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Bruins in the NBA - Week Twelve
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/19/2012

March 19, 2012

Each week, uclabruins.com will update and highlight select UCLA players' progress during the current NBA season. Games highlighted are from Mar. 11-18.

UCLA in the NBA/Player Highlights

Arron Afflalo, G (fifth NBA season, third with Denver Nuggets, Western Conference/NW Div., 25-20, second-place) - On March 17 at Denver, the Nuggets beat Boston for the seventh time in their last eight meetings in Denver, 98-91. Afflalo started and played 30 minutes, with 15 points (6-14, 1-5, 2-3/scored in double figures 13 of last 14 games, including two consecutive), one rebound and four assists. On March 15 at Denver, the Nuggets lost to Oklahoma City, 103-90. Afflalo started and played 30 minutes, with 10 points (4-11, 0-5, 2-3), two rebounds, three assists and one steal. On March 13, at Denver, the Nuggets rallied from five points down in overtime, to defeat Atlanta, 118-117. Afflalo started and played 34 minutes, with seven points (3-10, 1-4, 0-0), four rebounds and three assists, On March 11 in Denver, the Nuggets were beaten by Memphis, 94-91 (the Grizzlies sweep the three-game regular season series for the first time in history/Memphis had lost eight consecutive in Denver). Afflalo started and played 31 minutes, with 10 points (4-7, 1-1, 1-1), two rebounds and two assists.
This week's Nuggets schedule: March 19 - Dallas, March 21 - Detroit, March 23 - at Utah, March 25 - at Minnesota, March 26 - at Chicago.
Afflalo's Season Stats: 42G/42GS (most team starts), 32.1MIN, 2.8RB, 2.0AST, 13.4PPG.

Trevor Ariza, F (eighth NBA season, second with New Orleans, Western Conference/SW Div., 11-34, fifth-place) - On March 17 at New Jersey, the Hornets snapped their three-game losing streak, beating the Nets, 102-94. Ariza started and played 31 minutes, with 10 points (3-7, 2-3, 2-3/scored in double figures three of last four games), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal. On March 15 at New Orleans, the Hornets lost their third consecutive home game (4-19 at home), losing to Washington, 99-89. Ariza started and played 32 minutes, with 13 points (3-11, 1-4, 6-6), four rebounds, four assists and a team-high two steals. On March 14 at New Orleans, the Hornets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 107-101 in overtime. Ariza started and played 43 minutes with nine points (4-13, 0-3, 1-1), six rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and a game-high and season-best tying four steals. On March 12 at New Orleans, Ariza's driving dunk attempt in the final seconds was blocked and the Hornets lost to Charlotte, a team with the worst record in the NBA (6-34), 73-71. Ariza started and played 36 minutes, with 14 points (4-10, 1-1, 3-4), season-high tying nine rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and two steals.
This week's Hornets schedule: March 21 - Golden State, March 22 - LA Clippers, March 24 - San Antonio, March 26 - at LA Clippers.
Ariza Season Stats: 35G/35GS, 34.5MIN, 5.7RB, 3.5AST, 1.7STL, 11.6PPG.

Matt Barnes, F (ninth NBA season, second with Los Angeles Lakers, Western Conference/Pacific Div., 28-17, first-place) - On March 18 at the Staples Center, the Lakers suffered a rare home loss (19-3 at home/had won 10 consecutive at Staples) and had its five-game winning streak ended, losing to Utah, 103-99. Barnes came off the bench and played 28 minutes, and once again led all Lakers reserves in points (12/4-8, 0-2, 4-4/scored in double figures last three games) and rebounds (eight), with a team-high tying six assists and one blocked shot. On March 16 at the Staples Center, the Lakers defeated Minnesota, 97-92, to improve its NBA best home record to 19-2. In the Lakers' fifth consecutive win, Barnes came off the bench and played 19 minutes and led the Lakers reserves with a season-best 17 points (6-9, 3-4, 2-2), three rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and a game and season-high tying two steals. In the fourth quarter vs. the Timberwolves, Barnes had a key save and three-pointer. On March 14 at New Orleans, the Lakers overcame a 17-point deficit and for the second night in a row, won in overtime on the road (now 9-14 on the road), beating the Hornets, 107-101. In the Lakers' fourth consecutive win, Barnes played 17 minutes and led all Lakers reserves in points (10/3-5, 1-2, 3-3) and rebounds (five), with one assist. On March 13 at Memphis, the Lakers overcame a 72-55 third quarter disadvantage and rallied to beat the Grizzlies, 116-11 in two overtimes. Barnes played 20 minutes, with five points (1-4, 0-1, 3-4), four rebounds and one assist. On March 11 at the Staples Center, the Lakers defeated arch-rival Boston, 97-94. The Lakers won the contest with a game-ending 8-0 run, swept Boston in the regular season series and are 18-2 at home. Barnes played 17 minutes, with six points (3-3, 0-0, 0-1), four rebounds and one blocked shot and steal.
This week's Lakers schedule: March 20 - at Houston, March 21 - at Dallas, March 23 - Portland, March 25- Memphis.
Barnes' Season Stats: 43G/16GS, 21.1MIN, 4.7RB (leads Lakers reserves), 1.5AST, 7.2PPG.

Darren Collison, G (third NBA season, second with Indiana, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 25-18, second-place) - On March 17 at Indianapolis, the Pacers lost to the Knicks for the second consecutive game, 102-88. Collison started and played a game-high 38 minutes, and for the second consecutive game scored 15 points (6-6, 0-1, 3-4), with six rebounds and three assists. On March 16 at New York, the Pacers lost to the Knicks, 115-100. Collison started and played 28 minutes, with a team-high 15 points (4-7, 0-0, 7-7), four rebounds, team-high tying four assists and one steal. On March 14 at Indianapolis, the Pacers shot a season-best 57% from the field to defeat Philadelphia, 111-94 (first time in 13 games a 76ers opponent has tallied over 100 points). Collison started and played 21 minutes, with four points (2-7, 0-2, 0-0) and two assists. On March 13 at Indianapolis, the Pacers halted their four-game losing streak, beating Portland, 92-75. Collison started and played 24 minutes, with eight points (3-10, 0-1, 2-2), one rebound, two assists and one steal. On March 11 at Orlando, the Pacers lost their fourth consecutive game, losing to the Magic, 107-94. Collison started and played 27 minutes, with eight points (3-6, 0-1, 2-4), one rebound, team-high four assists and two steals.
This week's Pacers schedule: March 20 - LA Clippers, March 22 - at Washington, March 23 - Phoenix, March 24 - at Milwaukee, March 26 - Miami.
Collison's Season Stats: 43G/43GS (has started every Pacers game), 32.6MIN, 3.3RB, team-leading 4.9AST, 11.PPG.

Baron Davis, G (13th NBA season, first with New York Knicks, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 21-24 third-place) - On March 16 at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks beat Indiana, 115-100. Davis, in his 12th game since recovering from a bulging back disc, played six minutes, with seven points (3-3, 1-1, 0-0) and one rebound, assist and steal. March 14 was a busy day for the New York Knicks. Head coach Mike D'Antoni resigned and assistant Mike Woodson was named interim coach, and later that evening at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks snapped their six-game losing streak, beating Portland, 121-79. Davis played 17 minutes with four points (1-4, 0-2, 2-2), two rebounds, a game and season-high 10 assists and one steal. On March 12 at Chicago, New York had its sixth consecutive defeat, losing to the Bulls, 104-99. Davis played 18 minutes, with seven points (3-6, 0-2, 1-2), three rebounds, four assists, with one blocked shot and steal. On March 11 at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks lost their fifth consecutive game, falling to Philadelphia, 106-94. Davis played 13 minutes, with eight points (3-5, 2-2, 0-0), three rebounds and three assists.
This week's Knicks schedule: March 20 - Toronto, March 21 - at Philadelphia, March 23 - at Toronto, March 24 - Detroit, March 26 - Milwaukee.
Davis' Season Stats: 12G, 16.4MIN, 1.8RB, 5.3AST, 1.0STL, 4.8PPG.

Jordan Farmar, G (sixth NBA season, second with New Jersey Nets, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 15-31, fifth-place) - On March 14 at New Jersey, the Nets halted their two-game losing streak, beating Toronto, 98-84. Farmar, starting at point guard (fifth seasonal start/third consecutive) in place of injured Deron Williams (Nets' leading scorer), played 27 minutes, with 10 points (3-9, 0-3, 4-4/scored in double figures five consecutive games), one rebound, three assists and one steal. On March 12 at New Jersey, the Nets lost their second straight game without leading scorer Deron Williams, losing to Milwaukee, 105-99. It was the Bucks' 10th consecutive victory over New Jersey. Farmar, starting in place of Williams at the point guard position, played 35 minutes, with 17 points (7-18, 2-6, 1-2), three rebounds and a game and season-high tying seven assists.
This week's Nets schedule: March 19 - Cleveland, March 21 - Washington, March 23 - at Atlanta, March 24 - Charlotte, March 26- Utah.
Farmar's Season Stats: 37G/5GS, 21.7MIN, 1.6RB, 3.4AST, 10.6PPG.

Jrue Holiday, G (third NBA season with Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 25-20, first-place) - On March 17 at Chicago, Holiday's career-best 30 points wasn't enough as the 76ers lost their third consecutive game and seventh of nine games on the road, losing to the Bulls, 89-80. Holiday started and played 36 minutes, with his game-high 30 points (13-27, 1-5, 3-4), five rebounds, game-high five assists and one steal. On March 16 in Philadelphia, the 76ers fourth quarter rally came up short and they lost to Miami, 84-78. Holiday started and played 27 minutes, with seven points (3-16, 1-4, 0-0) and four rebounds. On March 14 at Indianapolis, the 76ers three-game win streak came to an end, losing to Indiana, 111-94. Holiday started and played 34 minutes, with 17 points (7-8, 1-1, 2-2), four rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot. On March 11 at New York City, the 76ers took command in the third quarter, beating the Knicks, 106-94 for their third consecutive win and ending a three-game losing streak to New York. Holiday started and played 38 minutes, with eight points (2-14, 0-1, 4-7), four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
This week's 76ers schedule: March 19 - at Charlotte, March 21 - New York, March 23 - Boston, March 25 - at San Antonio.
Holiday's Season Stats: 45G/45GS (has started every game), 34.5MIN, 3.2RB, 4.3AST, 1.6STL, 13.7PPG (No. 2 team scorer).

Ryan Hollins, C (sixth NBA season, second with Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 16-26, fourth-place) - On March 19 at Cleveland, Hollins' streak of seven consecutive starts came to an end, as he did not play in the Cavaliers' loss to Atlanta (for the sixth consecutive time), 103-87. On March 14 at Milwaukee, the Cavaliers lost their second consecutive game, losing to the Bucks, 115-105. Hollins started his seventh consecutive game, playing 14 minutes, with two points (1-2, 0-0, 0-0) and one rebound. On March 13 at Cleveland, the Cavaliers had their three-game winning streak stopped, losing to Toronto, 96-88 (the Raptors are 3-0 vs. Cleveland this season). Hollins started and played 21 minutes, with two points (1-3, 0-0, 0-2), four rebounds and one blocked shot and steal. On March 11 at Cleveland, the Cavaliers set a season-record for most points and won their third game in a row for the first time this season, beating Houston, 118-107. Hollins started and played 18 minutes, with four points (2-3, 0-0, 0-1), three rebounds and one assist and steal.
This week's Cavaliers schedule: March 19 - at New Jersey, March 21 - at Atlanta, March 23 - at Orlando, March 25 - Phoenix.
Hollins' Season Stats: 24G/7GS, 15.1MIN, 2.3RB, 3.7PPG.

Kevin Love, F (fourth NBA season with Minnesota Timberwolves, Western Conference/NW Div., 22-24, fourth-place) - On March 19 at Sacramento, the Timberwolves lost their third consecutive game (have lost four of last five), falling to the Kings, 115-90. Love started and played a team-high tying 32 minutes, with a team-high 21 points (7-20, 1-5, 6-6), game-high 11 rebounds (third consecutive double-double/eight double-doubles in last nine games/NBA leading 38 double-doubles), three assists, with one blocked shot and steal. On March 16 at the Staples Center, the Timberwolves lost to the Lakers for the 19th consecutive time, 97-92. Love, who missed the first two games this season vs. the Lakers with back spasms and the flu, started and played 37 minutes, with a team-high 27 points (11-24, 2-6, 3-4), game-high 15 rebounds and one steal. On March 15, at Salt Lake City, the Timberwolves lost to Utah in overtime, 111-105. Love started and played a game-high 41 minutes, with a team-high 25 points (9-23, 2-8, 5-10) and a game-high tying 16 rebounds and one assist. On March 12 at Phoenix, the Timberwolves had their highest point total of the season, beating the Suns and snapping Phoenix's three-game winning streak, 127-124. Love, who missed Minnesota's last game with back spasms, started and played a game-high tying 36 minutes, with a game-high 30 points (11-23, 5-9, 3-5), seven rebounds and one assist.
This week's Timberwolves schedule: March 19 - at Golden State, March 21 - at San Antonio, March 23 - at Oklahoma City, March 25 - Denver.
Love's Season Stats: 42G/42GS, NBA-leading 39.6MIN, team-leading 13.7REB, 1.9AST, team-leading 25.6PPG.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, F (fourth NBA season with Milwaukee Bucks, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 20-24, third-place) - On March 16 at Golden State, the Bucks won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Warriors, 120-98. Mbah a Moute returned to Milwaukee's starting lineup, playing 32 minutes, with a career-best 22 points (10-15, 0-0, 2-4), a game and season-best 17 rebounds (averaged 15.0 rebounds last two games), two assists, one blocked shot and a game-high tying three steals. On March 14 at Milwaukee, the Bucks beat Cleveland, 115-105. Mbah a Moute, who had missed four of the last five games with a right knee injury, came off the bench to play 27 minutes, with 12 points (4-6, 0-0, 4-6), a game and season-high 13 rebounds and two steals.
This week's Bucks schedule: March 20 - at Portland, March 22 - Boston, March 23 - at Charlotte, March 24 - Indiana, March 26 - at New York.
Mbah a Moute's Season Stats: 27G/15GS, 22.2MIN, 5.3RB, 7.2PPG.

Russell Westbrook, G (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/NW Div., 34-11, first-place, second-best record in the NBA (.756) - On March 18 at Oklahoma City, the Thunder improved to 19-4 at home, defeating Portland, 111-95. Westbrook started and played 34 minutes, with a game-high 28 points (12-21, 2-3, 2-6/scored in double figures 42 consecutive games, including 23 or more points on 25 occasions), three rebounds, five assists and one blocked shot. On March 16 at Oklahoma City, the Thunder rallied to within two points, but it was not enough and suffered a rare home loss to San Antonio, 114-105. Westbrook started and played a game and season-high 44 minutes, with a game-best 36 points (13-29, 1-5, 9-10), three rebounds and a team-high six assists and three steals. On March 15 at Denver, the Thunder defeated the Nuggets, 103-90. Westbrook started and played 34 minutes, with 23 points (7-17, 2-3, 7-8), six rebounds, with a game-high tying five assists and two steals. On March 13 at Oklahoma City, the Thunder dropped just their third home game of the season, losing to Houston, 104-103. In the final minutes, Houston had a 13-1 run and during that time Westbrook was assessed a technical foul. Westbrook started and played 37 minutes, with 19 points (7-18, 0-3, 5-6) and four rebounds and assists.
This week's Thunder schedule: March 20 - at Utah, March 21 - LA Clippers, March 23 - Minnesota, March 25 - Miami.
Westbrook's Season Stats: 45G/45GS (has started every game), 35.4MIN, 4.6RB, team-leading 5.5AST, team-leading 1.7STL, 24.0ppg (No. 2 team scorer).

NBA Statistical Leaders (Top 10)

Jordan Farmar, New Jersey Nets - through 37 games, Farmar was the NBA's No. 9 three-point shooter (53-121, .438).

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves - through 41 games, Love was the NBA's No. 4 scorer (25.7ppg), No. 2 rebounder (13.7rpg) and No. 1 in minutes played (39.8). 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 44 games, Westbrook was the NBA's No. 5 scorer (23.9ppg).

Trade Updates - On March 15, Los Angeles Lakers forward Jason Kapono was involved in a trade that sent him to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Also involved in the trade, from the Lakers, was Luke Walton, son of Bruin great Bill Walton, and the Lakers' 2012 first round selection. Joining the Lakers from Cleveland were point guard Ramon Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga. In 27 games with the Lakers, Kapono averaged 10.0 minutes and 2.0 points.

Kapono, a four-year starter (2000-03), UCLA's No. 3 (tied) all-time scorer (2,095 points) and the school leader in three-point field goals scored (317), is in his ninth NBA season, and it was his first with the Lakers. Kapono was returning to Cleveland, the team that selected him in the 2003 NBA Draft second round. Along with Cleveland (2004) and the Lakers (2012), Kapono has also played for Charlotte (2005), Miami (2006-07, winning a 2006 NBA Championship ring), Toronto (2008-09) and Philadelphia (2010-11). On March 17, Cleveland waived Kapono. Kapono has NBA career averages of 6.7 points on .442 shooting and 1.7 rebounds in 509 games (87 starts).


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