Pistons 116 (9-9), Rockets 105 (7-11)
Six out of the nine Detroit Pistons players who saw minutes against the Houston Rockets scored in double-figures. Reggie Jackson led the way with 31 points on the night, and Andre Drummond provided 24 points and 13 boards. Motor City extended its lead to 28 during the game, and although James Harden (29 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) and the Rockets were able to slow their opponents down, they couldn’t manage the W.
Celtics 105 (10-8), Heat 95 (10-6)
Dwyane Wade‘s 30 points weren’t enough for the Miami Heat to put the visiting Boston Celtics away for the night. Avery Bradley scored 25 for the Cs, hitting important shots whenever Miami got too close for comfort. With the win, Boston breaks its three-game losing streak.
Hawks 106 (12-8), Thunder 100 (11-7)
With 26 points, 11 boards, 5 assists and 4 blocks, Paul Millsap led his Atlanta Hawks in more than just one category. He had some pretty moves throughout the night that helped the Hawks defeat the OKC Thunder, despite a 17-point fourth quarter from Russell Westbrook. Jeff Teague added 25 in for the win.
Bulls 92 (10-5), Spurs 89 (14-4)
The Spurs’ winning streak ended in Chicago on Monday night as the Bulls took care of business at home. Pau Gasol scored 18 points and brought down 13 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added in 14, and although he got played by Kawhi Leonard, his team came out on top.
Bucks 92 (7-11), Nuggets 74 (6-12)
The loss in Milwaukee on Monday night extended the Denver Nuggets’ losing streak to seven. The Bucks held the Nuggets to just 30 points in the second half, leaving themselves much room to further build their own lead. Greg Monroe scored 18 for the Bucks, while Jabari Parker added 16 off the bench.
Warriors 106 (19-0), Jazz 103 (8-8)
This. This was a close one. Even after the Golden State Warriors had a double-digit lead in the game, the Utah Jazz hung on to present a serious threat to the Dubs’ undefeated season. Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert connected on a nice oop, but unfortunately for the Jazz, Stephen Curry connected with the basket as he sunk a dagger from the three-point line.
Kings 112 (7-12), Mavericks 98 (10-8)
DeMarcus Cousins scored 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in the Kings’ win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Rajon Rondo added in 21 points and 5 assists against his former team. Even in the loss, Dallas had a little reason to celebrate as Dirk Nowitzki sank his 10,000th career basket.
Clippers 102 (10-8), Trail Blazers 87 (7-11)
The Los Angeles Clippers brought their win column into double-digits by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. The Clips were led by Blake Griffin, who finished with a game-high of 23 points to go along with his 8 boards and 6 assists. DeAndre Jordan added 24 rebounds to complement his 18 points.