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MIAMI HEAT: BACK TO BACK NBA CHAMPIONS

They validated themselves and proved all the critics wrong again. The Miami Heat may have won the title last year, but they just got branded with a brand new name: Back-to-back NBA champions. After winning a thrilling seven-game series against a veteran and battle-proven team in the San Antonio Spurs.

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In a series where prior to Game 7, the odd games went the way of the Spurs and the even games went the way of the Heat. A series where Spurs guard Danny Green broke an NBA Finals series record with 27 three pointers in the entire series. A series where the Spurs veteran Big 3 of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili went up against the Heat’s version of the Big 3 in LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Where all the role players stepped up in big games like Miami’s Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole to San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Gary Neal, Danny Green, Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter. A series where big shots and plays were made on both ends of the court.
 
But when it all came to Game 7, when the Spurs could not deliver the big punch to grasp the title for a fifth time in their history and when the Heat took advantage of every lapse the Spurs gave them. The Heat once again stood atop of the mountain in the basketball world. LeBron James who led the Heat in their quest for a repeat and scored at will in Game 7, was named the Finals MVP for the second straight season. The series loss for the Spurs marks their first defeat in an NBA Finals series in franchise history after coming out successful in their  four trips to the NBA Finals prior to this and once again, the home team came out on top in a Game 7 situation where no road team since the 2-3-2 format for the NBA Finals has won in Game 7.
 
Once again, congratulations to the Miami Heat. Your 2013 NBA Champions.
 
 
Give credit as well to the San Antonio Spurs. They fought hard in a great series like this one.
 
Now here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ Miami: Spurs 92-88 Heat
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 21, Duncan 20, Ginobili 13
Rebounds: Duncan 14, Leonard 10, Green 5
Assists: Parker 6, Duncan 4, Ginobili 3
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 18, Wade 17, Bosh 13, Allen 13
Rebounds: James 18, Bosh 5, Haslem 4, Miller 4
Assists: James 10, Cole 4, Wade 2, Chalmers 2
 
GAME 2 @ Miami: Spurs 84-103 Heat

Spurs leaders:
Points: Green 17, Parker 13, Neal 10
Rebounds: Leonard 14, Duncan 11, Blair 4
Assists: Parker 5, Leonard 2, Diaw 2, McGrady 2
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Chalmers 19, James 17, Allen 13
Rebounds: Bosh 10, James 8, Chalmers 4, Andersen 4
Assists: James 7, Wade 6, Bosh 4
 
GAME 3 @ San Antonio: Heat 77-113 Spurs
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Wade 16, James 15, Miller 15
Rebounds: James 11, Bosh 10, Haslem 3, Battier 3, Anthony 3
Assists: Wade 5, James 5, Bosh 4
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Green 27, Neal 24, Leonard 14
Rebounds: Duncan 14, Leonard 12, Splitter 5
Assists: Parker 8, Ginobili 6, Joseph 4
 
GAME 4 @ San Antonio: Heat 109-93 Spurs
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 33, Wade 32, Bosh 20
Rebounds: Bosh 13, James 11, Wade 6
Assists: Chalmers 5, James 4, Wade 4, Cole 4
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 20, Parker 15, Neal 13
Rebounds: Leonard 7, Duncan 5, Parker 4, Green 4
Assists: Parker 9, Green 4, Ginobili 2
 
GAME 5 @ San Antonio: Heat 104-114 Spurs
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 25, Wade 25, Allen 21
Rebounds: James 6, Bosh 6, Miller 5
Assists: Wade 10, James 8, Battier 3
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 26, Ginobili 24, Green 24
Rebounds: Duncan 12, Leonard 8, Green 6
Assists: Ginobili 10, Parker 5, Diaw 3
 
GAME 6 @ Miami: Spurs 100-103 Heat (OT)
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 30, Leonard 22, Parker 19
Rebounds: Duncan 17, Leonard 11
Assists: Parker 8, Ginobili 3, Splitter 2
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 32, Chalmers 20, Wade 14
Rebounds: Bosh 11, James 10, Miller 7
Assists: James 11, Wade 4
 
GAME 7 @ Miami: Spurs 88-95 Heat
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 24, Leonard 19, Ginobili 18
Rebounds: Leonard 16, Duncan 12, Green 5
Assists: Ginobili 5, Parker 4, Duncan 2
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 37, Wade 23, Battier 18
Rebounds: James 12, Wade 10
Assists: James 4, Allen 4, Bosh 2, Chalmers 2
 
Heat win series 4-3
 
Another season of NBA basketball has come to an end, we’ll see you again next season.
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The Heat are once again back in the NBA Finals.

This Eastern Conference Finals went the distance for the second straight year, but in the end the Miami Heat prevailed as the defending champions advance to the NBA Finals for the third straight season as they defeat the Indiana Pacers in seven games.

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The Pacers made it to the Eastern Conference Finals after stunning their old rivals in the New York Knicks in 6 games. Led by their All-Star frontcourt of Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert as well as players like George Hill and Lance Stephenson. The Pacers pushed the defending champions to the limit in a series to remember in this year’s playoffs. Unfortunately, they lost their “Gold Swagger” in Game 7 as the Heat took them out of the building to end their bid to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since Pacer great Reggie Miller led the franchise to their lone trip back in 2000. They played their hearts out in this series, but they were unable to blow the knockout punch that would dethrone the champions out.
 
The Heat returned to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third straight year after dispatching the Chicago Bulls in 5 games. They were pushed to their very limits, but managed to keep their composure and dealt the knockout punch of the series. MVP LeBron James in this series showed his play during his days as with the Cleveland Cavaliers carrying the champions when they need it the most. Despite the struggles of his Big 3 companions in Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. The Heat managed to stave off the momentum the Pacers came into Game 7. Now, they’ll have a shot to get back-to-back championships.
 
The Heat will now face the Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals who dispatched the Memphis Grizzlies in a four game sweep in the Western Conference Finals.
As for the Pacers, their impressive run in the NBA Playoffs comes to a heartbreaking end. They will learn from this series, especially with a team stacked with young talent. They have proven that they are one of the elite teams the Eastern Conference has to offer. I cannot wait to see the Pacers play with my team the Houston Rockets this October 10 when the NBA comes to the Philippines and play a pre-season game here.
 
Now here are the scores from all games of the series:

GAME 1 @ Miami: Pacers 102-103 Heat (OT)

 
Pacers leaders:
Points: George 27, West 26, Hibbert 19
Rebounds: Stephenson 12, Hibbert 9, T. Hansbrough 6
Assists: Hill 7, George 5, Stephenson 3
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 30, Wade 19, Bosh 17
Rebounds: James 10, Haslem 7, Wade 6
Assists: James 10, Wade 5, Cole 4
 
GAME 2 @ Miami: Pacers 97-93 Heat
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: Hibbert 29, George 22, Hill 18
Rebounds: Hibbert 10, Stephenson 8, West 7
Assists: George 6, Stephenson 5, Hill 3, West 3
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 36, Bosh 17, Wade 14
Rebounds: James 8, Wade 6, Bosh 5
Assists: Wade 5, Chalmers 5, James 3
 
GAME 3 @ Indiana: Heat 114-96 Pacers
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 22, Wade 18, Haslem 17
Rebounds: Haslem 6, Andersen 6, James 4
Assists: Wade 8, Chalmers 4, James 3
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: West 21, Hibbert 20, Hill 19
Rebounds: Hibbert 17, West 10, T. Hansbrough 5
Assists: George 8, Hill 2, Stephenson 2
 
GAME 4 @ Indiana: Heat 92-99 Pacers
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 24, Chalmers 20, Wade 16
Rebounds: Allen 7, James 6
Assists: Wade 6, James 5
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: Hibbert 23, Stephenson 20, Hill 19
Rebounds: Hibbert 12, West 12, Young 6
Assists: Hill 6, George 3, Augustin 3
 
GAME 5 @ Miami: Pacers 79-90 Heat
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: George 27, Hibbert 22, West 17
Rebounds: George 11, West 8, Hibbert 6
Assists: George 5, Hill 4, Stephenson 2
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 30, Haslem 16, Chalmers 12
Rebounds: James 8, Wade 6, Bosh 5
Assists: James 6, Chalmers 6, Wade 4
 
GAME 6 @ Indiana: Heat 77-91 Pacers
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 29, Wade 10, Chalmers 10
Rebounds: Anthony 8, James 7, Bosh 4
Assists: James 6, Cole 2
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: George 28, Hibbert 24, Hill 16
Rebounds: West 14, Stephenson 12, Hibbert 11
Assists: Hill 6, George 5, West 4, Stephenson 4
 
GAME 7 @ Miami: Pacers 76-99 Heat
 
Pacers leaders:
Points: Hibbert 18, West 14, Hill 13
Rebounds: Hibbert 8, George 7, West 6, Stephenson 6
Assists: Stephenson 5, George 4
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 32, Wade 21, Allen 10
Rebounds: Wade 9, James 8, Bosh 8
Assists: James 4, Cole 4
 
Heat win series 4-3
 
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The Champs return to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The reigning NBA Champions Miami Heat pulled off the same feat they did in 2011 as they knocked off the fifth seeded Chicago Bulls in five games in the second round to advance to their third straight Eastern Conference Finals. After losing Game 1 at home, the responded by winning four straight games to book their ticket to the Conference Finals.

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The Bulls, coming off a seven game series in the first round against the Brooklyn Nets came in to the second round battered with a ton of injuries from Derrick Rose who has missed the entire season recovering from the torn ACL injury he suffered in last year’s Playoffs, as well as players like Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich who are vital to the Bulls run in this year’s playoffs. They were able to steal a game in Miami with an impressive Game 1 victory. Unfortunately for them, it would only be their only win of the series. They were unable to defend their homecourt against the reigning NBA champions and eventually suffers from four straight losses that ended their playoff run.

As for the Heat, after sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. They were well rested coming into the second round. LeBron James was crowned his fourth season Most Valuable Player award (his second back-to-back MVP seasons). They were heavily favored in this series. They dropped Game 1 on their home floor, however the Heat responded with a vengeance as they blew out the Bulls in Game 2, taking the next two in Chicago with empathic wins and they came back in Game 5 to wrap their series up and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals as their run for the repeat will continue.
 
The Heat will face the winner of the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers, in which as of this moment of writing, the Pacers have a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Knicks.
 
As for the Bulls, “The Return” of Derrick Rose may not have happened this season, but with the extra downtine for him, he’ll be back come next season. If he does return, expect the Bulls to come back to the elite of the Eastern Conference. To Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, get well soon as well. Chi-town will have better days come next season.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:

GAME 1 @ Miami: Bulls 93-86 Heat

Bulls leaders:
Points: Robinson 27, Butler 21, Noah 13

Rebounds: Butler 14, Noah 11, Boozer 7, Belinelli 7
Assists: Robinson 9, Noah 4, Butler 3

Heat leaders:
Points: James 24, Wade 14, Bosh 9, Allen 9

Rebounds: James 8, Bosh 6, Battier 4
Assists: James 7, Chalmers 7, Wade 4

GAME 2 @ Miami: Bulls 78-115 Heat

Bulls leaders:
Points: Belinelli 13, Noah 12, Robinson 11

Rebounds: Noah 6, Boozer 4
Assists: Belinelli 6, Teague 3, Noah 2, Robinson 2

Heat leaders:
Points: Allen 21, James 19, Cole 18
Rebounds: Cole 6, James 5, Bosh 5

Assists: James 9, Wade 5, Chalmers 4

GAME 3 @ Chicago: Heat 104-94 Bulls

Heat leaders:
Points: James 25, Bosh 20, Cole 18
Rebounds: Bosh 19, James 8, Wade 4, Andersen 4

Assists: James 7, Wade 5, Bosh 4

Bulls leaders:
Points: Boozer 21, Robinson 17, Butler 17
Rebounds: Noah 11, Robinson 6, Butler 5, Gibson 5
Assists: Robinson 7, Belinelli 6, Noah 4

GAME 4 @ Chicago: Heat 88-65 Bulls

Heat leaders:
Points: James 27, Bosh 14, Andersen 9
Rebounds: James 7, Haslem 7, Bosh 6
Assists: James 8, Wade 4, Cole 4

Bulls leaders:
Points: Boozer 14, Butler 12, Hamilton 11
Rebounds: Boozer 12, Noah 9, Gibson 9
Assists: Robinson 4, Hamilton 4, Teague 3

GAME 5 @ Miami: Bulls 91-94 Heat

Bulls leaders:

Points: Boozer 26, Robinson 21, Butler 19
Rebounds: Boozer 14, Noah 9, Robinson 5, Butler 5
Assists: Robinson 6, Butler 4, Noah 2

Heat leaders:
Points: James 23, Wade 18, Bosh 12

Rebounds: James 7, Bosh 7, Wade 5
Assists: James 8, Wade 6, Allen 2, Chalmers 2

Heat win series 4-1

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"Texas Sized Sweep" in Hollywood.

In a battle of two of the most decorated and battled tested teamsin the Western Conference. The team from the Lone Star Statedealt a sweepon the team wearing the purple and gold for the second time in three seasons. As the steady San Antonio Spurs knocked off a injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers out of the playoffs in a sweep to advance to the second round.

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The Lakers dealt with a lot of injury issues throughout their short playoff run this season as they lost the big star in Kobe Bryant to a knee injury prior to the start of the playoffs. But it wasn’t only Vino who got the injury bug as almost every Laker player went through injuries throughout the season from Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Metta World Peace, Jodie Meeks to name some on a season where expectations on this star-studded lineup were very high and unfortunately, ends up on a massive tail-spin which will be remembered for many years to come. Last time the Lakers got swept in the playoffs was 2 years back when another Texas team, the Dallas Mavericks took them out in the second round on their way to the NBA championship. However the difference this year is that the Spurs swept the Lakers on the road. Unlike the Mavericks who swept the Lakers on their home floor.
 
The steady Spurs took out the Lakers by a margin of almost 19 points a game. Led by their veteran triumvirateof Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. The healthier Spurs took full advantage of the Lakers’ injury woes. Including two huge road victoriesto wrap the series. The Spurs also enjoy a huge supporting cast featuring Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, Gary Neal, and Matt Bonner to name a few. Of course, directed by their long-time head coach Gregg Popovich. The Spurs are poised to put their six year Finals absence behind them and win it all as their Drive for Five continues.
 
The Spurs will face the winner of the series between the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors.
 
As for the Lakers, there are a ton of questionscoming up for them in the off-season as Dwight Howard will be a free agent this season. As well as a ton of players on the trading block and who knows what may happen to head coach Mike D’Antoni during the off-season.
 
Now here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ San Antonio: Lakers 79-91 Spurs
 
Lakers leaders:
Points: Howard 20, Nash 16, Gasol 16

Rebounds: Gasol 16, Howard 15, World Peace 6
Assists: Gasol 6, Nash 3, Blake 3

Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 18, Ginobili 18, Duncan 17

Rebounds: Leonard 11, Duncan 10, Bonner 5
Assists: Parker 8, Splitter 4, Ginobili 3

GAME 2 @ San Antonio: Lakers 91-102 Spurs

Lakers leaders:
Points: Howard 16, Blake 16, Gasol 13, World Peace 13
Rebounds: Howard 9, Gasol 9, Blake 6
Assists: Nash 6, Gasol 4

Spurs leaders: 
Points: Parker 28, Duncan 16, Leonard 16
Rebounds: Leonard 7, Duncan 5, Ginobili 5, Bonner 5
Assists: Parker 7, Ginobili 7

GAME 3 @ Los Angeles: Spurs 120-89 Lakers

Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 26, Parker 20, Blair 13
Rebounds: Duncan 9, Blair 7, Splitter 6
Assists: Parker 7, Green 4, Joseph 4

Lakers leaders:
Points: Howard 25, Morris 24, Goudelock 20
Rebounds: Gasol 13, Howard 11, Hill 5
Assists: Gasol 10, Morris 5

GAME 4 @ Los Angeles: Spurs 103-82 Lakers

Spurs leaders:

Points: Parker 23, Leonard 13, Blair 13
Rebounds: Leonard 7, Duncan 6, Green 5, Blair 5
Assists: Ginobili 6, Joseph 6, Parker 4

Lakers leaders:
Points: Gasol 16, Goudelock 14, Jamison 12
Rebounds: Gasol 8, Howard 8, Clark 6
Assists: Duhon 7, Morris 6, Gasol 5

Spurs win series 4-0

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The Champs just "Sweep the Deer"

Well, in what I will say as the most lopsided matchup I have ever seen in the NBA Playoffs. It’s the defending champions + best team in the NBA this season against a team who made it to the playoffs with a losing record. The defending champions proved to be too much for these “Young Deers” as the Miami Heat will continue their quest for a repeat as they knock off the Milwaukee Bucks in a sweep to advance to the second round.

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The Bucks fought hard in this series as they kept it close against the Heat fueled by the bold statement guard Brandon Jennings gave prior to the playoffs, in which he said that they will knock the champions out of the first round. Well, last season, the 8th-seed in the East Philadelphia 76ers knocked off the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in six games, as the Bulls who lost Derrick Rose to a torn ACL in their Game 1 victory was never the same team that topped the NBA afterwards. The Sixers would have a nice battle in Round 2 against the Boston Celtics, they took them to 7 games before losing on the road. Unfortunately for Jennings and the Bucks, his statements backfired and the Heat just swept them out of the playoffs with big margins averaging almost 15 points a game.
 
LeBron James has been on a tear for the Heat, leading their chase for the repeat as he is well on his way to winning his 4th MVP Title and a second back-to-back after doing it with his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2009 and 2010. The spotlight may be on him, but he’s getting help with the rest of the infamous but star-studded trio of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. As well as the rest of the roster from Ray Allen, Chris Andersen, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem to name a few. The Heat are a well-oiled machine and still the favorites to represent the East in the NBA Finals this season.
 
The Heat will face the winner of the series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls in the second round. (As of the time of this writing, the Bulls lead the series 3-1, with Game 5 coming up tomorrow in Brooklyn).
 
As for the Bucks, they picked up hard lessons from this series. Especially on a season of transition as they switched coaches from Scott Skiles to Jim Boylan (which happened before in Chicago). They are one of the youngest teams in the NBA and still have a lot of room to grow in the years to come.
 
Now here are the scores for all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ Miami: Bucks 87-110 Heat
 
Bucks leaders:
Points: Jennings 26, Ellis 22
Rebounds: Ilyasova 6, Sanders 5, Henson 5
Assists: Ellis 3, Redick 3
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 27, Allen 20, Wade 16
Rebounds: James 10, Bosh 7, Andersen 7
Assists: James 8, Wade 5
 
GAME 2 @ Miami: Bucks 86-98 Heat

Bucks leaders:
Points: Ilyasova 21, Dunleavy Jr 16, Sanders 14
Rebounds: Ilyasova 6, Sanders 6, Dunleavy Jr 6
Assists: Jennings 5, Ellis 5, Dunleavy Jr 5
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Wade 21, James 19
Rebounds: James 8, Bosh 6, Haslem 6, Andersen 6
Assists: James 6, Allen 4, Wade 3
 
GAME 3 @ Milwaukee: Heat 104-91 Bucks
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Allen 23, James 22, Bosh 16
Rebounds: Bosh 14, Wade 9, Andersen 6
Assists: Wade 11, Chalmers 8, James 6
 
Bucks leaders:
Points: Jennings 16, Sanders 16, Ilyasova 15
Rebounds: Sanders 11, Ilyasova 8, Mbah a Moute 6
Assists: Jennings 8, Ellis 6, Ilyasova 4
 
GAME 4 @ Milwaukee: Heat 88-77 Bucks

Heat leaders:
Points: James 30, Allen 16, Haslem 13
Rebounds: James 8, Chalmers 8, Allen 7
Assists: James 7, Chalmers 6, Miller 4
 
Heat win series 4-0
 
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2013 NBA All-Star Game Starters announced. LeBron reaches 20,000 points. Alvin Gentry part ways with Suns.

The starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game has been announced. One player makes history, while another coach gets the boot. Here are the highlights from Week 12 of the 2012-13 NBA season.

2013 NBA All-Star Game starters announced.
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The starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game to be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas has been announced over the week. Here are the starters from both conferences.In the Western Conference, four of the five starters came from teams playing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers will be joined in the backcourt by Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers  In the frontcourt, it will be Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
 
Bryant, who was also the lead vote-getter for the All-Star Game at 1,591,437 will make his 15th straight All-Star appearance. Paul meanwhile will make his 6th All-Star appearance. Howard will make his 7th All-Star appearance and his 1st for the Western Conference. Griffin will make his 3rd All-Star appearance while Durant who finish 3rd overall in voting at 1,504,047 will make his 4th All-Star appearance.
 
In the Eastern Conference, four of the five starters also came from two teams, LeBron James of the Miami Heat will be joined in the frontcourt by Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. In the backourt it will be Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat together with Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics.
 
James, who finished 2nd in overall voting at 1,583,646 will make his 9th All-Star appearance. Anthony who finished 4th in overall voting at 1,460,950 will make his 6th All-Star appearance. Garnett will make his 15th All-Star appearance (ties the record with Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal for 2nd most All-Star appearances). Wade who finished 5th overall in voting at 1,052,310 will make his 9th All-star appearance while Rondo will make his 4th All-star appearance and his 1st as a starter.
 
The reserves for the All-Star game will be announced next week and it will be determined by the 30 head coaches of the NBA. As for the head coach of both conferences, it will also be determined in the standings after January 30, 2013. Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau and Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks are not eligible to coach the East and West respectively as they were the head coach from last year’s All-Star game in Orlando.
 
LeBron James reaches 20,000 career points.
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In their 92-75 victory against the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland last January 16 (January 17 Manila time). LeBron James of the Miami Heat made history as he became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 20,000 point mark for his career. James achieved the feat at 28 years and 17 days old when he made a 12 foot jumper with 2:45 left in the 1st half, he surpassed the feat set by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant who achieved the feat at 29 years and 122 days old. LeBron also surpassed the 5,000 assist mark for his career in the victory. Love him or hate him, LeBron James has proven himself worthy of a future Hall of Famer at the same time, he is in contention as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time.
 
Alvin Gentry part ways with the Suns.
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Another coach has been relieved of duty during the season as Alvin Gentry part ways with the Phoenix Suns after the Suns have dropped to a West-worst 13-28 record. Gentry becomes the fourth coach during this season to step down after Mike Brown of the Lakers, Avery Johnson of the Nets and Scott Skiles of the Bucks. Gentry who took over as head coach of the Suns in the middle of the 2008-09 season from Terry Porter finishes his near 4 season tenure with the Suns with an overall record of 158-144 (.543), He also led the Suns to one playoff appearance in 2010 where he led them all the way to the Western Conference Finals before falling in 6 games against the eventual champions and their Pacific rivals the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns will determine the interim head coach soon, but they have to play better as their season could be over early and miss the playoffs once again.
 
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder wins his third Western Conference Player of the Week Award for Week 11, while Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks wins his second Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award for Week 11 after winning on the 1st week of the season.
 
Here are the standings from across the association:
 
Western Conference:
1. Thunder (32-8), 2. Clippers (32-9), 3. Spurs (32-11), 4. Grizzlies (26-13), 5. Warriors (24-15), 6. Nuggets (24-18), 7. Jazz (22-19), 8. Trail Blazers (20-20), 9. Rockets (21-21), 10. Timberwolves (17-20), 11. Lakers (17-22), 12. Mavericks (17-24), 13. Kings (16-25), 14. Hornets (13-27), 15. Suns (13-28)

Eastern Conference:
1. Heat (26-12), 2. Knicks (25-13), 3. Pacers (25-16), 4. Nets (24-16), 5. Bulls (23-16), 6. Hawks (22-18), 7. Bucks (21-18), 8. Celtics (20-19), 9. 76ers (17-23), 10. Magic (14-25), 11. Pistons (14-25), 13. Bobcats (10-30), 14. Cavaliers (10-32), 15. Wizards (8-30)

Stay tuned as a brand new edition of the NBA Weekly Blog comes your way next week.

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NBA Christmas 2012: Heat defeat Thunder in Finals rematch. Clippers win 14th straight game. Lakers clicking at home. Rockets and Celtics rout opponents on the road.

On this special edition of my NBA blog, we look back at the games held on Christmas Day in the NBA. There were five games on tap for that day, teams went it in with their special  Christmas jerseys and they put on a show for fans on hand. Let’s get to it.

Heat knock off Thunder in Finals rematch.
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187 days ago, the Miami Heatcap off their quest for a second championship as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals in front of their home crowd at the American Airlines Arena. It was also the time when LeBron James fulfilled a dream to become a NBA Champion, as well as a Finals MVP trophy to complement, at the same time proving his haters and criticswrong. On Christmas Day, these two teams meet for the first time this season, and the game proved to be a scoring parade. The Heat would prevail over the Thunder 103-97.
 
The Heatnowlead the Eastern Conference at 19-6, while the Thudnerdrops to second in the West at 21-6.
 
James led the Heat with a near triple-double 29 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds with 2 steals on 12-20 shooting from the field. Dwayne Wade added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Mario Chalmersscored 20 points. Chris Bosh added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Also, Mike Miller made a career milestone by reaching the 10,000 point mark all-time in his career.
 
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points and 7 rebounds on 11-21 shooting from the field and 2-4 shooting from 3 point range. Russell Westbrook finished with a double-double 21 pointsand 11 rebounds. Kevin Martin off the benchand Serge Ibaka each scored 15 points.
 
Clippers win 14th straight game.
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7 and half hours after the Lakers played a game inside Staples Center, their co-tenants and the hottest team in the NBA came out to begin their own Christmas Day game. The Los Angeles Clippers battled the Denver Nuggets, on the line was a 13 game winning streak, things went well for the Clippers as they defeat the Nuggets 112-100 for their 14th straight victory.
 
The Clippers now lead the Western Conference at 22-6, while the Nuggets drop to 8th place tie with the Utah Jazzat 15-14.
 
Jamal Crawford off the bench led the Clippers with 22 points on 9-21 shooting from the field and 3-6 shooting from 3 point range. Matt Barnes added 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Chris Paul added 14 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Blake Griffinadded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Lamar Odom grabbed 10 rebounds.
 
Kosta Koufos led the Nuggets with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds on 8-8 shooting from the field. Jordan Hamilton off the bench also scored 16 points with 4 rebounds. Ty Lawson added 15 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Andre Miller added 12 points and 6 rebounds.
 
Lakers defeat the Knicks at Staples.
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The drama around Laker Nationis starting to fade as the Los Angeles Lakers have now found their groove and are now starting to make some ground in the Western Conference as they picked up their 5th straight win and go at .500at the expense of the New York Knicks at the Staples Center 100-94.
 
The Lakers are now at 14-14, tied for 10th place with the Portland Trail Blazers. While the Knicks drop to second place in the Eastern Conference at 20-8.
 
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points and 5 rebounds on 14-24 shootingfrom the field. Metta World Peace off the bench added 20 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out in the 4th quarter. Steve Nashfinished with a double-double 16 points and 11 assists with 6 rebounds on 7-12 shooting from the field. Dwight Howard also finished with a double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Pau Gasol added 13 points and 6 rebounds.
 
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 34 points and 7 rebounds on 13-23 shooting from the field. J.R. Smith off the bench added 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals on 10-23 shooting from the field. Raymond Felton added 10 points and 6 rebounds.
 
Rockets blow out Bulls in Chicago.
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The team with the fastest pace in the NBA today have picked up another win by another scoring rampage on another defensive-oriented team, the Houston Rockets led by as many as 35 points, were able to keep their composure despite a late challenge in the fourth quarter as theyblew out the Chicago Bulls on their home floor at the United Center 120-97.
 
The Rockets are in 6th place in the Western Conference at 15-12, while the Bulls lose their lead in the Central Division to the Indiana Pacers at 15-12, in 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
 
Four Rockets players finished with more than 20 points with James Harden leading the way with 26 points, 6 assists, 5 reboundsand 2 steals on 7-13shooting from the field and 11-13 shooting from the free throw line. Chandler Parsons added 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals on 9-15 shooting from the field and 4-5 shooting from 3 point range. Omer Asik who made his return to Chicago finished with a double-double 20 points and 18 rebounds with 3 blocks on 9-13 shooting from the field. Jeremy Lin also finished with a double-double 20 points and 11 assists on 8-12 shooting from the field.
 
Nate Robinson off the bench led the Bulls with 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals on 9-16 shooting from the field. Marco Belinelli added 15 points and 3 assists on 5-10 shooting from the field. Luol Deng added 14 points and 5 rebounds.
 
Celtics take Atlantic showdown in Brooklyn.
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Defense was the key to this game as the Boston Celticswith their stifling defensetake the Atlantic Division showdown against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center 9376. The Celtics forced the Nets to 20 turnovers and 40% shooting from the field.
 
With the win, the Celtics tie the Nets for 7th place in the Eastern Conference at 14-13.
 
Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals on 8-16 shooting from the field and 2-2 shooting from 3 point range. Rookie Jared Sullinger off the bench added 16 points and 7 rebounds on 6-7 shooting from the field. Jeff Green scored 15 points. Jason Terry added 11 points and 4 assists. Paul Pierce dished out 10 assists with 8 points while Kevin Garnett grabbed 10 rebounds with 8 points.
Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace led the Nets with 15 points each. Lopez added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Wallace added 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Joe Johnson added 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Deron Williams added 10 points and 6 assists.
 
Watch out for my NBA weekly blog, the last one for 2012coming out this Sunday.
 
K-Smoove