Pistons (10-23) 114, Kings (14-20) 95
The Kings were within a few points of Detroit early in the fourth quarter last night, but the Pistons finished strong and pulled away.
Brandon Jennings erupted for 35 to lead the way. He dropped 29 on Friday night, and may be on his way to a hot 2015 after a disappointing start in Detroit. Greg Monroe (14 and 11) and Andre Drummond (15 and 14) both double-doubled. The Pistons are a perfect 5-0 since waiving Josh Smith.
Sacramento got 18 and 15 from DeMarcus Cousins and 17 from Darren Collison. They managed just 17 points total in the fourth, though.
Mavericks (25-10) 109, Cavs (19-15) 90
Cleveland was without LeBron yesterday against Dallas, and had no answer for the streaking Mavs.
Monta Ellis paced Dallas with 20, and five of his teammates joined him in double-figures. The Mavs hit 12/26 threes and nearly 57 percent of their shots overall.
Kevin Love dropped 30 for Cleveland, but his supporting cast didn’t really show up. Kyrie Irving struggled badly in 25 minutes, connecting on just 2/9 shots. He also re-aggravated a back injury, and has already been ruled out for Cleveland’s next game.
Heat (15-20) 88, Nets (16-17) 84
Brooklyn had a chance to move above .500 last night, but went cold down the stretch in Miami for a tight loss.
Chris Bosh (26) and Dwyane Wade (25) were both on-point for the Heat. Hassan Whiteside, who’s been getting serious run off the bench lately, added 11 and 10 with 5 rejections. This is a nice stretch for the 25-year-old, who last played in 2012 with the Kings.
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 19 in the loss. Deron Williams (13 and 8) and Brook Lopez (16 and 7) both played well off the bench.
Suns (20-16) 125, Raptors (24-10) 109
There was no stopping the Suns last night, who went for 43 points in the second quarter and never looked back.
Eric Bledsoe led the team with 20, and Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas each added 18. It’s nearly impossible to slow the Suns down when all three of those guys play well.
Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors with 21 and 10, but that’s probably not what most people will be talking about tomorrow —
Bucks (18-17) 95, Knicks (5-31) 82
The Knicks were without Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire last night, and were pretty much never a threat to win this game.
Brandon Knight, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zaza Pachulia and Kendall Marshall all cleared 15 points for Milwaukee.
The Knicks got 17 from Tim Hardaway Jr. in the loss. They’ve now dropped 11 straight, and a staggering 10 in a row at home.
Lakers (11-23) 88, Pacers (13-22) 87
Indy led by six after three ugly quarters in LA last night, but the Lakers pulled out a tight one behind Swaggy P & the Mamba.
Young (22) scored 7 straight for the Lakers in the mid-fourth, and Kobe (20) scored the team’s final 9, including the game-winner, to close out the W. Booyah!