Pelicans (14-13) 101, Thunder (13-15) 99
This was an up-and-down game throughout, and drew even with 3:46 to play after a wild Russell Westbrook bucket. Anthony Davis scored a few moments later and, incredibly, neither team scored again in the final 2:50.
Davis was amazing again, hitting 16/22 shots for 38 points to go with 12 boards and 3 blocks. Already one of the League’s top defenders, he’s in thick of the scoring race this season, too. He was born in March of ’93. Jrue Holiday double-doubled and played Westbrook well defensively.
Westbrook scored 29, but hit just 10/27 shots and missed a few big ones late. Reggie Jackson added 19 and Steven Adams double-doubled, but Serge Ibaka (2/8) struggled badly with his shot.
Raptors (22-6) 118, Knicks (5-25) 108
Stop me when you’ve heard this before (or I guess email me or drop me a comment or something). Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring yesterday (26), but it wasn’t enough.
New York just couldn’t stop the Raptors, who hit 14 treys and got 18+ from each of Jonas Valanciunas, Greivis Vasquez, Lou Williams and Terrence Ross.
No team has more losses than the Knicks.
Cavaliers (16-10) 105, Grizzlies (21-6) 91
Quite a performance by Cleveland against one of the NBA’s best in a possible Finals preview. The Cavs held Memphis to 1/16 shooting from three, and amazingly hit better than 60 percent of their own shots.
LeBron was tremendous, scoring 25 (9/15) with 11 assists (and 5 turnovers). Kyrie Irving was nearly as good, scoring 17 while handing out 12 assists of his own. Anderson Varejao hit 9/12 shots on his way to 18 points, and Dion Waiters dropped in 21 off the bench.
Memphis was without Zach Randolph, though Jon Leuer (16 and 7) played well in his place. Marc Gasol led the team with 23 points, 11 boards and 5 assists.
Heat (13-15) 100, Celtics (10-15) 84
Miami was without Dwyane Wade (knee) — and Chris Bosh — but still managed a strong effort at home. They outscored a feisty Boston squad in each quarter.
Luol Deng led the way with 23 points, James Ennis added 16 and Norris Cole scored 15. Mario Chalmers assumed extra responsibility without Wade around, and double-doubled with 11 and 10.
Tyler Zeller dropped 22 for Boston, but the backcourt struggled. Avery Bradley (2/10), Marcus Smart (1/4) and Jeff Green (4/12) all played poorly in the loss.
Sixers (3-23) 96, Magic (10-20) 88
Orlando typically plays fairly well at home, but Philly dominated the second half and held on for the win.
Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 21, and each of Nerlens Noel (13 and 12), Robert Covington (11 and 10) and Henry Sims (12 and 12) double-doubled. Covington appears to be a sweet find for Philly.
Orlando got 23 from Victor Oladipo and 19 & 17 from Nikola Vucevic. They were out-rebounded badly, though, and left nine crucial points at the line.
Suns (15-14) 104, Wizards (19-7) 92
Washington cut a ten-point fourth-quarter deficit down to six with a few minutes left, but never got closer than that.
The Suns got double-figures from six guys on their way to their second road win in as many days. Markieff Morris and Eric Bledsoe each scored a team-high 17.
The Wizards were in the game the whole way, but just couldn’t string buckets together. Neither John Wall (5/15, 14 points) nor Bradley Beal (4/11, 14 points) were particularly sharp.
Kings (12-15) 108, Lakers (8-19) 101
The Lakers hung in there once again last night, but flopped in the final five minutes.
DeMarcus Cousins dropped 29 and 14 on some combination of Jordan Hill, Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer and Robert Sacre. Rudy Gay added 24 (8/15) and Ben McLemore scored 23 with 8 boards following a 22-point game on Thursday night.
Kobe finished with 25 points, but hit 8/30 shots with 9 turnovers, perfectly summing up the Lakers’ season. Swaggy P scored a team-high 26 off the bench.
Nets (11-15) 110, Pistons (5-23) 105
Brooklyn led 96-83 in the fourth before letting Detroit back in the game. The Pistons actually had two chances to take the lead or tie with under 30 seconds left, but couldn’t convert.
Mason Plumlee has been on fire in Brook Lopez’s absence, and posted 21 and 12 against Andre Drummond. He hit 9/10 shots and blocked a pair. Jarrett Jack started in place of Deron Williams (calf) and finished with 15 and 10, while Joe Johnson added 16.
Drummond was damn good, too, scoring 18 points to go with 20 boards (13 offensive). Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit 5 threes on his way to 20 points.
Pacers (8-19) 100, T-Wolves (5-20) 96
The Pacers carried a 14-point lead into halftime last night, but the T-Wolves battled back behind Mo Williams (24) and Shabazz Muhammad (21). So, yeah, CJ Miles (28) against Mo Williams and Shabazz Muhammad. But… still… pretty good game…
Minnesota knotted it up at 94 with a minute and a half to play, but let the game slip away from there.
Miles led the Pacers in scoring, and Roy Hibbert was solid with 15 points, 8 boards and 4 rejections. Not bad after Saturday’s stinker (0 points, 5 boards). David West hit 7/9 shots for 14.
Muhammad’s big night was just another in a long line of them for the second-year swingman. He’s averaging 18 points and 5 boards in December while shooting 53 percent. Pretty good for a dude who played 8 minutes nightly over 37 games as a rookie.