Around the Rim: Nate beats Heat, Wiz win!
Warriors 111 Heat 106 (OT): The Heat had this game won, up 17 late in the third quarter before Nate Robinson came in and went on the attack. He dominated in the fourth quarter with 15 of his 24 and the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to force overtime. Then Dorrell Wright knocked down a couple of threes and Golden State got a huge win. Dwayne Wade returned to action and scored a game-high 34 with 20 in the first half. Lebron James scored 26 but faded down the stretch and was no where to be seen in overtime.
Wizards 93 Raptors 78: The Wizards win! Celebration in DC! Flip Saunders decided to shake up the starting lineup, benching Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis and going with Chris Singleton and Trevor. And it paid off. The pair fit in nicely in the starting lineup while Blatche and Lewis were productive off the bench. It was balanced scoring for the Wiz and good defense, holding the Raptors to just 39.5% shooting. Andrea Bargnani finished with 22 in the loss.
Lakers 99 Suns 83: This was all about Kobe Bryant as he went off for 48 points which is the highest scoring game of anyone this season. Kobe looked spry, even in the fourth quarter where he had 16 points and a pair of dunks including an over-the-head alley oop. LA needed it too, going on a 16-a run late to secure the win. Kobe has been on a tear, averaging 36 points a game over his last five outing. And if you think that’s because he’s shooting too much, well, he’s hit 51.5% of his shots during that stretch.
Trail Blazers 105 Clippers 97: The Rose Garden is arguably the toughest place to play for road teams with the Blazers now 6-0 on their home floor. The team fed off the crowd and shot over 51% with all five starters scoring 12 points or more, led by Gerald Wallace who had 20. Caron Butler had 20 points for the Clippers who had their three game winning streak snapped.
Thunder 100 Grizzlies 95: Russell Westbrook was on fire, scoring 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting. The last time the Thunder were in Memphis was during the playoffs went Westbook couldn’t buy a bucket. Kevin Durant went for 22 and the Thunder have won four straight. Marc Gasol had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizz.
Bulls 111 Timberwolves 100: The Bulls looked like they were in third gear for this one and didn’t need any more for the win. They led 33-17 after the first quarter and the Wolves got back on track over the next two quarters. But the Bulls stepped it up in the fourth. Derrick Rose won the battle of points guards with a season-high 31 points and 11 assists while ricky Rubio had 13 points and 12 assists. The Wolves can be very exciting but are just 3-7. Kevin Love struggled from the field again but finished with 20 and 13.
76ers 112 Kings 85: The Sixers are on a roll, having won six straight including this thrashing. Philly hit almost 57% of their shots with Elton Brand having his best game on the season with 21 points and 10 boards. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 17 points and 10 rebounds who were without Marcus Thornton with a thigh injury.
Mavericks 100 Pistons 86: They might not look like world championship material yet but the Mavs are back to .500 on the season. They came out of the gate hot which continued and led by as much as 28 in the second half, allowing their starters to get some extra rest. Dirk Nowitzki had 18 while Shawn Marion scored 14 for the Mavs who have now won five of their last six after a slow start.
Bucks 106 Spurs 103: The Spurs shot 60% but couldn’t stop the Bucks down the stretch, especially Stephen Jackson who had his best game since joining the team with 34 points and 8 assists. Afterwards, a frustrated Gregg Popovich said this was “the worst defensive team we’ve ever had”.
Rockets 82 Bobcats 70: The Rockets struggled shooting and turned the ball over 22 times but they clawed out the win. Rookie Chandler Parsons had 20 points while Jordan Hill had 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. And the Bobcats couldn’t shoot either which really made this an ugly game.
Jazz 113 Cavaliers 105: Al Jefferson was huge with a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. His team was lights out from the field but need to play better defense if they hope to keep winning as they’re now 6-3 on the season. Kyrie Irving had another good performance with 20 points and five assists for the Cavs.