It was a busy Wednesday night in the NBA. Let’s recap the dozen games that happened that night, shall we?
Is this really the same Raptors team that we saw earlier in the year? Toronto has now won eight of nine games and they got a coming-out party from rookie Terrence Ross, who scored 26 points. The Raptors are a more manageable 12-20, a far cry from when they were 4-19 in December 12th.
The Bulls were up by 18 but the Magic were able to come all the way back and had a chance to tie or win the game. But both of Jameer Nelson’s attempts didn’t go in (first one was blocked) and Luol Deng sealed the win with free throws. Carlos Boozer had an excellent game with 31 points and 11 boards. Orlando has now lost seven consecutive games.
John Salmons made a go-ahead three and then Aaron Brooks made a lay-up with 18 seconds left to give the Kings only their second victory away from whatever name their arena has these days. DeMarcus Cousins had an impressive performance with 18 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists.
Paul George went for 29 points and 14 boards as the Pacers won their sixth-straight game at home. The Wizards continued their dismal season; they are now at 4-26.
This game was Memphis all the way as Boston continues to search for answers on their squad. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 23 points and nine assists. The Celtics drop their fourth game in a row.
Dirk Nowitzki made his special one-foot jumper to send the game to overtime but it was all Miami in the extra period as they scored the first seven points there and never looked back. It was just another day in the office for LeBron James, who went for 32 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists.
The final score didn’t indicate how much the Spurs dominated the Bucks in that game; Milwaukee had an 8-0 run late when the game was already decided. Tim Duncan continues to have a fantastic season; he went for 28 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists. The Spurs have now won seven straight games.
James Harden had 31 points as the Rockets held off the New Orleans Hornets at home. NBA Player of the Week Greivis Vasquez went for 15 points and 14 assists for the future Pelicans.
The Nets jumped on the Thunder early and OKC’s rally fell short. A frustrated Kevin Durant was ejected after an offensive foul was called on teammate Kendrick Perkins; it was Durant’s first ejection of his career. Joe Johnson went for 33 points for the Nets. P.J. Carlesimo is now 3-1 as interim head coach for Brooklyn.
A 13-0 run by the Jazz that started before halftime did the Wolves in. Gordon Hayward led a balanced Utah attack with 17 points. The Wolves shot only 34.5 percent for the game.
Despite a triple-double by Jrue Holiday (16 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists), the Sixers just couldn’t get over the hump in Phoenix and ended up falling short. The Suns got great production out of Luis Scola (21 points, nine assists), Goran Dragic (20 points, six assists, and three blocks), and Marcin Gortat (11 points, 14 rebounds). Phoenix snapped their six-game losing skid.
For the second game in a row, the Clippers couldn’t get it going. The Warriors got off to an outstanding start and left the Clips in the dust. Stephen Curry went for 31 points, six rebounds, and eight assists. Golden State has now won four in a row.