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February 10, 2011
The Shootaround
Pacers get key win

by Bradford Doolittle

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PACERS 104, BOBCATS 103 (box): Charlotte's Stephen Jackson was unable to get a three-point shot off at the buzzer, as Indiana edged the Bobcats in a game that was about as important as a pre-All-Star break game between two sub-.500 teams can be. The win gave the Pacers a one-game edge over Charlotte for the eighth and final playoff slot in the East and, more importantly, it clinched the season series for Indiana. That gives the Pacers a key tiebreaker against a team it's likely to battle for postseason position for the next two months.

The Pacers blew a fourth-quarter lead at Miami on Tuesday--a forgivable offense--but nearly did the same on their home floor against the less-heralded Bobcats. Indiana led by 11 entering the final period and was still up 10 with 6:28 to play before a flurry of turnovers led to an 8-0 Charlotte run and set up a barnburner of a finish. Indiana pushed ahead by seven but Jackson's three-pointer and D.J. Augustin's layup off a Wallace steal cut the lead back to two. The teams stayed close, with the Pacers' last bucket coming at the 1:21 mark, a tip-in by Josh McRoberts that put them up 104-102. Wallace split a pair of free throws with 29 seconds remaining to cut the lead to one.

Indiana ran a high pick-and-roll with Danny Granger screening for Darren Collison. Collison got into the lane and pulled up for a short jumper but missed. Wallace rebounded with 6.4 seconds remaining. Charlotte had a timeout left, but Wallace threw the ball backwards to Jackson, who elected to play it out. I haven't found any quotes that suggested Charlotte coach Paul Silas wanted a timeout, but you'd assume that he did. There just wasn't enough time left to push ahead and hope for a quality shot. Jackson had to pull up from thirty-some feet because he was simply out of time. Just calling timeout would have advanced the ball nearly to the spot where Jackson had to take the shot.

Collison moved over to contest Jackson and appeared to rake him across the arm. Actually, it looked pretty obvious. Two officials (Derek Richardson and Sean Wright) were both in good position to see the play and if they don't call that, it's probably because they decided beforehand to swallow their whistles and let the players decide the result. The inner idealist in me squirms at the thought because a foul is a foul is a foul and NBA officials should call it that way. (That same inner idealist also thinks there should really be a Santa Claus, an Easter Bunny and unicorns roaming the plains of Africa.) At the same time, I kind of feel like Jackson and the Bobcats got what they deserved. It was a dumb play by Wallace to forgo the timeout and pass the ball backwards. It was a dumb play by Jackson to try and advance the ball from nearly Indiana's baseline with about five seconds to play and a timeout still on the board. Charlotte fans won't agree, but chances are Jackson wasn't going to hit that shot any way. I guess we'll never know.

CHA (22-30).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   IND (22-28).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
jackson,stephen......87%  28%  1.16  + 4 42.6   hibbert,roy..........71%  31%  1.24  + 2 28.4
wallace,gerald.......89%  18%  1.51  + 2 19.2   mcroberts,josh.......67%  13%  1.87  - 2 23.3
augustin,d.j.........74%  23%  0.86  - 1 13.0   collison,darren......68%  23%  1.12  - 3 19.1
najera,eduardo.......52%   6%  2.24  + 3 11.1   granger,danny........82%  25%  1.28    0 17.1
hendersonjr,gerald...49%  18%  1.09  + 2  9.6   price,a.j............32%  26%  1.15  + 4 13.4
mohammed,nazr........56%  19%  0.90  - 6  6.3   george,paul..........35%  22%  0.87  + 3  4.7
livingston,shaun.....20%  37%  0.55  + 1  6.3   dunleavy jr.,mike....65%   9%  1.03  - 3  4.7
diaw,boris...........64%  13%  0.77  - 8  4.5   jones,dahntay........18%  20%  0.60  + 1  1.6
collins,sherron...... 5%  16%  0.30  - 1  0.2   hansbrough,tyler.....33%  14%  0.21  + 3  1.4
mcguire,dominic...... 3%  31%  0.00  - 1  0.0   foster,jeff..........29%   3%  0.00    0  0.0
brown,derrick........(DNP)                      ford,t.j.............(DNP)  
carroll,matt.........(DNP)                      posey,james..........(DNP)  
PACE: 91.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 91.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bobcats..........  112.7 .500  .293 .120 .130   Pacers...........  113.8 .506  .317 .186 .125

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HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)      GR (02/09/11)         WP82 -- ALL          WP82 -- ROOKIES
San Antonio Spurs, 64.4 jackson,stephen, 42.6 james,lebron, 36.4   griffin,blake, 20.2
Boston Celtics, 58.2    foye,randy, 42.1      paul,chris, 31.7     wall,john, 5.6
Miami Heat, 57.8        west,david, 39.8      rose,derrick, 29.0   fields,landry, 4.9
Dallas Mavericks, 55.3  ellis,monta, 37.3     howard,dwight, 26.3  neal,gary, 4.7
Chicago Bulls, 54.6     rose,derrick, 37.0    williams,deron, 26.2  turner,evan, 3.5
Note: GR leaders are from previous night only.

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LEADERBOARD

EXPANDED LEADERS, WINS PRODUCED PER 82 GAMES
PLAYER, WP82                 PLAYER, WP82
1. james,lebron, 36.4        16. griffin,blake, 20.2
2. paul,chris, 31.7          17. ellis,monta, 20.1
3. rose,derrick, 29.0        18. terry,jason, 19.8
4. howard,dwight, 26.3       19. westbrook,russell, 19.7
5. williams,deron, 26.2      20. horford,al, 19.4
6. gasol,pau, 25.8           21. nowitzki,dirk, 18.8
7. bryant,kobe, 25.6         22. deng,luol, 17.4
8. durant,kevin, 25.3        23. west,david, 17.3
9. ginobili,manu, 24.5       24. gay,rudy, 16.9
10. wade,dwyane, 23.0        25. rondo,rajon, 16.8
11. allen,ray, 22.9          26. kidd,jason, 16.7
12. aldridge,lamarcus, 22.0  27. felton,raymond, 16.5
13. pierce,paul, 20.9        28. nash,steve, 16.5
14. randolph,zach, 20.9      29. stoudemire,amare, 16.2
15. odom,lamar, 20.4         30. johnson,joe, 16.2

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WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.

PISTONS 103, CAVALIERS 94 (box): That 26 losses in a row and counting for the Cavaliers and an incredible 36 out of 37 games.

DET (20-33).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   CLE (8-45)..........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
stuckey,rodney.......63%  31%  1.16  +18 23.6   sessions,ramon.......90%  20%  1.54  - 6 25.2
bynum,will...........54%  21%  1.62  +11 18.5   jamison,antawn.......90%  28%  0.92  - 6 23.6
prince,tayshaun......70%  19%  1.09    0 14.6   hickson,j.j..........79%  23%  1.20  + 6 16.3
villanueva,charlie...38%  18%  2.06  + 7 11.5   parker,anthony.......63%  12%  1.37  +11 15.4
wilcox,chris.........39%  20%  0.91  + 8 11.1   gibson,daniel........65%  13%  1.59  -19 10.4
monroe,greg..........61%  19%  0.89  + 1  9.4   eyenga,christian.....54%  18%  0.80  - 2  9.1
wallace,ben..........45%  10%  2.44  + 1  8.3   moon,jamario.........28%  18%  0.93  -11  3.5
gordon,ben...........46%  26%  0.62  - 2  7.3   hollins,ryan.........21%  19%  0.40  -15  1.6
mcgrady,tracy........37%  19%  1.28  - 9  6.7   harris,manny.........10%  19%  0.86  - 3  1.3
daye,austin..........47%   7%  1.72  +10  5.6   gee,alonzo...........(DNP)  
hamilton,richard.....(DNP)                      graham,joey..........(DNP)  
maxiell,jason........(DNP)                      samuels,samardo......(DNP)  
PACE: 88.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 88.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Pistons..........  116.6 .483  .354 .125 .110   Cavaliers........  106.4 .569  .206 .192 .095

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NETS 103, HORNETS 101, OT (box): New Orleans has lost four in a row, dropping an overtime game in Jersey after David West missed a good look at a jumper at the buzzer of regulation.

NWO (32-22).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NJN (16-37).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
west,david...........99%  29%  1.22    0 39.8   humphries,kris.......62%  16%  1.62  + 7 23.2
paul,chris...........96%  21%  0.85  + 1 25.8   outlaw,travis........39%  26%  1.16  -13 17.2
belinelli,marco......45%  20%  2.17  + 7 12.8   lopez,brook..........77%  25%  0.94  - 5 16.9
green,willie.........66%  21%  1.20  + 6 12.0   vujacic,sasha........66%  23%  1.77  + 6 16.8
gray,aaron...........76%   9%  1.49  +14 10.4   farmar,jordan........50%  23%  1.43  +21 12.3
jack,jarrett.........56%  22%  1.18  -14  9.8   morrow,anthony.......71%  21%  1.15  + 3 10.9
pavlovic,sasha.......27%   9%  0.71  - 2  1.1   harris,devin.........60%   9%  1.14  -12  9.6
andersen,david.......12%  15%  0.76  - 8  1.0   petro,johan..........22%  17%  1.07  + 5  5.7
thornton,marcus......12%   6%  0.38  - 6  0.4   favors,derrick.......38%  16%  0.75  - 5  3.2
smith,jason..........11%  16%  0.21  - 6  0.3   ross,quinton.........14%   4%  0.00  + 3  0.0
ilungambenga,didier.. 1%   -%  0.00  - 2  0.0   graham,stephen.......(DNP)  
pondexter,quincy.....(DNP)                      uzoh,ben.............(DNP)  
PACE: 89.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 89.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Hornets..........  113.5 .524  .268 .124 .079   Nets.............  115.7 .543  .310 .191 .094

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MAGIC 99, 76ERS 95 (box): Orlando hit 4-of-6 from three-point range in the fourth quarter, enough to offset Lou Williams' 18-point final period for the Sixers.

ORL (35-19).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   PHI (24-28).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
nelson,jameer........63%  26%  0.95  + 9 23.8   williams,lou.........56%  31%  1.26  - 7 30.3
howard,dwight........91%  29%  1.08  - 3 22.5   iguodala,andre.......82%  27%  1.15  - 4 19.7
anderson,ryan........60%  14%  1.62  + 5 15.7   meeks,jodie..........77%  18%  1.20  - 2 18.7
redick,j.j...........68%  14%  1.45  + 6 14.9   brand,elton..........69%  20%  0.77  + 1 10.5
turkoglu,hedo........64%  10%  2.12  -12  9.7   young,thaddeus.......52%  18%  0.83  -11  6.5
clark,earl...........48%  16%  1.31  + 7  9.2   hawes,spencer........38%  18%  1.00  - 4  5.5
richardson,jason.....69%  19%  0.93  +13  9.0   holiday,jrue.........60%   8%  1.16  + 1  5.2
arenas,gilbert.......37%  27%  0.40  - 5  2.6   battie,tony..........40%  15%  0.82  + 5  4.0
allen,malik..........(DNP)                      turner,evan..........26%  12%  0.98  + 1  2.5
bass,brandon.........(DNP)                      nocioni,andres.......(DNP)  
duhon,chris..........(DNP)                      songaila,darius......(DNP)  
richardson,quentin...(DNP)                      speights,marreese....(DNP)  
PACE: 92.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 92.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Magic............  107.4 .526  .167 .119 .124   76ers............  103.0 .455  .306 .184 .105

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SPURS 111, RAPTORS 100 (box): DeJuan Blair matched his career high with 28 points and added 11 rebounds as (yawn...) the Spurs won again.

SAS (44-8)..........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   TOR (14-39).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
hill,george..........77%  15%  1.80  + 7 29.3   derozan,demar........77%  27%  1.09  + 5 28.3
parker,tony..........67%  28%  0.99  - 7 23.6   barbosa,leandro......56%  36%  0.84  -16 20.4
blair,dejuan.........75%  29%  1.19  +14 21.2   bargnani,andrea......80%  26%  1.22  - 6 19.4
duncan,tim...........53%  21%  1.76  + 6 14.3   calderon,jose........85%  10%  1.47  + 3 14.8
ginobili,manu........60%  23%  1.18  +14  9.8   weems,sonny..........72%  16%  0.65  -11 13.3
splitter,tiago.......32%  18%  1.19  - 3  9.5   johnson,amir.........76%  14%  1.31  - 3 11.2
neal,gary............42%  19%  1.04  +26  5.8   bayless,jerryd.......15%  12%  0.83  -14  1.2
bonner,matt..........34%  10%  0.92  + 5  4.5   davis,ed.............36%   0%  2.22  -12  1.0
jefferson,richard....53%   1%  2.57  - 7  3.5   ajinca,alexis........ 2%  54%  0.00  - 1  0.0
novak,steve.......... 5%  21%  0.00    0  0.0   wright,julian........(DNP)  
quinn,chris..........(DNP)                      dorsey,joey..........(DNP)  
mcdyess,antonio......(DNP)                      johnson,trey.........(DNP)  
PACE: 91.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 91.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Spurs............  121.5 .617  .303 .120 .092   Raptors..........  109.5 .518  .225 .186 .087

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WIZARDS 100, BUCKS 85 (box): The Wizards led by as many as 22 as the Bucks' late-season surge from 2009-10 continues to seem like a distant memory.

MIL (20-31).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   WAS (14-37).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
maggette,corey.......61%  22%  0.84  -21 19.9   young,nick...........86%  27%  1.11  +19 25.7
jennings,brandon.....80%  33%  0.86  - 5 17.5   mcgee,javale.........77%  17%  1.45  +15 19.8
delfino,carlos.......53%  15%  1.02  - 2 13.5   wall,john............71%  18%  1.49  +14 18.6
ilyasova,ersan.......69%  14%  1.31  - 3 12.4   blatche,andray.......72%  21%  0.94  +15 15.2
bogut,andrew.........80%  17%  1.13  -14 11.9   martin,cartier.......49%  17%  2.02  + 9 14.0
salmons,john.........75%  17%  1.14  - 6 11.3   hinrich,kirk.........43%  31%  0.98  - 3  9.3
dooling,keyon........34%  21%  1.12  - 6  6.2   lewis,rashard........60%   8%  1.22  + 9  7.8
brockman,jon.........14%  15%  1.84  - 6  3.7   booker,trevor........25%  10%  0.92  - 1  2.9
boykins,earl......... 2%  41%  1.39  - 3  1.0   seraphin,kevin.......16%  25%  0.38  - 2  1.1
mbahamoute,luc.......28%   8%  0.00  - 6  0.0   armstrong,hilton..... 2%  55%  0.00    0  0.0
douglas-roberts,chris(DNP)                      jianlian,yi..........(DNP)  
temple,garrett.......(DNP)                      thornton,al..........(DNP)  
PACE: 87.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 87.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bucks............   97.3 .455  .235 .126 .060   Wizards..........  114.4 .539  .308 .195 .101

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CLIPPERS 116, KNICKS 108 (box): Randy Foye did his best Eric Gordon imitation, exploding for 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

LAC (20-32).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NYK (26-25).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
foye,randy...........73%  27%  1.29  - 8 42.1   stoudemire,amare.....57%  34%  1.09  - 9 26.9
davis,baron..........84%  22%  1.38  +13 22.3   felton,raymond.......80%  21%  1.41  -13 24.1
gomes,ryan...........77%  12%  1.96  +17 17.0   chandler,wilson......68%  19%  0.88  + 3 21.2
griffin,blake........77%  28%  0.94  + 7 16.9   gallinari,danilo.....85%  26%  0.88  - 9 15.5
bledsoe,eric.........60%  23%  1.36  + 1 15.2   mozgov,timofey.......55%  16%  1.85  -12 13.3
jordan,deandre.......74%  11%  1.89  + 8 11.0   douglas,toney........49%  12%  2.09  +16 10.0
diogu,ike............26%  20%  0.69  - 4  3.6   fields,landry........77%  11%  0.88  -19  6.0
aminu,alfarouq.......29%   4%  0.19  + 6  0.3   williams,shawne......29%  11%  0.67  + 3  2.6
butler,rasual........(DNP)                      mason,roger..........(DNP)  
cook,brian...........(DNP)                      randolph,anthony.....(DNP)  
gordon,eric..........(DNP)                      rautins,andy.........(DNP)  
kaman,chris..........(DNP)                      walker,bill..........(DNP)  
PACE: 90.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 90.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Clippers.........  128.4 .599  .353 .122 .078   Knicks...........  119.6 .531  .316 .188 .112

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BULLS 91, JAZZ 86 (box): In what turned out to be Jerry Sloan's last game on the Utah sideline, Derrick Rose dominated his matchup with fellow point guard phenom Deron Williams.

CHI (35-16).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   UTA (31-23).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
rose,derrick.........81%  37%  1.04  + 1 37.0   jefferson,al.........84%  27%  1.05  - 7 25.6
boozer,carlos........70%  27%  0.82  - 2 10.2   millsap,paul.........76%  28%  1.03  + 1 23.0
deng,luol............85%  15%  0.89  + 1 10.2   kirilenko,andrei.....88%  20%  0.87  -11 20.9
brewer,ronnie........38%  19%  0.98  + 5  9.0   williams,deron.......84%  22%  0.96  - 3 13.3
asik,omer............31%  13%  1.30  + 9  7.1   bell,raja............75%   9%  1.61  - 4  6.6
bogans,keith.........35%  12%  2.03  + 2  6.4   miles,c.j............35%  13%  0.68    0  4.1
korver,kyle..........39%   8%  1.39  + 3  6.1   watson,earl..........21%   2%  4.69  + 2  1.8
watson,c.j...........23%  18%  1.27  + 3  5.8   hayward,gordon....... 9%  43%  0.14  - 6  0.5
gibson,taj...........30%  22%  0.66  + 7  5.8   fesenko,kyrylo.......15%   4%  0.89  + 2  0.4
thomas,kurt..........69%  10%  0.90  - 4  4.0   price,ronnie.........11%   7%  0.00  + 1  0.0
johnson,james........(DNP)                      elson,francisco......(DNP)  
scalabrine,brian.....(DNP)                      evans,jeremy.........(DNP)  
PACE: 89.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 89.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bulls............  101.6 .428  .234 .123 .128   Jazz.............   96.0 .481  .286 .190 .103

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MAVERICKS 102, KINGS 100 (box): DeMarcus Cousins displayed the best and the worst of his attributes, getting 19 points and 15 rebounds but also getting ejected for picking up a second technical in the midst of a tight finish.

DAL (37-15).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   SAC (12-37).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
kidd,jason...........70%  19%  1.43    0 20.8   cousins,demarcus.....80%  27%  0.86  + 1 19.4
barea,jose...........46%  29%  1.49  + 2 19.3   evans,tyreke.........89%  26%  0.89  - 1 17.3
terry,jason..........65%  27%  1.08  +12 17.4   casspi,omri..........51%  12%  1.39  + 6 13.0
chandler,tyson.......59%  15%  1.16  + 3 11.1   thompson,jason.......39%  19%  1.02  - 2 13.0
stojakovic,peja......42%  17%  1.07  + 5  9.1   dalembert,samuel.....40%  30%  1.43  - 2 12.5
nowitzki,dirk........71%  24%  0.56  - 6  8.9   udrih,beno...........68%  11%  0.90  +11 12.0
stevenson,deshawn....41%   8%  1.27  -14  7.2   head,luther..........50%  17%  1.22  -14  9.7
marion,shawn.........47%  23%  0.73  - 1  5.9   greene,donte.........18%  15%  1.49  - 2  5.3
cardinal,brian.......19%   3%  5.05  +12  5.9   landry,carl..........41%  13%  0.84  - 3  3.6
haywood,brendan......41%  14%  1.33  - 3  5.6   jeter,pooh...........25%  10%  1.80  - 4  3.4
jones,dominique......(DNP)                      jackson,darnell......(DNP)  
mahinmi,ian..........(DNP)                      taylor,jermaine......(DNP)  
PACE: 91.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 91.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Mavericks........  111.4 .525  .200 .120 .106   Kings............  109.2 .488  .286 .186 .110

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WARRIORS 116, NUGGETS 114 (box): Very little defense was on display at Oracle Arena as Denver's Nene missed a game-tying step-back jumper from the baseline at the buzzer.

DEN (29-24).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   GSW (23-28).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
lawson,ty............74%  11%  1.69  - 8 22.7   ellis,monta..........88%  37%  1.11  - 4 37.3
anthony,carmelo......68%  39%  1.00    0 19.7   wright,dorell........90%  21%  1.55  + 5 25.9
harrington,al........44%  41%  1.02  - 5 16.2   lee,david............91%  19%  1.14  + 4 17.3
smith,j.r............55%  22%  1.56  + 3 14.6   williams,reggie......61%  17%  2.10  + 5 16.8
hilario,nene.........66%  13%  2.14  - 6 14.5   curry,stephen........61%  18%  1.01  - 2 15.4
afflalo,arron........77%  13%  1.45  - 4 11.0   biedrins,andris......50%   5%  3.29  + 5  8.7
martin,kenyon........48%  23%  0.85  - 4  9.9   radmanovic,vladimir..19%  13%  1.64  - 4  3.2
forbes,gary..........10%   7%  4.62  + 1  6.0   udoh,epke............26%   1%  0.00  + 5  0.0
carter,anthony.......26%   5%  2.14  + 6  5.1   williams,reggie......(DNP)  
andersen,chris.......32%   3%  1.28  + 7  2.7   wright,brandan.......(DNP)  
ely,melvin...........(DNP)                      bell,charlie.........(DNP)  
williams,shelden.....(DNP)                      gadzuric,dan.........(DNP)  
PACE: 93.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 93.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Nuggets..........  122.4 .590  .286 .118 .104   Warriors.........  124.6 .587  .286 .183 .057

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Tonight in the NBA

WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME     NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+24  lal @ bos,  8:00 PM EST [ bos by  3 ]   S.Foster, D.Collins, S.Wall
+15  dal @ den, 10:30 PM EST [ den by  2 ]   G.Willard, M.Ayotte, J.Goble
+ 4  gsw @ phx,  9:00 PM EST [ phx by  5 ]   B.Kennedy, M.Lindsay, R.Mott
Note: WTC is a junk stat rating the "watchability" of a game, taking into
account the quality of the opponents and the likelihood of a close game.

Through Wednesday, 780 of 1,230 games (63.4 percent) have been played in the 2010-11 NBA regular season.

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GLOSSARY
+/- (Plus-Minus) Raw data is from official box scores from NBA.com.
GR (Game Rating) Reflects a player's Points Created total, or the portion of his team's offense for which he gets credit based on his box score line. This number is then adjusted for estimated defensive performance based on box score counterpart productivity. GR is pace-adjusted so you can compare players from game to game.
PCP (Points Created Per Possession Used) An estimate of each player's points created per possession used, a measure of offensive efficiency. The stat accounts for a player's entire box score line, not just the scoring categories.
PLY% (Play percentage) An estimate of the percentage of a team's possessions on which the player was on the court.
USG An estimate of how many of those plays a player used by shooting, going to the line or committing a turnover, with a portion the team's offensive rebound total subtracted.
TEAM STATS
PACE: Estimated possessions in the game.
ORTG: A team's points per 100 possessions.
eFG%: Team's shooting percentage with an extra half-point added for each made three-point field goal.
oRB%: Percentage of a team's misses that they retrieved off the offensive glass.
TO%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a turnover.
FTA%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a trip to the foul line.

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