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News » Court Awareness: Wednesday Review 2009-02-12


Court Awareness: Wednesday Review 2009-02-12


Court Awareness: Wednesday Review 2009-02-12
If Amare Stoudemire has played his last game for the Phoenix Suns then Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers probably wasn't the way he envisioned his Suns career ending.

Stoudemire, the subject of numerous trade rumors, scored 22 points on 9-for-21 shooting in the Suns' 109-92 loss.

It was the last game for both teams heading into this weekend's All-Star Game.

Bleacher Report


Thursday's action

  • Marion's dunk lifts Heat past Bulls
  • Celts win 9th straight on the road
  • Ellis clutch as Warriors down Blazers

FOXSports.com analysis

  • Rosen: Carmelo in a comfort zone
  • O'Connor: Shaq good, Suns bad
  • Rosen: Answering your NBA questions
  • Galinsky: NBA Power Rankings

Video

  • Hill: Gasol, Odom stepping up
  • Hill: So long, Stoudemire?
  • Dwight Howard: Ladies' Man

Photos

  • Eastern Conference All-Stars
  • Western Conference All-Stars

Raptors rookie Roko Ukic made two huge shots for the Raptors, including the game-winner with 20.8 seconds to give the Raptors a 90-89 lead.

Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points to lead the Raptors and Jason Kapono added 21.

The Spurs got 32 points from Manu Ginobili, 22 points from Tony Parker, and 20 points from Tim Duncan but the rest of the team combined for only 15 points.

The Spurs will no doubt be mentioned in a number of different trade scenarios between now and next Thursday's trade deadline. While they don't have an expendable player making a large enough salary to net an impact player in a one-for-one deal they do have a chip they could decide to use to make a deal happen.

Robert Horry, who wasn't re-signed in the off-season, has yet to officially retire and could be used in a sign-and-trade deal to acquire either John Salmons or Brad Miller from Sacramento.

According to reports Horry has made it known he wouldn't have a problem accepting a fat check for doing nothing. He also listed San Antonio, Houston, and Boston as teams he would be open to playing for if asked.

The Lakers Didn't Get the Memo

Mehmet Okur may have made the biggest shot of the night in helping the Jazz beat the Lakers on Wednesday night but it was something Okur didn't do that proved to be just as crucial.

With 1:07 left in the game and the Jazz up by two points Kobe Bryant missed a three-point shot that would have given the Lakers the lead. Kyle Korver rebounded the ball and was instantly hounded by Derek Fisher. Bryant went over to help and stripped the ball from Korver's hands.

Bryant went in for the game-tying lay-up and Okur conceded the basket. Okur, who was playing with five fouls, made a conscious effort not to commit his sixth foul because it not only would have disqualified him from finishing the game but could have also resulted in a three-point play for Bryant.

Nineteen seconds later he knocked down a 25-foot 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of Pau Gasol and the Jazz put an end to the Lakers seven-game winning streak, 113-109.

The Jazz may see the return of Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko following the All-Star break.

Adam Morrison, who the Lakers acquired in a trade with the Charlotte Bobcats last Saturday, suited up for the first time as a member of the Lakers but didn't play.

While it doesn't seem that the Lakers have any intention of moving Morrison again before the trade deadline, the only way that a player can be traded twice in 90 days is in a one-for-one deal.

Streak Snapped

It had been 17 years since the Denver Nuggets last beat the Magic in Orlando. After 15 consecutive unsuccessful trips to Orlando the Nuggets finally broke the streak in beating the Magic 82-73 on Wednesday night.

The starting center for the Nuggets that night back in 1992 was a rookie from Georgetown named Dikembe Mutombo.

The starting point guard for Orlando was current Milwaukee Bucks head coach, Scott Skiles.

That's how long ago it was.

The Magic played their worst game of the season, committing 23 turnovers to only 12 assists and every member of the Magic's starting five was guilty of at least three turnovers.

Orlando is realizing that life without Jameer Nelson is a lot harder than they might have expected. They are now 2-2 without Nelson in the starting lineup.

Elsewhere

  • Vladimir Radmanovic scored 21 points in his second game with the Charlotte Bobcats in helping them defeat the Washington Wizards, 101-89. Caron Butler led the Wizards with 26 points.

  • Joe Johnson scored 27 points and Flip Murray added 27 off the bench as the Hawks handed the Pistons their 13th home loss of the season, 99-95. The Pistons, who only lost seven games at home all of last season, were led by Allen Iverson's 28 points.

  • Six Portland Trailblazers scored in double-figures, led by Brandon Roy's 22 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the Blazers 106-92 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder.

  • The two Andres -- Miller and Igoudala -- combined to score 42 points in helping the Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 91-87. Hakim Warrick scored 31 points and had eight rebounds for Memphis.

  • Richard Jefferson scored 32 points and Charlie Bell added 20 off the bench in leading the Milwaukee Bucks over the Indiana Pacers, 122-110. Three Pacers scored more than 20 points but it wasn't enough.

  • Yao Ming had 24 points and 18 rebounds and Luis Scola and Ron Artest each scored 19 in leading the Rockets over the Sacramento Kings, 94-82. Kevin Martin led Sacramento with 18 points.

  • Rookie Eric Gordon scored 30 points and Baron Davis had 20 assists in guiding the Los Angeles Clippers to a 128-124 overtime victory over the New York Knicks. Nate Robinson had 33 points, 15 assists, and nine rebounds but Al Harrington's boneheaded technical foul gave the Clippers a chance to tie the game and send it into overtime.

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  • Author: Fox Sports
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    Added: February 12, 2009

     

     
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