Post Up: 1-2 Punch

KD and Russ break loose against Memphis, while LeBron and Kyrie lead Cleveland to fifth straight.
by January 07, 2016

Knicks 98 (18-19), Heat 90 (21-14)

Following a win over the Hawks, New York got another big win on the back half of a back-to-back. Kristaps Porzingis got dunked on twice, and he could care less, as the Knicks snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Heat.

Pacers 95 (20-15), Magic 86 (19-17)

With Elfrid Payton on the sidelines, Orlando dropped its fourth straight. After a strong start, the Magic have looked lackadaisical during their losing skid.

Cavs 121 (24-9), Wizards 115 (15-18)

LeBron James scored 30 points before the fourth quarter, while Kyrie Irving dropped 21 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth. Cleveland now has won five straight, and we’re just beginning to see what they’re capable of.

Pistons 99 (20-16), Celtics 94 (19-16)

Boston gave up 33 in the fourth, allowing the Pistons to come back and pick up a 99-94 win.

Raptors 91 (22-15), Nets 74 (10-25)

Brooklyn fell to a season-worst 15 games below .500, and has now lost eight straight at home. Jonas Valancunas looked healthy with 22 and 11 in 30 minutes.

Nuggets 78 (13-23), T-Wolves 74 (12-24)

Welcome back, Jusuf Nurkic. The 21-year-old Bosnian center had 15 points, 10 boards and 5 blocks in just 22 minutes. The Denver shot 35.8 percent from the field and the T-Wolves not much better at 38.4 percent.

Mavs 100 (21-15), Pelicans 91 (11-23)

After Tuesday’s 2OT win against the Kings, the Mavs rested their veteran starters, Dirk Nowitzki, Wes Matthews, Zaza Pachulia and Deron Williams. The bench filled in admirable, as Dallas still got the W against a fully healthy Pelicans squad.

Jazz 98 (15-19), Spurs 123 (31-6)

No Tony Parker, no LaMarcus Aldridge, no problem. San Antonio matched their best start in franchise history by winning their 21st straight home game.

Hornets 102 (17-18), Suns 111 (13-25)

Phoenix snapped a nine-game losing skid against the injury-plagued Hornets. The Suns hit a season-high 19 threes. Devin Booker and TJ Warren both came off the bench, but scored 17 apiece.

Grizzlies 94 (19-18), Thunder 112 (25-11)

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook outscored Memphis’ starters, 46-39. Russ relentlessly attacked the rim and played the passing lanes on defense, while KD took over in the second half. They made it look easy against Memphis, who were without Mike Conley (achilles injury).

Clippers 109 (23-13), Blazers 98 (15-23)

The Clippers won their seventh straight game despite the absence of Blake Griffin. Portland did themselves no favors when they accidentally listed CJ McCollum on the inactive list. The Clippers fought it, and the Blazers’ starting 2-guard wasn’t allowed to play.