Jan. 31, 2012
For the games from Jan. 23-29, here are the main highlights of UCLA's players in the NBA.
Kevin Love (fourth NBA season with Minnesota Timberwolves, Western Conference/NW Div., 9-11, fifth-place)
On Jan. 25, Love signed a four-year maximum extension with the Timberwolves, valued at more than $60 million dollars. Love can opt out after three years and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
After 19 games, Love was the NBA's No. 4 scorer (24.9ppg) and No. 2 rebounder (13.8rpg). He has recorded a double-double in 18 of his last 19 games and after 20 games (all starts), is the Timberwolves leader in minutes played (39.7), points (25.3) and rebounds (13.8). His highlight games of the week included - a season-best 39 points and team-high 12 rebounds on Jan. 23 when Houston won at Minnesota 107-92; a game-high 31 points and game-high tying 10 rebounds on Jan. 25 when Minnesota won at defending NBA Champion Dallas 105-90, snapping the Mavericks' seven-game home winning streak and on Jan. 29, when the LA Lakers won at Minnesota 106-101 and Love had a team-high 33 points and 13 rebounds.
The Timberwolves' games this week include - Jan. 30 -at Houston, Feb. 1 - Indiana, Feb. 3 - at New Jersey and Feb. 4 -Houston.
Russell Westbrook (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/NW Div., 16-3, first-place/second-most wins in the NBA behind Chicago's 17 victories).
On Jan. 19, Oklahoma City signed Westbrook, who would have been a restricted free agent at the end of this season, to a multi-year contract extension. Yahoo Sports reported the contract was worth $80 million dollars over five years.
After 19 games, Westbrook was the NBA's No. 10 scorer (20.8ppg) and No. 7 in steals per game (2.0). He is averaging 33.8 minutes a game with a team-high 5.8 assists and 2.0 steals. His highlight games from last week included - a game-high tying 24 points and game-high 6 assists on Jan. 23 when Oklahoma City defeated Detroit 99-79 in OKC and on Jan. 27, when Oklahoma City won at Golden State 120-109, Westbrook had 28 points, with a season and game-high 11 assists.
The Thunder have won 11 of their last 12 games, including six consecutive, with an upcoming schedule of nine of their next 11 games away from home (Jan. 30 - at LA Clippers, Feb. 1 -at Dallas, Feb. 3- Memphis and Feb. 4- at San Antonio).
Jordan Farmar (sixth NBA season, second with New Jersey Nets, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 7-14, fourth-place)
After 20 games, Farmar was the NBA's No. 9 three-point field goal percentage shooter (24-53, .453). On Jan. 23, when New Jersey lost at Chicago, 110-95, he had a game-high tying 22 points, with four assists.
New Jersey this week is at Indiana at Jan. 31, hosting Detroit (Feb. 1) and Minnesota (Feb. 3) and at New York on Feb. 4.
Darren Collison (third NBA season, second with Indiana, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 13-6, second-place)
After 19 games, all starts, Collison is averaging a team leading 34.2 minutes per game and a team-leading 5.5 assists per game, to go along with a 10.9 scoring average. On Jan. 25, Indiana became the first team this season to beat the Chicago Bulls on their home floor, 95-90, with Collison collecting 11 points, six rebounds and a game-high eight assists. On Jan. 29, when the Pacers won at Orlando 106-85, ending a six-game losing streak to the Magic, Collison had 11 points and a game-high 10 assists.
More Bruin Notes ...
- Denver's Arron Afflalo has been slowed with a right groin strain, missing Denver's 122-93 win at Sacramento.
- Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes, in the Lakers' 106-101 win at Minnesota on Jan. 29, came off the bench and played 13 minutes, snapping his string of 16 consecutive starts.
- The New York Knicks' Baron Davis, who has not played in a game this year because of a bulging back disc, could see action this week when New York hosts Detroit (Jan. 31) and Chicago (Feb. 2), at Boston (Feb. 3) and hosts New Jersey (Feb. 4).
- Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday, who has helped lead the Sixers to a 14-6 first-place record in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division, is a Top 50 NBA scorer (14.7ppg) and has started all 20 games, averaging 35.8 minutes, 3.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and team-high tying 1.9 steals.
- Milwaukee's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute missed 10 of the Bucks' first 12 games with right knee tendonitis and had his first start on Jan. 24, when Atlanta won at Milwaukee 97-92. Mbah a Moute has started four of eight games, averaging 21.6 minutes, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 points.