Kevin Durant takes steroids
Knicks slow down Wade and James
Because Dwyane Wade and LeBron James no longer meet in the last quarter, the New York Knicks win their home game against the Miami Heat. The Boston Celtics kidnap a hit from Portland, and the NBA has announced the all-star game starters. And: O.J. Mayo has to serve a ban.
New York Knicks (24-21) - Miami Heat (31-14) 93:88
What is worth waiting for. After Dwyane Wade (34 points, 16 rebounds) knocked out the lights for three quarters (14 of 15 out of the field) and the Knicks seemed to have no idea how to stop the All-Star, the hosts finally found what they needed in the final section Access. Wade suddenly screwed up every attempt (0 of 7).
Since LeBron James didn't hit a moving van either (7 of 24, 24 points, 11 rebounds) and both superstars caused 10 turnovers, New York ultimately achieved a weak rate of 36 percent to win. Amare Stoudemire, who was the Knicks' most successful player with 24 points, scored really well.
The decision finally went to Raymond Felton (6 points, 7 assists) when he made the final score with two free throws a few seconds before the end. By the way: Wade played with blackout sports glasses because he suffered from migraines all day.
Portland Trail Blazers (25-22) - Boston Celtics (35-10) 78:88
Kendrick Perkins' gap doesn't seem that big. In his second game this season, the Celtics Center came off the bench again, posting 10 points and 9 rebounds in 21 minutes, making it one of five Bostonians to score double-digit points against Portland.
Best of all: Apparently, Perkins had a lot of time to practice free throws during his rehab. With 4 hits in 4 attempts, he was unusually precise. However, he clearly ran out of breath in the course of the game. Would also be questionable if he were to play at the limit now.
Otherwise Ray Allen made 18 points, Paul Pierce 14 and Kevin Garnett just barely missed a triple-double (10 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists). Portland, on the other hand, fought exemplary, but didn't accomplish too much. The Guard shot poorly, Nicolas Batum was injured in the first half and could not continue.
Due to numerous Celtics turnover (21) and good performances by LaMarcus Aldridge (17 points, 16 rebounds) and Andre Miller (14 points, 7 assists), the home side stayed in the game for a long time.
All-star starters have been determined: Derrick Rose won the fan voting for the all-star game Rajon Rondo at the last moment and is now the first starter since Michael Jordan that the Chicago Bulls send to the mega-event. Also there is Amare Stoudemire, who breathed new life into the New York Knicks, is loved by the fans for it and was preferred just before Kevin Garnett.
Otherwise there were no more surprises. But there is still an open personality: Yao Ming was the most popular center in the West, but cannot participate. Commissioner David Stern will therefore name a successor. However, who will ultimately start for Ming will be decided by Gregg Popovich, who as coach of the San Antonio Spurs will look after the West All-Stars.
The Starting Fives: Chris Paul (Hornets), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Yao Ming (Rockets) - Derrick Rose (Bulls), Dwyane Wade (Heat), LeBron James (Heat), Amare Stoudermire (Knicks), Dwight Howard (Magic).
Ten game suspension for Mayo: The already not great season of the Memphis Grizzlies Swingman got a bit worse on Thursday. Because Mayo took an NBA-banned dietary supplement called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), he was banned from playing ten games for violating anti-doping rules.
"It was a big mistake that I did not inform myself beforehand whether I should have taken this remedy. I would like to apologize to the fans, my teammates and the Grizzlies organization for this," said the 23-year-old in a press release. Although DHEA is a steroid hormone, a performance-enhancing effect has not yet been proven.
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