Even though there was a BCS Championship game going on, the NBA stayed busy with seven games on the schedule! Let’s check out the morning recap, everyone.
The Wizards led by nine points with about five minutes left to go when the Thunder, despite playing poorly for the game, went on a rally. The comeback was punctuated by a game-tying three-pointer by Kevin Durant. However, Bradley Beal made a leaning jumper with 0.3 seconds left to upset the Thunder. Beal and Martell Webster each had 22 points for the Wizards. Washington won their fifth game this season and two of their wins came from both NBA finalists from last season.
With 45 seconds left, Paul Pierce made a long jumper and blew a kiss to the Madison Square Garden crowd. The Celtics, without Rajon Rondo, won this physical contest that also included a little confrontation between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett. Boston has now won three straight games. Pierce led the Celtics with 23 points.
The Bulls shot lights out from behind the arc, going 10-14 for the game, as they brutalized the Cavaliers at home. Carlos Boozer went for 24 points and 11 rebounds; that was his third straight 20-10 game.
The Spurs just couldn’t get over the hump as every time they would try to rally, the Hornets would always have an answer. San Antonio turned the ball over 19 times and New Orleans took advantage and won their second game in a row. Eric Gordon looked great, going for 24 points to lead the future Pelicans.
Dallas couldn’t counter back when they got the deficit down to 95-92. Dirk Nowitzki was called for an offensive foul and O.J. Mayo couldn’t sink a three-pointer that would’ve brought the Mavs back. Utah calmly made their foul shots and sent Dallas to their ninth loss in ten games. Gordon Hayward came off the bench and scored 27 points.
The Grizzlies played their trademark grinding defense against the Kings and sank 11 three-pointers. Wayne Ellington went 10-11 and scored 26 points off the bench as he helped Memphis smash Sacramento at Sleep Train Arena.
Jameer Nelson made a three-pointer with eight seconds left to send the game to overtime. But a Damian Lillard steal that led to a J.J. Hickson fastbreak dunk sealed it for the Blazers. That was part of a 10-0 Portland run late in overtime. LaMarcus Aldridge led four Blazers with double-doubles with 27 points and 10 rebounds (Nicolas Batum, Lillard, and Hickson all had double-doubles).
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