The Lakers led as many as 18 points but once again, their opponent came back to rally. It felt like the Lakers were giving the game to the Pistons but Detroit just couldn’t capitalize. Steve Nash even missed two foul shots at the end. However, Detroit’s attempt at an alley-oop inbounds play failed and Lakers escaped with a one-point win.
Pau Gasol, who replaced Dwight Howard in the line-up, went for 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nash ran the show for the most part as he ended with 10 assists. Kobe Bryant had 18 points and five assists. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
The Clippers went dry in the second quarter and only scored 10 points. The Celtics led as many as 19 points. But the Clips stormed back in the fourth quarter to cut the lead down to two points. After a Jamal Crawford offensive foul, the Clippers opted not to foul with 26 seconds left. Boston ran the clock all the way down before Pierce sank a three-pointer to put the game away. Crawford made a three at the buzzer for the final margin.
Pierce scored 22 points to lead the Celtics. Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe each scored 23 for the Clippers. The streaky Celtics won their fourth game in a row while the Clippers are 2-5 in their last seven games.
The Raptors and the Heat were locked into a close contest before Miami ended the game with a 14-2 run. LeBron James showed again why he’s the three-time Most Valuable Player winner with a statline of 30 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Rudy Gay scored 29 points for the Raptors.