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Kobe Bryant hits game winner, lifts Lakers over Pacers (VIDEO)


There are two parts to defending Kobe Bryant right now. First, don’t bring the double because he’s carving teams up with his passing. Second, you need to be physical with him and not let him get to his comfort zones on the court. Teams that have done that this season have had success against Kobe in game winner or game tying shots situations.

Solomon Hill and the Pacers didn’t do the second part of that with the game on the line Sunday night. Kobe got Hill off balance coming off a pick, got to the elbow area, stepped back then spun into the middle and got right into the middle of the paint. Roy Hibbert didn’t come over and help, staying attached to Carlos Boozer.

So Kobe hit a jump hook that gave the Lakers the win 88-87 win.

The Pacers had 12 seconds to try to get a good shot and the win, but the set they ran shows everything you need to know about their difficulty creating shots without Paul George.

Los Angeles came back from 13 down in the third quarter to pick up the win at home. Bryant finished with 20 points and 6 assists, while Nick Young had 22 to lead LA.

Carl Landry’s overtime buzzer-beater put-back lifts Kings over Pacers (VIDEO)


Down one with :12 seconds left in the game, the Sacramento Kings put the ball in the hands of Rudy Gay on the wing and got out of his way. Gay worked the isolation against Solomon Hill (who did a nice job) and ended up taking a contested 15-foot jumper that he missed.

Then veteran Carl Landry got the board, came down, went back up and won the game for the Kings.

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This is a game the Kings had led by 13 after one and by 17 in the third quarter, but the Pacers fought back in the fourth behind a combined 13 points in the frame from Rodney Stuckey and David West. That got them to overtime where all five Pacers’ points were scored by C.J. Watson.

But it wasn’t enough thanks to Landry.

This was the Kings’ first win this season (and in 14 tries) without DeMarcus Cousins out of the lineup (he is battling a viral infection). They got the win thanks to 27 points (on 50 percent shooting) from Gay and 20 points (on 19 shots) from Darren Collison. Landry finished with 14 points, but it’s the least two that people will remember.

Mavericks ’embarrassed’ after home loss to injury-riddled Pacers


The Mavericks came into Monday night’s home contest against the Pacers favored by as many as 14 points — not only because Dallas is ranked number one in the league in offensive efficiency and has averaged an obscene 115.2 points per 100 possessions, but also because Indiana would be playing without Roy Hibbert, its best interior defender and one of its top offensive options.

But Indiana exploited a weaker-than-usual Dallas defense, and the Mavericks gave up 111 points to guys like Donald Sloan, Solomon Hill, Chris Copeland and Damjan Rudez on the way to an 11-point loss.

As you might imagine, the team was less than pleased with its effort afterward.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

“There’s no way around it — this is an embarrassing loss,” Mavs small forward Chandler Parsons said. “There is no excuse for this. We have to come out and play harder.” …

“A horrible loss. Horrific. Awful,” power forward Dirk Nowitzki said after the 10-5 Mavs’ second straight loss. “I can’t find any more words.” …

“I said it before the season: This team is going to be challenged defensive-wise and rebounding-wise,” Nowitzki said. “If we don’t bring it every night, we’re going to get lit up.

“We were just a step slow. When you start the game off slow and let guys get their confidence, then all of a sudden, they’re throwing in shots that they probably wouldn’t make if you play from the beginning. You know, it’s another reminder that we’re not good enough to coast against anybody.”

Somewhat incredibly, the Pacers are 6-8 on the season despite all the injuries; Monday night in Dallas, none of the five starters who were on last year’s Eastern Conference Finals squad even suited up.

The Mavericks will ultimately be fine, and an early-season wakeup call like this can pay dividends down the road — especially for a head coach, who can use this one as a reminder if the team starts out with a similarly lackluster defensive effort in the future.

Sloan led the Pacers with 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting — here’s a look at all of them, via 8points9seconds.

PBT’s Wednesday night NBA Winners/Losers: Video of LeBron’s fumble, other tight finishes


Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while… if you missed Wednesday night in the NBA you missed a lot.

source:  LeBron James/Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron tried to say this wasn’t a measuring stick game for the Cavaliers… we all knew it was. No game in November means anything if they meet in June, but it tells you where the teams are now. What we learned is that the Spurs still know how to execute when everything is on the line and the Cavaliers, well, it’s still a work in progress.

source:  Kyle Lowry/Toronto Raptors. We The North handed Memphis just its second loss of the season, and they did it taking over late in the fourth quarter — Memphis was 4-of-14 shooting in the final quarter while Toronto had a lot of Terrence Ross late. Then, with the game tied late, it was Kyle Lowry with the final for points for the Raptors, including a wicked step back jumper for the dagger (Mike Conley defended as well as you can, but good offense beats good defense).

source:  Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns. At the end of a tight game in Detroit, the Suns Eric Bledsoe was the guy who was making plays, showing why he got paid this summer.

The Pistons had a couple of chances late to tie or take the lead, but Markieff Morris blocked a Brandon Jennings layup, then with two seconds left Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got a look at a three to get the win and… Morris wasn’t worried.

source:  Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks. It was almost a night he was a loser here after this:

But in the second OT the Bucks were down three late and it was Knight who knocked down the three to send it to the third overtime. Then the Bucks won it in the third frame, 122-118. So Knight gets to be a winner for the night.

source:  Wesley Johnson/Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers played smart late — with Dwight Howard out they doubled James Harden with Jordan Hill in fourth quarter, Hill was free to push out because there was no threat of scoring behind him. Still, the Lakers were down one with less than 50 seconds left in the game and Harden was trying to isolate on Wesley Johnson when…

The Lakers have two nice wins in a row, both since Nick Young came back. Coincidence?

source:  Solomon Hill/Indiana Pacers. Rodney Stuckey took the shot to win it all and… wow that was bad. An airball. But then there was Solomon Hill.

Solomon Hill’s buzzer-beating backward putback of air ball beats Hornets

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Just like the Pacers drew it up – Rodney Stuckey air-balls and Solomon Hill beats every Hornet to the ball while facing the wrong direction.