma City Thunder have been scoring lately, putting up another big point total should be no trouble against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Thunder take the league's hottest offensive attack into Los Angeles on Sunday to face a Lakers team which has been pathetic defensively as the Western Conference's first- and last-place teams square off. Since Feb. 28, Oklahoma City (46-16) has been the top-scoring team in the NBA, averaging 119.0 points in four games on 51.4 percent shooting. Kevin Durant has led the way, putting up 35.3 points per game to boost his league-high scoring average to 31.8.
The Western Conference is full of flashy superstars, including MVP frontrunner Kevin Durant, Houston's James Harden and Dwight Howard, Lob City at the Staples Center and the Golden State Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The high-scoring, up-tempo conference features nine of the NBA's 11 top records, 11 of the 13 most efficient offenses and the top eight scoring offenses in the NBA. But nestled away in the Birthplace of Rock and Roll features a Memphis Grizzlies team that is winning on grit-and-grind, defensive prowess and team basketball. That philosophy clashes tonight with the Chicago Bulls on Comcast SportsNet, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live, hosted by Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue.
PHOENIX -- Guard Gerald Green scored a career-high 41 points and guard Goran Dragic had seven of his 22 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-122 at U.S. Airways Center on Thursday. Guard Russell Westbrook had 36 points, nine assists and nine rebounds and forward Kevin Durant scored 34 points for the Thunder, which had an 11-game winning streak against the Suns snapped. Durant has scored at least 25 points in 27 straight games, tying Allen Iverson for the second-longest streak in the NBA in the last 25 years. Oklahoma City (46-16) had a three-game winning streak halted and dropped one-half game behind Indiana for the best record in the league.
Kevin Durant hit 12-of-24 shots and three 3-pointers for 34 points, seven rebounds and five assists on Thursday, but the Thunder blew a 16-point lead and fell to the Suns 128-122.
The Scoop:Durant was completely overshadowed by teammate Russell Westbrook (36 points) and the Suns' Gerald Green (41 points), but was still highly productive, as usual. Owners have the right to hope for 40-point games on a nightly basis from Durant, but he is human, after all.
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