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The Rebounds(Best) & Blocks(Worst) of the NBA is back for Week 12 of the 2014-2015 NBA season day after MLB Day, lets take a look below at the action from this week, thanks to NBA.com & ESPN.com for help in this article:
- James Harden leading the NBA in Scoring- James Harden scored a season-high 45 points, including 18 in the third quarter, and the Rockets led from start to finish in a 110-98 win over the Indiana Pacers. It was the 18th 30-point game and fourth with 40 this season for Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer. He bounced back after scoring just 11 in the 131-106 loss to Golden State. He had a career-best 33 points after halftime.Houston led by 10 at the break and used a 33-point third quarter, thanks in large part to four 3-pointers from Harden, to push the lead to 20 entering the fourth. Pacers coach Frank Vogel raved about Harden, who is averaging 27.1 points per game. “He’s having … an MVP-type season,” Vogel said. “He has to be in that conversation and was just way too much for us tonight.”
- The Hawks continue to roll- The NBA’s best defense kept the Atlanta Hawks’ winning streak intact.The Hawks won their 13th straight game, one shy of tying the team record, as Mike Scottand Paul Millsap each scored 20 points Monday in a 93-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons. The longest winning streak in franchise history was 14 games in 1993. Atlanta is allowing 96.3 points per game, tops in the league. Strong defense helped the Hawks overcome poor shooting from some of their usual scoring leaders against Detroit. The Hawks haven’t lost since Dec. 26 against Milwaukee. They have won 27 of 29 to move to the top of the Eastern Conference. Monday’s win before a sellout crowd of 19,108 opened a seven-game homestand.
- Cavs starting to get hot- The pieces, old and new, are beginning to fit together. It’s taken some time, and there’s a long way to go. But the critiqued and criticized Cavaliers are starting to play like the team they were supposed to be. “I like the way we’ve been the last few games,” LeBron James said following a 108-94 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. “I like the way we’ve played the last week. We’ve played some really, really good basketball.” James scored 26 points and J.R. Smith added 20 as the Cavs, remodeled by two trades in recent weeks, entered a favorable portion of their schedule with their third straight win. Back home after salvaging a drama-filled trip out West with two wins in Los Angeles, the Cavs had little trouble with the Central Division-leading Bulls. Cleveland opened a 25-point lead in the third quarter and handed Chicago its fourth loss in five games.
- Pacers have lost 5 straight- The Pacers have dropped 5 straight, including a 110-98 loss in Houston on Monday, in the month of January. the Pacers as a team has shot only 41% & 29% from 3 Point.
- Injuries to the Pelicans- The Pelicans lost to the Knicks 99-92 on Monday, which the Knicks had a 16 game losing streak. New Orleans finished 2-3 on its Eastern trip. Ryan Anderson was 4-for-17, going 3-for-13 behind the arc. Without Anthony Davis (sprained left toe) and Jrue Holiday (right ankle inflammation), the Pelicans were missing their leaders in points, rebounds and assists.