Eight games on a Monday night in the National Basketball Association. Let’s check out the recap, ladies and gentlemen.
Lob City put on a show as they were up as many as 31 points. Chris Paul led the way with 21 points, 11 assists, and five steals as the Clippers are now starting to get it together with their full roster back.
An exhausted Boston Celtics team was further depleted as they lost Leandro Barbosa to a knee injury late in the third quarter. The Cats went on a late 7-0 run to take a late three-point lead with 14 seconds left. Then Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley missed their three-point attempts as the Bobcats snapped Boston’s seven-game win streak. Byron Mullens led the way with 25 points and 18 rebounds.
Luke Ridnour’s three-pointer and Ricky Rubio’s jumper put the game out of reach for Cleveland. Ridnour led the way with 21 points while Ricky Rubio had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Kyrie Irving had 20 points in the loss. The Wolves snapped their four-game losing streak.
Joe Johnson’s jumper sent the game to an extra period. And then in OT, Johnson sealed the game with two foul shots to boost the Nets lead to five points. Brook Lopez had 25 points to lead Brooklyn in scoring while Reggie Evans grabbed 22 boards in the game.
The Hornets used a big second quarter to help them get the victory. Ryan Anderson went berserk with 31 points to help New Orleans get their 10th road victory. Robin Lopez (23 points and 10 rebounds) and Al-Farouq Aminu (12 points and 14 rebounds) both had double-doubles.
The undermanned but ridiculously deep Spurs went on 13-2 run to put away the Bulls. No Tim Duncan? No Tony Parker? No Manu Ginobili? No Stephen Jackson (who had “personal business”)? No problem for San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard had 26 points to lead the Spurs to their 41st victory of the season.
A 9-0 run by the Wizards buried the Bucks in the fourth quarter. Despite Monta Ellis’s gaudy statline (24 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, and six steals), the Wizards were led by Bradley Beal’s 28 points, a career-high. The Wizards have now won four straight games.
O.J. Mayo had costly turnovers in consecutive possessions and that sealed the fate for the Mavericks (both turnovers led to free throws by the Hawks). Josh Smith had 26 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Hawks.