Cavaliers 114 (31-12), Timberwolves 107 (14-32)
Despite this neat little factoid…
Tonight was the first game in @NBA history in which 3 teammates under 21 years old all scored at least 20 points. (KAT, Wiggs, Zach)
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 26, 2016
…the Minnesota Timberwolves still weren’t able to pull off the win in Cleveland. Those guys LeBron James (25 points, 9 assists) and Kyrie Irving (19 points, 9 rebounds) make things a bit complicated.
Celtics 116 (25-21), Wizards 91 (20-22)
The Boston Celtics cruised to their third consecutive victory, as they blew out the Washington Wizards in D.C. on Monday night. The road team led by as many as 30 points before the final score displayed a 25-point win. Isaiah Thomas led the way with 23 points and 9 assists, as five more Celtics contributed double-figs.
Heat 89 (24-21), Bulls 84 (25-19)
Dwyane Wade led the Miami Heat to a victory in Chicago. Behind D-Wade’s 28 points, 7 boards and 5 dimes, the Heat put an end to their four-game losing streak. Although Wade and Chris Bosh (18 points) were the only Heat players in double-figures, that was enough to triumph over Pau Gasol’s 19-point, 17-rebound performance.
Grizzlies 108 (26-20), Magic 102 (20-23) OT
Jeff Green scored a season-high 30 points, including an overtime-forcing jumper, to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the visiting Orlando Magic, who have now lost six straight games. The Grizz won out in multiple categories including points in the paint (70-50) and offensive boards (18-8).
Rockets 112 (25-22), Pelicans 111 (16-28)
James Harden scored 35 points (plus 11 boards and 8 assists) on Monday night to lead the Rockets to victory over the Pelicans. Trevor Ariza added a season-high 31 points in the win. Jrue Holiday was the high-scoring man for the Pels with 32 points (his own season-high) off the bench in the loss. NOLA was without Anthony Davis in the second half, who had to leave the game after getting elbowed in the head by teammate Tyreke Evans.
Hawks 119 (27-19), Nuggets 105 (17-28)
The Atlanta Hawks led by as many as 22 points on Monday night in Denver, before they completed the job and achieved a win on the road. Paul Millsap led ATL with 22 points and 9 rebounds, and Al Horford added 18. The Hawks shot 50 percent from the field, and restricted their opponents to 39 percent. Will Barton was the high-scoring man for the Nuggets, with 21.
Pistons 95 (24-21), Jazz 92 (19-25)
Led by Reggie Jackson’s 29 points, the Detroit Pistons came out with a victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night, nipping their two-game losing streak in the bud. Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points to contribute to the victory. Unfortunately for the Jazz, Rudy Gobert’s 17-point, 17-board double-double and Gordon Hayward’s 23 points couldn’t do the trick. The Jazz lost five of their last seven games.
Hornets 129 (22-23), Kings 128 (20-24) 2OT
Dang…DeMarcus Cousins. You know, this guy:
Yep, he scored a career/franchise/NBA season-high 56 points tonight (plus 12 boards) before fouling out in the second overtime period. Despite the monster performance from our latest cover subject, his Sacramento Kings couldn’t pull off the win. Charlotte’s Troy Daniels sank one of his eight 3-pointers to give his team a 129-128 lead, leaving 9.0 seconds on the clock.
The Kings couldn’t convert in those final moments, and the road win went to the Hornets.
Warriors 120 (41-4), Spurs 90 (38-7)
The game everyone was looking forward to, a battle of Best in the West. The exciting Golden State Warriors vs. the extremely seasoned San Antonio Spurs. Thought it’d be a close one? Well, you thought very, very wrong. The Dubs won by a whopping 30 points, completely blowing out the Spurs. Stephen Curry was as lit as it gets, dropping 37 hot points and swiping 5 steals in only 28 minutes of play.