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The Rebounds (Best) & Blocks (Worst) of the NBA is back for Week 14 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:
- The Grizzlies winning streak hits 7 straight- Someday, the Phoenix Suns will beat the Memphis Grizzlies. They haven’t done it in two years and it looked as though they finally had one Monday night. But Suns turnovers and clutch Memphis scoring spelled another loss to the Grizzlies. Jeff Green converted a three-point play with 4.5 seconds to play and the Grizzlies rallied from seven down in the final 1:35 to beat the Suns for the seventh straight time, 102-101. The Grizzlies, who won their seventh in a row overall and 11th in the last 12 games, scored the final eight points after Isaiah Thomas’ 3-pointer put Phoenix up 101-94 with 1:49 to play. Mike Conley led Memphis with 23 points. Zach Randolph scored 19, including 17 in the second half.
- Anthony Davis & the Pelicans stop the Hawks 19 game winning streak- The Hawks’ 115-100 loss to surging New Orleans on Monday night — in a game marked by Anthony Davis’ ferocious play — was only Atlanta’s third defeat in 36 games. Davis, returning from a left groin strain that sidelined him one game, had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help the Pelicans win for the sixth time in seven games. New Orleans’ recent run of good form has included victories over other contending squads, such as Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers, and has pulled the Pelicans (26-22) within a game of Phoenix (28-22) for eighth place in the Western Conference. Eric Gordon scored 20 points for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans scored 15 points and tied a season high with 12 assists for the fourth time in five games. Omer Asik grabbed 17 rebounds for New Orleans, which out rebounded Atlanta 52-32. Davis grabbed eight of his rebounds on the offensive end, including one on a missed 3 that he corralled with his right hand and slammed home in one roundhouse motion. Ryan Anderson added 15 points for the Pelicans, who out shot Atlanta 50 percent (43 of 86) to 44.9 percent (40 of 89). Davis had 19 points by halftime, when New Orleans led 55-42. … Davis has scored at least 20 in 11 straight games. … The Pelicans improved to 17-6 at home. … Gordon has had at least 20 points and seven assists in two straight games for the first time in his career.
- The Hornets get hot, get into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference- Charlotte’s hot January carried over into Groundhog Day on Monday night with a 92-88 win over the Wizards. Al Jefferson had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won six of eight to work themselves into playoff position in the perpetually middling Eastern Conference. The Hornets went 10-4 in January, and are 5-1 without Walker, who has a knee injury that will keep him sidelined at least six more weeks. His replacement, Brian Roberts was the leading scorer with 18 points on Monday, and Gerald Henderson put in 17. Cody Zeller, who had a career-high 21 points in the previous game, scored just two against the Wizards.
- Denver Nuggets are fading, lose 9 out of 10 including 2 straight- The Nuggets are fading fast in the tough Western Conference, the Nuggets are 19-29 & injuries to Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur & Javale McGee have really hurt the Nuggets. The Nuggets along 104 Points a game, that the 4th most in the NBA. In the Nuggets 9 losses since January 16 they have allowed at average of 107 points a game.
- The Magic have dropped 9 straight- The Magic dropped their 9th straight with a 104-97 loss in Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook’s second triple-double of the season and 10th of his career helped the Thunder defeat the Magic 104-97 on Monday night without the injured Kevin Durant. Westbrook had 25 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Orlando made just 7 of 22 shots in the third quarter. The Magic since the start of 2015 record is 2-14, at 15-36 the Magic rank in the bottom of the NBA with PPG(95.8, 25th), RPG(40.7, 28th), APG(20.3, 24th) & Points allowed(102.1, 24th/6th worst)