Thunder 121 (5-3), Wizards 105 (3-4)
Without Beal, the Wizards just couldn’t hang with the Thunder. Westbrook logged another triple-double, recording 22 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds. Durant went to work in the first half, but sat out the last two quarters with a strained left hamstring. Hopefully, the superstar will recover quickly.
Cavaliers 118 (7-1), Jazz 114 (4-3)
Just too much LeBron James down the stretch. Plain and simple. The King dropped 17 in the 4th quarter and finished the game with a stat line of 31-8-7. The Jazz really spread it around, with six players scoring over 15 points, led by Alec Burks’ 24. Cleveland has now won seven straight.
Heat 101 (5-3), Lakers 88 (1-6)
Miami took care of a Kobe-less Lakers squad at home. Bosh had his best game so far this season, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 boards. In just 27 minutes, Whiteside managed to contribute 19 and 15, including 3 blocks. That man is really a beast. It was Swaggy P who led the Lakers charge, connecting on his first five shots and finishing with 17 off the bench.
Knicks 111 (4-4), Raptors 109 (5-3)
There was high drama (and high controversy) in Toronto tonight, but the Knicks came away with the W. Melo had 25 and 4 rebounds and Porzingis did what he does best (see above). Derozan had a season-high 29 for the Raps. New York has now won 4 games, which doesn’t seem like much but certainly feels like a lot if you’re a Knicks fan.
Celtics 99 (3-3), Bucks 83 (4-4)
The Bucks were without MCW again tonight, and they struggled to put the ball in the hole. The loss ended a four game winning streak for Milwaukee. Isaiah Thomas wasn’t on fire, but the point guard always gets his buckets, as he finished with 20. Monroe had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Hornets 104 (3-4), Timberwolves 95 (4-3)
It was the Hornets bench that led the way in this one, with Linsanity dropping 19 and Jeremy Lamb pitching in with 18. The T-Wolves rested both Wiggins and Rubio. In their absence, the rookie Towns went to work, notching another double-double (19 points and 13 boards). Watch out NBA, this young fella can ball.
Pelicans 120 (1-6), Mavericks 105 (3-4)
FINALLY! The Pelicans are on the board with a 120-105 victory over Dallas. Anthony Davis had probably his best half of the season, scoring 17 and grabbing 7 boards in the first two quarters. However, the unibrow sat the second half with a right hip contusion. Ryan Anderson finished with 25 and 11 rebounds and Dirk had 18 and 4.