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NBA NIGHTLY RUNDOWN: NBA News and Scores, and more

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Monday's scores for 12/17

Minnesota  93 Orlando 102

Houston 109 New York 96

Box Score

"His old fans booed him. His old friend clobbered him.Otherwise, it was Linsanity all over again at Madison Square Garden.

Jeremy Lin had 22 points and eight assists in his return to New York, leading the Houston Rockets to a 109-96 victory Monday night that ended the Knicks' 10-game home winning streak to open the season.

Cheered then jeered, and later floored by Tyson Chandler's flagrant foul, Lin added another masterpiece to the ones he put together last season during the height of his memorable run. No longer the fan favorite he was when wearing the home uniform, Lin got a mixed reception when he left the game with 2:25 remaining and the Rockets leading by 16."

"It was a lot of fun playing out there and I think our team, we took a step in the right direction," Lin said. "And for me, it was great to be back and it was a lot of fun to play on that court again."


Clippers 88 Pistons 76

Chicago 71 Memphis 80

San Antonio 93 Oklahoma 107

Box Score

"Serge Ibaka ripped away an offensive rebound, got hacked in the process and found his way toward midcourt to flex his muscles in celebration.Ibaka is a force to be reckoned with, and what better way to show it than by delivering his best game of the season against a rival who had a player take a jab at him on Twitter?

Ibaka tied his career best with 25 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-93 Monday night for their 11th straight win.

The victory kept San Antonio from creating a virtual tie with the Thunder for the by Browse to Save">NBA's best record."


Sacramento 90   Phoenix  101

News from Monday 12/17

Deron Williams: I'm not the same-ESPN

"I was injured the first year (and needed season-ending right wrist surgery)," Williams said Monday, a day before the Nets host the Jazz at Barclays Center. "I've really had injuries while I've been with (the Nets) the whole time. And didn't have the talent around me that I did (with the Jazz).

"And that system (in Utah) was a great system for my style of play. I'm a system player, and I loved Coach (Jerry) Sloan's system. I loved the offense there. We could've been a really good team. We just weren't that good defensively as a group."

Williams, 28, made the playoffs in four of his 5½ seasons with the Jazz. In 2010,  NBA general managers voted him the best point guard in the NBA. But his play has tailed off ever since he was dealt.


The rumor from that time was that Williams had a hand in Jerry Sloan retiring mid season. A short time after Sloan retired. The Jazz traded Williams to the Nets. Williams to me has not been the same player, and perhaps he's in the wrong system now. The Nets have cooled off a bit, but they own the Celtics so far this season, so they got that going. Don't forget the Nets, and Celtics square off on Christmas day.

Lin Returns to the Garden in New York

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