The Sixers led as many as 17 points. The Wizards tried to rally back but Jrue Holiday’s outside shot with 33 seconds killed all hope for them. Holiday went for 21 points, six assists, and four steals in victory.
The story of the Pistons was more focused their earlier trade that got them Jose Calderon. In the game itself, an 18-2 run by the Pacers before halftime buried Detroit. Roy Hibbert (18 points, 11 rebounds), Tyler Hansbrough (14 points, 11 rebounds), and Lance Stephenson (12 points, 11 rebounds) all recorded double-doubles.
A 37-14 second quarter was the difference as Boston put away Sacramento early. Paul Pierce had 16 points and 10 boards to lead the Celtics, who have won two straight after losing six in a row.
The Knicks went on a three-point spree in the middle of the fourth quarter and that left the Magic in the dust. What’s even worse for the Magic was that Glen Davis broke his foot in the first quarter and that may have ended his season. Tyson Chandler went for 21 points and seven rebounds in the Knicks’ win.
Al Horford made the go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds left and then was involved in a controversial no-call. Horford blocked DeMar DeRozan’s potential game-winning lay-up but seemed to get a lot of contact on DeRozan. There was no call and the Hawks went on to win the game. Horford had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. And he may also have gotten a gift with that no-call.
Miami had a huge third quarter, beating the Nets, 36-14, on that period. LeBron James had his usual magnificent statline of 24 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Brook Lopez, who was named to the All-Star team on Wednesday, had 21 points and seven rebounds to lead Brooklyn.
Nate Robinson scored 16 of his 24 points in the second quarter as the Bulls held the Bucks to 37 points in the first half. Chicago’s win keeps pace with the top of the East as they are only one game behind the number 2 seed New York Knicks.
Caron Butler made a go-ahead three for the Clips with 2:45 left to go. Then the Clippers, who were without Chris Paul for the fifth straight game, put away the Wolves for good with a three-point play from Blake Griffin with 30 seconds to go. Griffin led Los Angeles with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
San Antonio didn’t have much trouble with the Bobcats as they cruised to their ninth straight win and bring their league-best record to 37-11. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 22 points. San Antonio was without Tim Duncan again but the fact that they’re winning without him is pretty scary.
Houston was leading going into the fourth quarter but Denver went on a 17-0 run that the Rockets never recovered from. Danilo Gallinari had 27 points to lead the Nuggets. The Nuggets have won five straight games.
Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson made back-to-back jumpers to edge the Hornets out in this close contest. Millsap led the Jazz with 25 points (in 12 shots) and 10 boards.
The Lakers had a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter but blew that lead against the Suns. L.A. especially couldn’t stop Michael Beasley, who went for 27 points. Dwight Howard also re-aggravated his shoulder injury in the fourth quarter. The Lakers had their three-game winning streak snapped.