Saturday night had 11 games going on in the NBA. It involved a return of a young star, a second meeting between a rising star and his old team, and a potential of breaking a long losing streak. Let’s check out the recap.
Eric Gordon made his return and came off the bench. The Bobcats led by as many as 21 points. But the Hornets stormed back with timely shots from Roger Mason and Gordon. Ryan Anderson then Mason made huge threes near the end of the game. Still, the Cats had a chance to send the game to overtime but threes by Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions did not go down. The ‘Cats have now lost 18 in a row. Eric Gordon scored 24 points in his return.
The Pacers tried to rally back from an 18-point deficit. They cut the lead down to three points with about five minutes left. Then Hawks went on a 10-2 run to put away Indy. Lou Williams went for 21 points and 12 assists in the victory.
The Raptors early on couldn’t miss from three and that was what buried the Magic in the game. Jose Calderon had 15 points and 10 assists as Toronto has now won seven of eight games.
C.J. Miles kept the Cavaliers within striking distance but Brook Lopez’s 35 points and 11 rebounds were too much to overcome as the Nets move to 2-0 in the P.J. Carlesimo era. Miles scored 33 points in the loss.
Carlos Boozer and Jimmy Butler hit late shots to put away the Wizards in this low-scoring affair. Marco Belinelli had 17 points while Boozer had 15 points and 12 boards for the Bulls.
Rudy Gay scored eight points in a huge 10-0 run late in the fourth as the Grizzlies stopped their two-game losing streak. Gay had 19 points for Memphis.
Once again, it didn’t go well for James Harden when he faced his old Thunder mates. Russell Westbrook went for 28 points, eight boards, and eight assists as the Thunder blew out the Rockets for the second time this season.
Nikola Pekovic converted the go-ahead lay-up and the Suns couldn’t make any shots to take the lead back. The Wolves then made foul shots to clinch the victory. Pekovic ended up with 28 points and 11 boards while Kevin Love had 23 points and 18 rebounds.
It was a close game going into the fourth quarter before the Bucks ran off nine straight on the Heat and never looked back. Milwaukee outscored Miami in the final stanza, 35-14. The Bucks only turned the ball over five times compared to the Heat’s 20. Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee with 25 points, seven assists, and four steals.
The Sixers were able to keep it close throughout but couldn’t get over the hump. Spencer Hawes missed a potential game-tying three with 26 seconds left and Nicolas Batum sealed the game with free throws. Batum had 22 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists for Portland and the Sixers wasted a Jrue Holiday effort of 29 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.
Before the Rajon Rondo-less Celtics knew it, the Warriors were already up by 20 points in the second quarter. Boston couldn’t get any closer than eight points when they tried to make a run in the second half. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points. Paul Pierce shot a terrible 4-20 from the field in his 13-point effort.