Joakim Noah forced a jump ball on Paul Pierce with 9.4 seconds left with the Celtics up, 88-86. Noah won the tip and Kirk Hinrich was able to tie the game with a jumper with two seconds left and send the game to overtime after a wild sequence. In overtime, Jason Terry’s jumper gave the Celtics a 99-98 lead with 12.5 seconds. But Marco Belinelli’s wild fadeaway with 3.1 seconds left gave the Bulls the lead and eventual win. Carlos Boozer continues to play well with 19 points and 20 rebounds.
The Raptors led by 19 points early in the third but the Sixers quickly erased the lead. Philly limited Toronto to 13 points in that same third quarter. Toronto had the ball and a 96-94 lead with 5.9 seconds left but Jose Calderon threw away the inbounds pass. Then Jrue Holiday tied the game with a tough lay-in with 1.1 seconds left. Then in overtime, it was the Jrue Holiday Show as he scored all 12 Philly points in that extra period, carrying the Sixers to a comeback win. Holiday ended with 33 points and 14 assists.
Kemba Walker made a three-pointer to put the Bobcats up 10 with about three minutes left and the Cats hung on after this game essentially became a free throw contest. Walker ended up with 25 points for the game. Charlotte has reached the double digit threshold in wins. Hooray!
It was a contrast of styles with these two teams; the Rockets were second in points scored while the Pacers were first in points allowed going into this game. But it turned out to be a wire-to-wire victory by Indiana. Paul George and the Houston Rockets scored the same amount of points in the first quarter with 18. George would end the game with 31 points and the Rockets were sent to their sixth straight loss and out of the Top 8 in the Western Conference.
The Nets came up big at the end after the Hawks cut their lead down to 90-89. Deron Williams made big foul shots and, in between those, Brook Lopez made a defensive stop by blocking Jeff Teague. Brooklyn avenges their earlier loss against Atlanta and split their home and home series. Williams finishes with 24 points and the Nets are now 10-2 under P.J. Carlesimo.
If you were expecting an offensive show from this game, you probably also believed in the existence of Lennay Kekua. In any case, the Grizzlies’ defense never let up and held the Kings to 34 percent from the field. Mike Conley led a balanced (yet not an explosive) offensive attack with 19 points. Memphis continues to have a stranglehold on the fourth seed in the West.
Danny Green made a huge three-pointer with 1:30 left to put the Spurs up seven and the Warriors away. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 25 points while Tim Duncan continues to drink from the Fountain of Youth with 24 points and 10 boards. Stephen Curry sat out this game with a sprained ankle and we can only hope that Curry doesn’t suffer any more ankle problems because I’m sure this has gotten real old to him and the Warriors fans.
Washington went on a 14-0 tear that started at the end of the third. That gave the Wiz a 92-87 lead. Still, Denver had a chance to tie the game with 8.6 seconds left but John Wall rejected Ty Lawson’s potential game-tying lay-up. Wall would make the foul shots to seal the game and Washington escaped with a four-point win over Denver. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 23 points. Don’t look now but Washington has won four of their last five games (3-1 with John Wall in the line-up).
O.J. Mayo made a three-pointer to tie the game at 105. That would send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Kevin Durant made one of his zillions of buckets (a one-handed floater over Shawn Marion) with 16.5 seconds left that gave OKC a two-point lead. The Mavs had one more chance to tie down three but Vince Carter was way off on his three-point attempt. Kevin Durant would finish with a career-best 52 points, a season high in the NBA. More importantly for the Thunder, they are an NBA-best 32-8.