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Bruins in the NBA - Week Eleven
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Release:  03/12/2012

March 12, 2012

Each week, uclabruins.com will update and highlight select UCLA players' progress during the current NBA season. Games highlighted are from Mar. 5-10.

UCLA in the NBA/ Player Highlights/March 5-10

Arron Afflalo (fifth NBA season, third with Denver Nuggets, Western Conference/NW Div., 23-18, second-place) - On March 9 at Denver, the Nuggets beat New Orleans, 110-97, winning for the fifth time in six games since the All-Star break. Afflalo started and played 36 minutes, with a game-high 28 points (9-13, 4-7, 6-6/scored in double figures last 10 games), two rebounds, four assists, with one blocked shot and steal. On March 7 in Denver, the Nuggets were beaten by Cleveland, 100-99, snapping its four game winning streak. Afflalo started and played 39 minutes, with 13 points (4-8, 1-3, 4-6), two rebounds and three assists, On March 5 at Denver, Afflalo connected on three free throws with 0.6 of a second left in regulation, and the Nuggets went on to defeat Sacramento, 119-116 in overtime. It was Denver's fourth consecutive win since the All-Star break. Afflalo started and played a game and season-high 45 minutes, with a career-best and game-high 32 points (9-20, 4-7, career-best 10-11 from the foul line), two rebounds and team-high tying two steals.
This week's Nuggets schedule: March 11 - Memphis, March 13 - Atlanta, March 15 - Oklahoma City, March 17- Boston
Afflalo's Season Stats: 38G/38GS, 32.2MIN, 2.8RB, 1.9AST, 13.7PPG

Trevor Ariza (eighth NBA season, second with New Orleans, Western Conference/SW Div., 10-31, fifth-place) - On March 10 at Minnesota, the Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak, beating the Timberwolves, 95-89. Ariza started and played 31 minutes, with eight points (2-7, 0-1, 4-4), four rebounds and five assists. On March 9 at Denver, the Hornets lost to the Nuggets, 110-97, it was New Orleans fourth consecutive loss. Ariza started and played 19 minutes, with eight points (2-6, 0-0, 4-4), two rebounds, four assists and one steal. On March 7 at Sacramento, the Kings defeated New Orleans, 99-98. Ariza started and played 35 minutes, with 20 points (9-16, 1-3, 1-1), four rebounds, six assists and a game and season-high tying four steals. On March 5 at Portland, New Orleans lost to the Trailblazers, 86-74. After missing the last two games with an illness, Ariza returned to the Hornets starting lineup, playing 32 minutes, with four points (1-4, 0-1, 2-4), five rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and a game-high three steals.
This week's Hornets schedule: March 12 - Charlotte, March 14 - LA Lakers, March 15- Washington, March 17 - at New Jersey.
Ariza Season Stats: 31G/31GS, 34.3MIN, 5.5RB, 3.5AST, 1.7STL, 11.7PPG

Matt Barnes (ninth NBA season, second with Los Angeles Lakers, Western Conference/Pacific Div., 24-16, second-place) - On March 9 at Minneapolis, the Lakers defeated the Timberwolves (playing without Kevin Love), 105-102, for their 18th consecutive victory over Minnesota and finished 1-2 on their trip. Barnes played 21 minutes, with eight points (3-7, 0-1, 2-2), five rebounds, one assist, with one blocked shot and steal. On March 7 at Washington, the Lakers dropped to 6-14 on the road, losing to the Wizards, 106-101 as Washington rallied from 21 points down in the third period. Barnes played 21 minutes, leading Lakers reserves with seven points (3-7, 1-3, 0-0), three rebounds and one assist. On March 6 at Detroit, where the Lakers had won their last three games vs. the Pistons, Detroit defeated the Lakers, 88-85 in overtime. The Lakers came into the contest with a three-game winning streak and are now 6-13 in road games. Barnes played 19 minutes, with two points (0-3, 0-2, 2-2), four rebounds and one blocked shot.
This week's Lakers schedule: March 11 - Boston, March 13 - at Memphis, March 14 - at New Orleans, March 16- Minnesota, March 18- Utah.
Barnes' Season Stats: 38G/16GS, 21.1MIN, 4.7RB, 1.5AST, 6.9PPG (Barnes' 6.9ppg and 4.7rpg leads all Lakers reserves).

Darren Collison (third NBA season, second with Indiana, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 23-15, second-place) - On March 10 at Miami, the Heat edged Indiana, 93-91 in overtime (Indiana led 91-86 with 2:01 left in OT, but were outscored 7-0 as Miami won their 12th consecutive home game and Indiana lost their third straight game). Collison started and played 38 minutes, with 14 points (6-11, 2-3, 0-1), one rebound, team-high six assists, with two steals. On March 6 at Atlanta, the Pacers lost to the Hawks, 101-96. Collison started and played 34 minutes, with five points (2-7, 1-3, 0-0), two rebounds, team-high four assists and one blocked shot. On March 5 in Chicago, the Bulls outscored Indiana 33-13 in the third period, to beat the Pacers, 92-72 and snap Indiana's six-game winning streak. Collison started and played 30 minutes, with 0 points, one rebound, three assists and two steals.
This week's Pacers schedule: March 11 - at Orlando, March 13 - Portland, March 14 - Philadelphia, March 16 - at New York, March 17 - New York.
Collison's Season Stats: 38G/38GS (has started every Pacers game), 33.2MIN, 3.4RB, team-leading 5.1AST, 11.1PPG

Baron Davis (13th NBA season, first with New York Knicks, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 18-22 third-place) - On March 9 at Milwaukee, the Knicks lost to the Bucks, 119-114, as New York as lost five of its last six games, including four consecutive. Davis, in his eighth game since recovering from a bulging back disc, played a season-high 30 minutes, with a season-best nine points (4-10, 1-3, 0-0), season-high five rebounds, season-best nine assists and two steals. On March 7 at San Antonio, the Knicks lost to the Spurs, 118-105. Davis played a then season-best 22 minutes, with 0 points, one rebound, a game and season-high tying eight assists and a season and game-high tying three steals. On March 6 at Dallas, the Knicks lost to the defending NBA champions, 95-85. Davis played 14 minutes, with six points (3-10, 0-5, 0-0), two rebounds and three assists.
This week's Knicks schedule: March 11 - Philadelphia, March 12 - at Chicago, March 14 - Portland, March 16 - Indiana, March 17 - at Indiana.
Davis' Season Stats: 8G, 17.5MIN, 1.6RB, 5.6AST, 1.1STL, 3.9PPG

Jordan Farmar (sixth NBA season, second with New Jersey Nets, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 14-28, fourth-place) - On March 10 at New Jersey, the Nets had their two game winning streak snapped, losing to Houston, 112-106. Farmar, starting (third seasonal start) in place of the Nets injured leading scorer Deron Williams, played 33 minutes, with 18 points (7-11, 3-5, 1-1/scored in double figures three consecutive games), four rebounds and four assists. On March 9 at Charlotte, the Nets beat the Bobcats, 83-74, for New Jersey's second consecutive win. Farmar played 25 minutes, with 11 points (3-12, 0-4, 5-6), four rebounds, team and season-high tying seven assists and one steal. On March 7 in Newark, Farmar's three-pointer with 0.2 of a second remaining led New Jersey to a 101-100 victory over the LA Clippers. Farmar, one of the top three-point shooters in the NBA, played 19 minutes, with 16 points (6-11, 3-6, 1-2), three assists, and a team and season-high tying two steals. On March 6 at Miami, the Nets lost to the Heat, 108-78. Farmar played nine minutes, with three points (1-4, 1-2, 0-0) and one assist.
This week's Nets schedule: March 12 - Milwaukee, March 14 - Toronto, March 16 - at Orlando, March 17 - New Orleans.
Farmar's Season Stats: 35G/3GS, 21.2MIN, 1.6RB, 3.3AST, 10.5PPG

Jrue Holiday (third NBA season with Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 24-17, first-place) - On March 9 at Philadelphia, the 76ers won their second consecutive game, beating Utah, 104-91. Holiday, started and played 31 minutes, with 16 points (7-11, 2-2, 0-1/scored in double figures two consecutive games), three rebounds, four assists and a game-high tying three steals. On March 7 at Philadelphia, in a matchup between the best two teams in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division, the 76ers held onto first place with a 103-71 win over Boston. Holiday started and played 29 minutes, with 10 points (4-11, 2-4, 0-0), one rebound, six assists, one blocked shot and game-high three steals. On March 5 at Milwaukee, the Bucks defeated Philadelphia, 97-93 the 76ers eighth loss in their last 10 games. Holiday started and played 33 minutes, with eight points (4-13, 0-3, 0-0), three rebounds, team-high tying five assists and one steal.
This week's 76ers schedule: March 11 - at New York, March 14 - at Indiana, March 16 - Miami, March 17 - at Chicago, March 19 - at Charlotte.
Holiday's Season Stats: 41G/41GS (has started every game), 34.5MIN, 3.1RB, 4.5AST, 1.7STL, 13.5PPG (No. 2 team scorer)

Ryan Hollins (sixth NBA season, second with Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 15-23, fourth-place) - On March 9 at Oklahoma City, the Cavaliers won their second consecutive road game for the first time this season, beating Oklahoma City, 96-90, snapping the Thunder's 14-game home winning streak. Hollins started his fourth consecutive game, playing 20 minutes, with 11 points (4-6, 0-0, 3-3) and six rebounds. On March 8 at Denver, the Cavaliers ended their six-game losing streak, beating the Nuggets, 100-99. Hollins started and played 18 minutes, with two points and one rebound, assist and steal. On March 5 in Cleveland, the Cavaliers lost their sixth consecutive game, losing to Utah, 109-100. Hollins started and played 27 minutes, with three points (1-2, 0-0, 1-4) and team-high tying four rebounds.
This week's Cavaliers schedule: March 11 - Houston, March 13 - Toronto, March 14 - at Milwaukee, March 18 - Atlanta, March 19 - at New Jersey.
Hollins' Season Stats: 22G/5GS, 14.8MIN, 2.3RB, 3.9PPG

Jason Kapono (ninth NBA season, first with the Los Angeles Lakers, Western Conference/Pacific Div., 24-16, second-place) - On March 9 at Minnesota, the Lakers beat the Timberwolves, 105-102. Kapono, who did not appear in the Lakers' last three games, played 10 minutes, with one rebound.
This week's Lakers schedule: March 11 - Boston, March 13 - at Memphis, March 14 - at New Orleans, March 16- Minnesota, March 18- Utah.
Kapono's Season Stats: 26G, 10.2MIN, 2.1PPG

Malcolm Lee (first NBA season, second round draft selection by Chicago Bulls, traded to Minnesota Timberwolves, Western Conference/NW Div., 21-21, third-place) - On March 10 at Minneapolis, the Timberwolves were beaten by New Orleans, 95-89. Lee appeared in his first NBA game of the season, playing five minutes, with 0 points, one rebound, a team-high two blocked shots and one steal. In his first NBA season, Lee on March 5 was recalled to the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce. Earlier this season, he spent a week with the Skyforce, playing in three games and averaged 25.3 minutes, 9.7 points and 6.0 assists. On Dec. 30, Lee underwent left knee surgery for a torn meniscus.
This week's Timberwolves schedule: March 12 - at Phoenix, March 15 - at Utah, March 16 - at LA Lakers, March 18 - at Sacramento
Lee's Season Stats: 1G, 5.0MIN, 1.-RB, 1.0STL, 2.0BLK, 0.0PPG

Kevin Love (fourth NBA season with Minnesota Timberwolves, Western Conference/NW Div., 21-21, third-place) - On March 7 at Minnesota, the Timberwolves moved into eighth place in the Western Conference (eighth place is the final playoff position), beating Portland, 106-94. Love started and played a game-high tying 44 minutes, with a game-high 29 points (9-17, 3-5, 8-11) and 16 rebounds (NBA leading 34 double-doubles/fourth consecutive) and three assists. On March 5 in Minneapolis, the Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the third time this season, 95-94 (the teams play again April 12 in Minneapolis). Love started and played a game-high 42 minutes, with a game-high 39 points (13-25, 5-10, 8-11) and 17 rebounds (NBA leading 33 double-doubles/third consecutive) and two assists.
This week's Timberwolves schedule: March 12 - at Phoenix, March 15 - at Utah, March 16 - at LA Lakers, March 18 - at Sacramento
Love's Season Stats: 38G/38GS, NBA-leading 39.9MIN, team-leading 13.8REB, 1.9AST, team-leading 25.6PPG

Earl Watson (11th NBA season, second with the Utah Jazz, Western Conference/NW Div., 19-21, fifth-place) - On March 10 at Chicago, the Jazz were beaten by the Bulls, 111-97. Watson started for the first time this season, playing 24 minutes, with three points (1-2, 0-0, 1-2), two rebounds, seven assists and one steal. On March 9 at Philadelphia, the 76ers snapped Utah's two-game winning streak, beating the Jazz, 104-91. Watson played 19 minutes, with seven points (3-8, 1-1, 0-0), three rebounds and a team-high five assists. On March 7 at Charlotte, the Jazz defeated Charlotte, 99-93. Watson played 23 minutes, with 0 points, four rebounds and a team-high tying five assists. On March 5 at Cleveland, the Jazz ended their six-game road losing streak, beating the Cavaliers, 109-100. Watson played 22 minutes, with five points (1-2, 1-2, 2-2), three rebounds, with one assist and blocked shot.
This week's Jazz schedule: March 12 - Detroit, March 14 - at Phoenix, March 15 - Minnesota, March 17 - Golden State, March 18 - at LA Lakers.
Watson's Season Stats: 39G-1GS, 21.9MIN, 2.3RB, 4.5AST, 1.1STL, 3.3PPG

Russell Westbrook (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/NW Div., 32-9, first-place, second-best record in the NBA, .780) - On March 10 at Oklahoma City, the Thunder improved to 18-2 at home, beating Charlotte, 122-95. Westbrook started and played 26 minutes, with 23 points (10-14, 1-2, 2-2/scored in double figures 38 consecutive games, including 23 or more points on 20 occasions), one rebound and four assists, On March 9 in Oklahoma City, the Thunder had their 14 consecutive home winning streak snapped by Cleveland, 96-90. Westbrook started and played 32 minutes, with 19 points (8-17, 1-2, 2-2), two rebounds, four assists and one steal. On March 7 at Oklahoma City, the Thunder came back from a 16-point deficit to win their 14th consecutive home game, beating Phoenix, 115-104. Westbrook started and played 40 minutes, with a game-high 31 points (11-21, 3-6, 6-8), three rebounds, team-high 10 assists and game-high four steals. On March 5 at Oklahoma City, the Thunder scored the game's final eight points and defeated Dallas, the defending NBA champions, 95-91, to win their 13th consecutive home game. Westbrook started and played 36 minutes, with a team-high 24 points (6-20, 2-6, 10-12), six rebounds and three assists.
This week's Thunder schedule: March 13 - Houston, March 15 - at Denver, March 16- San Antonio, March 18 - Portland.
Westbrook's Season Stats: 41G/41GS (has started every game), 35.2MIN, 4.7RB, team-leading 5.5AST, team-leading 1.7STL, 23.7ppg (No. 2 team scorer)

NBA Statistical Leaders (Top 10)/March 5-10

Jordan Farmar, New Jersey Nets - through 35 games, Farmar was the NBA's No. 8 three-point shooter (51-112, .455).

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves - through 38 games, Love was the NBA's No. 4 scorer (25.6ppg) and No. 2 rebounder (13.8rpg) and No. 1 in minutes played (39.9). He's the only player in the league in the Top Five in both scoring/rebounding (only 10 players in NBA history have averaged 25+ points and 14+ rebounds in regular season play). Love became the first player in NBA history to record 35 points, 10 rebounds and hit five 3-pointers in consecutive games (March 5, Minnesota 95, at LA Clippers 94, 39 points/17rebounds/5-10 three-pointers; March 3, Minnesota 122, at Portland 110, season-best 42 points/10rebounds/5-8 three-pointers).

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder - Through 41 games, Westbrook was the NBA's No. 5 scorer (23.7ppg) and tied for 10th in steals (1.71).

Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers - Through 41 games, Holiday was tied with Westbrook in the steals category (No. 10, 1.71).


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