Last night there were seven games in the National Basketball Association, all but one had a touch of carolina blue in them, with three being games between franchises that have former UNC Basketball players on their rosters. All in all, another packed edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style when it comes to 11/19. and in the mean time the Tar Heels won its first game in this year’s Maui Inviational against Mississippi State and will be back in action tonight against Butler. Make sure to check out my preview of that game later on today. But for now, let’s concentrate on the former players from Chapel Hill now playing at the next level in this edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style for November 19, 2012…
The first game of the season has the Indiana Pacers [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (4-7 overall ~ 1-6 on the road) heading to the nation’s capitol to take on the winless Washington Wizards [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (0-8 overall ~ 0-3 at home). This is the second of four meetings between these franchises, the first one going to the Pacers by the final score of 89 to 84, and in this one Indiana (4-7 ATS) is a 2.5 points favorite over Washington (4-4 ATS). The game, which was played at the Verizon Center in front of an attendance of 14,426 (max capacity: 20,282), lasted a total of 2 hours and 19 minutes. For the traveling team it’s former NPOY and national champion under coach Williams, Tyler Hansbrough (@THANS50 on twitter), who comes off the bench for just 11 minutes. In that time the power forward scores a duece (1 for 1 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three rebounds and two turnovers while having a points differential of -7. As far as the game went it was Indiana taking this one, beating Washington by the final of 96 to 89. With the victory the Pacers are now 5 and 7 and will try to keep the momentum going on 11/21 when they host the Hornets (3-5).
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 20, 2012
The next game on the recap is the first one with a former UNC Basketball player on each roster, as the Milwaukee Bucks [Eastern Conference ~ Central Division] (6-2 overall ~ 3-0 on the road) heading to take on Charlotte Bobcats [Eastern Conference ~ Southeast Division] (4-4 overall ~ 3-2 at home). This is the first time, of four, that the two teams will play one another and in this one it’s Milwaukee (4-4 ATS) is a five point favorite over Charlotte (4-4 ATS). The game, which lasted 2 hours and nine minutes, was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of a crowd that numbered 11,248 (max capacity: 19,077). For the traveling team it’s rookie John Henson (@_John_Henson_ on twitter), got 15 minutes in all. In that time span the power forward gets six points (3 for 7 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with three rebounds, a block and a TO while having a +4 points differential. On the other side, for the Bobcats, it’s big man Brendan Haywood (@BreHay_30 on twitter), starting in the middle and getting a total of 33 minutes. In that time the seven footer scores six points (3 for 6 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 2) to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, a pair of blocks and a turnover while having a points differential of +13. Thanks to a strong last quarter it was Charlotte coming away with the win, taking down Milwaukee by the final of 102 to 98. With the victory the Bobcats are now 5 and 4 on the young season and will be back in action on 11/21 against the Raptors (3-7). The loss drops the Bucks to 6 and 3 and they will now take on the Heat (8-3) on the road on 11/21.
Despite a 31 point outburst from Monta Ellis, the Bobcats overpowered the Bucks in the final frame to win 102-98. #MILvCHA
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 20, 2012
— B.J. Evans (@BobcatsBballPR) November 20, 2012
Moving on to the next game it’s once again another head to head match up between teams that have former UNC Basketball players on their roster when the Denver Nuggets [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (4-6 overall ~ 2-5 on the road) take on the Memphis Grizzlies [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (8-1 overall ~ 4-0 at home). This is the first of four match ups between the teams and in this one the Memphis (8-1 ATS) is a seven points favorite over Denver (5-5 ATS). The game, which was played in front of a crowd of 15,111 (max capacity: 19,763) at the FedEx Forum, lasted 2 hours and twelve minutes in all. For the visiting team it’s speedster Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3 on twitter), who starts for the Nuggets and gets a total of 34 minutes. In that time the point guard gets nine points (4 for 14 ~ 1 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with five rebounds (4 on the offensive side), four assists, three steals and a game high five turnovers while having a +4 points differential. On the other side, for the Grizzlies, it’s Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22 on twitter), who only gets eight minutes in this one. In that time the shooting guard does not score (0 for 2 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go with just a turnover while amassing a points differential of -3. In the end, it’s a Vegas upset, as Denver defeats Memphis, ending their 8 game winning streak, with the final score being 97 to 92. The win puts the Nuggets at 5 and 6 and the team will try to get to .500 when they take on the Timberwolves (5-4) on 11/21. The loss drops the Grizzlies to 8 and 2 and will be on the court next on 11/23 against the Lakers (5-5) at home.
Final from Memphis: the #Nuggets end the Grizzlies’ eight-game winning streak, 97-92.
— Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) November 20, 2012
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 20, 2012
The fourth game is also the last one that has former UNC Basketball players on the court for both squads, three of them altogether, as the Golden State Warriors [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (5-5 overall ~ 3-3 on the road) going to the lone star state to take on the Dallas Mavericks [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (6-5 overall ~ 4-1 at home). This is the first of three meetings between these two franchises and in this one it’s Dallas (4-7 ATS) as a 5.5 points favorite over Golden State (5-4-1 ATS). The game, which was played at the American Airlines Center in front of a packed house of 20,034, lasted 2 hours and 42 minutes. For the team from Cali it’s rookie Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes on twitter), who starts for the Warriors and plays 40 minutes. For the small forward it’s his second double double of his career as he scored 20 points (8 for 16 ~ 4 for 6 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with 12 rebounds, a steal and a pair of turnovers while amassing a points differential of +8. On the other bench, for the Mavs, it’s a pair of former Tar Heels, beginning with Brandan Wright (@bwright34 on twitter), who just gets four minutes in this one. In that time frame the center gets three points (1 for 1 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with a rebound and a block while having a points differential of +3. While the other is Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15 on twitter), who comes off the bench for 27 minutes. In that time span the shooting guard scores nine points (4 for 9 ~ 1 for 4 ~ 0 for 0) to go with five assists, a pair of boards, a block and a TO while getting a +11 points differential. In a game that had to go to overtime to find a winner, it was Golden State winning this one, defeating Miami by 4, with the final being 105 to 101. With the W the Nuggets are now 6 and 5 and will try to keep going in the right direction as they host the Nets (6-2) on 11/21. The loss puts the Mavs at .500 at 6 and 6 and the squad will look to bounce back on 11/21 when they host the Knicks (7-1).
Warriors win 105-101 in OT. Warriors outrebound Mavs 62-43, most rebounds in a game for GSW since 2/13/05 OT loss vs. PHO (72 boards)
— #GSWStats (@gswstats) November 20, 2012
This final score update is brought to you by @paniniamerica: F/OT Warriors 105, Mavs 101; 27 for Mayo, 18 & 17 rebs for Kaman.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 20, 2012
The second to last game of the night is the one that has the San Antonio Spurs [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (8-2 overall ~ 4-1 at home) hosting the Los Angeles Clippers [Western Conference ~ Pacific Division] (7-2 overall ~ 2-0 on the road). This is the second of four match ups, with the first one having gone to the Clippers by the final of 106 to 84, and in this one San Antonio (6-3-1 ATS) is a 4.5 points favorite over LA (7-2 ATS). The game, which lasted 2 hours and 22 minutes, was played at the AT&T Center in front of a crowd that numbered 17,920 (max capacity: 18,581). For the home squad it’s Danny Green (@DGreen_14 on twitter), who gets a team high 35 minutes as a starter. In that time the shooting guard scored six points (2 for 11 ~ 2 for 8 ~ 0 for 0) to go with four boards, two assists, a block and a turnover while having a -4 points differential. In a close game, and in what is a Vegas upset, it is LA taking down San Antonio by the final of 92 to 87. With the loss the Spurs are now 8 and 3 and will try to get back to winning on 11/21 playing against the Celtics (6-5) on the road.
Final score from @attcenter, Clippers 92 Spurs 87. Duncan finished with 20 pts & 14 rbs to lead SA.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 20, 2012
We close out this recap with the game that has the Utah Jazz [Western Conference ~ Northwest Division] (5-6 overall ~ 3-0 at home) hosting the Houston Rockets [Western Conference ~ Southwest Division] (4-6 overall ~ 2-3 on the road). This is the first of four meeting between these two teams and in this one Utah (5-5-1 ATS) is a 6.5 points favorite over Houston (4-5-1 ATS). The game, which was played at the Energy Solutions Arena in front of a crowd of 19,197 (max capacity: 19,911), lasted 2 hours and eleven minutes. For the home team it’s Marvin Williams (no twitter account for Williams), who again comes off the bench for the Jazz and plays 25 minutes. In that time frame the power forward gets a dozen points (4 for 9 ~ 3 for 3 ~ 1 for 2) to go with four rebounds and a steal while amassing a game high of +18 points differential. As far as the game went, it was Utah defeating Houston by double digits, with the final being 102 to 91. With the victory the Jazz are now at .500 with a 6 and 6 record and they will try to move forward on 11/23 when they play the Kings (2-8) at home.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 20, 2012
And that is it, the recap for November 19, 2012, where there were a half dozen games that had ten former UNC Basketball players took place. Come back tomorrow for the next edition of Heels in the Pro’s NBA Style and come back for more information about North Carolina basketball and/or football, teams and players, present and past on isportsweb!