The Clippers were without Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, and Matt Barnes (Barnes was suspended for one game). And it seemed like the Clippers couldn’t make anything as they were blown out of the building by Toronto. Rudy Gay, who came off the bench in his Raptor debut, led Toronto in scoring with 20 points while Amir Johnson went for 19 points and 16 boards, despite having the flu.
The Pacers took control early. David West couldn’t miss and Indy beat Miami for the second time this season. West went for 12-15 and led the way with 30 points. Indiana continues to show that they could be a legitimate threat against Miami in the postseason.
The Celtics jumped on the Magic early. While Orlando cut it to three in the third, Boston went on a 21-5 run that carried over to the fourth. The Celtics, who lost Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger this week for the remainder of the season, were led by Jeff Green, who scored 17 points. Paul Pierce had 14 points, 11 boards, and seven assists while Kevin Garnett went for 14 points and 10 boards.
The Bulls only had eight players suited up. Taj Gibson and Luol Deng played the entire game. Gerald Wallace’s offensive board and bucket with 31 seconds left put the Nets up five and that was pretty much all she wrote. Brook Lopez had 20 points to lead the Nets as they took advantage of the undermanned Chicago squad.
A Carmelo Anthony three-point play at the end of the third quarter gave the Knicks the lead. It would be for good as the Bucks were held scoreless for about five minutes of total game time. Three-pointers by Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert shut the door on the Bucks. Melo had 25 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Tyson Chandler was a monster on the boards with 20 caroms.
The Sixers went on a 17-2 run at the end of the game to put away the Kings. Thaddeus Young had a huge game with 23 points and 15 boards. The Kings wasted an excellent game from Tyreke Evans (these good games don’t happen very often these days), who had 29 points.
The Pistons led from start to finish in this game. Brandon Knight had 20 points, six rebounds, and 10 assists while big man Greg Monroe had 18 points and 16 boards. Kyrie Irving was limited to 14 points in this game.
The newest Grizzly, Tayshaun Prince, made back-to-back jumpers to keep Memphis ahead and leave Washington behind. Prince scored 14 points in his debut. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies in scoring with 18 points while Marc Gasol had 13 points and 15 boards.
A long buzzer-beater by Ty Lawson at the end of the third quarter might have taken the winds out of the Hornets’ sails. That boosted the lead to seven and the Hornets never came back from that. Andre Iguodala led the Nuggets with 24 points. Denver has now won six straight.
Utah led by double digits for the most part. Portland did rally in the fourth but it was overall an ugly last quarter for both teams as they combined to score only 29 points in the final 12 minutes. Al Jefferson’s jumper gave the Jazz a nine-point lead with about 1:30 left to pretty much clinch the game. Jefferson led the Jazz with 21 points and 10 boards.
The Suns clung to a one-point lead going into the fourth but the Mavericks took over in the final quarter. Darren Collison made back-to-back jumpers to keep the Suns away. O.J. Mayo had 20 points for the Mavs while Collison had 19.
The Lakers got off to a scorching start with their hot shooting. However, the Wolves rallied back and cut the lead to four in the fourth quarter after an Alexey Shved three. But back-to-back Pau Gasol buckets and an Antawn Jamison lay-up stopped the rally for good. Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds while Kobe Bryant went for 17 points, 12 boards, and eight boards as the Lakers, without Dwight Howard, got their first win on the road of 2013. The Wolves have lost six straight.