Heavy Friday night in the NBA with quite a few close games. Let’s check out what happened, shall we?
DeMarcus Cousins went for a monster game of 31 points and 20 rebounds as they surprised the Raptors at Toronto. Going into the game, the Raptors had won eight of their last nine contests.
The Wizards had to beat the buzzer twice to extend the game. First, Nene’s drive to the basket and bucket sent the game to the first overtime. Then at the end of the first overtime, Bradley Beal’s three tied the game and sent it to the second overtime. But they couldn’t stop Joe Johnson (Iso-Joe) as he made a jumper with 0.7 seconds left. Brook Lopez had 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead Brooklyn while Bradley Beal had a career-high 24 points for Washington, who went down to 0-5 in overtime games and 4-27 overall.
Kyrie Irving made a stepback jumper with one second left as the Bobcats take yet another loss. Irving went for 33 points, five rebounds, six assists, four steals, and three blocks. Ben Gordon’s 27 points off the bench was not enough.
Al Horford made a long shot with five seconds left that was thought to be a game-tying three but it turned out to be a long two after replays. However, Tayshaun Prince threw the ball away with less than six seconds to play and the Hawks had a chance to win the game. Andre Drummond, though, would get a piece of Lou Williams’ potential game-winning three and the Pistons escaped with their fourth win in a row. Austin Daye went for a season-high 20 points. Good to see him getting some PT.
Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer made timely shots and the Bulls were able to hang on against the Heat at Miami. Carlos Boozer went for 27 points and 12 rebounds. The Bulls outrebounded the Heat, 48-28, as they took advantage of their size.
Boston snapped a four-game losing streak and beat the Pacers in a physical contest that reminded the Celtics faithful of their teams of the past few years. Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett (who was ejected because of a Flagrant Two foul) each had 18 points for Boston.
Nicolas Batum’s three broke an 80-all tie. Then with the Blazers leading by two with 2.1 seconds left, Rudy Gay tried to tie the game with a long two which did not go down. The Blazers continue to surprise as they go to 17-15 and the Grizzlies continue to surprise as they now go down to fifth in the West with a 20-10 record. Wesley Matthews had 21 points for Portland.
The Thunder made us quickly forget about their loss to Brooklyn by blowing out the Sixers at home. Russell Westbrook had 27 points and Kevin Durant had 26 to lead the Thunder to their 25th win this year.
The Rockets outscored the Bucks, 30-14, in the third quarter and showed their potent offense by scoring 115 points at Milwaukee. James Harden had 29 points, seven assists, and four steals while Carlos Delfino came off the bench to score 22 points. The Bucks turned the ball over 25 times.
If the Suns wanted to win the game, scoring nine points in the second quarter was probably not in their gam plan. The Jazz were led by Al Jefferson’s 21 points and eight boards and Paul Millsap’s 19 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals.
The Clippers led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter before the Lakers staged a rally to cut the lead down to two. But Chris Paul, as he has done many times with the Clippers, made a clutch perimeter jumper to douse the flames as the Clippers beat the Lakers for the second time this season. CP3 had 30 points and 13 dimes and Kobe Bryant went for 38 points for the Lakers.