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« on: November 14, 2017, 03:20:31 pm »
NEW YORK, N.Y. - David West didnt like it when Kevin Garnett blew in his ear, so he helped Indiana blow out the Nets.West scored 15 of 17 points in the second half, Rodney Stuckey had 20, and the Pacers overwhelmed Brooklyn 110-85 on Saturday night.West got a technical foul with 6:54 left in the first quarter when he confronted Garnett after the Nets veteran blew in his face.The power forward was in a light mood afterward, comparing Garnetts antics to when former Pacers guard Lance Stephenson blew in LeBron James ear during last seasons playoffs.I think Lances was more sensual. That was an aggressive one, West said. I didnt like it. It was too much.Indiana coach Frank Vogel wasnt too sure what he was going to get from Stuckey, whose vision in his right eye was blurred after taking a shot during Friday nights game at Detroit.After Brooklyn cut the deficit to 69-60 with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Deron Williams, Stuckey whose eye was still red sparked a 24-11 run with nine points to take a 93-71 lead with 8:27 left in the fourth.Indiana converted nine Nets turnovers into 12 points during that six minute-plus span.Im fine though. Its a little blurry, said Stuckey, who scored 13 points in the second half. Just got to play through it. We were short-handed tonight. C.J. Miles was out. (Donald Sloan) didnt make the trip. Just needed to play.Indianas bench, third-best in the league with 39.6 points entering the game, outscored its Brooklyn counterparts 52-16.Former Nets guard C.J. Watson, who played for Brooklyn during the 2012-13 season, came off the bench and scored 17 points. Luis Scola added 13, Chris Copeland had 12 and Lavoy Allen chipped in 10.We were just trying to out there and be aggressive and keep the lead, Miles said. We were moving the ball, playing well together and it worked out for us.Jarrett Jack had 22 points and Joe Johnson added 18 for Brooklyn, which had won its previous three games. The Nets, who entered the night 12-2 against teams with losing records, couldnt handle the Pacers, who improved to 11-20.Brooklyn trailed 50-47 at halftime but the second half was a different story as the Nets were outscored 60-38 while allowing the Pacers to shoot 23 for 43 from the field.Once again Brooklyn decided to bring Williams and Brook Lopez off the bench after both players had recently returned from calf and back injuries, respectively.After the game, Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins was critical of his duos play, as two of the franchises top players shot a combined 2 for 12 and committed five turnovers, including three during that critical stretch in which the Pacers blew the game open.Williams, who played his second straight game after missing the previous two due to a strained right calf, agreed with his coachs assessment.Hes right, hes definitely right, we do have to play better, Williams said. Were two of the highest-paid players on the team and so thats our responsibility to play better. Hopefully we can accept that challenge. I do, I think Brook does and just move forward.TIP-INSPacers: Miles, who left Friday nights game at Detroit due to upper respiratory problems, was held out of the game. . The bench started the game leading NBA reserve units with 19.6 rebounds a game. They tallied 23 tonight. It was the 15th time this season they scored 40 or more points. . The Pacers are 0-7 when their bench is outscored this season.Nets: Brooklyn hit its first four shots but finished the first half shooting 10 for 39. . Sergey Karasev, whos started the last five games at shooting guard in place of Bojan Bogdanovic, had a career-high 14 points.POINTING AHEADPoint guard George Hill, who missed the first 28 games of the season due to a left knee contusion, made his first start after coming off the bench his previous two games. He scored 12 points and had five assists and six rebounds in 23 minutes.UP NEXTPacers: Host Chicago on Monday night.Nets: Host Sacramento on Monday night. Glen Rice Jersey . They wanna make t-shirts about it and sell them at our next hockey game..DB: Wow, they want to make t-shirts? That sounds pretty amazing.MS: Yeah, I was also on the Top 10, I was number 1 today, so that was pretty cool. Wayne Ellington Jersey . After a tight first half, the Croatians took command in Reykjavik after Skulason was dismissed for a professional foul in the 51st minute, but couldnt find a way past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson and his packed defence. Eduardo had a weak shot cleared away from near the goalline after barely a minute for Croatia, whose substitute Ivica Olic forced a fine reaction save from Halldorsson in the 55th. http://www.heatteamofficial.com/customized/. - Jerome Verrier scored the winner 8:24 into overtime and Louis-Phillip Guindon stopped 46 shots as the Drummondville Voltigeurs edged the host Val-dOr Foreurs 4-3 on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action. Dion Waiters Jersey . The Islanders own the fifth pick in the 2014 draft but had until June 1 to decide whether to keep it or defer to 2015. The selection was packaged in the teams deal for Thomas Vanek on October 27, 2013. Justise Winslow Jersey . Quarterback Drew Willy appeared to injure his throwing hand on the third last play of practice Thursday.The Montreal Canadiens received a spectacular goaltender effort from Carey Price in Game One at Boston. Scott Cullen has notes on Price, Tuukka Rask, P.K. Subban, Rene Bourque and more. HABS STEAL GAME ONE Despite being soundly outplayed by the hometown Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens emerged from Game One with a 4-3 double-overtime win, thanks to G Carey Price, who stopped 48 of the 51 shots that he faced. Price had a career-best .927 save percentage this season, but he had a .904 save percentage in the first round sweep over Tampa Bay, so its not like this game was standard fare. During the regular season, Price had a dozen games during which he recorded at least 35 saves, ranking fifth in the league. What is important for the Canadiens, though, is that Price is capable of stealing games like this because thats likely what is going to be required if Montreal is going to upset a superior puck possession team. At the other end, Vezina Trophy favourite Tuukka Rask stopped 29 of 33 shots and he was critical of his own performance. Maybe a little hard on himself, as goalies can be, but it could also reflect some frustration. For as great as Rask has been to this point in his career -- he has the best save percentage in the league since 2009-2010 -- but has had his problems with Montreal, including a .908 save percentage in 17 regular-season games against the Habs and has yet to beat the Canadiens in Boston, now 0-9 after Game One. Montreal got a pair of goals -- their first and last -- from D P.K. Subban, who played a game-high 33:49 in Game One and now has seven points in five playoff games this season. Likely the most pleasant surprise of this postseason for the Habs has been LW Rene Bourque, who scored three goals against Tampa Bay in the first round and came up with a goal and an assist against Boston. The Bruins controlled play so thoroughly that LW Daniel Paille hhad their worst possession numbers, and he was still on for 51.dddddddddddd9% of 5-on-5 shot attempts. Defencemen Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara as well as C Patrice Bergeron and RW Reilly Smith were all on for better than 70% of shot attempts. There was an interesting allocation at the bottom of the Habs puck possession chart for this game. LW Travis Moen (17.4%) was at the very bottom, but the next four, all under 26%, were the shortest Habs -- RW Brendan Gallagher, C David Desharnais, C Daniel Briere and D Mike Weaver. The only two Canadiens over 50% in shot attempts were Bourque and Lars Eller. Its just one game, so this could mean nothing at all, but it might be worth watching to see if the Canadiens smaller players continue to have possession problems as the series progresses. Credit to Eller, by the way, for coming up with positive possession stats while starting with one offensive zone face-off compared to 17 in the defensive zone (5.6%) in Game One. One of the subplots of the game, from Montreals perspective, is that head coach Michel Therrien demoted RW Thomas Vanek from the first line to the fourth line from a point early in the second period until midway through the third period. Vanek finished the game with 18:58 of ice time, which ranked ninth among Montreal forwards. Certainly getting a Game One win on the road is favourable under any circumstances, but getting it in a game in which they were so thoroughly dominated is especially good for the Canadiens, who had to lean so heavily on their goaltending to even have a chance. Now, can they close the possession gap and try to take Game Two in Boston without requiring Price to deliver another out-of-this-world performance? Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. 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