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NBA Morning Recap: Heat Fall Short At Utah; Clippers Blow Out Grizzlies

uspw_6937138Monday night had eight games going on in the National Basketball Association. Let’s check out the recap of what happened that night, shall we?

Washington Wizards 120, Orlando Magic 91

Glen Davis returned for the first time after missing 11 games (which Orlando went 1-10) but it didn’t matter. The Wizards shot lights out (.561 from the field) and won their second game in a row after a laugher at home. Emeka Okafor scored 19 points and grabbed 11 boards as the Wiz win their seventh game of the season.

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Boston Celtics 100, Charlotte Bobcats 89

Rajon Rondo does it again with another triple-double (17 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) as the Celtics win their sixth straight game. Charlotte has now lost their 23 of their last 25 games as they continue to sink down the standings.

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Chicago Bulls 97, Atlanta Hawks 58

It would’ve been all good if the Atlanta Falcons scored 58 points, but the Hawks only managed that many points against the Chicago Bulls. And they only scored 20 points in the first half. Atlanta only shot .293 from the field as they scored the fewest points ever in the Atlanta Hawks era. The Bulls were led by Carlos Boozer, who screamed and cursed his way to 20 points and 13 boards.

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Los Angeles Clippers 99, Memphis Grizzlies 73

Chris Paul did not play in this contest, but the Clippers defense took over as they held the Grizzlies to .303 shooting and 34 points in the first half. Rudy Gay didn’t play, either, but it was still surprising considering they have won without him in the line-up before. Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes led the Clips with 16 points each.

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Dallas Mavericks 113, Minnesota Timberwolves 98

The Mavs shot nearly 60 percent and beat the Wolves to get their third straight win. O.J. Mayo had 20 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists. Minnesota has now lost four straight games and it’s not going to get easier with Kevin Love still being out until March.

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Utah Jazz 104, Miami Heat 97

The Heat tried to rally from 21 down (18 down in the fourth quarter) with Dwyane Wade benched for the final quarter but Gordon Hayward and Al Jefferson made timely baskets that squashed the run. Jefferson went for 23 points and 11 boards in the win. Miami is 4-6 in their last 10 games.

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Oklahoma City Thunder 102, Phoenix Suns 90

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook went ballistic in the fourth, scoring all points but the last basket in the fourth quarter for the Thunder. Durant went for 41 points while Westbrook scored 36, grabbed eight boards, and dished out five assists. In a game where Serge Ibaka sat out again, every one of those points were needed from those two. Thunder continue to have the best record in the league at 30-8.

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Sacramento Kings 124, Cleveland Cavaliers 118

The Cavs had a late rally but the Kings held on by making their foul shots. Dion Waiters had a career-high 33 points for Cleveland but DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings countered with 26 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists in this track meet. Sacramento snapped their four-game losing streak.

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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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