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The Rebounds(Best) & Blocks(Worst) of the NBA is back for Week 7 of the 2014-2015 NBA season, lets take a look below at the action from this week, thanks to ESPN.com for help in this article:
- Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan on the NBA All time Scoring List: Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Sunday and moved into third place behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. The Los Angeles Lakers star, now in his 19th season, passed the Chicago Bulls legend (32,292 points) and the player to whom he has long been compared with a free throw in the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.”I’m just honored to be here, man, to still be playing,” Bryant said. “I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don’t last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do.”
- Return of Durant & Westbrook: The Oklahoma City Thunder, with Westbrook and Durant back after missing most or all of the first part of the season due to injury, has won eight of their last nine games and is 11-13. Russell Westbrook had 28 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 23 points and eight rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder won its sixth straight game, beating the Phoenix Suns 112-88 on Sunday night.
- Golden State Warriors continue to win– As Stephen Curry watched his second 3-pointer in overtime go down from 26 feet out, he shrugged his shoulders then pounded his chest.It’s as if Curry just can’t help himself when the chance to hit a devastating shot arises, and the Golden State Warriors can’t help but win — even when it looks like they shouldn’t. Curry scored eight of his 34 points in overtime, and the Warriors won their 16th straight, 128-122 over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.
“It was just a tough game to win. (The Pelicans) were playing well and hitting shots,” Curry said. “Obviously we had enough in the tank at the end to finish it up.” Klay Thompson added 29 points for the Warriors, whose franchise-long winning streak includes a club-record 10 straight road victories.
- Sacramento Kings Coach Mike Malone fired– The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Mike Malone, sources told ESPN.com Sunday night.The Kings got off to a surprising 5-1 start to the season but have lost eight of their past 10 — a swoon that has coincided with star DeMarcus Cousins’ bout with viral meningitis — and have fallen to 11-13.
With Cousins off to an impressive start and the team electing to sign Rudy Gay to a three-year extension, the Kings appeared to be headed in the right direction.
But the Kings “expected more,” and there was “no incident” that led to Malone’s ouster, one source told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne.
Yahoo! Sports earlier reported news of Malone’s dismissal. Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will serve as the team’s interim head coach, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Corbin went 112-146 in three-plus seasons as coach of the Utah Jazz and was not offered a contract after last season. Corbin will be the team’s seventh head coach since the franchise most recently made the postseason in the 2005-06 season.
- Indiana Pacers Losing Streak– The Pacers have dropped 8 straight including their recent loss Saturday Night 95-85 @ home vs. the Trail Blazers, the Pacers are 29th in the NBA is points per game at 93.2 points & 28th in assists per game at 19.5. Roy Hibbert has played more like the struggling center from the second half of last season than a two-time All-Star. While his own injury and those to teammates have posed obstacles, Indiana needs more from its big man. Hibbert entered Saturday averaging 11.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. Against Portland, he was 4 of 11 from the field with 10 points and 10 rebounds.