On Sunday night, I scanned the newspaper to see which games I liked
On Sunday night, I scanned the newspaper to see which games I liked. I decided I would pick the one NBA game I felt the most comfortable with as well as the one college hoops matchup. With the Knicks visiting the Nets, I fully expected the Knicks to come after their cross town rival hard with so much on the line. The teams have similar records and figure to battle it out for the final playoff spot. As for college, I don’t know much about Maryland but I know the Tarheels are strong and the 2 point line seemed very low to me.
So last night, my picks were as follows:
Knicks +4.5 at Nets
North Carolina - 2 at Maryland
I was thoroughly enjoying the North Carolina vs. Maryland game. The TarHeels were ahead from wire to wire and with just over 7 minutes left were cruising with a 12 point lead. Maybe in the NBA, the trailing team would give up hope, but unfortunately for me, there is just no quit in college hoops.
D.J. Strawberry scored a career-high 27 points, Mike Jones had 18, and Maryland rallied to beat the Tar Heels 89-87. North Carolina completely fell apart late as the Terrapins charged back. I did have one last hope as North Carolina had a chance to force overtime with 3.5 seconds left, but Brandan Wright missed the first of two free throws and the Tar Heels failed to control the rebound of his second miss. What a nauseating defeat.
James Gist had 12 points for Maryland as they rallied back after trailing 77-65 with 7:14 left before Jones scored nine points in a 16-3 run to give the Terrapins their first lead.
After Rashawn Terry scored for North Carolina, two free throws by Ibekwe put Maryland back in front. Terry then made two foul shots with 1:40 left, but Strawberry countered with a lay up. Ibekwe followed with a steal and sank two free throws to give the Terrapins a three-point cushion with 1:11 to go. It was 89-84 before North Carolina's Wayne Ellington made a 3-pointer. The Tar Heels got the ball back after a Maryland turnover, setting up Wright's missed free throws.
Hansbrough scored 22 points and Ellington had 17 for North Carolina, which went 8-for-17 at the foul line. Just 4 more makes, and I would have been a winner.
It was now up to my Knicks to help me break even. Would they be up to the challenge? Well, don’t let the final score fool you. The Knicks were atrocious in the 2nd half of this game after looking like a real team in the first half. And Vince Carter was just incredibly good.
Carter scored 40 points, his second outing in the last three in which he scored 40 or more, to lead the Nets to a 101-92 come-from-behind victory over the New York Knicks Sunday night. With the Nets trailing 53-44 at halftime, they turned to Carter to make the big plays and get them back in the game. He responded with two long 3-pointers within the first 1:10 of the second half, slicing the lead to 53-50 and putting New Jersey back in control.
The Nets also got 15 points and 10 rebounds from some guy named Bostjan Nachbar, and 11 points and 14 assists from Kidd. Stephon Marbury paced the Knicks with 22 points. Eddy Curry added 18 and Channing Frye 15. The Knicks took control of the contest in the early going, thanks to Marbury, who connected for 13 points in the first quarter, giving New York a 28-22 lead after one period.
The Knicks pushed the lead to as many as 11 on two occasions, the final time when Marbury's jumper 2:38 before halftime gave New York a 50-39 lead. The Knicks led 53-44 at halftime. Marbury had 17 points at the half. But the Nets, led by Carter, came out on fire to start the second half. After Carter's 3s started the third quarter, the Nets went on a 9-0 run midway through the period, with Nachbar putting in a long-range 3-pointer and capping the burst with a dunk to give New Jersey a 65-60 lead with 7:08 left in the quarter.
Mikki Moore and Nachbar scored eight points apiece in the third quarter, when the Nets outscored the Knicks 33-15 to take a 77-68 lead.
The Knicks got to 87-84 on a 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford with 6:44 remaining, but the Nets went on an 8-0 run to put the game away. Carter hit two straight jumpers to push the lead to 93-84 with 2:48 left. He then sealed the win by making five of six free throws in the closing minute.
Not a good Sunday for me. There’s always tonight…
Till next time, may all your bets be winners.
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