Amir Johnson missed the go-ahead foul shot with 11 seconds left but Marco Belinelli missed the potential game-winner. Then with 3.3 seconds left in the extra period, Luol Deng made the game-winning elbow jumper. Jose Calderon missed the desperation three-pointer. The Bulls were led by Carlos Boozer’s season-high 36 points and 12 boards.
The Magic built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and the Pacers shockingly never recovered from it. Nikola Vukevic led a balanced Orlando attack with 16 points and 15 boards. Indiana only converted 2-17 from behind the arc.
It was Joe Johnson’s first return to Atlanta ever since he was traded. Josh Smith was also suspended one game. But the Hawks quickly turned it into a laugher; Atlanta led as many as 26 points. Jeff Teague (28 points, 11 assists), Zaza Pachulia (13 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists), and Al Horford (17 points, 13 rebounds) all had double-doubles for the Hawks. Johnson went 4-15 and scored 15 points.
The Celtics didn’t score for an important four-minute stretch in the fourth quarter and the Hornets took advantage by scoring 12 straight points. New Orleans, without Eric Gordon, shocked Boston at TD Garden and have now won six of their last seven games. Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points and missed only one of his 13 foul shots in the game.
The Thunder easily snuffed the Nuggets’ six-game winning streak by blowing them out at home. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 32 points. The Thunder continue to have the best record in the league at 31-8 and have now won five straight games.
The Rockets didn’t score a field goal in the last 5:47 except for a Jeremy Lin lay-up at the buzzer; it came down to a free throw contest between the two teams. The Rockets missed four important foul shots and the Mavs made great defensive stops. Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points while O.J. Mayo had a nice all-around contest with 18 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.
The Grizzlies were held to 28 points in the second half by the suffocating Spurs defense. A much-anticipated game turned into a blowout as the Spurs kept pace with the two top teams in the West (Thunder and Clippers). Tim Duncan went for 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and five blocks. Unbelievable for a 58-year-old man like Duncan.
John Wall missed two foul shots with 30 seconds left and then Tyreke Evans missed one of two with 11 seconds left. But that foul shot did put the Kings ahead by one. Bradley Beal and John Wall missed potential game-winners, though, and Sacramento escaped with a one-point victory.
Cleveland lost a 19-point lead to the Blazers but Kyrie Irving made back-to-back clutch shots to give Cleveland back the lead. And with 14 seconds left, J.J. Hickson missed both foul shots that would’ve cut the lead down to one. The Cavs held on to get their 10th win of the year. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 31 points.
The Warriors got smashed by the Heat in the third quarter, only managing to score 12 points. The Heat led as many as 34 points. Also, LeBron James was the youngest to score 20,000 career points. He also got his 5,000th career assist. In the game itself, James finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists.