For whatever reason, the hoops review here has been NBA-centric, but now I’m adding college hoops to it. Hopefully this will get it close to daily.
Spurs 90, Heat 89 – This was a title-winning team two years ago in Miami, now they get absolutely no breaks and have now lost 15 in a row. They haven’t won since December 22nd. Karmic payback for Riles easing Stan Van Jeremy to the side a couple years back? You never know, but this hodge-podge has nothing except Dwyane Wade, and if anyone comes calling with the tired line that Shaq still makes a difference (he’s out and hurt, of course), it’d be nice if that analyst just went out back and flailed himself.
Warriors 121, Nets 119 – Hack-a-Cliche on the AP writer who came up with “Hack-a-Boone” in the write-up of this game for the fouling strategy of sending Nets F Josh Boone to shoot free throws (he made half, an improvement.) Monta Ellis went absolutely nuts — 39 points in 41 minutes, 13-of-14 from the line; Baron Davis had his eighth career triple-double (25 points, 12 boards, 10 assists). Vince Carter had 29, Boone had 21 for the Nets.
Bucks 104, Pacers 92 – All about Michael Redd and his 37, going off in the first three quarters of this one — the Bucks had a 21-7 run during the third quarter, opening up the lead for the win against a Jermaine O’Neal-less Indiana team.
UCLA 80, Oregon 75 – All you need is Love, and some clutch second half work. Oregon was up by seven in the 2nd half and the Bruins mounted the comeback, taking the lead with less than two minutes to go and icing it with a pair of Darren Collison free throws. Kevin Love had 26 and 18 boards, Collison had 22, Malik Hairston had 18 for the Ducks.
Arizona 76, Wazzu 74 – The Cougs are hitting the skids a little quick in the Pac-10 schedule right now, getting beat up by the Wildcats’ bombing from the three-point line (12-of-21 last night.)
USC 68, Oregon State 44 – 19 for O.J. Mayo, 18 for Davon Jefferson, and USC is working its way back to .500 in conference play while Oregon State looks to be this year’s doormat.
Duke 81, Virginia Tech 64 – It’s so much easier to hate on the Blue Devils when they’re good (or at least it’s more fun and less trendy). Kyle Singler led Coach K’s crew with 16 in a very, very chippy game — and Deron Washington apparently likes to cheap shot himself some Blue Devils (hat tips to D-Wil for the video clips below.)
Washington did it to Lee Melchioni a couple years back, too:
Photo: AP/Alan Diaz
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