Wizards 113 (28-30), Cavaliers 99 (41-17)
LeBron sat this one out to get some rest. The Wizards capitalized on his absence, as John Wall (+23 for the game) went for 21 points, 13 dimes and 7 boards vs. Kyrie Irving’s 28 and 6 dimes (he was a -22 on the night). Otto Porter got hot in the third quarter (he finished with 21) and Tristan Thompson managed just 2, 2 and 2 in 21 minutes. Oh, and there was this from OP:
Otto Porter with the monster block on Kevin Love https://t.co/gBHXwZYfk8
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) February 28, 2016
Hawks 87 (33-27), Hornets 76 (30-28)
Al Horford called it a must-win game. He backed it up with 13 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. The Hawks led wire to wire in this one after outscoring the Hornets 25-9 in the first quarter. It didn’t help that Kemba Walker had a rough shooting night (3-15, 0-7 from 3-point range) and finished with just 9 points.
Pistons 114 (31-29), Raptors 101 (39-19)
After perhaps the best game of his entire career (43 points to beat Cleveland) on Friday, Kyle Lowry sat out on Sunday to get some rest. This game was tied at halftime but the hot-shooting Pistons won the third quarter convincingly (37-20) and Andre Drummond finished with 15 points and 18 rebounds.
Blazers 111 (32-28), Pacers 102 (31-28)
Damian Lillard went for 33—it’s the seventh time in eight games that he’s scored 30+ points, and the red-hot Blazers have won 13 of their last 15. Portland swept the season series with Indiana for the second straight season.
Magic 130 (26-32), Sixers 116 (8-51)
The Sixers gave up 40 points in the first quarter and 77 by halftime. Yikes. Nik Vucevic and Victor Oladipo droped 28 points each, and Mario Hezonja scored 13 in his first NBA start—which began with stealing the opening tip and going in for a dunk. Philly, losers of eight straight, were led by 26 from rookie Jahlil Okafor.
Mavericks 128 (32-28), Timberwolves 101 (19-41)
Chandler Parsons posted 29 points (24 or more in 5 of his last 7 games, cue *eyeball emoji*) and the Mavs cruised past the Wolves with baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr. sitting courtside. Dallas shared the ball well all night—they had a season-high 34 assists. And where did this come from, Dwight?
Heat 98 (33-26), Knicks 81 (25-36)
The game ended with Dwyane Wade dapping up Fat Joe and Amar’e Stoudemire dapping up Spike Lee, and there were legitimately “Let’s go Heat!” chants during the first and fourth quarters of this game at MSG, which was strange. As was watching Joe Johnson (12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists in 30 minutes) in a Heat uniform for the first time. Wade led all scorers with 26. Still, respects to the 6God: