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The Rebounds (Best) & Blocks (Worst) of the NBA this week in 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:
- Indiana Pacers keep it rolling- Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 34 points with six rebounds and seven assists, and the Pacers beat the Orlando Magic 118-86 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory. Damjan Rudez scored 17 points, and Luis Scola added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the surging Pacers (29-34), who moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Stuckey made two of his season-best six 3-pointers in an 18-0 run in the first half. Indiana, which beat Orlando for the third time this season, used a 9-3 run in the fourth quarter to pull away, with Solomon Hill’s two-handed dunk giving the Pacers a 93-73 lead with 9:52 remaining.The Pacers made 17 3-pointers to match the franchise record. Stuckey was 6 for 9 and Rudez went 5 for 7. The Pacers are 9-1 in their last 10 games as they play the Bucks on Thursday in Indianapolis.
- The Spurs Rising- Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 11 rebounds and matched a career high with five steals, and the Spurs withstood a second-half letdown to beat the Raptors 117-107 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.Tony Parker added 23 points and nine assists, and Danny Green was 5-for-6 on 3-pointers in scoring 19 points for San Antonio. “I don’t want to take away from the win, it was a great win against a great team, but we should have finished the game before,” Parker said. The game was still in doubt late, which kept Duncan on the court. He left with about a minute remaining, hyperextending his left elbow when teammate Tiago Splitter fell into him. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he thought the injury wasn’t serious and that Duncan would be OK. That is good news for a team that is finally healthy after spending much of the season battling a succession of nagging injuries to half its roster. Duncan’s early basket was part of an energized start for the Spurs against a Raptors team that has lost four straight and nine of 10. San Antonio has won 14 of its past 16 home games, including six straight as they play Lebron James & the Cavs tonight in San Antonio.
- The Pelicans reclaim the 8th seed in Western Conference- In a matchup of teams fighting for postseason spots, only the New Orleans Pelicans looked playoff-worthy. Alexis Ajinca and Quincy Pondexter each scored 17 points and the Pelicans moved within percentage points of eighth place in the Western Conference by beating the Brooklyn Nets111-91 on Tuesday night.Omer Asik had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans in their third straight victory.Anthony Davis scored 15 points, a night after tying his career high with 43 in a win at Milwaukee. As of the end of Wednesday games, the Pelicans are a half game ahead of the Thunder for the Final Playoff Spot in the Western Conference.Ajinca had 11 points during a four-minute stretch of the second quarter as the Pelicans took a 55-46 lead into halftime.
“He was good,” coach Monty Williams said. “He gave us a big lift. Being able to throw him the ball is something that we’ve gone to the last few weeks and he’s delivered for us.”
New Orleans extended the lead to 78-61 by the end of the third quarter as Asik and Davis dominated Brooklyn’s frontcourt. The pair combined for 13 of New Orleans’ 23 points in the third. Pondexter had 14 points in the fourth.
- The Raptors are flat- The Raptors have lost 4 straight & lost 9 out of 10 games. They have dropped from 2nd to 4th in the Eastern Conference, even though there is still a 2 game difference between 2nd threw 4th in the Eastern Conference. Toronto had five different leading scorers in its previous five games. … Toronto dropped to 17-15 on the road this season. The Raptors are looking like they are running out of stream.
- The Pistons are not firing, but cold- The Pistons lost in Golden State on Wednesday 105-98 with Andre Drummond had a career-high 27 rebounds — 17 offensive — to go with 22 points in the Pistons’ eighth straight loss. A day after Detroit took 35 3-pointers — making eight — the Pistons managed only three attempts in the first half from long range and went 4 for 12 overall. The Pistons have dropped five straight at Golden State since a 107-102 win Nov. 13, 2008. … Detroit dropped to 8-19 against the Western Conference.