Jawai lets loose for Timberwolves
A brilliant burst of power scoring from Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nathan Jawai failed to lift his side to victory against the Los Angeles Clippers in their NBA game yesterday.
Jawai scored all of his nine points in less than three minutes as he battled to keep his Timberwolves in the game late in the second quarter.
But the former Cairns Taipan failed to score in the second half as the Clippers got up 120-95, consigning the Timberwolves to their 22nd loss in 26 games this season.
Jawai also collected an equal career high seven rebounds yesterday and won praise for his poise close to the hoop.
Elsewhere, potent three-point shooting helped the Orlando Magic to a 118-99 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Dwight Howard had 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks for the Magic, while Rashard Lewis added 21 points.
Orlando shot 14 of 30 from beyond the arc. Toronto’s Hedo Turkoglu was showered with a mix of cheers and boos and scored 14 points as he returned to Orlando, where he was a fan favorite before parting ways in the offseason.
In Atlanta, the hosts pulled away in the second half for their fifth straight win, beating Memphis 110-97.
Despite playing only 29 minutes, Joe Johnson scored 26 points, making 10 of 16 shots from the field, including a couple of three-pointers, and chipped in with eight rebounds and three assists.
Sam Young led Memphis with 20 points.
LeBron James hit two clutch three-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 36 points to lead Cleveland over Philadelphia 108-101.
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