Tip-Off for 1/22/13 (featuring Rafael Saddiq): Joe Johnson’s hot hand guides Brooklyn Nets to victory over NY Knicks 88-85

(Newsday)

Joe Johnson’s shooting has been missed in Atlanta and longed for in Brooklyn.

Joe Johnson and Deron Williams gave the type of performance Nets fans have anticipated since their arrival in Brooklyn. Johnson scored 25 points and Williams handed out 11 dimes in the Nets 88-85 win over the Knicks. The Nets win draws the cross-borough rivalry even at two games each.

Pacers 82 – Grizzlies 81 – The Pacers managed to shoot 49 percent despite both teams combining for 35 turnovers. David West led Indiana with 14 points and Paul George added 10 rebounds. Wayne Ellington scored a game-high 17 points for Memphis. The win gives Indiana a season sweep of the Grizzlies.

Hornets 114 – Kings 105 – New Orleans was just as effective from beyond the arc as from the field. Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 27 points. DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 29 points and 13 rebounds.

Rockets 100 – Bobcats 94 – The Rockets snapped their 4-game skid, led by James Harden’s 29 points and 7 assists. Charlotte’s Kemba Walker scored a game-high 35 points.

Hawks 104 – T-Wolves 96 - The Hawks have to get used to life without guard Lou Williams — who tore his ACL over the weekend. Al Horford had his best game of the season with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Williams led Minnesota with 17 points.

Nets 88 – Knicks 85 - Brooklyn’s 19 turnovers were offset by a 52-39 rebounding advantage over the Knicks. Kris Humphries grabbed 13 rebounds and Deron Williams had 12 assists for the Nets. Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 11 assists for New York.

Warriors 106 – Clippers 99 - The Warriors shot 52 percent from the floor and 54 percent from beyond the arc. Golden State defeated Los Angeles for the third time this season. Steph Curry scored a game-high 28 points and David Lee grabbed 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Spurs 90 – 76ers 85 - The Sixers rallied back from a 14-point halftime deficit only to cough up their lead late in the game. Tim Duncan led all players with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Evan Turner had 18 points and 12 boards for Philadelphia. The victory gave the Spurs their 15 road win of the season.

Bulls 95 – Lakers 83 - The Bulls forced the Lakers into 15 turnovers and held the visitors to 14 fourth quarter points. Steve Nash led the Lakers with 18 points and 6 assists. Kirk Hinrich led Chicago with 22 points and 8 assists. Kobe Bryant finished with 16 points.

Wizards 98 – Blazers 95 – Jordan Crawford nailed a three pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to give the Washington the win. Martel Webster led the Wizards with 24 points and 6 assists. Damian Lillard the Blazers with 18 assists.

The Lineup:

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Did J.R. Smith go low on Kris Humphries (The Shadow League).

Falcons hoping Tony Gonzalez changes his mind (Pro Football Talk).

Here are the updated Pro Bowl rosters (Huffington Post).

Kobe Bryant, a man for all moods (In Flex We Trust).

Spread of HIV and STDs is caused by risk above all else (Dr. Wilson).

Wes Welker’s wife apologizes for Ray Lewis comments (Red Zone).

Nike KD V in stores (Nike Blog).

Anniversary of Roe v. Wade (Post Politics).

Obama lays out his vision (The Shadow League).

 

Rafael Saddiq

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