Bruins in the NBA - Week Ten

March 5, 2012

Each week, will update and highlight select UCLA players' progress during the current NBA season. Games highlighted are from Feb. 28-Mar. 4.

UCLA in the NBA/Player Highlights (Feb. 28-March 4)

Arron Afflalo (fifth NBA season, third with Denver Nuggets, Western Conference/NW Div., 21-17, second-place) - On March 4 at San Antonio, Denver beat the Spurs, 99-94, for its third consecutive win (became only the third team to beat the Spurs at home this season). Afflalo started and played 36 minutes, with 14 points (6-12, 1-1, 1-1/has scored in double figures the last seven games), six rebounds, two assists and a game-high tying two steals. On March 2 at Houston, Denver beat the Rockets, 117-105. Afflalo started and played 31 minutes, with 17 points (7-14, 2-3, 1-2/scored 16 of his 17 points in the second half) and three rebounds and assists. On Feb. 29, at Denver, the Nuggets defeated Portland, 104-95, beating the Trailblazers for the 16th time in the last 17 meetings in Denver, and snapping a two-game losing streak. Afflalo started and played 36 minutes, with 12 points (4-13, 1-5, 3-6), one rebound, six assists and a career high-tying three blocked shots.
This week's Nuggets schedule: March 5 - Sacramento (Nuggets will play nine consecutive home games), March 7 - Cleveland, March 9 - New Orleans, March 11 -Memphis.
Afflalo's Season Stats: 35G/35GS, 31.4MIN, 2.9RB, 1.9AST, 12.8PPG

Trevor Ariza (eighth NBA season, second with New Orleans, Western Conference/SW Div., 9-28, fifth-place) - Ariza has missed the last two Hornets contests with an illness (March 3-Indiana 102, at NO 84; March 2-at NO 97, Dallas 92). On Feb. 29 at New Orleans, Toronto beat the Hornets, 95-84. Ariza started and played 35 minutes, with 11 points (5-10, 1-4, 0-0), seven rebounds, five assists and a team-high tying one steal. On Feb. 28 at Chicago, New Orleans led by four points with 1:26 left, but the Bulls closed with an 8-0 run to win, 99-95. Ariza started and played 34 minutes, with 16 points (7-12, 2-2, 0-0), eight rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and a game-high tying three steals.
This week's Hornets schedule: March 5 - at Portland (Hornets will play four consecutive road games), March 7 - at Sacramento, March 9 - at Denver, March 10 - at Minnesota
Ariza Season Stats: 27G/27GS, 35.0MIN, 5.8RB, 3.4AST, 1.6STL, 11.9PPG

Matt Barnes (ninth NBA season, second with Los Angeles Lakers, Western Conference/Pacific Div., 23-14, second-place) - On March 4 at Staples, the Lakers won their third consecutive game, beating Miami, 93-83. The Lakers held the NBA's No. 2 scoring team to just 37.5% field goal shooting and improved to 17-2 at home. Barnes played 10 minutes, with two points and rebounds and one blocked shot. On March 2, at Staples, the Lakers beat Sacramento, 115-107. Barnes played 16 minutes, leading the Lakers reserves with 10 points (4-9, 2-3, 0-0), two rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. On Feb. 29, at the Staples Center, the Lakers beat Minnesota, 104-85. Barnes played 21 minutes and led all Lakers reserves with nine points (3-8, 1-3, 2-4) and eight rebounds, along with one steal.
This week's Lakers schedule: March 6 - at Detroit, March 7 - at Washington, March 9 - at Minnesota, March 11-Boston.
Barnes' Season Stats: 35G/16GS, 21.1MIN, 4.7RB, 1.5AST, 7.0PPG (Barnes' 7.0ppg and 4.7rpg leads all Lakers reserves).

Darren Collison (third NBA season, second with Indiana, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 23-12, second-place) - On March 3 at New Orleans, Indiana defeated the Hornets, 102-84, giving Indiana its first six-game winning streak in seven years. Collison's 19-foot buzzer-beating hook shot at the end of the second quarter gave Indiana a 54-37 lead, started and played 27 minutes, with 13 points (6-11, 1-1, 0-0/scored in double figures last five games), four rebounds, game-high tying four assists and one steal. On Feb. 28 at Indianapolis, the Pacers defeated Golden State, 102-78. Collison started and played 30 minutes, with 11 points (4-9, 0-0, 3-4), four rebounds, a game-high tying five assists and one steal.
This week's Pacers schedule: March 5 - at Chicago, March 6 - Atlanta, March 10 - Minnesota, March 11 - at Orlando.
Collison's Season Stats: 35G/35GS (has started every Pacers game), 33.1MIN, 3.5RB, team-leading 5.2AST, 11.5PPG

Baron Davis (13th NBA season, first with New York Knicks, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 18-19 third-place) - On March 4 at Boston, the Celtics defeated New York, 115-111 in overtime. Davis, in his fifth game since recovering from a bulging back disc, played a season-high 20 minutes, with a season-best eight points (3-5, 2-3, 0-0), two rebounds, seven assists and one steal. On Feb. 29 at Madison Square Garden, New York beat Cleveland, 120-103, outscoring the Cavaliers 71-42 in the second half. Davis played 14 minutes, with four points (2-4, 0-1, 0-0), two rebounds, a season-best eight assists and one steal.
This week's Knicks schedule: March 6 - at Dallas, March 7 - at San Antonio, March 9 - at Milwaukee, March 11 - Philadelphia
Davis' Season Stats: 5G, 14.6MIN, 1.0RB, 5.0AST, 3.2PPG

Jordan Farmar (sixth NBA season, second with New Jersey Nets, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 12-26, fifth-place) - On March 4 at Charlotte, the Nets beat the Bobcats, 104-101. Farmar played 11 minutes, with seven points (2-6, 1-2, 2-2), one rebound and four assists, On March 2 at Boston, the Celtics defeated New Jersey, 107-94. Farmar played 14 minutes with seven points (3-6, 1-3, 0-0), one rebound, assist and steal. On Feb. 28 at Dallas, New Jersey defeated the defending NBA champions, 93-92 (DNP - missed four of last seven games with strained right groin).
This week's Nets' schedule: March 6 - at Miami, March 7 - LA Clippers, March 9 - at Charlotte, March 10 - Houston.
Farmar's Season Stats: 31G/2GS, 21.0MIN, 1.5RB, 3.3AST, 10.3PPG

Jrue Holiday (third NBA season with Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 22-16, first-place) - On March 4 at Philadelphia in a battle of division leaders, Chicago defeated the 76ers, 96-91. Holiday started and played 39 minutes, with 16 points (8-18, 0-1, 0-0/has scored in double figures last four games), four rebounds and assists and a game-high two steals. On March 2 in Philadelphia, the 76ers beat Golden State, 105-83, as Philadelphia scored over 100 points for only the first time in 20 games. Holiday started and played a game-high tying 40 points, with 13 points (5-9, 0-0, 3-5), one rebound, four assists and one steal. On Feb. 29 at Philadelphia, the 76ers lost to Oklahoma City, 92-88. Holiday started and played 33 minutes, with a team-high tying 18 points (8-15, 0-3, 2-2), two rebounds and assists and a game-high three steals. On Feb. 28 at Detroit, Philadelphia defeated the Pistons, 97-68 as the 76ers snapped their five-game losing streak. Holiday started and played 25 minutes, with 10 points (4-8, 0-1, 2-2), three rebounds, five assists and three steals.
This week's 76ers schedule: March 5 - at Milwaukee, March 7 - Boston, March 9 - Utah, March 11 - at New York.
Holiday's Season Stats: 38G/38GS (has started every game), 34.7MIN, 3.2RB, 4.4AST, 1.6STL, 13.7PPG (No. 2 team scorer)

Ryan Hollins (sixth NBA season, second with Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 13-22, fourth-place) - On March 3, at Washington, Cleveland lost its fifth consecutive game, losing to the Wizards, 101-98. Hollins started his first game of the season, playing a season-best 31 minutes, with a season-best 15 points (5-7, 0-0, 5-8) and seven rebounds.
This week's Cavaliers schedule: March 5 - Utah, March 7 - at Denver, March 9 - at Oklahoma City, March 11 - Houston.
Hollins' Season Stats: 18G/1GS, 13.4MIN, 2.1RB, 3.6PPG

Kevin Love (fourth NBA season with Minnesota Timberwolves, Western Conference/NW Div., 19-19, third-place) - On March 3 at Portland, Love's season-best 42 points (one shy of his career-high/15-27, 5-8, 7-8) led Minnesota to a 122-110 victory over the Trailblazers. Love started and played a game-high tying 43 minutes, with a team-high 10 rebounds (NBA leading 32 double-doubles/second consecutive), four assists and one steal. On March 1at Phoenix, the Suns beat Minnesota, 104-95. Love returned to the Timberwolves starting lineup, playing 40 minutes, with a game-high 23 points (8-25, 1-5, 6-6) and 10 rebounds , three assists and one steal. On Feb. 29 at the Staples Center, the Lakers beat Minnesota, 104-85 (Love did not play, flu). On Feb. 28 in Los Angeles, Minnesota defeated the Clippers, 109-79 (in the fourth quarter, Minnesota shot .786 from the field (11-14) and .571 from three-point range (4-7). Love, who won the NBA All-Star three-point contest on Feb. 25 and played in the Feb. 26 All-Star contest, started and played 25 minutes (did not play in the fourth quarter), with 10 points (4-13, 0-2, 2-2), a team-high tying seven rebounds (snapped his streak of 11 consecutive double-doubles) and two assists. At 4:54 in the first quarter, Love was assessed a technical foul.
This week's Timberwolves schedule: March 5 - LA Clippers, March 7 - Portland, March 9 - LA Lakers, March 10 - New Orleans.
Love's Season Stats: 35G/35GS, NBA-leading 39.6MIN, team-leading 13.6REB, 2.0AST, team-leading 25.0PPG

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (fourth NBA season with Milwaukee Bucks, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 14-23, third-place) - On March 3 at Orlando, the Magic beat Milwaukee for the fourth time in 22 days, 114-98 (it was the Bucks third consecutive loss). Mbah a Moute played 24 minutes, with eight points (3-5, 0-0, 2-5), six rebounds, two assists and one steal. On March 2 at Atlanta, the Hawks rallied from an 11-point third quarter deficit to defeat Milwaukee, 99-94. Mbah a Moute returned to the Bucks' lineup, playing 23 minutes, with seven points (2-6, 0-0, 3-4), five rebounds, two blocked shots and a season and game-high four steals. On Feb. 29 at Boston, the Celtics beat Milwaukee, 102-96 (DNP-left shoulder injury). On Feb. 28 at Milwaukee, the Bucks defeated Washington, 119-118, handing the Wizards their fifth consecutive defeat. Mbah a Moute played 22 minutes, with 13 points (4-6, 0-0, 5-7), six rebounds and one steal.
This week's Bucks' schedule: March 5 - Philadelphia, March 7 - Chicago, March 9 - New York, March 11 - at Toronto.
Mbah a Moute's Season Stats: 24G/14GS, 22.2MIN, 4.6RB, 6.6PPG

Earl Watson (11th NBA season, second with the Utah Jazz, Western Conference/NW Div., 17-19, fifth-place) - On March 3 at Dallas, Utah lost to the defending NBA champions, 102-96. Watson played 20 minutes, with five points (2-4), 0-1, 1-2), four rebounds, with one assist and blocked shot On March 2 at Utah, the Jazz snapped Miami's nine-game winning streak, beating the Heat, 99-98. Watson played 22 minutes, with two minutes, four rebounds, a game-high seven assists, with one blocked shot and steal. On Feb. 29 at Utah, the Jazz snapped their four game losing streak, beating Houston, 104-83. Watson played 26 minutes, with 0 points, season-high six rebounds, a game-high eight assists and one steal. On Feb. 28 at Sacramento, Utah lost to the Kings, 103-96 for their fourth consecutive defeat. Watson played 16 minutes, with one point (0-1, 0-0, 1-2), two rebounds, two assists and a game-high three steals.
This week's Jazz schedule: March 5 - at Cleveland (the Jazz will play four consecutive road games), March 7 - at Charlotte, March 9 - at Philadelphia, March 10 -at Chicago.
Watson's Season Stats: 35G, 21.8MIN, 2.3RB, 4.5AST, 1.1STL, 3.3PPG

Russell Westbrook (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/NW Div., 29-8, first-place, second-best record in the NBA (.784) - On March 3 at Atlanta, the Hawks snapped Oklahoma City's seven-game winning streak, beating the Thunder, 97-90. Westbrook started and played 37 minutes, with 25 points (10-21, 3-8, 2-2/36 of 37 games double figures), 0 rebounds, team-high four assists and one blocked shot. On March 1 at Orlando, Oklahoma City overcame a 14-point deficit, beating the Magic, 105-102 for its seventh straight win. Westbrook started and played 38 minutes, with 29 points (11-21, 0-0, 7-10/), two rebounds, game-high 10 assists (second time this season, a double-double in points/assists) and one steal. On Feb. 29 at Philadelphia, Oklahoma City defeated the 76ers, 92-88, for the Thunder's sixth consecutive victory. Westbrook, who played in the NBA All-Star game on Feb. 26, started and played a team-high tying 36 minutes, with 22 points (7-20, 0-4, 8-8), a season and game-high 13 rebounds, team-high tying four assists and one steal.
This week's Thunder schedule: March 5 - Dallas, March 7 - Phoenix, March 9 - Cleveland, March 10 - Charlotte.
Westbrook's Season Stats: 37G/37GS (has started every game), 35.3MIN, 4.8RB, team-leading 5.5AST, team-leading 1.7STL, 23.6ppg (No. 2 team scorer)

NBA Statistical Leaders/Feb. 28-March 4

Jordan Farmar, New Jersey Nets - through 30 games, Farmar was the NBA's No. 6 three-point shooter (43-93, .462).

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves - through 34 games, Love was the NBA's No. 4 scorer (24.5ppg) and No. 2 rebounder (13.7rpg). Only 10 players in NBA history have averaged 25+ points and 14+ rebounds in regular season play.

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder - Through 36 games, Westbrook was the NBA's No. 5 scorer (23.6ppg).

Note: Minnesota rookie Malcolm Lee was recalled to the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce on March 5. 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. Lee, who has not appeared in an NBA game this season, on Dec. 30 underwent left knee surgery for a torn meniscus.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 75 - 81
Sunday, Feb 14
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
W, 78 - 65
Thursday, Feb 18
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
L, 73 - 75
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 53
Thursday, Feb 25
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 63 - 75
Saturday, Feb 27
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
L, 70 - 79
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
L, 68 - 76
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 82 - 86
Wednesday, Mar 09
vs. USC
Las Vegas, NV
L, 71 - 95