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Bruins in the NBA - Week Thirteen
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/27/2012

March 27, 2012

Each week, uclabruins.com will update and highlight select UCLA players' progress during the current NBA season. Games highlighted are from Mar. 19-25.

UCLA in the NBA/ Player Highlights

Arron Afflalo, G (fifth NBA season, third with Denver Nuggets, Western Conference/NW Div., 26-23, third-place) - On March 25 at Minneapolis, the Nuggets lost their second consecutive game, losing to the Timberwolves, 117-100 (Afflalo did not play, NBA one-game suspension). On March 21 at Denver, the Nuggets almost let a 25-point lead get away, but held on for a 116-115 victory over Detroit. Afflalo started and played 34 minutes, with 23 points (8-12, 2-3, 5-6/ two consecutive games of 20 points or more), with three rebounds and assists and one steal. On March 19 at Denver, the Nuggets were beaten by Dallas, the defending NBA champions, 112-95. Afflalo started and played 34 minutes, with a team-high 24 points (7-10, 2-3, 8-8), three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
This week's Nuggets schedule: March 26 - at Chicago, March 28 - at Toronto, March 30 - at Charlotte, April 1 - at Orlando.
Afflalo's Season Stats: 45G/45GS (most team starts), 32.0MIN, 2.7RB, 2.0AST, 13.9PPG.

Trevor Ariza, F (eighth NBA season, second with New Orleans, Western Conference/SW Div., 12-36, fifth-place) - On March 24 at New Orleans, the Hornets lost to San Antonio, 89-86 (Ariza did not play - injured right ankle). On March 22 at New Orleans, the Hornets shot 57.6% from the field, including 63.6% (7-11) in the fourth quarter, to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, 97-90. Ariza started and played 18 minutes, with two points, rebounds and assists. On March 21 at New Orleans, Golden State snapped its four game losing streak, beating the Hornets, 101-92. Ariza started and played 27 minutes, with eight points (4-5, 0-0, 0-0), six rebounds, three assists and a game-high tying two steals.
This week's Hornets schedule: March 26- at LA Clippers, March 28 - at Golden State, March 29- at Portland, March 31 - at LA Lakers, April 1 - at Phoenix.
Ariza Season Stats: 37G/37GS, 33.9MIN, 5.6RB, 3.5AST, 1.7STL, 11.2PPG.

Matt Barnes, F (ninth NBA season, second with Los Angeles Lakers, Western Conference/Pacific Div., 30-19, first-place) - On March 25 at the Staples Center, the Lakers suffered a rare home loss as their bench was out-scored 41-9, losing to Memphis, 102-96. Barnes played 20 minutes and came off the bench to lead all Lakers reserves with six points (2-3, 1-2, 1-2), three rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. On March 23 at the Staples Center, the Lakers won for the seventh time in nine games (two consecutive wins) with a season-high 33 assists on 40 baskets, beating Portland, 103-96. Barnes blocked a Trailblazers shot early in the fourth quarter, preventing Portland from taking the lead, and his layup later in the final period gave the Lakers a 93-89 advantage. He played 25 minutes, leading the Lakers reserves with nine points (4-9, 1-4, 0-2), along with five rebounds, five assists, a game and career-high tying three blocked shots and one steal (in the last six games, Barnes has averaged 11.2 points and shot 43% from three-point range). On March 21at Dallas, the defending NBA champions, the Lakers defeated the Mavericks, 109-93. The Lakers are 3-0 vs. Dallas, a team that swept the Lakers in last season's Western Conference semi-finals. Barnes played 32 minutes, with 11 points (4-11, 3-7, 0-0/scored in double figures four of the last five games), a team-high tying nine rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. On March 20 at Houston, the Lakers were defeated by Rockets, 107-104. In the last eight games, the Lakers are 5-3 and have given up 102 points a game. Barnes played 26 minutes, with eight points (3-7, 2-4, 0-1), leading all Lakers reserves with five rebounds, along with one assist.
This week's Lakers schedule: March 27- at Golden State, March 29 - Oklahoma City, March 31 - New Orleans, April 1- Golden State.
Barnes' Season Stats: 47G/16GS, 21.5MIN, 4.8RB, 1.6AST, 7.3PPG (leads Lakers reserves in scoring and rebounding).

Darren Collison, G (third NBA season, second with Indiana, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 28-19, second-place) - On March 24 at Milwaukee, the Pacers defeated the Bucks, 125-104. Collison started and played 24 minutes, with eight points (4-10, 0-0, 0-0), three rebounds and two assists. On March 23 at Indianapolis, the Pacers two-game win streak came to an end, losing to Phoenix, 113-111. Collison started and played 31 minutes, with nine points (4-7, 0-0, 1-1), three rebounds, a team-high seven assists (highest assist total in last 19 games) and one steal. On March 22 at Washington, Darren Collison's key steal late in the game helped rally Indiana from a 22-point deficit to defeat the Wizards, 85-83. Collison started and played 33 minutes, with six points (2-7, 1-4, 1-2), four rebounds, team-high five assists and one steal. On March 20 at Indianapolis, the Pacers shot 92.3% from the foul line (24-26) and defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 102-89. Collison started and played 24 minutes, with four points (1-4, 0-0, 2-2), three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
This week's Pacers schedule: March 26 - Miami, March 28 - at New Jersey, March 29 - Washington, March 31 -at San Antonio, April 1- at Houston.
Collison's Season Stats: 47G/47GS (has started every Pacers game), 32.3MIN, 3.3RB, team-leading 4.8AST, 10.6PPG.

Baron Davis, G (13th NBA season, first with New York Knicks, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 24-25 third-place) - On March 24 at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks defeated Detroit, 101-79. Davis played 18 minutes, with five points (2-5, 1-3, 0-0), one rebound, two assists, one blocked shot and a game-high tying two steals. On March 23 at Toronto, the Knicks five-game winning streak ended (first loss under interim head coach Mike Woodson), losing to the Raptors, 96-79. Davis played 21 minutes, with five points (2-5, 0-1, 1-1), one rebound, team-high eight assists and game-high tying two steals. On March 21 at Philadelphia, the Knicks won their fifth consecutive game under interim head coach Mike Woodson, beating the 76ers, 82-79. The victory pulled New York to within three games of Philadelphia, the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division leader. Davis, who had missed two consecutive games with a strained right hamstring, played 12 minutes, with five points (2-7, 1-3, 0-0), one rebound and assist and a game-high tying two steals. On March 20 at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks won their fourth consecutive game under interim head coach Mike Woodson, beating Toronto, 106-87 (Davis did not play- missed second consecutive game with strained right hamstring).
This week's Knicks schedule: March 26 - Milwaukee, March 28 - Orlando, March 30-at Atlanta, March 31 - Cleveland.
Davis' Season Stats: 15G, 16.7MIN, 1.7RB, 4.9AST, 1.2STL, 4.8PPG.

Jordan Farmar, G (sixth NBA season, second with New Jersey Nets, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 16-34, fifth-place) - On March 24 at Newark, the Nets ended their five-game losing streak, beating Charlotte, 102-89. Farmar played 13 minutes, with seven points (3-4, 1-2, 0-0) and two rebounds and assists. On March 23 at Atlanta, the Nets lost their fifth consecutive game, losing to the Hawks, 93-84. Farmar, who had missed the last four games with a strained right groin, played 12 minutes, with five points (1-2, 1-2, 2-2) and one assist.
This week's Nets schedule: March 26 - Utah, March 28 - Indiana, March 30 - at Golden State, March 31 - at Sacramento.
Farmar's Season Stats: 39G/5GS, 21.3MIN, 1.6RB, 3.3AST, 10.4PPG.

Jrue Holiday, G (third NBA season with Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 27-22, first-place) - On March 25 at San Antonio, the 76ers lost to the Spurs, 93-76. Holiday started and played 30 minutes, with 10 points (5-14, 0-1, 0-0/double figures six of last seven games, including five consecutive), with three rebounds and assists and a game-high tying two steals. On March 23 at Philadelphia, the 76ers held on to first place in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Div., beating Boston, 99-86. Holiday started and played 30 minutes, with 15 points (5-12, 1-1, 4-5), three rebounds, team-high tying four assists and two steals. On March 21 at Philadelphia, the 76ers lost for the fourth time in their last five games, dropping a 82-79 decision to the New York Knicks. Holiday started and played a game-high tying 38 minutes, with a team-high 16 points (6-14, 2-5, 2-2), game-high tying six assists and one steal. On March 19 at Charlotte, the 76ers snapped their three-game losing streak, beating the Bobcats, 105-80. Holiday started and played 31 minutes, with a game-high tying 20 points (8-13, 0-1, 4-4/averaged 25.0 points last two games), four rebounds, game-high six assists and one blocked shot.
This week's 76ers schedule: March 27 - Cleveland, March 30 - at Washington, March 31 - Atlanta.
Holiday's Season Stats: 49G/49GS (has started every game), 34.3MIN, 3.2RB, 4.4AST, 1.6STL, 13.8PPG (No. 2 team scorer).

Kevin Love, F (fourth NBA season with Minnesota Timberwolves, Western Conference/NW Div., 24-26, fourth-place) - On March 25 at Minnesota, the Timberwolves snapped their two-game losing streak and defeated Denver, 117-100 (Minnesota had lost 17 of the last 18 games to the Nuggets). Love started and played a game-high 44 minutes, with a game-high 30 points (11-19, 1-4, 7-7), game and season-high tying 21 rebounds (seventh consecutive double-double/12 double-doubles in last 13 games/NBA leading 42 double-doubles), four assists, game and season-high tying three blocked shots and team-high two steals. On March 23 at Oklahoma City, Kevin Love's career-high 51 points wasn't enough, as the Timberwolves lost to the Thunder for the 11th consecutive time, 149-140 in two overtimes. In a starting career and team-high 49 minutes, Love's 51 points came on shooting 16-27 from the floor, a career-best seven-three pointers and 12-16 from the foul line, becoming just the third player to score 50 or more points this NBA season. He also had a team-high 14 rebounds, with one blocked shot and steal. On March 21 at San Antonio, the Spurs won their fourth consecutive game, beating the Timberwolves, 116-100. Love started and played 29 minutes, with 17 points (5-13, 1-3, 6-9), a team-high 12 rebounds, with two assists and steals. On March 19 at Golden State, the Timberwolves halted their three-game losing streak, beating Golden State, 97-93 (all six visiting NBA teams won their games on March 19). Love started and played a game-high 44 minutes, with a game-high 36 points (13-23, 3-5, 7-10) and 17 rebounds and two assists.
This week's Timberwolves schedule: March 27 - at Memphis, March 28 - at Charlotte, March 30 - Boston, April 1 - at Portland.
Love's Season Stats: 46G/46GS, NBA-leading 39.8MIN, team-leading 13.8REB, 1.9AST, team-leading 26.3PPG.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, F (fourth NBA season with Milwaukee Bucks, Eastern Conference/Central Div., 22-26, third-place) - On March 24 at Milwaukee, the Bucks lost to Indiana, 125-104. Mbah a Moute played 18 minutes, with nine points (4-6, 0-0, 1-1), two rebounds and one assist. On March 23 at Charlotte, the Bucks beat the Bobcats, 112-92. Playing 25 minutes, he scored a team-high 20 points (8-12, 0-0, 4-8), with 13 of those points coming in the second half, along with eight rebounds, one assist and blocked shot. On March 22 at Milwaukee, the Bucks had their six-game winning streak come to an end, losing to Boston, 100-91. Mbah a Moute played 16 minutes, with four points (2-5, 0-0, 0-0), six rebounds and three assists. On March 20 at Portland, the Bucks recorded their sixth consecutive win (four straight games with 30+ assists as a team), beating the Trailblazers, 116-87. Mbah a Moute, who earlier in the month had missed four games with a right knee injury, played 10 minutes, with six points (3-5, 0-0, 0-1), three rebounds and one steal.
This week's Bucks schedule: March 26 - at New York, March 27- Atlanta, March 30 - at Cleveland, March 31 - Memphis.
Mbah a Moute's Season Stats: 31G/15GS, 21.6MIN, 5.2RB, 7.5PPG.

Russell Westbrook, G (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/NW Div., 37-12, first-place, second-best record in the NBA, .755) - On March 25 in Oklahoma City in a game between two NBA championship contending teams, the Thunder defeated Miami, 103-87. Westbrook started and played 33 minutes, with 13 points (4-16, 1-3, 4-4/scored in double figures 46 consecutive games, including 23 or more points on 27 occasions.), three rebounds, six assists, one blocked shot and a team-high tying three steals. On March 23 in Oklahoma City when the Thunder hosted Minnesota and not to be outdone by his former Bruin teammate Kevin Love who scored a career-high 51 points for Minnesota, Westbrook (career-high 45 points) and his Thunder teammate Kevin Durant (40 points) combined for 85 points to lead Oklahoma City past the Timberwolves, 149-140 in two overtimes (it was Oklahoma City's 11th consecutive victory over Minnesota). It's the first time in NBA history two teammates have scored at least 40 points in two games in the same season. The Thunder duo also did it against Denver on February 19th (Westbrook 40/Durant 51). In a career-high tying 50 minutes, Westbrook's team-high 45 points came on a career-best 17-28 from the floor, 2-4 from three-point range and 9-9 from the foul line, with four rebounds, team-high tying six assists and two steals. On March 21 at Oklahoma City, the Thunder, shooting 53.8% from the field, improved to 20-4 at home, beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 114-91. Westbrook started and played 35 minutes, with 19 points (8-20, 1-4, 2-2), three rebounds and four assists. On March 20 at Salt Lake City, the Thunder dropped their fourth contest in their last seven games, losing to Utah, 97-90. Westbrook started and played 34 minutes, with a game-high 23 points (8-11, 3-4, 4-4), four rebounds and team-high three assists.
This week's Thunder schedule: March 27 - at Portland, March 29 - at LA Lakers, April 1 - Chicago.
Westbrook's Season Stats: 49G/49GS (has started every game), 35.7MIN, 4.5RB, team-leading 5.4AST and 1.6STL, 24.0ppg (No. 2 team scorer).

UCLA in the NBA/News Updates

On March 20, the Cleveland Cavaliers waived 7-0 center/forward Ryan Hollins, and on March 23, the Boston Celtics signed Hollins. He has appeared in two Celtics games - on March 25 when the Celtics beat Washington at Boston, 88-76 (12 minutes, three points, one rebound) and on March 23, playing in his first game in a Celtics uniform, Boston lost at Philadelphia, 99-86 (three minutes, one point).

With Cleveland, Hollins, 27, had averages of 3.7 points on .500 shooting and 2.3 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game in 24 games (in seven starts/5.6 points/3.7 rebounds/60% from field) this season. Prior to March 23, he had career averages of 4.2 points on .554 shooting and 2.3 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game in 299 games (54 starts). Hollins' best statistical season was 2009-10 with Minnesota, averaging a career-best 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds. Last season with Cleveland he shot a career-high 59.8 from the floor.

UCLA in the NBA/Statistical Leaders (Top 12)

Jordan Farmar, New Jersey Nets - through 39 games, Farmar was the NBA's No. 8 three-point shooter (55-125, .440).

Two of the Top 5 Scorers this week in the NBA are from UCLA -

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves - through 45 games, Love was the NBA's No. 4 scorer (26.2ppg), No. 2 rebounder (13.7rpg) and No. 1 in minutes played (39.7). 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 - Through 48 games, Westbrook was the NBA's No. 5 scorer (24.3ppg) and No. 11 in steals (1.6).

Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia - Through 48 games, Holiday was the NBA's No. 12 in steals (1.56).


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