Post Up: Close Calls

Knicks 104 (6-7), Hawks 94 (9-4)

Carmelo Anthony did his thing in this one, dropping 31 points and 7 boards on 12/22 shooting. Even the bank was open during this Sunday matinee, as Melo kissed one off the glass at the end of the first quarter:

Kristaps Porzingis (19p, 11r) and Dwight Howard (18p,18r) had double-doubles. Paul Millsap led the Hawks in scoring with 19. This was New York’s fourth consecutive victory at the Garden.

Trail Blazers 129 (8-7), Nets 109 (4-9)

Portland ran away with this one in the third quarter, outscoring the Nets 29-20. For the game, they shot a scorching 58% from the field. Everything was falling, including this insane circus shot from Dame:

CJ McCollum led all scorers with 33 points on 12/19.

Pacers 115 (7-7), Thunder 111 (8-6)

It was a thriller in OKC, with Russell Westbrook tying the game at the end of regulation with a deep three:

The Pacers took over in overtime, however, and spoiled the Brodie’s triple-double night: 31 points, 15 assists, 11 rebounds. Jeff Teague had it going for Indiana, dropping 30 points of his own and adding 9 assists as well.

Nuggets 105 (5-8), Jazz 91 (7-8)

The rookie Jamal Murray led a balanced attack for Denver, scoring 18 points (16 in the fourth quarter) in 23 minutes off the bench. Gordon Hayward had 25 points and 7 rebounds for the Jazz, who have now lost four straight.

Kings 102 (5-9), Raptors 99 (8-5)

This one came down to the wire, with Terrence Ross connecting on a game-tying 33-footer at the buzzer:

Upon review, however, the refs concluded that the clock was started late, and Ross’ shot was waved off. Thus, the Kings snapped their four game losing streak with a 102-99 victory. Rudy Gay poured in 23 points and 9 boards.

Bulls 118 (9-5), Lakers 110 (7-7)

It was the Jimmy Butler show in LA tonight, as the All-Star dropped a season-high 40 points on 14/23 shooting. Lou Williams got buckets for the Lakers, scoring 25 off the pine, three of which came on this heave:

The Bulls have won five of their last six.