Spurs (39-23) 116, Bulls (39-25) 105
Chicago cut a 16-point deficit down to eight with better than seven minutes left yesterday, but couldn’t fill the gap from there.
San Antonio got 32 from Tony Parker on 13/19 shooting, and it’s safe to say he finally looks healthy. Kawhi Leonard went for 20 and Manu Ginobili added 16 off the bench.
Pau Gasol (23 and 15), Aaron Brooks (22) and Nikoa Mirotic (19) all had nice games for the Bulls. Joakim Noah didn’t make much noise offensively (4 points) but managed 11 boards, 9 dimes and a pair of rejections.
Warriors (49-12) 106, Clippers (40-23) 98
Golden State led by 20 during parts of the fourth quarter yesterday in what became a laugher in the third. A late run by Austin Rivers (22) and the Clips’ reserves made the final score look close.
Draymond Green (8/15, 23), Klay Thompson (9/13, 21) and Shaun Livingston (9/14, 21) were on point for the Dubs. Steph Curry’s numbers weren’t as pretty (3/9, 12 points), but he did this, which I estimate as worth roughly 64 points on its own:
Jazz (26-36) 95, Nets (25-36) 88
A 10-0 fourth quarter run by Utah last night put away a nice road win.
Derrick Favors posted 22 and 8 against his old team, and Gordon Hayward poured in 24. Rudy Gobert made just 1/4 shots, but grabbed 11 rebounds, tallied 5 assists and blocked two shots.
The Nets got 19 apiece from Brook Lopez (10 boards) and Thaddeus Young. Deron Williams scored 6 points against his former team in the loss — a perfect symbol to represent the D-Will Trade itself.
Hornets (28-33) 108, Pistons (23-39) 101
Charlotte outscored Detroit 30-17 in the fourth last night to run away with a W. Al Jefferson (24 and 8) and Mo Williams (21 and 9) led the way for the Bobcats.
Reggie Jackson dropped 25 for Detroit.
Magic (21-43) 103, Celtics (25-36) 98
Boston maintained a small lead for most of the fourth quarter before a clutch 16-3 run by the Magic in the closing minutes.
Victor Oladipo (22, 7 and 5) and Tobias Harris (21) led the charge down the stretch. Nikola Vucevic sat with a sore left ankle, and Dewayne Dedmon stepped in nicely with 11 points and 16 boards.
Isaiah Thomas led Boston in scoring with 21 off the bench. Meanwhile, Brandon Bass had a huge 19 and 17 against his former team and Marcus Smart was solid with 16 points, 5 assists and 5 steals.
Mavericks (41-24) 100, Lakers (16-46) 93
Dallas let the Lakers hang around for most of the game last night before putting them away late. Monta Ellis scored 31 to lead all players, and Dirk Nowtizki added 12.
Carlos Boozer led the Lakers with 17. Jordan Clarkson and Wes Johnson added 15 each.
Thunder (35-28) 108, Raptors (38-25) 104
There’s just no stopping Russell Westbrook. He dropped another triple-double last night, this time going for 30 points, 17 assists and 11 rebounds (and 9 turnovers in a near quadruple-double). He hit 11/13 free throws, tallied 4 steals and blocked a shot. It seems like he can truly do whatever he wants on the floor, and it feels a lot like he’s the best player in the League right now.
The Raptors got 24 from DeMar DeRozan and 20 from Terrence Ross, but it wasn’t enough against Westbrook… Nothing ever is.