With 14 games played in the NBA on Wednesday night, there were plenty of highlights and superstars putting their skills on display, but few could top Kobe Bryant’s epic performance against the New Orleans Hornets and LeBron James’ game-winning shot against the Orlando Magic.
The Lakers dug themselves in a giant hole against one of the worst teams in the NBA on Wednesday night. Los Angeles was down by as many as 25 points at one point in time against the lowly Hornets, but then a motivated Kobe stole the show in the Big Easy with a 42-point performance leading the Lakers back into the game and ultimately to victory. Kobe also dished out 12 assists and grabbed seven rebounds in the win.
Deron Williams may not be having a great season in comparison to his numbers last year, but one of the league’s best point guards was able to do enough against the Bobcats on Wednesday to lead the Nets to win on the road with 20 points and eight assists. Joe Johnson added 22 in the rout of Charlotte.
The Kyrie Irving show continued on Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena with the up-and-coming superstar destroying the Jazz with 11 points in the last 4:21 in the fourth quarter. Another brilliant performance by Irving in the fourth ultimately led the Cavs over the Jazz despite trailing late in the game.
The Celtics may not be the legitimate NBA title contender of old and no longer have perennial All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo running the show in the backcourt, but Boston seems reinvigorated in the second-half of the season.
Jeff Green led the Celtics to victory over the second-seeded Pacers on Wednesday with a last-second layup that sealed the deal at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The three-game losing streak has officially come to an end for the struggling Hawks with Jeff Teague and company getting the best of the lowly 76ers in Atlanta. Teague led the way for Atlanta with a game-high 27 points and 11 assists while getting help from Josh Smith and Anthony Tolliver who both pitched in with 21 apiece.
LeBron James is the leading candidate for the NBA MVP award right now and for good reason. The reigning NBA champion led the Heat to a win over the Magic on Wednesday night at home with his first game-winning shot of the season. LeBron finished with a game-high 26 points in an otherwise disappointing performance by his standards.
Without an injured Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks were able to rally around Raymond Felton on Wednesday night against the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Felton scored a game-high 26 points in a duel with Jose Calderon, who dished out a game-high 16 assists in an attempt to hold off a clearly better all-around squad.
Marc Gasol and Jerryd Bayless helped the Grizzlies avoid a loss to the Blazers at home on Wednesday. Portland was up by as many as 17 points against Memphis, but LaMarcus Aldridge and company were unable to hold off one of the better teams in the conference as the Grizzlies erased the deficit and secured their 10th win in 11 games.
Ricky Rubio was back to form on Wednesday with the Timberwolves getting the best of the Wizards. Rubio led the charge for Minnesota with 15 points and 11 assists to go along with an impressive six steals and seven rebounds.
The Rockets appear to be a team motivated to clinch a playoff spot at season’s end with James Harden leading the way, but Harden’s 28 points and nine assists weren’t enough to get past the Mavericks on their home floor at American Airlines Center on Wednesday. O.J. Mayo handed out a career-high 12 assists in the win while Dirk Nowitzki led the scoring charge with 22.
In classic Spurs fashion, Tim Duncan and company continue to fly under the radar while dominating the competition. San Antonio was able to convincingly get the best of the Derrick Rose-less Bulls on Wednesday routing Chicago at the AT&T Center. Duncan recorded a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds while also blocking five shots.
The Raptors were finally able to snap their losing streak on Wednesday at the expense of the Suns. This was a sloppy game full of turnovers, but former Sun, Sebastian Telfair, was able to lead Toronto to victory over his old team with 13 points, seven assists and four steals.
Blake Griffin recorded the third triple-double of his career against the Bucks at the Staples Center on Wednesday with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Although Griffin’s numbers are impressive, the rising star’s dunk off an And-1-like pass from Jamal Crawford may be the dunk of the year so far.
The Warriors were able to hold off the visiting Kings at ORACLE Arena with a clutch three-pointer from Klay Thompson with time expiring in the fourth quarter. Thompson finished with a game-high 20 points while All-Star David Lee added a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.