Tip-Off for 12/10/12 (featuring Rick James): The Lakers struggles continue; Brandon Jennings wins duel against Deron Williams
Utah’s Paul Milsap was a low post catalyst against the Lakers.
Injuries, trade rumors, internal strife and a lack of overall team chemistry. These are not the things we expected from the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Their woes continued last night as the visiting Utah Jazz shot 54 percent from the floor in a 117-110 victory.
Two of the NBA’s best point guards went head up as the Brooklyn Nets hosted the Milwaukee Bucks. Brandon Jennings won his duel with Deron Williams as the Bucks outlasted the Nets 97-88.
Clippers 102 – Raptors 83 – The Clippers held the Raptors to 39 percent shooting from the floor and forced 14 turnovers. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 19 points. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 24 points.
Bucks 97 – Nets 88 – The Bucks led by 17 points at the half. Both teams combined for 38 turnovers. Brandon Jennings scored 27 points and handed out 7 dimes. Deron Williams led the Nets with 18 points and 8 assists. Gerald Wallace grabbed 16 boards for Brooklyn.
Thunder 104 – Pacers 93 – Kevin Durant led all scorers with 27 points and Serge Ibaka grabbed 9 rebounds for the Thunder. David West scored 21 points and grabbed 7 boards for Indiana.
Knicks 112 – Nuggets 106 – Carmelo Anthony returned to the Knicks lineup and poured in 34 points. The Knicks shot 43 percent, but took advantage of 16 Denver turnovers. The Nuggets took the defeat despite shooting 56 percent from the floor. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 23 points.
Magic 98 – Suns 90 – The Magic won the battle on the glass 44-29 despite 18 turnovers. J.J. Redick led Orlando with 20 points and 9 assists. Shannon Brown led the Suns with 17 points.
Jazz 117 – Lakers 110 – The Lakers shot 54 percent from beyond the arc, but turnovers (14) continue to be their undoing. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 34 points. Dwight Howard pulled down 16 rebounds. Paul Milsap led Utah with 24 points and Al Jefferson grabbed 11 boards.
Manny Pacquiao wakes up in time to talk about Saturday night’s defeat (In Flex We Trust).
Why this year’s Bowl games are important (The Jay Graves Report).
This week’s fantasy flops (The Shadow League).
When Detroit was an Indian city (The Network).
Breathe easy Redskins fans (Comcast-Washington).
Top video games of 2013 (In Flex We Trust).
Plane crash claims International star Jenni Rivera (In Flex We Trust).
NFL makes and offer to Jonathan Vilma (Pro Football Talk).
Mid-season trade for Jose Calderon (Hoops World).
Pau Gasol will start when he returns (Pro Basketball Talk).
Enjoy your Monday.