Friday, April 23, 2010

big numbers, little numbers

Big numbers for Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant in last night's 101-96 win in over the Lakers: 29 points, 19 rebounds. A little number for Oklahoma City: Home playoff win #1, all-time. L.A. leads the 1st round playoff series, 2-1.

Ron Artest, who guarded Durant most of the night, managed 11 points and 3 rebounds.

Big number for Kobe Bryant, who scored 24 points to surpass Jerry West as the Lakers' all-time leader in playoff points scored. Kobe has 4,465. He trails Karl Malone, who is 4th all-time in playoff points scored with 4,761.

Little numbers for Bryant down the stretch of last night's game. 2 for 10 from the field over the last 12 minutes.

Big numbers: The Lakers' Pau Gasol scored 17 points, hauled in 15 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists.

Big numbers: The Thunder's Russell Westbrook, the second-year guard out of UCLA, scored 27 points with 8 rebounds. Teammate James Harden, the rookie out of Arizona State, chipped in 18 points.

The Phoenix Suns got some big numbers, too, following up their 29-point blowout win over the Trailblazers with a 108-89 win at Portland. Phoenix leads the series, 2-1. Jason Richardson busted some big numbers for the Suns: 42 points, 8 rebounds, 13 for 19 from the field, 8 for 12 from 3-point land, 8 for 10 from the line. Jerryd Bayless of Portland had 14 points off the bench.

LeBron James had big numbers for Cleveland, but it was in a losing cause. Chicago broke through for a 108-106 win, wasting James' 39 point, 10 rebound, 8 assist effort. The Cavs own a 2-1 lead in the series.

Some little numbers for the Cavs in the loss: Shaquille O'Neal, in nearly 20 minutes, managed only 6 points and 4 rebounds. The Cavs as a team shot shot only 64.5% from the free throw line, missing 11 (James went only 7 for 13 from the line).

Some big numbers for the Bulls: Derrick Rose, 31 points, 7 assists. Kirk Hinrich, 27 points, 9-12 FGs, 4-4 3PT. Joakim Noah, 10 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists.

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