NBA Euro-watch (16/12-23/12)

2012-12-24T17:34:13+00:00 2015-05-23T16:01:32+00:00.

Aris Barkas

24/Dec/12 17:34

Eurohoops.net

Dirk Nowitzki returns but San Antonio Spurs sizzles, Oklahoma City still leads the race in the standings with the help of Ibaka and Sefolosha, Noah and Calderon registered triple doubles and Batum had a 5X5

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Dirk Nowitzki made his season debut on Sunday night against San Antonio but the Spurs weren’t impressed. With 20/30 three pointers, while Frenchman Tony Parker scored 18 points and dished 6 assists the Spurs (21-8) got the home win over the Mavericks by 38 points (129-91). The German super star looked rusty with 8 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. In New York the Knicks (20-7) beat Minnesota (13-12) despite a big game by Montenegrin Nicola Pekovic (21 p., 17 r.) and 18 points of Russian Alexey Shved.

NBA 2012-2013 – 23/12

SAS

129 – 91

DAL

PHX

77 – 103

LAC

NYK

94 – 91

MIN

SAC

108 – 96

POR

ORL

93 – 97

UTA

BKN

95 – 92

PHI

On Saturday, there was a Euro-centers’ duel in the 121-95 Rockets‘ (14-12) win against Memphis (18-7). Turk Omer Asik had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the home team, a better showing than that of Spaniard Marc Gasol with 11 points and 5 rebounds. One more center with roots on the old continent, Greek American Kosta Koufos, was the top scorer of Denver (15-13) with 16 points in the easy 110-88 win over Charlotte (7-20). Polish big man Marcin Gortat had also a good night with 18 points and 9 rebounds, but the Suns (11-16) lost to Portland (13-12) by three points (96-93) as Frenchman Nicolas Batum scored 13 points, had 9 rebounds and 8 assists and Spaniard Victor Claver added 7 points.

NBA 2012-2013 – 22/12

ATL

92 – 75

CHI

MIL

82 – 94

CLE

WAS

87 – 96

DET

NOH

75 – 81

IND

GSW

115 – 118

LAL

POR

96 – 93

PHX

MIA

105 – 89

UTA

HOU

121 – 96

MEM

DEN

110 – 88

CHA

On Friday, Englishman Luol Deng was the euro-star of the night with 29 points and 13 rebounds in the big win of Chicago (15-10) in New York over the Knicks (110-106). Frenchman Joakim Noah added 15 points and 12 rebounds, Italian Marco Belinelli scored 22 points. Toronto Raptors (9-19) beat Orlando Magic (12-15) 93-90 despite a good game from Montenegrin Nikola Vucevic (16 p., 12 r.). Spaniard Jose Calderon (13 p., 9 as.) was the best of the Euro-bunch of the winners.

NBA 2012-2013 – 21/12

PHI

99 – 80

ATL

SAS

99 – 94

NOH

NYK

106 – 110

CHI

MEM

92 – 82

DAL

CLE

89 – 99

IND

BOS

94 – 99

MIL

TOR

93 – 90

ORL

LAC

97 – 85

SAC

DET

100 – 68

WAS

GSW

115 – 100

CHA

On Thursday, Minnesota was the big winner over the leader of NBA standings Oklahoma City Thunder (21-5). In the 99-93 home win Shved had a double double (12 p., 12 as., 7 r.), Pekovic did the same with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Russian veteran Andrei Kirilenko had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Spaniard Serge Ibaka had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and Swiss Thabo Sefolosha added 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals for the Thunder. The Blazers beat the Nuggets (101-93) with Batum being the top scorer with 22 points.

NBA 2012-2013 – 20/12

POR

101 – 93

DEN

DAL

95 – 110

MIA

MIN

99 – 93

OKC

 On Wednesday, the Raptors beat the Pistons 97-91 with Calderon dishing 17 assists, Orlando prevailed over Washington (90-83) with Vucevic having 8 points and 13 rebounds, Thunder won the game at Atlanta (100-92) with Kevin Durant scoring 41 points and Ibaka adding 14 rebounds. Also the Rockets destroyed the Sixers (125-103) with Asik having a dominant game (17 p., 15 r.).

NBA 2012-2013 – 19/12

LAC

93 – 77

NOH

BOS

103 – 91

CLE

TOR

97 – 91

DET

SAC

131 – 127

GSW

MEM

90 – 80

MIL

NYK

100 – 86

BKN

HOU

125 – 103

PHI

IND

104 – 84

UTA

ORL

90 – 83

WAS

PHX

121 – 104

CHA

ATL

92 – 100

OKC

On Tuesday Calderon had 23 points and 6 rebounds in the first road win of Toronto after 11 straight defeats. The victim was Cleveland and the final score 113-99. Minnesota lost to Miami (103-92) despite 22 points by Kirilenko. The Bulls beat the Celtics (100-89) with a triple double by Noah (11 p., 13 r., 10 as.) and the Nuggets were the big winners of the night over San Antonio with Italian Danilo Gallinari scoring 29 points and Koufos producing in defense with 14 rebounds and 4 blocks.

NBA 2012-2013 – 18/12

WAS

95 – 100

ATL

CHI

100 – 89

BOS

GSW

103 – 96

NOH

MIL

98 – 93

IND

MIA

103 – 92

MIN

DAL

107 – 100

PHI

DEN

112 – 106

SAS

CLE

99 – 113

TOR

BKN

90 – 92

UTA

LAL

101 – 100

CHA

On Monday the biggest euro-performance belonged to Serge Ibaka (25 p., 17 r., 3 bl.) and the victims were again the Spurs, as Oklahoma City Thunder beat them 107-93. The Suns also beat the Kings (101-90) with Gortat having a double double (14 p., 13 r.).

NBA 2012-2013 – 17/12

PHX

101 – 90

SAC

OKC

107 – 93

SAS

MEM

80 – 71

CHI

ORL

102 – 93

MIN

DET

76 – 88

LAC

NYK

96 – 109

HOU

Last Sunday Calderon had a triple double (18 p., 10 r., 14 as.) in the Raptors’ win over Houston (103-96) and Nicolas Batum had a rare 5×5 (11 p., 10 as., 5 r., 5 st., 5 bl.) in the 95-94 win of the Blazers over the Hornets.

 NBA 2012-2013 – 16/12

POR

95 – 94

NOH

SAC

97 – 122

DEN

TOR

103 – 96

HOU

PHI

98 – 111

LAL