Thursday had four games going on, including another anticipated Kobe vs LeBron showdown! Let’s check out the recap for January 17th, 2013!
Iman Shumpert made his season debut in this game that took place in London. The Knicks stormed to a 16-2 start and were up by double digits for most of the game. Detroit was able to cut it down to 67-63 near the end of the third quarter but the Knicks closed the period with an 8-0 start. The Pistons were never able to get back into the game after that. Carmelo Anthony finished with 26 points and the debuting Shumpert played 15 minutes and had eight points.
It wasn’t the most fun game to watch but the Clippers held the Wolves to under 36 percent shooting. It didn’t help that Nikola Pekovic and Alexey Shved left the game with injuries. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers, who were still without Chris Paul, with 22 points. The Clips swept their three-game road trip.
The Suns had an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter but it was quickly erased in less than two minutes. Then Milwaukee went on a 10-0 run to put the game away, punctuated by a Mike Dunleavy three-pointer with 57 seconds left. Monta Ellis scored 24 points for the Bucks while Larry Sanders went for 19 points and 15 rebounds. The Bucks won for the first time in Phoenix since 1987.
The Lakers turned the ball over often and early, giving it away 16 times in the first half. In the fourth quarter, there was some incredible basket-trading between Kobe Bryant from the Lakers and Dwyane Wade and LeBron James from the Heat. In the end, though, the Heat defense suffocated the Lakers (along with a very untimely Dwight Howard airball free throw) and ended the game with a 9-0 run. LeBron James went for 39 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists.