NBA Euro-watch (25/12 – 31/12)

2013-01-01T17:41:52+00:00 2015-05-23T16:01:31+00:00.

Aris Barkas

01/Jan/13 17:41

Eurohoops.net

Nikola Vucevic saved the best for the last night of the year by surpassing the rebounding record of Shaquille O’Neal in Orlando. San Antonio and OKC are hot, Gallinari had a career night in Denver and Hedo Turkoglu returned to action

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Τhe last night of 2012 in the NBA almost belonged to a young center from Montenegro. It was the second game this season for longtime Orlando international star Hedo Turkoglu, but Nikola Vucevic stole the spotlight as he had 20 points and 29 rebounds for the Magic (11-19) in the overtime defeat by a bucket to the champs (112-110), Miami Heat (21-8). Vucevic owns Orlando’s rebounding record for a single game, surpassing Shaquille O’Neal. Turk Omer Asik had his usual double double (17 p., 11 r.) in the Rockets (17-14) win over Atlanta (19-10) by 123-104 and the Spurs (25-8) toyed with Brooklyn (16-15) in a 104-73 win with French star Tony Parker (20 p.) being the top scorer of the game. Last but not least, second in the West OKC (24-6) beat the Suns (11-21). The final score was 114-96 as Spaniard Serge Ibaka (16 p.) and Swish Thabo Sefolosha (14 p.) scoring in double digits against Polish Marcin Gortat (12 p., 10 r.) and Slovenian Goran Dragic (16 p., 8 as.).

NBA 2012-2013 – 31/12

HOU

123 – 104

ATL

ORL

110 – 112

MIA

SAS

104 – 73

BKN

OKC

114 – 96

PHX

IND

88 – 83

MEM

CHI

81 – 91

CHA

 

On Sunday Parker (21 p., 9 r.) led the Spurs on the 111-86 road win against Dallas (12-19), as Dirk Nowitzki still tried to get into shape and had only 8 points in 23 minutes.

NBA 2012-2013 – 30/12

SAC

118 – 96

BOS

DET

96 – 94

MIL

DAL

86 – 111

SAS

LAC

107 – 96

UTA

 

On Saturday, Atlanta beat 109-100 Indiana (18-13) with Georgian center Zaza Pachulia as a starter with 17 points and 14 rebounds against 13 points of Frenchman Ian Mahimni. Toronto (11-20) destroyed Orlando 123-88 as Jose Calderon had a double double (15 p., 10 as.) and Frenchman Mickael Pietrus added 9 points. The Bulls (16-13) got the 87-77 win over the Wizards with Italian Marco Belinelli being the top scorer of the game with 17 points and the Nuggets (17-15) lost to the Grizzlies (19-9) in a mediocre game for Euros. Spaniard Marc Gasol had just 6 points, but also 9 rebounds and 3 steals, while Greek-American Kosta Koufos had 8 points and 6 rebounds and Italian Danilo Gallinari 7 points and 6 rebounds. Minessota (14-13) with Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic scoring 28 points and Russian Alexey Shved dishing 10 assists beat the Suns 111-107, while Frenchman Nicolas Batum was impressive with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and two blocks in the 89-85 win of the Blazers (15-14) over the Sixers (14-17).

NBA 2012-2013 – 29/12

GSW

101 – 83

BOS

CHA

95 – 98

NOH

BKN

103 – 100

CLE

MEM

81 – 72

DEN

ATL

109 – 100

IND

MIL

104 – 85

MIA

POR

89 – 85

PHI

MIN

111 – 107

PHX

ORL

88 – 123

TOR

CHI

87 – 77

WAS

HOU

94 – 124

OKC

 

On Friday Danilo Gallinari had the biggest night of his career with 39 points (career-high), 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the 106-85 Nugget’s triumph over Dallas. Tony Parker scored 31 points in the 122-116 Spurs’ win over Houston and Spaniard Pau Gasol helped the Lakers (15-15) with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks to win the game against Portland 104-87.

NBA 2012-2013 – 28/12

CLE

94 – 102

ATL

DAL

85 – 106

DEN

SAS

122 – 116

HOU

UTA

114 – 116

LAC

DET

109 – 99

MIA

SAC

106 – 105

NYK

WAS

105 – 97

ORL

GSW

96 – 89

PHI

IND

97 – 91

PHX

LAL

104 – 87

POR

NOH

97 – 104

TOR

BKN

97 – 81

CHA

 

On Thursday the Thunder beat Dallas 111-105 in overtime as Ibaka was the second leading scorer with 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks behind the 40 points of Kevin Durant. It was one more bad game for Nowitzki who had 9 points on 3/11 shots and 6 rebounds.

 NBA 2012-2013 – 27/12

LAC

106 – 77

BOS

OKC

111 – 105

DAL

 

On Wednesday, Turk Ersan Ilyasova produced a double double (17p ., 11 r.) in 108-93 win of the Bucks (16-13) over Brooklyn. The Lakers beat the Nuggets behind 40 points by Kobe Bryant with Pau Gasol addint 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists against 19 points of Gallinari and 10 points of Koufos.

NBA 2012-2013 – 26/12

ORL

94 – 97

NOH

WAS

84 – 87

CLE

ATL

126 – 119

DET

UTA

83 – 94

GSW

MIN

84 – 87

HOU

DEN

126 – 114

LAL

CHA

92 – 105

MIA

MIL

108 – 93

BKN

PHX

97 – 99

NYK

MEM

89 – 99

PHI

POR

109 – 91

SAC

SAS

100 – 80

TOR

 

On Tuesday in the rematch of last season’s finals Miami beat OKC 103-97 with Ibaka (15 p., 6 r.) having just decent numbers. Asik was a monster (20 p., 18 r.) against his former team in the 120-97 victory of Houston over Chicago. Koufos with 16 points and 10 rebounds was the best player of Denver in the 112-100 defeat to the Clippers who are the hottest team in the league and have the best record (25-6).

NBA 2012-2013 – 25/12

BKN

76 – 93

BOS

LAC

112 – 100

DEN

CHI

97 – 120

HOU

LAL

100 – 94

NYK

MIA

103 – 97

OKC