Around the Rim: Kobe still shooting, Bulls late heroics

A look around Tuesday night in the NBA while they were caucusing in Iowa.

Lakers 108 Rockets 99:  LA just abused the Rockets in the paint.  Andrew Bynum had yet another huge game – 21 points and 22 rebounds – and Pau Gasol chipped in with 14 of his own.  And Kobe Bryant kept shooting the ball too, taking 29 shots.  But he got a bulk of his shots down on the block against Kevin Martin Kyle Lowry and finished with 37 points.  This was the best the Lakers have looked on offense this season but they still need an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter to put away the pesky Rockets.

Bulls 76 Hawks 74:  This game was just outright ugly for the first three quarters.  The Bulls couldn’t hit a shot and the Hawks were a little better but enough to take a 56-42 lead into the fourth quarter.  Atlanta even increased the lead to 19 points before Derrick Rose decided he had enough.  The reigning MVP then took over, scoring 17 of his 30 points while Luol Deng hit the game winning layup to give the Bulls the win.

Trail Blazers 103 Thunder 93:  In case you haven’t noticed, the Trail Blazers are good.  LaMarcus Aldridge dominated on the inside, scoring 30 points and his team got to the free throw line at will, making 29-of-36.  On the other side, Kevin Durant had an off game, making just 8-of-26 shots for 19 points.   Portland is now 4-1 on the season and look to be getting stronger.

Grizzlies 113 Kings 96:  No Zach Randolph for the Grizzlies but Rudy Gay stepped up with 23 points and Marc Gasol had his best game this season with 14 points and 15 boards.  Memphis dominated the game with their bench scoring 54 including 20 from Sam Young.  DeMarcus Cousins did play 22 minutes off the pine but was largely ineffective.

Cavaliers 115 Hornets 101:  Kyrie Irving was impressive with 20 points and six assists and the Cavs, believe it or not, are over .500 at 3-2.  DJ Augustin led the Bobcats with 26.

Jazz 85 Bucks 73:  Milwaukee took 95 shots but could only connect on 29 which is just 30.5% shooting.  Still, the Jazz couldn’t pull away due to sloppy play and had 24 turnovers.  Al Jefferson had 26 points and 10 rebounds.