Cavaliers (46-26) 108, Bucks (34-36) 90
This was actually a two-point game entering the fourth before the Cavs caught fire and ran away with a road W.
LeBron put in his boring 28, 10, 6 and 5 steals, while JR Smith hit 8/11 shots for 23 points. Cleveland’s starting to make the regular season look pretty easy.
Milwaukee got 19 points from Michael Carter-Williams in the loss. One of the League’s nicest early-season stories, the Bucks have now dropped nine of eleven games.
Thunder (40-30) 93, Heat (32-37) 75
Nobody’s rooting for Serge Ibaka and/or Kevin Durant to miss the postseason… but I wouldn’t mind watching Russell Westbrook try to win a series in his current unstoppable state, flanked by the scorching hot Enes Kanter.
Last night, Westbrook triple-doubled again, handing out 17 assists to go with his 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kanter added 27 and 12 in the easy win.
Miami’s high-man was Hassan Whiteside with just 13. Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic combined for just 24 points on 25 shots.
Spurs (44-25) 114, Hawks (53-17) 95
The Spurs jumped out ahead early and cruised to a surprisingly smooth win in Atlanta last night.
Tiago Splitter blew up for 23 and 8, while Kawhi Leonard posted 20 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Tim Duncan added 12, 7, 7 and 4 rejections.
Paul Millsap showed up for Atlanta (22 and 7), but his buddies didn’t. Al Horford (8), Jeff Teague (8) and Kyle Korver (6) were uncharacteristically quiet. Dennis Schroder did put in 18 off the bench.
Clippers (46-25) 107, Pelicans (37-33) 100
Los Angeles managed to hold off the Pelicans last night to hang on for a tight win.
Chris Paul (11 assists, 2 turnovers) and Blake Griffin each dropped a team-high 23 for LA. JJ Redick added 20, and DeAndre Jordan double-doubled with 12 and 16 (2/7 from the line).
Anthony Davis was typically sharp for New Orleans, scoring 26 points (11/13) with 12 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of blocks. Eric Gordon came off the bench to knock down five threes and finish with 23.
Raptors (42-28) 106, Knicks (14-56) 89
While New York fans were busy scouting Jahlil Okafor, their Knicks got smoked once again.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto in scoring with 23 last night, while Jonas Valanciunas (17) and Tyler Hansbrough (18) had nice games as well.
Meanwhile… New York’s starting five of Lance Thomas (24), Andrea Bargnani (16), Alexey Shved, Langston Galloway and Lou Amundson against undefeated Kentucky — who ya got?
Kings (24-45) 109, Wizards (40-30) 86
The Wizards just had nothing working last night. John Wall finished with 9 points and 4 turnovers in 33 minutes, his fellow starters struggled (save for Brad Beal) and the bench was of little help.
Meanwhile, Sacramento got 26 from Rudy Gay, 20 from DeMarcus Cousins and 17 from Ben McLemore as they rolled to a win.
Pistons (26-44) 105, Celtics (30-39) 97
The Pistons forced OT with a huge defensive stop last night before erupting in overtime. They managed 17 points in the extra five minutes.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went off for 27, while Andre Drummond posted 18 and 22. Reggie Jackson nearly triple-doubled with 17 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds.
Evan Turner led the Celtics in scoring with 23, and Jae Crowder added 19 in the loss.
Hornets (30-38) 109, T-Wolves (15-54) 98
Minnesota was within four with three minutes remaining last night, but Al Jefferson and the Hornets managed to hold ’em off.
Jefferson posted 18 and 11 in the win, while Mo Williams made his much-anticipated return to Minnesota with 24 points off the bench. He’s been an incredible pickup for Charlotte.
Minnesota only had eight guys play, and each of them finished with between 9 and 16 points. Gorgui Dieng was the high-scorer and added 8 rebounds. Adreian Payne scored 13 with 9 rebounds.
Nuggets (27-44) 119, Magic (22-50) 100
Danilo Gallinari dropped forty on the Magic last night. He hit 12/21 shots from the floor and 10/11 from the line in the career night. He’s been playing real well since the All-Star break.
Victor Oladipo (21, 5 and 5) and Nikola Vucevic (20 and 8) had nice games for Orlando in the blowout loss. Elfrid Payton struggled from the floor (3/9), but managed 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals.
Suns (38-33) 98, Mavericks (44-27) 92
Dallas erupted for 33 third-quarter points to erase a huge deficit before fizzling in the fourth last night.
Phoenix got nice contributions from a handful of guys — Markieff Morris (19 and 12), Marcus Morris (11, 11 and 7), Eric Bledsoe (18 and 9), PJ Tucker (15) and more.
Chandler Parsons led Dallas in scoring with 19. Dirk Nowitzki was held to 11, while Monta Ellis had one of his worst games of the season — 11 points on 4/22 shooting.
Lakers (18-50) 101, Sixers (17-53) 87
JaKarr Sampson, Jason Richardson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Ish Smith, Nerlens Noel, Tarik Black, Wes Johnson, Jordan Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington started this game on the floor.
Philly had four fourth-quarter points eight and a half minutes into the period.
Jeremy Lin dominated with 29 points on 10/16 shooting.