Kyrie Irving’s Cavaliers were down two points with 12 seconds left. So what does he do? He casually brings the ball up, pulls up for a long three at the top, and buries the shot with 0.7 seconds left. Cold-blooded. The Cavaliers have suddenly caught on fire with three straight wins. The All-Star Irving finished with 32 points.
The Sixers put on the gas pedal right before halftime and the Knicks were buried long before the game was over. Jrue Holiday had a career-high 35 points for Philadelphia. The Knicks shot under 35 percent for the game.
The Bulls only scored 29 points in the second half as the suddenly potent Wizards embarrassed them in the Verizon Center. Emeka Okafor had a huge game with 15 points and 16 boards. Washington is 7-3 in their last 10 games.
The Cats were down 18 but stormed back in the second half with a vengeance. Then Gerald Henderson made a three-pointer to put the Bobcats up one with four seconds left. J.J. Barea tried to win it but fell down while attempting a jumper. The Bobcats won their fourth game in their last 31 contests. Kemba Walker led the Cats with an insane 25 points, eight boards, and eight assists.
The Rockets caught on fire in the second quarter and the Nets played catch-up for the rest of the contest (and did not succeed). James Harden went for 29 points while Omer Asik had a huge game with 20 points and 16 boards. The Rockets are hoping to start a winning streak; they’ve won their last two games.
The Bucks took a double-digit lead in the second half. Then Monta Ellis scorched his former team with a three-pointer with 32 seconds left to hold off a Golden State rally. Ellis and Brandon Jennings each had 20 points for the Bucks. Milwaukee is 7-3 under interim head coach Jim Boylan.
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It was a close game for the most part before the Spurs broke out a 10-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter. San Antonio then won comfortably at the end. Tony Parker led the way with 31 points from 13-17 shooting. The Spurs have won their eighth straight game while the Suns lost their first game under Lindsey Hunter.
It was all Denver Nuggets in this game. They jumped on top of the Kings, 35-15, and that was pretty much the game. Ty Lawson led all scorers with 26 points, in addition to getting six assists and four steals. With the Warriors faltering, the Nuggets are in basically a tie with them for the fifth seed. Interesting.
The Pacers scored the last six points in regulation to send it to overtime. But a funny thing happened in overtime. Indiana had outboarded Utah all game long but the Jazz kept their possession alive by getting three offensive rebounds. That ended in a big Al Jefferson lay-up that put them up six with 34 seconds left. Jefferson led Utah with 25 wins and it was a nice bounce-back victory by the Jazz after they got blown out by the Lakers.
The Blazers took a one-point lead after J.J. Hickson made a couple of big foul shots. The Clippers had two chances to close it but Jamal Crawford missed a difficult lay-up. After the jump ball, Crawford had one more shot to win the game but his jumper was too long and off the back iron. The Blazers handed the Clips their fourth straight loss. Nicolas Batum had his second career triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.