Grizzlies 112 (17-16), Lakers 96 (5-26)

Kobe wasn’t going to play, but…

He scored 14 in the first quarter, then scored 5 more in the third before sitting down for the night. Meanwhile the Grizzlies cruised out to a 25-point lead and snapped a two-game skid with the W. Jeff Green (17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 dimes) had a vicious chase down block on Nick Young that was pretty much a metaphor for how this entire game went. Actually, wait—it wasn’t even the best block of the game. Look at this sh*t:

The Lakers are so so so so bad.

Celtics 100 (18-13), Knicks 91 (14-18)

Don’t look now, but Boston has won four straight and are right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 29 points, but the Celtics used a balanced attack to take down the Knicks. 21 for Isaiah Thomas, 19 for Evan Turner, 18 for Jae Crowder—even Marcus Smart played a helpful 13 minutes in his return to action. The C’s play the Lakers next and the Nets twice after that. Sense a run coming?

Nuggets 122 (21-10), Thunder 112 (12-19)

Led by Westbrook’s 30 points, 12 dimes and 9 rebounds and KD’s 26 points and 10 assists, OKC came back from down double digits to beat Denver with a big fourth quarter run. Then again the Nuggs were missing Mudiay and Gallo. Still though, you ain’t beating this:

Blazers 98 (13-20), Kings 94 (12-18)

It’s about time we start talking way more about CJ McCollum: 35 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals. On the other hand, here’s this game, from the Kings’ perspective, summed up in two tweets:

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