by Peter Walsh
The Blazers won their tenth road game of the season against a Bulls team that is fading fast at the end of the season. Portland dominated in the second quarter, shooting 58 percent, turning the ball over just once and outscoring Chicago 32-16 to take control of the game. The Blazers stretched their lead to as many as 28 and cruised to the finish. Chicago had no answer for Dame Lillard (24 points, 7 assists) or LaMarcus Aldridge (28 points, 8 boards) who were the difference makers in the game. Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Sixers led 98-90 with two minutes to go and Denver’s 13-game winning streak was in serious jeopardy. But Corey Brewer, who has been great off the bench for the Nuggs all season, put the team on his back in the closing minutes and carried them to their 14th straight victory. With the clock winding down and Denver down five, Brewer nailed a 3-pointer to make it a two point game. The Nuggets then fouled Evan Turner on the inbounds and he missed both free throws. Denver called a timeout and set up a play for Brewer and he launched a long 3 that missed but was fouled by Damien Wilkins and went to the stripe. Brewer, calm as ever, nailed all three freebies to complete the comeback. Anthony Randolph blocked Damien Wilkins’ last second attempt and the Nuggets won their 14th straight. The Sixers have now lost 15 straight road games. Brewer finished with a career-high 29 points. Andre Miller scored 21 and dropped 8 assists. Wilson Chandler and Ty Lawson both missed the game with nagging injuries.
If a game between two of the worst teams in the League takes place in March and no one watches or attends, did the game really happen?