The Sixers played their sixth game in nine nights and it showed. The tired Philly squad only scored 11 points in the fourth (32 in the second half) and lost their fifth straight game. The Raptors were led by Amir Johnson’s 19 points, 12 boards, and five dimes. DeMar DeRozan also had 19 points.
The Jazz scored 63 points in the first half and were pretty much firing on all cylinders the entire game. Al Jefferson went for 26 points on 11-15 shooting. The Bobcats lost 20 of their last 22 games.
The Hawks were held to 12 points in the second quarter as the Cavaliers won their ninth game of the season. Kyrie Irving went for an incredible 33 points in 15 shots (that’s efficiency). Meanwhile, the Hawks have lost their fourth straight.
This game was up-and-down for both teams but Boston finally stepped ahead of Phoenix in the fourth quarter. The starters didn’t do too great for the Celtics, but off the bench, rookie Jared Sullinger had his breakout game with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Jeff Green led Boston in scoring with 14 points.
An Ersan Ilyasova outside shot and a Brandon Jennings short jumper put away the Bulls in the waning minutes of the game. Jennings dropped 35 points, six rebounds, and six assists for the Bucks as they go to 2-0 under Jim Boylan’s guidance.
The Rockets were held to 10 points in the fourth quarter and were altogether outscored by Roger Mason Jr. in that final period. Mason scored 15 of his 17 points in the 4th quarter as the Hornets won their third straight and snapped the Rockets’ five-game winning streak. How U?
After a barrage of Stephen Jackson three-pointers (who would later get ejected), the Lakers went on a 13-2 run to get the deficit down to three points. However, in the final seconds, Kobe Bryant and Earl Clark (who had a 22-point, 13-rebound breakout performance) missed desperation three-pointers that would’ve tied the game. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 24 points.
The Thunder methodically beat the Timberwolves, who were without Kevin Love and J.J. Barea. Kevin Durant had a superb line of 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists, four blocks, and three steals. Oklahoma City would go to 27-8 and be tied for the best record in the league for a few hours.
Denver put the game out of reach after Andre Iguodala made a driving lay-up with 19.2 seconds which put them up four. Kenneth Faried went bonkers and had 19 points and 19 rebounds. Ty Lawson also had 19 points for the Nuggets. Orlando has now lost 10 straight games.
Blake Griffin made a difficult fadeaway with about two minutes left to put the Clippers up four. Dallas wouldn’t score for the remainder of the game as the Clippers kept getting their own rebound after their missed shots. Chris Paul went for 19 points and 16 assists as the Clippers regain the best record of the league at 28-8.
Grizzlies had a 6-0 run that was big in a game that was played in the usual Grizzlies methodical pace. While Stephen Curry was able to cut the deficit to three with a three-pointer, Zach Randolph was able to draw the foul on David Lee on the post. Those foul shots would make the difference. Z-Bo finished with 19 points and 12 boards as Memphis has won three straight.