The Nets led by 16 early in the game but the Knicks came back and finally got over the hump late in the game. And then with 24 seconds left, Jason Kidd made a three-pointer and drew the foul from Jerry Stackhouse for a potential four-point play and break a tie that was at 97-all. Kidd, however, missed the free throw. The Nets had two shots at tying it but both three-pointers didn’t go in. The Knicks stole a victory in Brooklyn as the Nets have now lost five straight games. Carmelo Anthony tied an NBA-high 45 points (James Harden) in the win.
Kyrie Irving returned and played for the first time since November 18th. He did not disappoint as, at times, he had a duel with Kobe Bryant. While Kobe did score 42 points, Irving had 28 points, six rebounds, and 11 assists to lead the Cavs to victory. C.J. Miles helped out with a season-high 28 points while the Lakers’ Dwight Howard had a really quiet 19-point, 20-rebound performance.
The Nuggets took control in the second half. The deficit was cut down to four by Detroit before Danilo Gallinari shut the door with a three-pointer with less than two minutes to play. Ty Lawson led the way with 26 points, seven assists, and four steals.
It was an ugly game that saw the Wizards score 11 points in the first and the future Pelicans score 10 in the fourth quarter. That fourth quarter did the Hornets in as the Wizards picked up their first road victory of the season and spoiled the return of Anthony Davis. Jordan Crawford had 26 points for the Wizards. Davis came off the bench and did very well (13 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, three steals in 25 minutes).
The Bulls were mounting a furious comeback from nine points down with about two minutes left to go but Chris Paul made a short jumper to stop the rally and help give the Clippers their seventh victory in a row. Blake Griffin finished the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds.