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Duke in the NBA Update: Dunleavy on Scoring Streak
Wednesday 04/05/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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Shane Battier
Miami Heat - Forward
Drafted : 1st Round (6th Pick) by the Memphis Grizzlies (2001)
2011-12 Stats : 52 games, 4.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Battier continues to be an area of strength off the bench for the Heat, who have won three of their last four games. He scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in the 106-85 win over Dallas, and tallied two rebounds and one assists in the 113-101 win against Toronto. Battier registered 11 points, four rebounds, and one assist as the Heat lost to Boston 91-72. He drew the start against the 76ers and recorded four points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the 99-93 win. Miami has now won its last 11 regular-season games against the 76ers. In the Heat's remaining 14 games, seven of their next nine games are against teams with winning records, all working for playoff spots. The Heat will face Dallas - in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals - Boston, and play games against teams with the league's two best records: Oklahoma City and Chicago. Miami plays seven of its next 10 games at home, where the Heat own a league-best 14-game winning streak. Miami, who improved to 38-14, became the second team in the East to clinch a 2011-12 playoff spot.

Carlos Boozer
Chicago Bulls - Forward/Center
Drafted : 2nd Round (35th pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)
2011-12 Stats : 55 games, 15.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Boozer, a dominant offensive force, helped lead the Bulls to a 2-2 record this past week scoring in double-figures in all four games. Boozer registered 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in the 98-77 win over the Atlanta Hawks. He recorded his 12th double-double of the season when he scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the 83-71 win over the Detroit Pistons. Chicago fell, 92-78, to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who remain the only team in the West to clinch a playoff spot. At halftime Chicago was down 49-39 before the Thunder outscored the Bulls 21-12 in the third quarter. The Thunder pulled its starters at the start of the fourth quarter as the Bulls trailed by 29 for the first time this season, and their seven-game road winning streak, two shy of the franchise record, was snapped. Boozer registered his 13th double-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and one steal as the Bulls dropped their second consecutive loss to the Houston Rockets (99-93).

Elton Brand
Philadelphia 76ers - Forward/Center
Drafted : 1st Round (1st pick) by the Chicago Bulls (1999)
2011-12 Stats : 49 Games, 10.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.6 BPG

Brand, who has stepped into a more dynamic role for the 76ers, helped Philadelphia win two of their four games this past week. He scored a season-high 25 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter, while pulling down 10 rebounds and handing out five assists in the 95-90 comeback win over the Atlanta Hawks. Brand contributed eight points, six rebounds, two assists, three blocks and four steals as the 76ers fell to the Miami Heat 99-93. It was just the fourth time in 24 games this season that the 76ers shot at least 45 percent from the floor and lost. The 76ers have won two of their last five games while Brand is shooting 64.1 percent form the floor to average 12.6 points per game. Brand also leads Philadelphia with 1.6 blocks per game. The 76ers are 29-24 overall and now a game and half behind Atlanta in the playoff hunt.

Luol Deng
Chicago Bulls - Forward/Center
Drafted : 1st Round (7th pick) by the Phoenix Suns (2004)
2011-12 Stats : 46 games, 15.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.7 BPG

Deng, who continues to provide the Chicago Bulls with efforts on both sides of the ball, helped the Bulls to a 2-2 week. Deng reached the 20-point plateau in three of his last four games. He scored 22 points, recorded two boards and handed out three assists as Chicago defeated Atlanta 98-77. He registered 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in the 83-71 win over Detroit. Chicago fell, 92-78, to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who remain the only team in the West to clinch a playoff spot. Deng scored a season-high 24 points while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out two assists in the 99-93 loss to the Houston Rockets. This was the first time this season the Bulls have lost back-to-back games. Chicago is 42-13 overall

Chris Duhon
Orland Magic - Guard
Drafted : 2nd Round (38th pick) by the Chicago Bulls (2004)
2011-12 Stats : 54 Games, 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Despite a recent four-game losing streak, Duhon continues to be a force off the bench for the Magic, averaging 19.8 minutes per game. The Magic have now lost four consecutive games, falling to New York (106-86), Dallas (100-98), Denver (104-101) and Detroit (102-95). Duhon registered seven points, three rebounds and three assists, and six points and one assist against New York and Dallas respectively. Duhon registered his ninth start this season and scored 13 points, pulled down four rebounds and handed out five assists against Detroit. In the last five games, Duhon is shooting 66.7 percent from the floor and averaging 6.6 points per game. Orlando currently sits at fifth in the East at 32-24. They are a game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks and two and a half games ahead of the Sixers.

Mike Dunleavy
Milwaukee Bucks - Guard/Forward
Drafted : 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Golden State Warriors (2002)
2011-12 Stats : 39 Games, 12.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Dunleavy remains a consistent offensive presence off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks, who are just two and a half games out of the eighth playoff spot in the East with 14 regular-season games left. He scored 16 points and pulled down 3 rebounds and handed out two assists as the Bucks defeated Cleveland 121-84. Dunleavy scored 10 points and recorded one rebounds and two assist as the Bucks shot just 41.5 percent from the floor (34-of-82) in the 99-95 loss to Memphis. Dunleavy and the Bucks bounced back from their loss to Memphis as they defeated Washington 112-98. Dunleavy added 17 points, one rebound and an assist. He has now scored in double-figures in 14 of his last 16 games, and in the last five games Dunleavy is shooting 60.0 percent to average 16.4 points per game. The Bucks have improved to 25-28, and sit in third place in the central division.

Gerald Henderson
Charlotte Bobcats - Shooting Guard
Drafted : 1st Round (12th pick) by the Charlotte Bobcats (2009)
2011-12 Stats : 40 games, 14.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Henderson is averaging 14.5 points per game and continues to be a presence on the court for the struggling Charlotte Bobcats, who have not won a game since a home victory over the Raptors on March 17. Henderson led Charlotte with 21 points and registered a rebound, two assists and two steals as the Bobcats lost to Denver on Friday. He scored 13 points and recorded three rebounds, five assists and one steal in the 110-107 loss to Detroit and eight points, three rebounds and two assists in the 92-87 loss to Toronto. The Bobcats have 15 remaining regular-season games where they will face six of the top eight teams and eight of the top ten teams in the East.

Grant Hill
Phoenix Suns - Forward
Drafted : 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Detroit Pistons (1994)
2011-12 Stats : 46 Games, 10.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Hill remains a regular contributor for the Suns, who are doing all they can to make a push into playoff position in the Western Conference. The Suns currently sit just a game and a half out of the eighth and final playoff spot. The Suns' went 2-2 this past week without Hill, who underwent a procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. According to the Phoenix Suns, if his rehabilitation goes well, he should return by the end of the regular season. Phoenix suffered loses to San Antonio (107-100) and Los Angeles Clippers (103-86), and defeated New Orleans (92-75) and the Sacramento Kings (109-100). He is shooting 45.1 percent from the floor, averaging 10.7 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 2.3 assists per game.

Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers - Point Guard
Drafted : 1st Round (1st pick) by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2011)
2011-12 Stats : 46 games, 18.8 PPG, 3.9 RGP, 5.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Irving, who leads the Cavaliers and all rookies in scoring with 18.8 points per game, was named Rookie of the Month for the third straight time. Irving scored 29 points while pulling down three rebounds and handing out five assists as the Cavs fell to the Bucks 121-84. Irving missed the game against the New York Knicks with a sprained right shoulder, but retuned to action against San Antonio where he added 13 points, one rebound and five assists in the 125-90 loss. Irving is now projected to miss seven to 10 days due to his shoulder injury. Cleveland is 17-34 overall and currently in fifth place in the Central Division. There upcoming schedule for the remainder of the regular season includes Indiana, Orlando, New York, and Chicago.

Dahntay Jones
Indiana Pacers - Guard/Forward (2003)
Drafted : 1st Round (20th pick) by the Boston Celtics
2011-12 Stats : 53 Games, 5.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.2 BPG

Jones remains a contributor off the bench for the Pacers, who went 3-1 this past week to move into the third seed spot in the Eastern Conference. He registered five points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal in the win against Washington (93-89) and three points, one rebound and one assist in the loss to San Antonio (112-103). He tallied two rebounds, one assist and one steal in the 104-102 win over Houston. Indiana rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to defeat the New York Knicks 112-104 on Tuesday night. The Pacers outscored the Knicks, 40-17, in the final 12 minutes. Jones added 12 points and a season-high six rebounds. The Pacers will travel to Washington next before starting a three-game homestand against Oklahoma City, Boston and Toronto.

Corey Maggette
Charlotte Bobcats - Forward
Drafted : 1st Round (13th pick) by the Seattle SuperSonics (1999)
2011-12 Stats : 27 Games, 15.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.0 BPG

Maggette remains a consistent force for the struggling Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats have not won a game since a home victory over the Raptors on March 17. Maggette scored 22 points and tallied four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the 88-83 loss to Minnesota, and 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal in the 99-88 loss to Denver. Maggette strained his Achilles and missed the last two games for the Bobcats. According to the Bobcats, he will be out for at least a week. The Bobcats remain in fifth place in the Southeast division with a 7-44 overall record.

Josh McRoberts
Los Angeles Lakers - Forward/Center
Drafted : 2nd Round (37th pick) by the Portland Trail Blazers (2007)
2011-12 Stats : 32 Games, 2.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG

McRoberts, a reserve off the bench for the Lakers, has seen an average of 21 minutes per game in Los Angeles' last five games. The Lakers have now won three consecutive games and four of their last five games. McRoberts scored two points and recorded eight rebounds and three assists as the Lakers defeated the New Orleans Hornets 88-85, and he scored two points while grabbing eight rebounds in the 120-112 win over the Golden State Warriors. McRoberts registered his fifth career start on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Nets. With four seconds remaining in the first half, McRoberts sunk a fade-away jumper from 15 feet out. The play was highlighted on the Top Ten Plays on SportsCenter. The Lakers went on to win the game 91-87. The Lakers are now 34-20 overall and currently sit in third place in the Western Conference, six and a half games behind top-seed Oklahoma City.

J.J. Redick
Orlando Magic - Shooting Guard
Drafted : 1st Round (11th pick) by the Orlando Magic (2006)
2011-12 Stats : 54 Games, 10.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Redick remains a quality reserve off the bench for the Orlando Magic, who have now lost four straight games, equaling their longest skid of the season. Redick, who is averaging 10.8 points per game, has scored in double figures in three of his last five games. He registered 15 points, four rebounds and one assist in the 108-86 loss to the New York Knicks, two points, two rebounds and two assists as the Magic fell to Dallas 100-98, 15 points, one rebound and three assist in the 104-101 loss to the Denver, and four points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the 102-95 loss to the Detroit Pistons. Orlando, who is playing without Dwight Howard, is currently sitting in fifth in the East at 32-24, thought they are only a game ahead of Atlanta and two and a half games ahead of the Sixers. With only nine games remaining in the regular season, Orlando faces four of their eight fellow East conference teams including Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta and New York.

Nolan Smith
Portland Trail Blazers - Point Guard
Drafted : 1st Round (21st pick) by the Portland Trail Blazers (2011)
2011-12 Stats : 32 Games, 2.8 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Smith remains a reserve off the bench for the Portland Trail Blazers, who went 2-2 this past week. He did not see time in three games this past week due to a combination of injury and illness, as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the New Orleans Hornets (99-93) and Minnesota (119-106) while losing to Utah (102-97). The rookie returned to action on Monday night where the Trail Blazers fell to Utah 102-97. Smith added two points, three rebounds and one assist in the loss. Portland is now three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

Lance Thomas
New Orleans Hornets - Forward
Drafted : Undrafted out of Duke in 2012
2011-12 Stats : 31 Games, 4.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.1 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.0 BPG

Thomas has been a much needed interior force for the New Orleans Hornets, averaging 14.5 minutes, 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Thomas knocked down six points while grabbing six rebounds at the Hornets defeated the Golden State Warriors 102-87. He recorded four points and three rebounds as they fell to Portland (99-93), and six points, seven rebounds and one assist in the loss to the Lakers (88-85). He scored two points and recorded two rebounds and a steal in the 92-75 loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Hornets have now lost four of their last five games and remain in fifth place in the Southwest division.

Shelden Williams
New Jersey Nets - Forward/Center
Drafted : 1st Round (5th pick) by the Atlanta Hawks (2006)
2011-12 Stats : 52 Games, 4.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.7 BPG

Williams, who is averaging 22.3 minutes, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 points per game, left the Nets' game on Wednesday night against the Pacers after suffering a right eye injury. He is now listed as day-to-day and could possibly return to action as early as Friday night against the Washington Wizards. This past week the Nets defeated Indiana (100-84), Golden State Warriors (102-100) and the Sacramento Kings (111-99) before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers (91-87). New Jersey is currently 19-36 and sits in fifth place in the Atlantic division.


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