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NBA Morning Recap: Pacers Beat Bulls; Heat, Blazers Hold On

lamarcusaldridgeMonday brought eight games from the National Basketball Association. Let’s take a look at what happened that night, shall we? Recap!

Indiana Pacers 111, Chicago Bulls 101

Paul George made a long three with about a minute left to put the pesky Bulls away. David West led the Pacers with 29 points and nine rebounds while George finished with a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. This win pushed the Pacers to the third spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Philadelphia 76ers 78, Orlando Magic 61

This game set basketball back by about 80 years. Both teams scored under 20 points for each quarter except the first when the Sixers scored 28 points. Philly built a big lead, even though the score was really low and we ended up with this debacle. Spencer Hawes had 21 points and 14 rebounds as he helped hand the Magic their 10th consecutive loss.

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Washington Wizards 98, Los Angeles Clippers 90

Trevor Ariza made a clutch three… then John Wall made back-to-back baskets to put the Wizards up 10 late against the Clippers. The Clips made Blake Griffin a late scratch in this game and played without him, Chris Paul, and Chauncey Billups. Martell Webster led the Wiz with 21 points. Clippers are 2-7 in their last nine contests.

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New York Knicks 99, Detroit Pistons 85

The Knicks obliterated another squad. This time, the Detroit Pistons were the victims. New York led as many as 25 points and Detroit didn’t stand a chance. Carmelo Anthony went for 27 points while Tyson Chandler had his third straight 20-rebound game. Amar’e Stoudemire scored 20 points off the bench. The Knicks have won their fifth straight game.

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Miami Heat 99, Charlotte Bobcats 94

It was a close game throughout before each of the Heat’s Big Three did damage late. Chris Bosh’s dunk put the Heat up four. Then LeBron James made a lay-up that extended the lead to six. Finally, Dwyane Wade’s dunk made it an eight-point game with 23 seconds left. LeBron had his usual absurd statline of 31 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists as the Heat maintained their lead in the Eastern Conference.

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Oklahoma City Thunder 112, Dallas Mavericks 91

This was seemingly over by the second quarter after the Thunder built a huge lead. Oklahoma City led by as many as 33 points. Russell Westbrook led OKC with 24 points. The Mavericks continue to fade in the playoff picture.

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Portland Trail Blazers 100, Minnesota Timberwolves 98

The Blazers led by 18 points in the fourth but the Wolves came back as Dante Cunningham (23 points) got on fire with the help of Ricky Rubio (15 points, 14 assists). But it wasn’t enough as Cunningham missed the game-tying jumpshot. LaMarcus Aldridge went for 25 points and 13 boards as the Blazers get to within half a game of the eighth spot, which is now occupied by Houston.

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Utah Jazz 98, Sacramento Kings 91 (OT)

This game went the extra five minutes. And in that period, Alec Burks and Paul Millsap made back-to-back jumpers to help bury the Kings. It would’ve been nice if the Kings had DeMarcus Cousins after halftime, who was ejected then for arguing with the officials during the break. Randy Foye led the Jazz with 20 points.

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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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