The Wizards limited the Nets to 11 points in the second quarter. Brooklyn shot under 33 percent for the game as Washington continued to be the giant-killers in the league. Nene went for 20 points and 11 boards as the Wizards, while 14-35 overall, are 9-7 with John Wall in the line-up.
It looked like it was going to be a disaster for Los Angeles as they were down by 20 points at one point. But the Lakers stormed back, taking the lead for good after Jodie Meeks made one of his four three-pointers. Kobe would score the last eight Laker points on his way to 20 total (all in the second half) as L.A. goes to 4-2 on their Grammy road trek.
Amir Johnson did his best Reggie Miller tribute at the end of regulation. First, Johnson made a lay-up with six seconds left to cut the Pacers lead to 90-88. Then David West threw the inbounds pass away and Johnson was able to tie the game at regulation with a follow-up shot at the buzzer. Then in OT, Rudy Gay made a jumper to take a 100-98 lead with 1.7 seconds left. Paul George’s lean-in jumper went in and out and the Raps escaped with the win. Gay led the Raptors with 23 points. Toronto is now 2-2 in the Rudy Gay era.
The Hornets had a big third quarter (29-16) against the Hawks. Then Ryan Anderson made a three-pointer that boosted the lead to seven and put away Atlanta with three minutes left. Eric Gordon had 27 points for the future Pelicans while Greivis Vasquez finished with his first career triple-double (21 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists).
Despite the news that Andre Drummond was going to be out 4-6 weeks, Pistons played some inspired ball and jumped all over the Spurs early. The Spurs didn’t get closer than seven points in the fourth quarter and the Pistons snapped San Antonio’s 11-game win streak. Greg Monroe had a monster game with 26 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists.
The Cavaliers went on a 13-0 run from the end of the third to the start of the fourth. Then Kyrie Irving engineered another 7-0 run at the end of the game to lead the Cavs to the win. Kyrie had 24 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.
While all the Clippers were healthy to play for the first time this season, it didn’t matter to Miami. The Heat shot lights out, making three straight three-pointers in the second quarter and then five more in the third. LeBron James led the way with 30 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
Marc Gasol’s late jumper helped seal the Warriors’ fate as the Grizz played their signature “grit n’ grind” D in the second half. The younger Gasol had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists as Memphis handed the Warriors their third straight loss.
Houston ran Portland out of the building as James Harden went crazy for the second game in a row. The bearded wonder went for 35 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists while shooting 13-16 from the field. The Rockets shot just under 60 percent in a dazzling display of shooting. With Utah’s loss later in the night, the Rockets are half a game behind the Jazz for the seventh spot.
It’s probably not a good idea for teams to let the Thunder score 21 straight points in the third quarter. That’s exactly what happened to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. Kevin Durant led the way with 21 points as the Thunder pulled to within half a game with the first-seeded San Antonio Spurs.
The Wolves kept it close but J.R. Smith’s three-point play put the Knicks up four with 19 seconds left. Then Tyson Chandler blocked Ricky Rubio’s lay-up and that was all she wrote. The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony with 36 points and nine boards. Rubio had his best game of the season so far with 18 points and 11 assists.
It became a free throw shooting exhibition for the Bulls as the Jazz stopped the clock whenever they could to have a chance at the game. But the Bulls made 9-10 foul shots in the last minute, keeping the Jazz at bay. Carlos Boozer led the way against his former team with 19 points.