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NBA Morning Recap: Lakers Lose Again; Cats Edge Pistons In OT

NBA: Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit PistonsFive games were played on a Sunday so if you missed some of these games because you were either busy watching the NFL playoffs or were tapped out on sports because of football, we got you covered right here!

Oklahoma City Thunder 104, Toronto Raptors 92

The Thunder ran away from the Raptors in the second half after a close first two quarters. Russell Westbrook scored 23 points for the Thunder, who survived a 27-point barrage by Raptors back-up swingman Alan Anderson. Anderson had an incredible 19 points in the second quarter but, obviously, his efforts couldn’t overtake Oklahoma City.

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Miami Heat 99, Washington Wizards 71

If you were hoping for another Wizards win over the Heat, well, you’re not going to get that because the Heat absolutely thrashed the Wizards in Miami. LeBron James went for 24 points and seven assists in the victory. Washington did not have a good sports day and their basketball team fell to a 4-28 record.

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Charlotte Bobcats 108, Detroit Pistons 101 (OT)

Kemba Walker sent the game to an overtime with a lay-up with about seven seconds left. Then the Bobcats took care of business in overtime as Tyrus Thomas alone outscored the Pistons in the extra period, six to five. Walker led the Bobcats with 20 points and Bismack Biyombo went for 10 points and 17 boards.

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Memphis Grizzlies 92, Phoenix Suns 81

The Grizzlies shot nearly 54 percent as they had enough offense to beat the Phoenix Suns. Zach Randolph went for 21 points and eight rebounds in the win as Memphis gets into a virtual tie with Golden State for the fourth spot in the Western Conference.

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Denver Nuggets 112, Los Angeles Lakers 105

Kobe Bryant had cut the Nuggets lead down to 105-102 with 36 seconds left. It looked like they had a chance when they were finally playing good defense against Denverl but Dwight Howard’s block on Andre Miller’s short jumper went to an open Danilo Gallinari for a corner 3, who sank the clutch shot despite being 5-19 before that. Ty Lawson had 21 points and 10 dimes for Denver. The Lakers’ strange season continues to sink deeper as they go to 15-18.

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Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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