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The Rebounds(Best) & Blocks(Worst) of the NBA is back for Week 10 of the 2014-2015 NBA season, lets take a look below at the action from this week as, thanks to NBA & ESPN.com for help in this article:
- Dallas Mavericks 6 game winning streak including a OT win vs. the Nets on Monday Night- The Mavs are on a 6 game winning streak mainly because of the Mavs leading the NBA in scoring at 109.9 points per game & 7th in assists at 23.5 a game. On Monday Night, Dirk Nowitzki made a clinching 3-pointer in overtime that moved him into seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 to match their season high with a sixth straight victory. Monta Ellis scored 19 points and made a pair of jumpers early in overtime before consecutive 3s by Chandler Parsons and Nowitzki made it 96-88 with 34 seconds to play. That gave Nowitzki 15 points for the game and 27,412 in his career, moving him past Moses Malone into the No. 7 spot. Rajon Rondo shot 1 of 13 for two points but had 14 assists and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have the longest current winning streak in the NBA. Tyson Chandler finished with 14 points and 13 boards. Dallas is 11-0 on the road against Eastern Conference teams and has won 15 in a row dating to last season. … Dallas also won six straight from Nov. 11-21.
- Atlanta Hawks atop the Eastern Conference- Look now, not a certain bird or a plane but the Hawks are atop of the Eastern Conference with a record of 25-8, the Hawks have won 4 straight & 9 out of 10 games. Paul Millsap scored 23 points, Jeff Teague added 20, and the Atlanta Hawkspulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-98 Monday night and earn their seventh straight road victory for the first time in 21 years. DeMarre Carroll had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Al Horford 16 points for the East-leading Hawks, who won their fifth in a row and 19th in 21 games. The last time they won seven straight road games was Nov. 17-Dec. 22, 1993. Atlanta has won eight straight against West foes, equaling their streak from Oct. 31-Nov. 18, 1997. They snapped a three-game skid against the Clippers at Staples Center. They won the season series 2-0, having taken a three-point victory at home less than two weeks ago.
- Big NBA Trade- The Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder engineered a multi-faceted six-player trade Monday night. As part of the deal, Dion Waiters will go to the Thunder, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert go to the Cavs and three players with nonguaranteed contracts — Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson from the Cavs and Lance Thomas from the Thunder — join to the Knicks. As part of the deal, the Thunder are sending a protected future first-round pick to the Cavs and the Cavs are sending their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks. The Thunder are sending a protected 2015 first-round pick to Cleveland in the trade. The Cavs will get the pick if it falls outside the top 18 this year or if it falls outside the top 15 in 2016 or ’17. If it doesn’t convey in any of those years, it becomes two second-round picks, according to sources. More on this trade, read this ESPN Article on 3-Team Trade
- The Knicks are the Worst Team in the NBA- The Knicks have dropped 16 straight including a 105-83 loss in Memphis vs. the Grizzlies. The Knicks (5-32), who have the NBA’s worst winning percentage, lost for the 22nd time in 23 games.New York played without injured starters Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. The Knicks were also missing J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, who were sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Knicks coach Derek Fisher said the trade created a difficult pregame environment and even more challenges during the game. “We had to make some adjustments in terms of things we could do offensively and defensively,” Fisher said. “You saw us play some zone, which we hadn’t done before. “In some spurts it was effective, but overall, the nine guys that went out there, I thought they were trying their best. Memphis was the better team.” The losing streak is the Knicks’ longest since the 1984-85 season.
- Byron Scott comments on how College Basketball is tougher than the NBA- Lakers coach Byron Scott, after expressing befuddlement at a flagrant foul called on one of his players in a win Sunday over the Indiana Pacers, said college basketball is more aggressive and “much more physical” than the NBA. The foul, a flagrant 1, was called on Lakers forward Carlos Boozer after his hard shove sent Pacers center Roy Hibbert to the court with 5:54 left in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 88-87 win over the Pacers at Staples Center. Hibbert came to his feet and charged Boozer, and the players had to be separated. Hibbert was called for a technical foul on the play. “I asked all three referees to explain to me what a flagrant foul is from now, because I have no clue. I really don’t,” Scott said. “I haven’t looked at it, either. They told me it was unnecessary, basically, pushing him down, as far as what he did. I said, it’s still a push. But college ball is more aggressive than we are and much more physical than the NBA right now.” Scott added, “My assessment of a flagrant foul is anything above the shoulder — not necessarily going for the ball — but anytime you hit a guy above the shoulder, that’s supposed to be a flagrant foul. So like I said, I have no clue what a flagrant foul is. Ed [Davis] got hit above the shoulders the other night, so I don’t know.”