Nets Beat NY Rival Knicks, 92-88

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The Nets rule New York this season, for whatever that’s worth. Now they won’t see it again for a while.Brook Lopez scored 22 points, Jarrett Jack made a clutch 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds left and Brooklyn beat the Knicks 92-88 on Feb. 6.The Nets secured the city series by beating the Knicks for the third time in three meetings this season, clinching the series for the first time since sweeping all four games in 2006-07.Lopez had nine rebounds and Jack finished with 20 points and eight assists for the Nets, who led by 17 in the first half before the Knicks chased them down with a big third quarter. Brooklyn then made the big plays for its third straight win.“The last three games have been great,” guard Deron Williams said. “Three wins in a row. Tonight it was another where things didn’t go right for us, but down the stretch we found ways to win.”Brooklyn matched its win total for all of January in 15 games. The Nets lost seven in a row at home during the month but have won both games at Barclays Center since the calendar turned to February.They will have no more. They now clear out so the NBA can prepare the arena to co-host next weekend’s All-Star festivities. Brooklyn plays eight straight on the road until hosting Golden State on March 2.“This is big for us to close out the first half, especially before All-Star break, going into it on a positive note knowing that we start out from the West Coast right after the break,” forward Joe Johnson said.Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for the Knicks but shot 6 of 23.Johnson had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Garnett chipped in 12 points and nine boards for the Nets.The Knicks have one more at home, hosting the Warriors on Feb. 14, before turning over Madison Square Garden.They rallied to lead in the second half of this one and trailed by just one before botching their chance when they lost Jack, who found himself wide open after a pick-and-roll play for a 3-pointer that made it 90-86. Nets coach Lionel Hollins threw his left arm into the air in celebration.“It was a miscommunication, if there was communication at all,” Anthony said. Anthony cut it to two with a layup before Jack added two more free throws with 8.4 seconds to go.It ended up a good game in what’s been a mostly miserable season in the Big Apple. The Nets can still salvage theirs, fighting for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference despite their 21-28 record. The Knicks fell to 10-40.Jose Calderon had 15 points for the Knicks, who got a boost from Amare Stoudemire after he missed four games with a sprained left ankle. Stoudemire had nine points in 19 minutes off the bench.The Nets shot 62 percent in the first quarter and led by as many as 13. The lead grew to 40-23 when Lopez capped a 7-0 run with a basket with 7:43 left in the half, but the Knicks put together a late flurry to cut it to 53-45 at the break.Calderon was 3 for 3 behind the arc in the third, when New York outscored Brooklyn 25-15.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

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Could lucid dreaming perk-up your productivity?

first_img Continue Reading Previous Early reports from ARM TechConNext Using Simblee Bluetooth to improve one’s sleep Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions Even though we all sleep, we still don’t fully understand what sleep is and what it does. Many believe that sleep enables us to process and store the day’s events. There’s also some evidence that it provides a time for one’s braincells to focus their efforts on general maintenance and the disposal of waste chemicals and molecules.Of course, one aspect of sleep that’s familiar to many of us is that of dreaming. As far as we know, everyone dreams. Some people claim not to dream, but monitoring their brains while they sleep tends to disprove this; it appears that they do indeed dream, but they don’t remember their nocturnal adventures when they wake up.A special sort of dream is a lucid dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. In addition to being aware, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over their participation within the dream and manipulate their imaginary experiences in the dream environment.Some people have a lot of lucid dreams, while others never experience (or, at least, remember experiencing) any such occurrence. I actually had a lucid dream myself close to 40 years ago as I pen these words. As I discussed in My first Lucid Dream , I spent a night working at an imaginary drawing board trying to capture a cutaway view of a glass factory. The next day, I walked into work and drew the whole thing in a single session, amazing my boss and fellow workers.The reason I mention this here is that I was just on the phone chatting with Craig Weiss, Founder, President, and CEO at Aladdin Dreamer, Inc. Craig was telling me about a Kickstarter project he’s just launched for something called the Aladdin Lucid Dreaming Stimulator.This is a headband that monitors your brainwaves while you are sleeping, knows when you enter the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep level that indicates that you are starting to dream, and then stimulates you with low voltage, low current signals that can guide your brain into a lucid dreaming state.The two key aspects of lucid dreaming are awareness and control. Quite apart from anything else, the International Association for the Study of Dreams estimates that 5 to lO% of adults have nightmares once a month or more frequently. If you are one of this number, what would it be worth to you to be able to recognize that you were in a dreaming state and control events as you wish?(Source: Aladdin Dreamer) Speaking of worth, one Aladdin Lucid Dreaming Stimulator with the associated smartphone app will cost you $299 via this Kickstarter. My knee-jerk reaction when I first saw this was that $299 is quite a lot of money, but as it says on the Kickstarter website: “What would it be worth to you to spend up to two hours a night (that’s five years over the course of an average lifespan) having extraordinary kinds of experiences that are only possible in a dream?” Realizing that some people happily pay more than $300 for a pair of Beats headphones sort of puts this into perspective.Or consider virtual reality (VR). Currently, a PlayStation 4 + PlayStation VR combo will set you back $700. By comparison, a full-on lucid dream puts even the most sophisticated of virtual reality systems to shame.There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that practicing a physical activity in a lucid dream makes you better at that activity in the real world. I used to play the piano when I was younger. I’ve not played for years. I must admit to being tempted to see if a few nights of lucid dreaming would translate into a reawakening (no pun intended) of my skills.Of particular interest to an embedded developer is whether lucid dreaming could improve one’s productivity and perhaps even the safety of the resulting system. As I know from my own lucid dreaming experience, you can get a lot of work done while you are asleep. Suppose you are stuck on some intransigent problem. What if you could set this problem to one side, work on something else, and then return to consider your conundrum and resolve your riddle later that evening while you were asleep?Personally, I would be interested in giving this a whirl. What say you?center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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