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Bruins in the NBA - Conference Semifinal Update
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/21/2012

May 21, 2012

Each week, uclabruins.com will update and highlight select UCLA players' progress during the current NBA season. Five Bruins are still alive in Conference Semifinal play - Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Hollins and Russell Westbrook.

Player Highlights, Games Through May 20, 2012

Matt Barnes, F (ninth NBA season, second with Los Angeles Lakers, Western Conference/Pacific Div., 41-25 regular season, first-place/third seed in Western Conference, defeated No. 6 Denver 4-3 in their first round playoff series; trailing No. 2 Oklahoma City in semifinals, 3-1).
On May 19 at the Staples Center and playing in back-to-back playoff games for the first time since 1999, the Lakers could not hold onto a 13-point fourth quarter lead and lost to Oklahoma City, 103-100 and trail in their Western Conference semifinals series, 3-1. Barnes, who averaged 22.9 minutes a game in the regular season but is averaging only 16.8 for the playoffs, was on the court for a playoff-low four minutes, with four rebounds, including three in the game's first three minutes. He has not scored in the last three semifinal playoff games. On May 18 at the Staples Center, the Lakers connected on 41 of 42 free throws to defeat Oklahoma City, 99-96 to tighten their Western Conference semifinal series, trailing the Thunder, 2-1. Barnes played 10 minutes, with one rebound and assist and a team and playoff-high tying two steals. On May 16 in Oklahoma City, the Lakers squandered a seven point lead in the game's final two minutes and lost to the Thunder, 77-75, falling behind 2-0 in their Western Conference semifinal series. Since Kobe Bryant became a Laker (1996), Los Angeles is 1-7 in playoff history when down 2-0 (in 2004 the Lakers did comeback to beat San Antonio in the Western Conference semifinals/when the Lakers are up 2-0 with Bryant, they have won 21-of-21 series playoffs). Barnes played nine minutes, with one rebound, assist and steal and picked up three personal fouls in three minutes while guarding the Thunder's James Harden. On May 14 at Oklahoma City and with less than two days of rest and preparation, the Lakers were overwhelmed by the Thunder, losing by 29 points, 119-90. Barnes led the Lakers reserves in minutes (21) and points (eight/3-6, 2-4, 0-0), with two rebounds. The Lakers reserves were outscored 50-26 and in the fourth quarter, when Oklahoma City led 104-72, most of the Lakers starters were on the bench. In 2010, the Lakers beat Oklahoma City in six games during the first round of playoffs.
Barnes' Playoff Stats: 11G, 16.8MIN, 3.3RB, 1.5AST, 3.5PPG
Barnes' Final Regular Season Stats: 63G/16GS, 22.9MIN, 5.5RB, 2.0AST, 7.8PPG (led Lakers reserves in minutes, scoring and rebounding)
Semifinals (Lakers trail Oklahoma City, 3-1) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 3 Lakers (OKC won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 14 at OKC (OKC 119, LAL 90); Game 2 - May 16 at OKC (OKC 77, LAL 75); Game 3 - May 18 at Lakers (LAL 99, OKC 96); Game 4 - May 19 at Lakers (OKC 103, LAL 100); Game 5 - May 21 at OKC; Game 6 - May 23 at Lakers; Game 7 - May 27 at OKC.
First Round Playoff Series (Denver loses, 4-3) - No. 3 LA Lakers vs. No. 6 Denver (Lakers won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 29 at Lakers (LAL 103, D 88); Game 2 - May 1 - at Lakers (LAL 104, D 100); Game 3 - May 4 at Denver (D 99, LAL 84); Game 4 - May 6 at Denver (LAL 92, D 88); Game 5 - May 8 at Lakers (D 102, LAL 99), Game 6 - May 10 at Denver (D 113, LAL 96); Game 7 - May 12 at Lakers (LAL 96, D 87).

Darren Collison, G (third NBA season, second with Indiana, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 42-24 regular season, second-place/third seed in Eastern Conference, defeated No. 6 Orlando Magic 4-1 in their first round playoff series; tied with No. 2 Miami in semifinals, 2-2)
On May 20 in Indianapolis, the Pacers led 54-46 at halftime and had a 10-point third quarter advantage (61-51), but could not overcome NBA MVP LeBron James' game-high 40 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists and Dwayne Wade's 30 points, as the Heat defeated Indiana, 101-93, to even their Eastern Conference semifinals series at 2-2. Collison played 20 minutes, with 16 points (6-7, 0-1, playoff-best 4-6; has scored in double figures five of the last seven playoff games) and one rebound, assist and steal. On May 17 in Indianapolis, the Pacers outscored Miami 51-32 in the second half (game was tied 43-43 at halftime) to defeat the Heat for the second consecutive game, 94-75 and take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Collison played 13 minutes, with seven points (2-7, 0-0, 3-4), and one rebound and steal. On May 15 in Miami, Indiana slipped past the Heat, playing without starting forward/center Chris Bosh (out indefinitely with a strained abdominal muscle suffered on May 13), 78-75 to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 1-1. The Pacers held Miami to 34.6% shooting and outrebounded the Heat, 50-40. Collison played 16 minutes, with six points (2-4, 0-0, 2-2) and one rebound.
Collison's Playoff Stats: 9G, 18.6MIN, 1.4RB, team leader 3.3AST, team leader 1.11STL, 9.2PPG (averaging only 0.9 turnovers a game)
Collison's Final Regular Season Stats: 60G/56GS (started the first 56 Pacers game), 31.3MIN, 3.1RB, team-leading 4.8AST, 10.3PPG
Semifinals (tied 2-2) - No. 2 Miami vs. No. 3 Indiana (Miami won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - May 13 at Miami (M 95, I 86), Game 2 - May 15 at Miami (I 78, M 75); Game 3 - May 17 at Indiana (I 94, M 75); Game 4 - May 20 at Indiana (M 101, I 93); Game 5 - May 22 at Miami; Game 6 - May 24 at Indiana; Game 7 - May 26 at Miami
First Round Playoff Series (No. 3 Indiana defeated No. 6 Orlando, 4-1) - Game 1 - April 28 at Indiana (O 81, I 77); Game 2 - April 30 at Indiana (I 93, O 78); Game 3 - May 2 at Orlando (I 97, O 74); Game 4 - May 5 at Orlando (I 101, O 99 OT); Game 5 - May 8 at Indiana (I 105, O 87).

Jrue Holiday, G (third NBA season with Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 35-31 regular season, third-place/eighth seed in Eastern Conference, beat No. 1 Chicago Bulls 4-2 in their first round playoff series; tied with No. 4 Boston in semifinals, 2-2)
On May 18 in Philadelphia, the 76ers rallied from an 18-point deficit and scored five consecutive points in the final 90 seconds to defeat Boston, 92-83 and tie their Eastern Conference semifinals series at 2-2. Holiday started and played 31 minutes, with 11 points (4-9, 0-2, 3-3/scored in double figures nine of 10 playoff games), seven rebounds and one assist and steal. On May 16 in Philadelphia, the 76ers trailed 101-76 with six minutes left in the game and lost to Boston, 107-91, to trail in their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 2-1. Holiday started and played a team-high 36 minutes, with 15 points (5-10, 3-4, 2-2), six rebounds, playoff and team-high nine assists and one blocked. On May 14 in Boston, the 76ers took a 76-75 lead with 40.4 seconds left to play, then hit six consecutive free throws to defeat Boston, 82-81 and even their Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1. Philadelphia won its first playoff contest in Boston since 1982 even though the 76ers committed a playoff-high 19 turnovers and were outrebounded 47-36. Holiday played a game-high 40 minutes, with a game-high 18 points (7-15, playoff-best 4-6 three-pointers, 0-0), two rebounds, team-high tying three assists and two steals.
Holiday's Playoff Stats: 10G/10GS, 37.9MIN, 5.2RB, team leader 4.5AST, 1.20STL, team leader 16.1PPG
Holiday's Final Regular Season Stats: 65G/65GS (most team starts, did not play in final regular season game), 33.8MIN, 3.3RB, 4.5AST, 1.61STL (No. 11 in NBA), 13.5PPG (No. 2 team scorer)
Semifinals Playoff Series (tied 2-2) - No. 4 Boston vs. No. 8 Philadelphia (Philadelphia won season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 12 at Boston (B 92, P 91); Game 2 - May 14 at Boston (P 82, B 81); Game 3 - May 16 at Philadelphia (B 107, P 91); Game 4 - May 18 at Philadelphia (P 92, B 83); Game 5 - May 21 at Boston; Game 6 - May 23 at Philadelphia; Game 7 - May 26 at Boston.
First Round Playoff Series (Philadelphia wins 4-2) - No. 1 Chicago vs. No. 8 Philadelphia (Chicago won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - April 28 at Chicago (C 103, P 91); Game 2 - May 1 at Chicago (P 109, C 92); Game 3 - May 4 at Philadelphia (P 79, C 74); Game 4 - May 6 at Philadelphia (P 89, C 82), Game 5 - May 8 at Chicago (C 77, P 69), Game 6 - May 10 at Philadelphia (P 78, C 78).

Ryan Hollins, C (sixth NBA season, first with Boston Celtics, started the season with Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 39-27 regular season, first-place/fourth seed in Eastern Conference, beat No. 5 Atlanta Hawks 4-2 in their first round playoff series; tied with No. 8 Philadelphia in semifinals, 2-2)
On May 18 in Philadelphia, the Celtics scored the first 14 points of the game and led by as many as 18 points, but it was not enough as the 76ers rallied for a 92-83 victory to tie their Eastern Conference semifinals series at 2-2. Hollins played 14 minutes, with two points (1-2, 0-0, 0-0/has scored points in last six playoff games), two rebounds and one assist. On May 16 in Philadelphia, the Celtics strong second quarter performance, outscoring the 76ers 32-16, propelled Boston to a 107-91 win and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series. Hollins played 16 minutes, with three points (1-4, 0-0, 1-1) and a playoff and game-high three blocked shots. On May 14 in Boston, the Celtics overcame a fourth quarter Philadelphia lead (57-49) and led 72-71, but could not hold onto their advantage and dropped an 82-81 decision to Philadelphia, as the 76ers tied the series 1-1. Hollins played 13 minutes and scored four points (1-1, 0-0, 2-2).
Hollins' Playoff Stats: 9G, 12.7MIN, 1.7RB, 2.0PPG
Hollins' Final Regular Season Stats (Celtics): 15G/1GS, 10.7MIN, 1.7RB, 2.8 PPG // (Total, including Cleveland stats): 39G/8GS, 13.4MIN, 2.1RB, 3.4PPG
Semifinals Playoff Series (tied 2-2) - No. 4 Boston vs. No. 8 Philadelphia (Philadelphia won season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 12 at Boston (B 92, P 91); Game 2 - May 14 at Boston (P 82, B 81); Game 3 - May 16 at Philadelphia (B 107, P 91); Game 4 - May 18 at Philadelphia (P 92, B 83); Game 5 - May 21 at Boston; Game 6 - May 23 at Philadelphia; Game 7 - May 26 at Boston.
First Round Playoff Series (Boston wins 4-2) - No. 4 Boston vs. No. 5 Atlanta (Boston won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - April 29 at Atlanta (A 83, B 74); Game 2 - May 1 at Atlanta (B 87, A 80); Game 3 - May 4 at Boston (B 90, A 84 OT); Game 4 - May 6 at Boston (B 101, A 79), Game 5 - May 8 at Atlanta (A 87, B 86), Game 6 - May 10 at Boston (B 83, Atlanta 80).

Russell Westbrook, G (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/Northwest Div., 47-19 regular season, first-place/second seed in Western Conference, defeated No. 7 seed and defending NBA champions Dallas Mavericks 4-0 in their first round playoff series; leads series with No. 3 LA Lakers in semifinals, 3-1)

On May 19, the Thunder won their first ever playoff game against the Lakers at the Staples Center, 103-100. Oklahoma City, behind the fourth quarter leadership of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant's three-pointer with 13 seconds left to play giving the Thunder a 101-98 lead, overcame a Lakers fourth quarter 13 point advantage to increase their lead to 3-1 in their Western Conference playoff series. Westbrook started and played 42 minutes and led all scorers with a playoff-best 37 points (playoff-high 15-26, 1-2, 6-7/scored 23 points in the second half, including nine consecutive points in the fourth quarter; has scored 20 or more points in six of eight playoff games), two rebounds, a game-high tying five assists and one steal. Late in the second quarter, Westbrook slipped on the court, had to be helped off with a mild left hip injury, received treatment at halftime and came back to help lead the Thunder to their come-from-behind victory. On May 18 at the Staples Center, the Thunder lost their first playoff game after six consecutive victories, including a first round sweep of defending NBA champion Dallas, losing to the Lakers, 99-96 but still lead their Western Conference semifinals series, 2-1. Westbrook started and played 34 minutes, with 21 points (7-18, 0-3, 7-8/scored 20 or more points in five playoff games), a playoff-high nine rebounds, one assist and two steals. During the game, Westbrook was involved in several key plays - at 4:14 in the second quarter, Westbrook and the Lakers' Metta World Peace tangled on the floor after a loose ball and both were assessed technical fouls; with 2:54 left to play, the Thunder took a 92-87 lead when Westbrook stole the ball from Kobe Bryant and scored on a dunk (after Westbrook's dunk, the Lakers scored the next six points) and with 33.8 seconds remaining in the game and the Lakers trailing 94-93, Westbrook fouled Bryant, who connected on both free throws and the Thunder never led again in the game. On May 16 in Oklahoma City, the Thunder came back from a seven point deficit (75-68, 2:08 left to play) by going on a 9-0 run, to beat the Lakers, 77-75 and take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. Westbrook started and played 34 minutes, with 15 points (5-17, 1-3, 4-6/did not score in the fourth quarter/scored in double figures all six playoff games), six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Late in the game, Westbrook had an important defensive play against Kobe Bryant, distracting Bryant as a Lakers pass went off his hands and out of bounds. On May 14 at Oklahoma City, the Thunder, with nearly nine days of rest and preparation, dominated the Lakers, winning 119-90. In the third quarter, Oklahoma City scored 39 points (to the Lakers 24), led by 35 points in the third period and hit 12 of 17 shots (70.6%). Like his team, Westbrook was just as dominant, scoring a point a minute, playing 27 minutes, with a game-high 27 points (10-15, 1-1, 6-6/scored 20 or more points in four of five playoff games), playoff-best seven rebounds, playoff and game-high nine assists and game-high tying two steals, with only one turnover (OKC had a franchise record low four turnovers; after five playoff games, averaging a league-low 11.0 turnovers, led the NBA regular season in turnovers per game, 16.3).
Westbrook's Playoff Stats: 8G/8GS, 35.6MIN, 4.9RB, team leader 4.5AST, 1.88STL, 23.6PPG (No. 2 team scorer)
Westbrook's Final Regular Season Stats: 66G/66GS (has started every game), 35.3MIN, 4.6RB, team-leading 5.5AST and 1.7STL, 23.6ppg (No. 2 team scorer).
Semifinals (Oklahoma City leads Lakers, 3-1) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 3 Lakers (OKC won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 14 at OKC (OKC 119, LAL 90); Game 2 - May 16 at OKC (OKC 77, LAL 75); Game 3 - May 18 at Lakers (LAL 99, OKC 96); Game 4 - May 19 at Lakers (OKC 103, LAL 100); Game 5 - May 21 at OKC; Game 6 - May 23 at Lakers; Game 7 - May 27 at OKC.
First Round Playoff Series Series (Oklahoma City wins series 4-0) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 7 Dallas (OKC won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 28 - at OKC (OKC 99, Dallas 98); Game 2 - April 30 at OKC (OKC 102, D 99); Game 3 - May 3 at Dallas (OKC 95, D 79); Game 4 - May 5 at Dallas (OKC 103, D 97).

Playoff Statistical Leaders (Top 26 through May 20)

Darren Collison, Indiana (nine games) - No. 26 in assists (3.3apg) and FT % (14-17, .824).

Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia (10 games) - No. 18 in minutes (37.9mpg), No. 22 in scoring (16.1ppg), No. 12T in assists (4.5apg), No. 26T in steals (1.2spg), No. 23 in FT% (29-35, .829) and No. 17 in 3PT% (16-38, .421).

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (eight games) - No. 6 in scoring (23.6ppg), No. 12T in assists (4.5apg), No. 7 in steals (1.88spg), No. 16 in FG% (71-151, .470) and No. 20T in FT% (40-48, .833).


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