Dallas came out struggling then woke up in the third quarter, where they outscored the hapless Wizards, 35-19. Vince Carter also had a resurgence as he started for the Mavs as he scored 23 points. Shawn Marion also contributed with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Amar’e Stoudemire made his return but the Blazers led as many as 18 points in the game. The Knicks were able to get it down to three but Carmelo Anthony missed a game-tying three that could’ve sent it to OT. Nicolas Batum scored 26 points for Portland, who survived 45 points from Melo. Stoudemire scored six points in his season debut.
The Kings were down three points with 35 seconds left but the Pistons ran out the shot clock as Austin Daye made a huge three-pointer. Brandon Knight led Detroit with 20 points. Also, the Pistons have now won five of six games.
The Hawks limited the Hornets to 14 points in the third quarter. Then the Hornets were held scoreless in the last two and a half minutes after they were able to get the lead down to 89-86. Josh Smith had an outstanding line of 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and four blocks.
The Clippers never got it going as the Nuggets had their way with the hot team from Los Angeles. Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 17 points and Andre Miller went for 12 points and 12 assists in place of Ty Lawson. The Clips’ 17-game winning streak was finally snapped.
Bad decision making and bad shooting (from both the arc and the free throw line) cost the Lakers yet another game. Spencer Hawes made a couple of jumpers that helped put away the Lakers. Jrue Holiday went for 26 points and 10 assists as the Lakers fall below .500 again.