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NBA Morning Recap: Celtics Blow Big Lead; Lakers Finally Win

uspw_6970152Friday night in the NBA had 10 games going on. Let’s see how your favorite team did in our morning recap of the NBA. Check it.

Washington Wizards 114, Minnesota Timberwolves 101

The Wizards were scorching, shooting almost 58 percent from the field. They led as many as 23 points in the game as the injury-riddled Timberwolves couldn’t get it going. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 19 points as they reached their 10th win of the season.

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Atlanta Hawks 123, Boston Celtics 111 (2OT)

The Celtics led as many as 27 points but they lost it by the third quarter as the Hawks went on a 19-0 run. Boston then had what was thought to be a cushy eight-point lead with three minutes left but they lost that, too, and had to go to overtime. Paul Pierce couldn’t get a shot off in the first overtime as Josh Smith blocked it. In the second overtime, the Hawks scored the first 10 points. Atlanta scored the comeback win as Boston lost its sixth straight game. Kyle Korver went nuts with eight three-pointers in the game and 27 points overall. Rajon Rondo had another triple-double (16 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists). What a comeback by the Hawks.

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Miami Heat 110, Detroit Pistons 88

The Heat easily cruised against the Pistons as they’re starting to catch on fire with their fourth straight win. Dwyane Wade has had a little pep in his step as of late as he went for 29 points, five rebounds, and seven assists.

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Cleveland Cavaliers 113, Milwaukee Bucks 108

The Cavs went on a 13-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter. Then Kyrie Irving, newly-minted all-star, made a jumper with 35 seconds left to seal the Bucks’ fate. Kyrie went for 35 points in the game as Cleveland has won two straight games. Milwaukee wasted a 30-point performance by Ersan Ilyasova.

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Chicago Bulls 103, Golden State Warriors 87

The Bulls started with an 8-0 run and never looked back. The Warriors shot under 35 percent and were killed on the glass, 56-37. The Bulls had three players with double-doubles; Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 13 boards, Jimmy Butler went for 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Joakim Noah had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Kirk Hinrich went off for 25 points. With the win. the Bulls moved up to the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Memphis Grizzlies 101, Brooklyn Nets 77

The Grizzlies showed their “grit-n-grind” throughout the game. They led by as many as 30 points against the Nets. Marc Gasol led the bears with 20 points and nine rebounds. Memphis maintains their hold on the fourth spot in the Western Conference.

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Houston Rockets 100, New Orleans Hornets 82

James Harden spearheaded an 11-0 Rockets run in the third quarter. Houston made 11 three-pointers as they blew the Hornets out in the Pelican State. Harden would finish with 30 points and eight assists. The Rockets go back above .500.

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San Antonio Spurs 113, Dallas Mavericks 107

The Spurs led by as many as 26 points as the game got out of control in the third quarter. Even with the late push by the Mavs, the game was all San Antonio. Tony Parker had 23 point and 10 assists while DeJuan Blair (this is the part where I remind you he has no ACLs) came off the bench to score 22 points. San Antonio has now won seven straight games.

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Oklahoma City Thunder 105, Sacramento Kings 95

The Kings started off with a 23-9 lead before the guys from Oklahoma City realized they were the Thunder. OKC quickly came back and settled in as Kevin Durant went for 24 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 24 off the bench and Russell Westbrook scored 18 points and dished out 14 assists. Oklahoma City maintains the best record in the league by percentage points.

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Los Angeles Lakers 102, Utah Jazz 84

The Lakers must have had a wake-up call as they played their best game in ages with this blowout win over Utah. Kobe Bryant played facilitator the entire time and nearly had a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds, and 14 assists. L.A. snapped their four-game losing skid.

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Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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