The Hawks had full control from start to finish. Josh Smith was everywhere with 30 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks. The hapless Bobcats are 3-26 in their last 29 games.
LeBron James missed a long jumper that would’ve won the game the Heat in regulation. In overtime, the Heat put it away with a late Ray Allen three-pointer, capping off a vicious 11-0 run for Miami. Dwyane Wade would score 35 points while LeBron James would go for a triple-double (31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists).
Joakim Noah probably had the best hustle play of the year when he saved the ball after a short Marco Belinelli three at the baseline and the ball somehow went back to Belinelli for a lay-up. Belinelli would also get fouled and that turned into a three-point play. Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey both missed three-pointers that would’ve sent the game into overtime. Jimmy Butler had 18 points to lead the Bulls while Noah had 10 points and 18 boards.
Dwight Howard would hurt his shoulder in the first half and wouldn’t return. With Dwight gone, the defense suffered even more for the Lakers and the Grizzlies ran them out of the building. Darrell Arthur came off the bench to score 20 points and grab nine boards for Memphis. The Lakers can start their seasons whenever they want to but bottom line is that they can’t erase their record of being eight games under .500.
The Nuggets went on a 15-3 run that brought them a double-digit lead at the end of the third quarter. Hosuton would never recover from that. Ty Lawson had 21 points and seven assists for Denver while Wilson Chandler came off the bench to score 20 points. Houston has now lost eight of their last nine games.
Brook Lopez would make a lay-up inside the last two minutes. Then Deron Williams would make a three in the following Nets’ possession to seal the deal. Lopez led Brooklyn in scoring with 22 points while Deron went for 22 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. The Nets continue to prosper under P.J. Carlesimo; they are 12-2 since he took over as coach.
The Spurs forced crucial turnovers on the Hornets late in the game and went on a quick 8-0 run late to put the game out of reach for New Orleans. Tiago Splitter went for 25 points while Tony Parker scored 24 points and dished out 13 assists. The Spurs have now won six straight games.
Paul Millsap would make a jumper that would put the Jazz up six with 21 seconds left and that was all she wrote for Washington. Millsap would end up with 16 points and 15 boards to lead the Jazz. John Wall, who is still coming off the bench for Washington, would have 14 points and eight assists.
Michael Beasley scored 11 of his 19 points in that crucial 15-3 late run by Phoenix. The Suns would go on to win the game in Lindsey Hunter’s debut as coach of the Suns. Luis Scola would end up with 21 points to lead the Suns.
LaMarcus Aldridge would score 27 points and make his case as an all-star as Portland blew out the usually tough Indiana Pacers as the Rose Garden. Damian Lillard also continued to make his case as Rookie of the Year and had 20 points and eight assists. The Blazers would snap their six-game losing streak.
David Lee would make a lay-up to get the Warriors up three inside a minute and a half. And then Durant uncharacteristically missed a three-pointer, a free throw, and made a bad pass in the next few Thunder possessions. Stephen Curry would seal the Thunder’s fate with two foul shots. Curry would have an outstanding game with 31 points and seven assists. Durant’s 33 points were not enough.