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The Rebounds(Best) & Blocks(Worst) of the NBA is back for Week 13 of the 2014-2015 NBA season, lets take a look below at the action from this week, thanks to NBA.com & ESPN.com for help in this article:
- Cavaliers keep rolling, wins 6th straight win- The sold-out arena buzzed with 20,000 fans decked out in matching gold T-shirts. There was a national TV audience, two high-profile teams and All-Stars all over the floor. It felt like the playoffs in January. LeBron James played as if it was June. James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win. James made a pair of 3-pointers and a nasty fade-away jumper to give the Cavs a 91-80 lead. Later, the four-time MVP fed Kevin Love for a 3-pointer with 3:38 left that put the Thunder away. The Cavs, who seemed to be unraveling two weeks ago during a six-game losing streak, are now 6-1 since James returned after missing eight games with a strained back and knee. After going scoreless in the third quarter, James scored 12 in the fourth as the Cavs kept their momentum rolling. Love added 19 points and 13 rebounds, Kyrie Irving scored 21 and J.R. Smith had 14 as the Cavs concluded a 4-0 homestand. Reserve Tristan Thompson grabbed 16 rebounds.
- Miami Heat Hassan Whitside Triple Double- Hassan Whiteside bounced around the NBA Development league and played in China and Lebanon, hoping NBA teams were keeping tabs and would give him an opportunity. He was in Charlotte, working out at the downtown YMCA, a few months ago. He then got his chance with the Heat and he’s making the most of it. Whiteside had an unconventional triple-double with a career high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Miami beat the sluggish Chicago Bulls 96-84 Sunday. “It’s a blessing. Like I told my teammates, you won’t believe how things work out in life,” said Whiteside, who signed with Miami in late November. “Three months ago I was at the downtown Y just chilling, working on my game. I couldn’t get a team to pick up the phone.”
- Hawks win their 16th straight- Al Horford isn’t missing many shots these days for the Atlanta Hawks. Not that it would matter much if he did. The Hawks just keep winning. Paul Millsap scored 20 points and Horford added 19 to help Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta to a 112-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, extending the Hawks’ franchise record with their 16th straight win. Jeff Teague finished with 15 points and seven of Atlanta’s 30 assists as the Hawks won for the 30th time in 32 games. The range of Horford, as a 6-foot-10 center-forward, is hurting opponents all over the court. He’s hitting long jumpers, occasional 3-pointers and scoring around the basket to cause matchup problems. Horford missed just one of nine field-goal attempts and is shooting nearly 74 percent and averaging 18 points over his last seven games.
- Season ending injuries to Kobe Bryant & Brandon Jennings- The Los Angeles Lakers expect star Kobe Bryant to miss the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Bryant met with team doctor Steven Lombardo in Los Angeles on Friday, and Lombardo found a significant tear in the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Bryant is expected to take the weekend to decide whether to undergo surgery and has an appointment with Dr. Neal El Attrache, another Lakers doctor, on Monday. Bryant suffered the tear during the second half of Wednesday night’s loss to New Orleans, though sources said he has been dealing with the injury since the preseason.The Detroit Pistons will be without guard Brandon Jennings for the rest of the season because of a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the team announced Sunday. Jennings, who was injured during Saturday night’s loss to the Bucks, will undergo surgery. No timetable is being placed on the guard’s return at this time, the team announced. Jennings fell to the floor after planting on his left leg while guarding an inbounds pass Saturday. He immediately clutched the leg above his sneaker while writhing on the floor in pain.
- Lakers lose 8 straight- The Lakers are on their longest losing streak in a decade. The Lakers lastest loss was to the Houston Rockets in the Staples Center Sunday 99-87. Los Angeles, which committed 21 turnovers and went 1 for 13 on 3-pointers, hadn’t lost eight straight games since March 2005. The Lakers missed the playoffs that season for the only time in Bryant’s career before last year. The Lakers could find out Monday whether Bryant needs season-ending surgery. Scott hasn’t given up optimism for an eventual return by the third-leading scorer in NBA history.