Post Up: Royal Escape

Hawks 126 (22-15), 76ers 98 (4-34)

The Hawks amassed 18 steals and a 35-point lead en route to its most lopsided win of the season.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Sixers, who have looked much better with Ish Smith in the lineup.

Celtics 92 (19-17), Bulls 101 (22-12)

Sparked by D-Rose’s quick start, Chicago won their season-best sixth straight game. The Bulls have scored at least 100 points in their last nine games, an accomplishment that the franchise (somewhat surprisingly) hasn’t achieved in over 20 years.

Chicago is playing so well, in fact, they looked almost Spursian at times.

Jazz 94 (15-20), Rockets 103 (18-19)

James Harden led all scorers with 33 points as Houston got back-to-back wins against Utah. Harden has topped 30 points for the 15th time this season—the most in the NBA. The loss was Utah’s seventh straight on the road.

Good news for Utah, who are clawing for the 8th seed right now, is that the Stifle Tower returned to the lineup.

Lakers 115 (8-29), Kings 118 (15-21)

Kobe started off hot, dropping 18 in the first half, including perhaps his best dunk of the season.

Rajon Rondo dropped in the go-ahead floater with 20 seconds remaining and then stole the ball on next possession to foil the Lakers’ 27-point comeback. D’Angelo Russell had a season-high 27 points before heading to the locker room with 1:45 remaining with a sprained ankle.