Martin Luther King Day provided some of you guys an extra day on the weekend. I know some of you took advantage by watching NBA games, right? Well, if you didn’t, we got you covered with this recap right here!
George Hill was able to draw the foul on Mike Conley with 1.4 seconds left. Hill would make one of two foul shots to put the Pacers up one. Rudy Gay would make what looked like the game-winning shot but it was after the buzzer. Indiana escaped with the victory. Paul George fell one assist short of a triple-double and had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.
The Hornets led as many as 26 points before the Kings went on a 17-0 run in the third quarter to cut it to single digits. But New Orleans held on and won the game even though they lost Anthony Davis to a sprained ankle. Ryan Anderson came off the bench to score 27 points for the Hornets.
The Bobcats led for most of the game but the Rockets held them to 13 points in the fourth quarter. Carlos Delfino would make the go-ahead three-pointer with less than two minutes to go and the Rockets snapped their seven-game losing skid. James Harden went for 29 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Houston survived a 35-point effort by Kemba Walker.
The Wolves had a good lead on the Hawks as well but they were defended very well in the second half, only scoring 38 points after halftime. Then Jannero Pargo, who was signed to a 10-day contract by the Hawks, would make a big three that would put Atlanta up four and out of reach. Al Horford had a big game with 28 points and 10 rebounds while Pargo went for 16 points off the bench.
The Nets went to Iso-Joe with 22 seconds left and got the go-ahead jumper from Joe Johnson. Somehow, Carmelo Anthony would follow-up with an airball from the right baseline. The Knicks still had a chance to tie the game down three but J.R. Smith missed a desperation three. The Nets were able to tie the subway series this season. Joe Johnson had 25 points to lead the Nets.
Stephen Curry made a huge three-pointer that was part of a late 9-0 run by the Warriors. Golden State defeated the Clippers in loud Oracle Arena and won the season series, 3-1, between them. Curry ended with 28 points and six assists. It took 42 games for the Clippers to lose 10 games this year when they would normally lose 10 games by November.
The Sixers led, 82-75, with four minutes to go but the Spurs wrested the lead away with great defense. A 9-0 run capped off by Tim Duncan gave the lead to San Antonio. Then Tony Parker made a big jumper with a minute left in the game. Duncan led the Spurs with a great 24-point, 17-rebound performance.
The game was tied at 75 before the Bulls went on a late 8-0 run. And then Marco Belinelli killed the Lakers with late back-to-back three-pointers. Kirk Hinrich torched Steve Nash and the Lakers all day long with 22 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. The Laker nightmare season continues.
Wesley Matthews was able to tie the game with a three-pointer with seven seconds left but Jordan Crawford made a three-pointer from the far left wing to beat the Blazers at the buzzer. Martell Webster and Nene scored 24 points each for Washington. Crawford scored 13 points and helped spoil Nicolas Batum’s triple-double (12 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists). Blazers have now lost six straight games.