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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Gordon Hayward
Paul Pierce scored 26 points, including seven straight in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Utah Jazz 110-107 on Monday night to close out a five-game road trip.
James Harden scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets rolled by the Jazz 125-80 on Monday night, handing Utah its worst home loss in franchise history.
The banners hanging from Hinkle Fieldhouse's dusty rafters are a constant reminder of achievement at Butler.
For the first 40 minutes Wednesday night Washington looked uninspired against a Utah squad that had won seven of its previous nine. But instead of giving up after trailing by 22 points in the first half and 15 entering the fourth quarter, Washington fought back within two on Kevin Seraphin's jumper with 6:57 left.
Washington Wizards star John Wall, Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving of Cleveland and Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin are among 13 NBA players chosen to scrimmage against the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team in July.
Tony Parker scored 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their first playoff opener in four years, beating the Utah Jazz 106-91 in Game 1 of their first-round series Sunday.
John Wall isn't taking his game overseas yet.
The Utah Jazz have exercised the option on guard-forward C.J. Miles that will keep him under contract through the 2011-12 season.
The Utah Jazz likened Enes Kanter to a "bull in a china shop," one they felt fortunate to grab with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.
Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said the chance to pick No. 3 in June's draft means the team is coming back _ a season after losing Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan, All-Star Deron Williams and a record-setting 43 games.
There was little left for Shelvin Mack to accomplish at Butler.
College basketball's biggest party was once an exclusive affair, such a stretch for small schools there might as well have been "No Mid-Majors Allowed" signs plastered on the locker room doors at the Final Four.
The only thing that could stop Kemba Walker and Connecticut's amazing run was the final buzzer.
Butler couldn't go inside. It couldn't score outside. Its shots were blocked all night long.
The big, bad Big East stands in Butler's way.
"We're getting stops defensively and showing some physicality and that's what got us the lead," Hayward said. "We got buckets in transition and easy baskets when we executed."
"We let them dictate where we were going with their pressure," Hayward said. "We let them get two or three buckets in a row. We just need to calm down and not rush through stuff. We got going too fast and (gave) them easy looks on the other end."