The shorthanded Bulls (who played eight players once again) held the Hawks to 32 points in the second half. Four of the Bulls played over 40 minutes. Luol Deng finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds while Taj Gibson went for 19 points and 19 boards.
As you can see by the final score, it wasn’t much of a contest. The Knicks, at one time, led by 50 points. Not surprisingly, the Kings couldn’t come back from that huge deficit. J.R. Smith led the team with 25 points. The Knicks sank 19 three-pointers.
It was a fantastic duel between Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, which Irving won as he scored 13 of the last Cavaliers’ 15 points. That happened in the last three minutes of the game. Irving went for 35 points while Kevin Durant went for 32. More importantly, the Cavaliers got the victory.
The Rockets pulled away in the fourth quarter as James Harden got his first career triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. But a scary moment happened when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got hit at the back of his head by Jeff Taylor’s hip. Kidd-Gilchrist was unconscious for a few minutes and was diagnosed with a concussion.
The Hornets were limited to 31 points in the first half as the Timberwolves shot the lights out at 58 percent and emphatically snapped their six-game losing streak. Dante Cunningham went a perfect 9-9 and finished with 18 points.
The Bucks went on a 15-5 run and got away from the Magic in the third quarter. Larry Sanders went for 17 points, 13 rebounds, and six blocks. Monta Ellis had a double-double, too, and went for 21 points and 11 assists.
Martell Webster fell into Tim Duncan’s knee in a very scary moment. Duncan left the game with a left knee and a right ankle sprain. Let’s hope it’s nothing major. In the meantime, the Wizards tried to come back from 27 down but ultimately fell short. Tony Parker went for 19 points and 12 assists. But, of course, more important is Duncan’s health. The Spurs have won their last 10 games.
LaMarcus Aldridge made a short jumper with less than two minutes to go and the Blazers got the Jazz back from the previous night. Rookie of the Year favorite Damian Lillard finished with 23 points and eight assists while Nic Batum fell short of a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.
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The Warriors turned a seven-point lead into a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter and that was it for the Suns. All five Warriors starters finished in double figures, led by Stephen Curry with 29 points and eight assists.