It’s Tuesday April 2. 2013 and tonight we only had three games around the league, two of which were double headers on TNT. The Bulls went to Washington to get a win and move up the ladder, while the Knicks took on the Heat in a potentially playoff game. As well, the Lakers took the Dallas Mavericks, both teams looking for the win in hopes of getting number eight and last seed in the western conference. Plus we bring you more NBA news, so without further ado, here’s your April 2. 2013 NBA recap!
- We first head off to Washington where the Chicago Bulls took on the Wizards, a non-playoff contender, in hopes of gaining a win and moving up the eastern conference standings. Prior to the game, Chicago won the first meeting, while the Wizards won the second. Washington would regain the series lead as they won tonight’s game. During the game, Taj Gibson re-injured his MCL and Kirk Hinrich received two technicals. He was ejected. Both of them joined Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton, all four of which were inactive before the game. Washington took advantage of this and won as A.J. price kept knocking down three-pointers. Emeka Okafor also kept getting rebounds and John Wall kept hitting jumpers. You can read my recap from Pippen Ain’t Easy here.
- Off the court we got some big developing news. Former 19th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, Javaris Crittenton was charged with a 2011 murder. Crittenton, formerly a player for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA D-League’s Dakota Wizards murder a mother in Atlanta. He was a member of the Mansfield Crips. Josh Sanchez brings you that report here.
- Onto some positive news now as we head over to the Staples Center. During the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers the Lakers finally retired Shaq Diesel’s jersey. Yes, that’s right, Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq, the four-time champion, three of which came during his run with the Lakers, has always been apart of Laker history. Josh Sanchez has that news here.
- Back to the game recaps and we now head over to Miami. The Heat still without Dwyane Wade, Lebron James and Mario Chalmers, all sitting out with their apparent injuries for the second game, found themselves in trouble as the Knicks defeated the Heat on the road. Carmelo Anthony took advantage of this, burning the Miami scrubs, as he scored 50 points on only 26 shot attempts. In the first quarter alone, he scored 17 points on a near-perfect 7-of-8 shot attempts. Jae Bradley of All U Can Heat breaks down that game here.
- Finally the last game of the night. This game was important for two reason. As you know by now, the first reasons was the Shaq O’Neal jersey retiring that occurred during the half time ceremony. The second was because the Lakers needed (and they did so) to stop the Mavericks from coming close to their 8th seed in the western conference standing. Onto the game, and it was Kobe Bryant who led the Lakers to the 101-81 win over the Mavs. Kobe went into Mamba Mode as he scored a triple-double consisting of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Dwight Howard also helped out, as he added his double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. As well, Paul Gasol contributed with his double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. He was close to a triple double, off by four assists. Eric Pincus of The Los Angeles Times recaps the game here.
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