Tyreke Evans made back-to-back lay-ins to put the Kings up four with 40 seconds left. The Cats had one more chance to catch the Kings but Kemba Walker missed a game-tying three-pointer. Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 18 points off the pine. Sacramento has won three of four and are a respectable 16-25 overall.
The Hawks received bad news earlier in the day when they found out back-up shooting guard Lou Williams tore his ACL from Friday night and was out for the season. In the game, Tony Parker put the Spurs ahead by six with 51 seconds left that sealed the Hawks’ fate. The Tim Duncan-less Spurs (DNP – rest) were led by Parker with 23 points and 12 assists.
Rudy Gay blocked Nate Robinson’s game-tying three and then Carlos Boozer missed another one as the Grizzlies held on and prevented the Bulls from winning a third straight overtime game. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 19 points.
Jarrett Jack made a floater to break the 110-all tie with 31 seconds left. When the Hornets were down three, Greivis Vasquez missed the game-tying three-pointer. The Hornets lost only their second time in eight games after they went on a nice roll with the return of Eric Gordon. Klay Thompson led Golden State with 29 points while Jack came off the bench to score 25 points and give out 12 dimes.
The undermanned Timberwolves surprised the Rockets and held them to just over 32 percent shooting. Andrei Kirilenko led the Wolves with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The victory comes off the heels of Ricky Rubio calling out his healthy teammates to step up their games. Looks like they did and the Wolves snapped their five-game losing skid. Meanwhile, Houston is in their worst swoon of the year as they have now lost seven straight games.
The Jazz pulled away from the third quarter and beat the Cavs as they won their fifth of six games. Randy Foye led the Jazz with 20 points while Derrick Favors came off the bench to score 19 points and grab eight rebounds. Former Jazz player C.J. Miles, now with the Cavs, made his first return to Utah and scored 12 points.
The Bucks led by as many as 22 points, but a three-point barrage from Portland got the Blazers back in the game. But when Portland was only down four with less than a minute left, Nicolas Batum had a bad pass that was costly for the Blazers. That essentially put the game away. Brandon Jennings had 30 points for Milwaukee while Ersan Ilyasova had his best game of the season with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
It wasn’t pretty but Blake Griffin and Chris Paul made back-to-back buckets in the last minute of the game to put the pesky Wizards away, who had been playing well as of late. CP3, who just returned after not playing in the three-game road trip the Clippers had, went for 22 points and 11 assists. The Clippers are now 32-9 at the halfway point of the season.