Bruins in the NBA - Week Five

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.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA