Hassan Whiteside dominated in the Heat’s 95-88 win over the Spurs, imposing his will early with 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks (!) in the first half alone on Wednesday. He became the first player in franchise history to record eight blocks in a half.
The 7-foot center finished with 29 points, 20 rebounds and nine blocks, a line no player has posted since Hakeem Olajuwon in Dec. 1989.
He was everywhere against San Antonio, disrupting shots and immediately running the floor to feast on the other end. His offense lifted a team that was without Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade, but it’s his defense that wreaked havoc and helped hold the Spurs to a season-low 88 points.
“You seen guys, they stopped shooting, they stopped shooting around me,” Whiteside said on Spurs players feeling his presence in the paint. “They started kicking it out to the 3. And guys were just turning the ball over just to keep me from blocking their shots.”
Indeed they were. Here’s an example of the Spurs turning it over in the fourth quarter due to Whiteside’s presence.
Miami earned its first victory over San Antonio since 2014.
Flashback in L.A.
It seems like 2011 all over again. LeBron James was wearing a headband. Tyson Chandler was giving his team extra opportunities with classic tip outs. And Derrick Rose scored over 30 points just for Tom Thibodeau’s squad to fall short to a James-lead team. Are we sure it’s the right year?
Let’s take a brief moment to look at some of the mesmerizing posters from Wednesday, please.
We saw Donovan Mitchell take flight in the throwback Jazz threads during last year’s Slam Dunk competition. He’s now soaring in the fresh uniform in live action and making actual defenders his props.
Andre Drummond might need to make Domantas Sabonis his realtor.
All in Rodney’s neighborhood.
Some classic slams
Aaron Gordon goes full “Mailman” to the delight of the Jazz.
LeBron James brings the “Statue of Liberty” dunk to Los Angeles.
Then there was this…
Rookie Allonzo Trier sends the veteran Hawk flying.
From NBA to WWE?
Enes Kanter said earlier this year he plans to seriously consider a move to the WWE once his career is over.
He clearly looks well-prepared.
“Obviously, I was in the air, and then I flipped,” Kanter said after the game. “I’m OK right now. I’m trying to get ready for my next WWE career. I’m fine… I watch a lot of wresting so I know how to duck. I know how to save my neck.”
Shout out to @WWE
Working on my next career 💪 pic.twitter.com/HEMHSO68Wl
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) November 8, 2018
Very much alike
FAMILY ❤️ pic.twitter.com/7PaXdL15hR
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 8, 2018
Nothing better than a jersey swap between blood bros. Nothing crazier than both of them having the same exact stat line. Both Jrue and Justin Holiday scored 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting in their first matchup of the season.
About Last Night: Commemorating MLK
The NBA’s annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day took center stage on Monday, with generational connections brought to the fore and players coming together to share personal memories and meaningful moments across the league.
Doncic second teenager to record triple-double
With 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Mavs’ 116-106 loss in Milwaukee, Luka Doncic became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. Donic, who turns 20 next month, joins Markelle Fultz as the only teenagers to accomplish the feat.
Fultz was 10 days younger when he collected 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on the final day of the the 2017-18 season, also against the Bucks.
Youngest NBA Players To Record Triple-Doubles
• Markelle Fultz, 76ers — 19 years, 317 days
• Luka Doncic, Mavericks — 19 years, 327 days
• Lonzo Ball, Lakers — 20 years, 15 days
• LeBron James, Cavs — 20 years, 20 days
• Dennis Smith Jr., Mavs –20 years, 34 days
• Lamar Odom, Clippers — 20 years, 65 days
• John Wall, Wizards –20 years, 65 days
• Magic Johnson, Lakers — 20 years, 75 days
Donic was in no mood to celebrate after the game. “I played bad for sure,” he said. “I didn’t feel good. I am happy for my triple-double, but I would prefer a win for sure and I didn’t play good at all. I missed some shots that I shouldn’t miss.”
Doncic is leading all rookies in scoring (20.0) points per game, is third in rebounds (6.7) and second in assists at 5.1.
Report: Rockets trade Carmelo Anthony to Bulls
The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash to the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019
Anthony reportedly will be waived by the Bulls and become a free agent if he clears waivers.
Anthony won’t play a game for the Bulls, league source tells ESPN. He will be released and become a free agent if he clears waivers. https://t.co/Oo2IA0nsJP
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019
Anthony and the Rockets agreed to part ways in mid-November after the team’s slow start to the season. The 10-time All-Star played just 10 games for Houston after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason.
The Rockets reportedly will sign Kenneth Faried with the open roster spot.
Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last July before the Hawks released him to clear the way for him to sign with the Rockets.
Houston thought he could be the piece it needed to finally get past Golden State and win its first championship since back-to-back titles in 1994-95. Instead the Rockets limped out to a 6-7 start and the emergence of undrafted rookie Gary Clark made it appear that Anthony would have to take a reduced role.
In the end the Rockets decided it would be better to move on than to force Anthony to do that.
“We just had to see how things worked out,” D’Antoni said at the time. “And the way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game and he was trying to make the necessary sacrifices and it wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us. It just wasn’t a fit.”
The 34-year-old Anthony has had a tough time over the last two seasons. He averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 starts in a tumultuous season for the Thunder last season before coming to Houston — and accepting a reserve role for the first time in his 16-year career.
Eight of Anthony’s 10 appearances for the Rockets came off the bench after he had started all 1,054 games he’d played in his first 15 NBA seasons.
D’Antoni said he feels for Anthony that things ended this way and made it clear that it wasn’t a matter of Anthony not having the right attitude in Houston.
“In the summer we tried to hit a home run and it didn’t work out,” D’Antoni said. “He tried everything he could. He was great while he was here. It just didn’t work out for whatever reason. I just thank him for his professionalism. It was good. He tried everything he could to make it work and it just didn’t work out.”
The third overall pick in the 2003 draft has averaged 24 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in a career that also included stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks.
Anthony sat out Houston’s last three games with what the team called an illness. His last appearance for Houston came in a blowout loss to Oklahoma City on Nov. 8 when he had two points and five rebounds.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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