Sneaker Watch // Spurs Take 2-0 Lead In Western Conference Finals

Sneaker Watch // Spurs Take 2-0 Lead In Western Conference Finals

words // Luis Sanchez

Tony Parker tallied a career playoff high 18 assists as the Spurs took a 2-0 series lead over the Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals last night.

The hard fought game extended into overtime after the Spurs lost a 13 point lead in the fourth quarter, bouncing back for the 93-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Tim Duncan ended the game with 17 points and 9 rebounds, coming through big with the Spurs’ first six points in the deciding overtime period. Zach Randolph put up 15 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a losing effort for the Grizzlies, while Marc Gasol had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Continue below for a look back at all the notable footwear laced up for game 2 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals.

Tracy McGrady warms up in the adidas Rose 3.5.

Zach Randolph warms up in the Air Max Hyperguard Up Nike Basketball shoes.

Mike Conley Jr. elevates in the adidas adiPure Crazyquick.

Tim Duncan in the adidas Crazy Fast.

Manu Ginobli hit the court in the Nike LeBron X.

Marc Gasol in the Nike Hyperdunk 2012.

Quincy Pondexter defends in the adidas Real Deal.

Danny Green in the Nike Zoom Soldier VI.

Jerryd Bayless in the adidas TopTen 2000.

Sneaker Watch // Melo’s Early 30 Enough For Knicks to Hold Off Lakers

Sneaker Watch // Melo’s Early 30 Enough For Knicks to Hold Off Lakers

Carmelo Anthony wearing Jordan Melo M8 Advance Knicks Home

Carmelo Anthony drains a three-pointer in the “Knicks Home” Jordan Melo M8 Advance.

words // Brandon Richard

There was a party in the Garden last night, as is the case anytime the Los Angeles Lakers are in town for cross-conference showdown. However, the tables have been turned a little this season with the New York Knicks being amongst the league’s best and the Lakers struggling to put it all together. Both trends continued last night, as the Knicks led from start to finish and held on for a 116-107 home victory.

Before spraining his ankle in the third quarter, Carmelo Anthony was on fire shooting the ball. Melo hit 10 of his 15 shots for 30 points in just 22 minutes of action. No other player has scored 30 points in 22 minutes since David Robinson in 1995. Raymond Felton kept New York steady the rest of the way with 19 points and 8 assists, while J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler each chipped in with 18.

With another 30+ point performance, the Lakers dropped to 1-10 this season when Kobe Bryant reaches the mark. He also pulled down 10 boards and dished out 6 assists in his brand new Nike Kobe 8 System sneakers, which will release here next Thursday.

The Knicks and Lakers will meet again on Christmas Day.

In today’s NBA Sneaker Watch, check out some of the basketball shoes worn in last night’s big game, as well as a few other highlights from the past week.

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Sneaker Watch // Melo's Early 30 Enough For Knicks to Hold Off Lakers

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Sulfur

Kobe Bryant puts up a shot in the Nike Kobe 8 System “Sulfur.”

J.R. Smith wearing Jordan Melo M8 Advance; Dwight Howard & Antawn Jamison wearing adidas Top Ten 2000 Bright Lights, Big City LA

J.R. Smith shoots in the “Knicks Away” Jordan Melo M8 Advance; Dwight Howard and Antawn Jamison defense in the “Bright Lights, Big City” adidas Top Ten 2000.

Spike Lee wearing Air Jordan XX8 Knicks PE

Spike Lee all smiles in a custom pair of the upcoming Air Jordan XX8.

Kevin Durant wearing Nike KD V OKC Home

Kevin Durant takes off in the Nike KD V.

Jeff Teague wearing adidas Rose 3 Brenda

Jeff Teague handles the rock in the “Brenda” adidas Rose 3.

Blake Griffin wearing Jordan Aero Flight PE

Blake Griffin dunks in a PE colorway of the Jordan Aero Flight.

Jason Terry wearing Reebok Wall 3

Jason Terry shoots in his Reebok Wall 3 PE.

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron X Home PE

LeBron James shakes off a little pain in the Nike LeBron X.

Kemba Walker wearing Under Armour Micro G Torch; DeAndre Jordan wearing Under Armour Spine Bionic

Kemba Walker and DeAndre Jordan battle for a loose ball in the Under Armour Micro G Torch and Spine Bionic, respectively.

Chris Paul wearing Jordan CP3.VI Wake Forest

Chris Paul returned to North Carolina in the “Wake Forest” Jordan CP3.VI.

Damian Lillard wearing adidas Rose 773 Light Scarlet

Damian Lillard shoots in the adidas Rose 773.

Rudy Gay wearing Nike Air Max Hyperposite PE

Rudy Gay ignites the break in a PE colorway of the Nike Air Max Hyperposite.

Sneaker Watch // Notre Dame Women Wear adidas Rose 3 “90s Throwback”

Sneaker Watch // Notre Dame Women Wear adidas Rose 3 “90s Throwback”

words // Brandon Richard

In a rematch of last season’s National Championship Game, the Baylor Bears took on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend last night. Closely contested for the most part, Baylor was able to pull away late behind Brittney Griner’s strong double-double to top the Irish 73-61. The loss was Notre Dame’s first of the year.

Despite dropping the game, the Lady Irish were winners with their sneaker selection, going with a team-wide wearing of the “90s Throwback” adidas Rose 3. The shoe is inspired by fashion of the era and features graffiti-style detailing on the tongues.

View a few photos from last night’s game below. You can grab the “90s Throwback” Rose 3 today.

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Available: adidas Rose 3 – 90s Throwback

Sneaker Watch // Notre Dame Women Wear adidas Rose 3 "90s Throwback"

Skylar Diggins wears adidas Rose 3 Fresh Prince 90s Throwback (1)

Skylar Diggins wears adidas Rose 3 Fresh Prince 90s Throwback (2)

Jewell Lloyd wearing adidas Rose 3 Fresh Prince 90s Throwback

Skylar Diggins wears adidas Rose 3 Fresh Prince 90s Throwback (4)

NBA Sneaker Watch // Howard Leads Lakers Over Kings

NBA Sneaker Watch // Howard Leads Lakers Over Kings

D12 had his best game as a Laker yet with his first double-double of the season.

words // Luis Sanchez

A busy week in Laker land was capped off over the weekend with an impressive victory over their in-state rival Sacramento Kings.

Dwight Howard appeared in his best form yet as a Laker, leading his squad to victory with 23 points and 18 rebounds for his third official double-double of the season. The Lakers second victory under temporary coach Bernie Bickerstaff included 20 points from Kobe Bryant, while Gasol and World Peace each put in 18.

Other match-ups across the league over the weekend included the Brooklyn Nets taking down the Orlando Magic, along with the up and coming Memphis Grizzlies remaining unbeaten at home with a victory over the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat.

Enjoy a look at all the notable footwear rocked on the hardwood over the weekend below, as part of this season’s debut Eastbay NBA Sneaker Watch.

images via Y! Sports

Kobe bryant drives to the basket in the latest colorway of the Nike Kobe VII.

Dwight Howard elevates for a hook in the adidas adipower Howard 3.

Tyreke Evans goes up strong in the Hyperdunk 2012 Nike Basketball shoes.

Another look at Bryant in the Nike Kobe VII.

Russell Westbrook hit the court over the weekend in a PE colorway of the Jordan Super.Fly.

Kyrie Irving takes it up in the Hyperdunk 2012 Nike Basketball shoes.

Jeff teague drives in the Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4.

Josh Smith posts up in the Ghost 2 adidas Basketball shoes.

Deron Williams led the Nets in the Lunar Hypergamer Low Nike Basketball shoes.

Glen Davis laced up the Nike Zoom Soldier VI.

Sneaker Watch // Team USA Defeats Argentina

Sneaker Watch // Team USA Defeats Argentina

Sneaker Watch // Team USA Defeats Argentina

words // Brandon Richard

Nobody said it would be easy, and though Team USA coasted in the early stages of Sunday’s Barcelona exhibition, Argentina showed us exactly why they’re the world’s third ranked FIBA team. Despite trailing the United States by 15 points after the first quarter, the Argentines rallied for advantages in two of the remaining three quarters. However, game MVP Kevin Durant came up with timely buckets late in the fourth to help the Americans hold on to a slim 86-80 victory.

Durant scored 27 points in the game after knocking down 7-of-11 3-point attempts. Kobe Bryant added 18 points, while LeBron James rolled out his usual triple-threat stat line with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Manu Ginobili scored 23 to lead the way for Argentina.

Next up for the United States is rival Spain tomorrow afternoon.

Though they were tested like the Dream Team never was, Team USA celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the ’92 team’s dominance in Barcelona by wearing throwback jerseys. Check out the Dream Team kits and USA-themed kicks in this special edition of Sneaker Watch.

images via ESPN

Sneaker Watch // Team USA Defeats Argentina

Kevin Durant wearing Nike Zoom KD IV USA

Kevin Durant dunks in the Nike Zoom KD IV “USA.”

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe VII USA PE

Kobe Bryant works the post in a PE USA colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe VII.

Manu Ginobili wearing Nike LeBron 9 Custom

Manu Ginobili duels with Kobe in a custom colorway of the Nike LeBron 9.

Luis Scola wearing ANTA; Tyson Chandler wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk USA

Luis Scola drives in kicks by ANTA; Tyson Chandler defends in the “USA” Nike Lunar Hyperdunk.

LeBron James wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk + Sport Pack

LeBron James looks to set up a play in a PE “USA” colorway of the Nike Lunar Hyperdunk + Sport Pack.

Chris Paul wearing Jordan CP3.V USA

Chris Paul brings the ball up the court in his “USA” Jordan CP3.V PE.

Carmelo Anthony wearing Jordan Melo M8 USA

Carmelo Anthony runs down a loose ball in the “USA” Jordan Melo M8.

Andres Nocioni wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk Argentina

Andres Nocioni chased down in the “Argentina” Nike Lunar Hyperdunk.

Andre Iguodala wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk USA

Andre Iguodala shoots a three in the “USA” Nike Lunar Hyperdunk.

Facundo Campazzo wearing adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Hard Knocks

Facundo Campazzo with a tough assignment in the “Hard Knocks” adidas adiZero Rose 2.5.

Russell Westbrook wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2012 USA

Russell Westbrook lets one fly in the “USA” Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2012.

Team USA Celebrates Win Over Argentina

Team USA celebrates their victory; James Harden in the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low; Anthony Davis and Kevin Love wearing Nike Lunar Hyperdunk.

Kevin Durant Holding Player of the Game Trophy

Kevin Durant hoists the Tiffany & Co. Player of the Game Trophy.