Post Up: We The North

Kyle Lowry dropped 32, Russell Westbrook notched a triple-double, & more from Friday's NBA action.
by March 19, 2016

Celtics 91 (39-30), Raptors 105 (47-21)

Kyle Lowry scored 32, DeMar DeRozan added 15, and Terrence Ross scored nine off the bench in Toronto’s third straight W. Lowry is now averaging 29.5 points over his last four games, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down as Toronto nears their third-straight playoff berth.

Alternatively, things aren’t going as well in Celtics land…Boston has now dropped four in a row, and will enter Sunday’s match-up with Philadelphia in dire need of a win.

Thunder 111 (47-22), 76ers 97 (9-60)

Props to the 76ers for keeping OKC within 20 points in Friday’s loss. Thunder coach Billy Donovan opted against resting his starters, resulting in impressive stat lines from Russell Westbrook (13th triple-double of the year), Kevin Durant (26 points, 13 boards), and Enes Kanter (16 points in 23 minutes). Westbrook submitted a highlight-of-the-night candidate with his posterizing dunk of Jerami Grant.

Cavaliers 109 (49-19), Magic 103 (29-39)

Despite a career-high 45-point night from Victor Oladipo, Kyrie Irving (26 points) and LeBron James (18 points, 8 dimes, 7 boards) led Cleveland to their fifth win in the last six games. Channing Frye, who started the season with the Magic, mean-mugged his former team after knocking down this trey.

Kings 108 (26-42), Pistons 115 (35-34)

The Pistons got out to an 18-point first half lead and never relented, handing the Kings their second straight loss. Sacramento squandered a 31-point showing from DeMarcus Cousins, and had trouble preventing the three-ball all night…Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined for nine treys. With the victory, Detroit is now even with the Bulls for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Trail Blazers 117 (36-34), Pelicans 112 (25-43)

Aside from this poster smash from Ryan Anderson, and an impressive 30-point showing from Jrue Holiday, there was little doing for the Pelicans in this one; the team may have lost Anthony Davis to a knee injury, and has now dropped five of their last six.

Former Celtic Kendrick Perkins mixed things up with the Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter, receiving a flagrant-2 for this egregious foul on Damian Lillard.

Timberwolves 111 (22-47), Rockets 116 (35-34)

James Harden scored 29, Michael Beasley added 17, and Dwight Howard grabbed 11 boards as Houston eclipsed the .500 mark. Despite the loss, Karl-Anthony Towns turned in yet another phenomenal effort, totaling 32 points with 11 boards.

Warriors 130 (62-6), Mavericks 112 (34-35)

Stephen Curry did his thing with 31 points on 6-of-12 shooting beyond the arc, but Klay Thompson stole the show in Friday’s victory, torching Dallas for 10 three-pointers in Golden State’s seventh-straight victory. Later on, Klay took a reprieve from his post-game interview to give props to Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys.

Suns 95 (19-50), Lakers 90 (14-55)

Devin Booker and Brandon Knight combined for 43 points, while Tyson Chandler dominated the boards for 17 rebounds. The Suns and Lakers each shot a woeful 36 percent from the field, but Lou Williams of the Lakers apparently didn’t get the memo. On the heels of a five-game absence from a hamstring injury, the 29-year-old journeyman dropped 30 points on Phoenix.

D’Angelo Russell, who was presumed to have resolved his issues with coach Byron Scott, got an earful during tonight’s listless performance.