The Hornets led by 18 at the end of the third. Nick Young tried to start a rally and scored 14 points in a span of about four minutes. However, Greivis Vasquez (who has been playing really well this season) halted the run with a big three-pointer with less than three minutes to go. The Hornets have won five of their last six games. Vasquez finished with 23 points and nine assists.
The Pacers annihilated the Bobcats with their outstanding defense. They held Charlotte to less than 35 percent shooting and outrebounded the Cats, 60-31. Roy Hibbert led the Pacers with 18 points in a balanced attack. Charlotte has now lost 24 of their last 26 games.
The Nets made a few three-pointers near the end of the third and then went on an 8-0 run in the fourth to boost their lead to 15 points. That was enough to put away the Raptors. Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 22 points and nine rebounds. The Nets have now won seven straight and have gone 9-1 under coach P.J. Carlesimo.
A couple of 10-0 runs in the third broke the game open for the Clippers. Later, Jamal Crawford would put on a show by scoring the first 12 points of the fourth quarter for the Clips. The Rockets made a cute little run but it nearly wasn’t enough to come back against Lob Angeles. Crawford came off the bench to score 30 points, a season-high.
Wesley Matthews sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer with 32 seconds left. Then in overtime, Wilson Chandler made a corner three to put the Nuggets up three with 14 seconds left. Damian Lillard would miss the game-tying three and the Nuggets held on for their sixth straight win. Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 25 points and Ty Lawson went for 24 points and 12 assists.
Dwight Howard was dominant all game and took over a stretch in the fourth quarter. Kobe Bryant would finish off the Bucks as he made three straight jumpers. It turned into a laugher as the Lakers would blow out the Bucks in the final stanza. Dwight Howard would finish with 31 points, 16 rebounds, and five blocks. Kobe Bryant would also finish with 31 points.