Late in the game, oft-criticized Andrea Bargnani made a three-pointer to put the Raptors up nine. Then Rudy Gay put the game away with another three. Raptors have won five-straight games and are now 6-2 since they acquired Gay. Gay and DeMar DeRozan had 24 points each for the victors.
The Bobcats led by as many as 22 points before the Magic went on a rally. They were able to get within two points but Kemba Walker made sure that didn’t happen after he scored consecutive buckets with less than three minutes to go. The Cats held off the Magic for their 13th win of the season. Walker and Gerald Henderson had 24 points each for Charlotte.
At first, Joe Johnson sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer. Then the Nets went to him again in OT with 5.2 seconds left. Iso-Joe came through with a leaner at the buzzer as the Nets came away with their third-straight win. Johnson had 24 points as Brooklyn survived a 34-point effort from Brandon Jennings.
The signature grit-n-grind defense came to the Motor City as the Grizzlies held the Pistons to 30 points in the middle quarters. Mike Conley had 19 points to lead Memphis. Former Pistons Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye had four and six points, respectively. The Grizzlies have now won four-straight games.
Luol Deng made a jumper with 44 seconds left and the Bulls were able to keep pace with the Nets, who won earlier against the Bucks. Deng had 20 points to lead Chicago while Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 boards.
The Celtics had the deficit down to four points late but they couldn’t get the rebound and couldn’t convert baskets. Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 26 points as they get revenge from their triple overtime loss at TD Garden.
The Jazz slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter and handed the Golden State Warriors their sixth-straight loss as they pull into a virtual tie for the sixth seed. Al Jefferson continued his steady play with 24 points. Stephen Curry had 29 points in the loss.
Marcus Thompson went on a personal 8-0 run late in the game to cut the Spurs lead down to three. Then Tony Parker took advantage of an empty middle after DeMarcus Cousins went out to guard him in the perimeter. Parker converted on a lay up with 19.7 seconds left to put away the game. The Frenchman had a double-double; he scored 30 points and handed out 11 assists.
Luis Scola made a bucket that put the lead up eight and that basically made it insurmountable for the Blazers. Goran Dragic handed out 18 assists, a career high, along with scoring 16 points. J.J. Hickson, who is rumored to be traded, had 25 points and 16 boards in the loss. The Blazers have now lost six-straight.