Post Up: Technically Bad

by April 13, 2015

Celtics (38-42) 117, Cavaliers (51-29) 78

Cleveland rested its stars yesterday and trailed by 24 at the break.

Eight players scored double-digit points for the Cs, lead by Isaiah Thomas’ 17.

Cleveland’s high-man was Iman Shumpert (15).

Bucks (40-40) 96, Nets (37-43) 73

Milwaukee only lead by a bucket at halftime before smoking Brooklyn in the third and fourth quarters last night.

Ersan Ilyasova knocked down 3 threes on his way to 21 points, and OJ Mayo added 17 off the bench.

The Nets shot an abysmal 27/83 from the floor (32.5 percent) and 3/18 from deep (16.7 percent). Yikes.

Pistons (31-49) 116, Hornets (33-47) 77

Detroit outscored Charlotte 30-10 in the first quarter last night and the Bobcats never got back in the game.

Jodie Meeks hit 4/7 threes and led all scorers with 24. Anthony Tolliver hit 6/7 shots (5/6 threes) for 17 points in 19 minutes, so that’s a pretty bad look for the Charlotte D.

On the (very) bright side, Noah Vonleh posted 16 and 12 for the Bobcats in 29 minutes off the bench.

Nuggets (30-50) 122, Kings (27-53) 111

Gotta love a very-late-season game between two all-offense, no-defense teams that has zero playoff implications.

Denver dropped 37 in the first quarter and another 34 in the third en route to a fun win. Kenneth Faried posted 30 and 7, and Wilson Chandler scored 21. Following his 47-point eruption, Danilo Gallinari hit 4/8 shots for 14 points.

Sacramento got 22 from Omri Casspi and 20 from Ben McLemore. Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins both sat out.

Pacers (37-43) 116, Thunder (43-37) 104

Serious good news / bad news / worse news for OKC here.

Good: Russell Westbrook continued his otherworldly play with 54 points (21/43), 9 rebounds and 8 assists.

Bad: OKC let a highly important game slip away in the final six minutes.

Worse: Westbrook picked up his 16th tech of the season and is subject to suspension for the team’s battle with Portland tonight. The Thunder are tied with the Pelicans for the 8th seed with two games remaining, but New Orleans holds the tie-breaker.

CJ Miles dropped 30 for Indiana and Paul George played 14 minutes, hit 3/9 shots and collected 6 rebounds.

Wizards (46-34) 108, Hawks (60-20) 99

Nice bounceback here by Washington following Friday’s dud in Brooklyn. John Wall returned to the lineup last night with 24 points and 9 assists (and 10 turnovers), leading Washington to a fairly easy win over the Horford-Teague-Korver-Carroll-less Hawks.

Mike Scott was Atlanta’s high scorer with 19.

Rockets (54-26) 121, Pelicans (43-37) 114

New Orleans and Houston were knotted up entering the fourth last night, but the Rockets pulled away quickly in the final period and didn’t look back.

James Harden paced the team with 30 points and 7 assists in 38 minutes. He hit 9/9 free throws. Corey Brewer added a big 20 off the bench, and Dwight Howard double-doubled with 19 and 11.

Anthony Davis dropped in 27 for New Orleans, and Jrue Holiday scored 17 in just 15 reserve minutes. They’ll first need to sneak into the postseason, but the Pellies with a healthy Holiday would make for an awesome match against Golden State.

Spurs (55-26) 107, Suns (39-42) 91

Textbook win for San Antonio: Tim Duncan (22 and 10) and Kawhi Leonard (18 and 9) led the way, Danny Green hit a few treys and Tony Parker protected the ball.

Phoenix got 23 from Gerald Green and 20 from Eric Bledsoe in the loss.

Mavericks (49-31) 120, Lakers (21-59) 106

The Mavs’ offense clicked nicely last night, and Dallas was able to stay ahead of LA all game.

Tyson Chandler converted 9/10 shots for 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 and Rajon Rondo handed out 11 assists. Meanwhile, Raymond Felton scored 15 points off the bench, and in two straight games now has actually looked… good.

Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 26 points in 39 minutes. His numbers are obviously bloated playing for such a bad team, but his post-all-star stats (16, 5.5, 4.5) are undeniably sweet.