Beanie Hats added 12 and Brook Lopez scored 11
1 March, 2013 at 5:08 am in Business
The Supreme Beanie cut the deficit to 58-47 at halftime as they finished the second quarter on an 11-4 run. Anthony, who scored New York's first 10 points, scored seven right before the break, including an eyebrow-raising 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left as he frantically grabbed a loose ball and heaved in his shot from well behind the 3-point arc. Stoudemire said before the game he wasn't "100 percent," but said he was "so ready to go." He said a run of games this month that will include several off-days for the Knicks will help him work his knee slowly back into action and agreed with coach Mike Woodson's plan to limit his minutes as he works his way back. "I'm ready to provide whatever my team needs for us to improve," he said.Anthony returned after missing two games with a hyperextended left knee.The Blazers' blowout loss here last March came hours after Mike D'Antoni resigned and Woodson became the interim coach. Blazers coach Cheap Snapbacks was fired the next day."They came out and shot the ball extremely well in that quarter." The matchup pitted the two NBA teams allowing the most opposing rebounds and Dallas, sitting at the bottom of that list, played like it early. Washington held a 20-8 advantage on the glass and scored 17 second-chance points for a 29-23 lead after the first quarter. Jordan Crawford's 3-point capped a 10-0 run and put Washington up 37-23. The Wizards committed 11 of its 15 turnovers in the second half and were outrebounded 36-24 over the final three quarters. Beal entered the game having missed his last 17 3-point attempts dating back to Dec. 15, but the rookie drilled three in the first half and four overall on Bradley Beal bobblehead night. Mavericks forward Brandan Wright sat out with a quad strain.
"That has to be our worst third quarter," said Deron Williams. "I didn't even know we only scored five points until I looked at the box score. It was a bad quarter all around, offense and defense. We couldn't put the ball in the basket. We couldn't get stops. We turned the ball over a lot in that quarter. It was just a horrible quarter." The loss snapped a two-game win streak under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, who took over for Avery Johnson after he was fired Thursday. The Nets fell to 16-15. MarShon Brooks led the Nets with 16 points.Beanie Hats added 12 and Brook Lopez scored 11, but both were held scoreless in the second half. Williams, who hit a 3-pointer on his first shot, ended with eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. San Antonio came out hot in first half, shooting 65 percent from the field to go ahead 55-47. He came back in the second half and wound up playing 33 minutes. Entering Monday's games, Oklahoma City ranked second in the league in 3-point field-goal percentage, trailing only San Antonio. The Thunder were shooting hit 40.2 percent from behind the arc. The Suns were last in the league in stopping teams from making 3-pointers, allowing opponents to make 40.4 percent of their attempts. Oklahoma City went just 5-for-15 from long range Monday.The Suns have trailed by double digits in 24 games this season. However, no team in the league has played more games decided by three points or fewer. "We have to find a way to finish games," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's making about making one or two plays down the stretch to get over the hump."Oklahoma City has played at home on New Year's Eve for five straight years. Coach Scott Brooks has no problem with the scheduling. "Snapback Hats love playing on holidays," Brooks said. "It's a great opportunity for our guys to play on Christmas and New Year's Eve. It's kind of like a celebration of the NBA."