A packed slate of 12 NBA games last night made for some late game heroics, nail-biting finishes, and free basketball for some fans, as two games required overtime to decide a victor. Let’s dive right into a recap of the action:
|Portland Trail Blazers||106|
Two different starters for the Trail Blazers dropped 35 points Friday night, but it was not enough to keep pace with the Chicago Bulls who pulled out a 115-106 win at home.
Derrick Rose led the Bulls offense, scoring 31 points and dishing out five assists. Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol each recorded a double-double, with Gibson pitching in 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Gasol pouring in 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Aaron Brooks added 17 points off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting.
The Trail Blazers offense received separate 35-point nights from LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, with Lillard going 7-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. The only other Trail Blazer in double-digits scoring was Wesley Matthews who chipped in 10 points in 37 minutes.
CHI: Taj Gibson – 12 points/10 rebounds; Pau Gasol – 13 points/10 rebounds
|Los Angeles Clippers||96|
In a display of everyone doing their part, all five starters for the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers scored double-digit points in their matchup Friday night, with Bradley Beal’s 29 points making the difference, to guide Washington to a 104-96 victory.
Beal, who was 9-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, chipped in 4 assists and three steals while leading the Wizards in time on the floor, playing 39 minutes. John Wall posted a double-double spreading around 11 assists on top of a 10-point performance. Marcin Gortat scored 18 points and recorded two blocks on the defensive end.
While the Wizards shot well from 3-point land, hitting 56.3% from long range, the Clippers struggled, connecting on only 30% of their three-point attempts. Chris Paul led the team with 19 points and 6 assists and Blake Griffin added 14 points. Jamal Crawford, in 27 minutes off the bench, shot just 2-of-13, missing all four of his three-point attempts, but managed to score 12 points, helped by an 8-of-9 showing from the free throw line.
WAS: John Wall – 10 points/11 assists
In a game that saw both teams shoot under 40% from the field, the Atlanta Hawks were able to outpace the Orlando Magic, grabbing an 87-81 win Friday night to extend their winning streak to nine straight.
The two teams went into halftime tied at 40, and then closed the third quarter deadlocked at 64, but the Hawks took the lead for good with 6:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, to eke out the 6-point victory. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 23 points and 8 boards. Al Horford tallied 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Tobias Harris amassed a triple-double, racking up 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Victor Oladipo pitched in with a team-high 21 points and Evan Fournier scored 18. Willie Green struggled mightily, missing all 8 of his shot attempts in 10 minutes of playing time off the bench.
ORL: Tobias Harris – 13 points/11 rebounds/10 assists (Triple-Double); Kyle O’Quinn – 14 points/10 rebounds
|New York Knicks||101|
Jeff Green led all scorers with 28 points, but his effort was not enough to carry the Celtics past the New York Knicks, who took a 101-95 win on the road in Boston.
The duo of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire scored 22 and 20 points respectively Friday night, with Anthony adding five rebounds and three blocks, and Stoudemire pulling down 7 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. made the most of his 32 minutes of playing time off the bench, scoring 16 points. J.R. Smith did not play due to a heel injury.
Green’s 28 points paced the Celtics offense, with Tyler Zeller chipping in 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting and Evan Turner and Marcus Thornton each pitching in 13 points. Rajon Rondo took only three shots in the game, but dished out 7 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.
The Brooklyn Nets poured it on in the fourth quarter Friday night, outscoring the Philadelphia 76ers by 15, to claim an 18-point victory 88-70, and hand Philadelphia their 20th loss of the season.
Mason Plumlee led the Nets offense with a double-double, 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Alan Anderson chipped in 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench. Kevin Garnett pulled in a game-high 12 rebounds, steering the Nets to a 10-rebound advantage over the 76ers for the game.
The 76ers received a strong performance from Robert Covington who knocked down 6-of-10 three-point attempts and finished the night with a team-high 20 points. He added 6 rebounds, three steals, and a block. Michael Carter-Williams ended the game one assist shy of a double-double, scoring 14 points and collecting 9 assists.
BKN: Mason Plumlee – 18 points/10 rebounds
Louis Williams went 9-of-18 shooting, burying 5-of-7 from deep, and finished with 26 points off the bench to carry the Toronto Raptors over the Indiana Pacers 106-94.
In addition to Williams’s strong night shooting, James Johnson scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 15 minutes off the bench. Jonas Valanciunas dropped in 10 points and gathered 14 rebounds to record his third consecutive double-double and seventh double-double of the season.
The Pacers top scorer on the night also came off the bench, as Solomon Hill led the team with 16 points and three blocks in 30 minutes of playing time. Starters Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Watson each chipped in 13 points. Indiana has now lost 7 games in a row, their last win coming November 28 against Orlando.
TOR: Jonas Valanciunas – 10 points/14 rebounds
|Memphis Grizzlies||113 F/2OT|
It may have taken two extra quarters of basketball, but the Memphis Grizzlies were able to close out the Charlotte Hornets 113-107 in double overtime Friday night.
Gerald Henderson knocked down a game-tying shot for the Hornets at the end of regulation to carry the game into overtime deadlocked at 92-92. Henderson had a chance to end things in the first overtime, but missed an 18-footer as time expired, and play carried on into the second overtime, the score tied 102-102.
In the second overtime, Mike Conley scored 6 of the Grizzlies 11 points, to guide Memphis to their 18th victory of the season. Conley finished the game with 19 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Zach Randolph collected a double-double for the Grizzlies, scoring 20 points and bringing down 11 rebounds.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 28 points, while Gary Neal pitched in 25 off the bench, and Henderson scored 10 points in the loss.
MEM: Zach Randolph – 20 points/11 rebounds
|Oklahoma City Thunder||111|
The Oklahoma City Thunder opened up an 18-point first quarter lead on the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night and never looked back, cruising to an easy 111-92 victory, their fifth win in a row.
Since December 2, the first game both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were back together in the starting lineup, the Thunder are 5-1. Friday, Westbrook scored a game-high 34 points and 6 assists, and Durant added 16 points, to lead the Thunder offense. Steven Adams pitched in with a double-double, 16 points and 11 boards.
On the losing side, Andrew Wiggins paced the Timberwolves offense scoring 18 points, and Shabazz Muhammad poured in 18 points of his own in 29 minutes off the bench. Gorgui Dieng had a solid performance, chipping in 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
OKC: Steven Adams – 16 points/11 rebounds
|New Orleans Pelicans||119|
The New Orleans Pelicans proved to be too much for the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night, taking a 119-114 win at home, despite LeBron James scoring 41 points for the Cavs.
Tyreke Evans collected a double-double, scoring a team-high 31 points with 10 assists, and Ryan Anderson contributed 30 points in a season-high 41 minutes off the bench to power the Pelicans offense. Anderson’s increased playing time came as a result of Anthony Davis exiting the game in the first quarter with an upper-body injury. Omer Asik fell one point shy of a double-double, scoring 9 points and pulling down 14 rebounds.
James dropped his 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting, while Kevin Love posted 21 points and 7 rebounds. Kyrie Irving racked up 17 points and dished out 7 assists in the loss.
NO: Tyreke Evans – 31 points/10 assists
In a fourth quarter that saw neither team take a lead larger than four points, it was the Detroit Pistons who did just enough to pull out a two-point victory, defeating the Phoenix Suns 105-103.
Andre Drummond, who scored the final point of the game on a free throw, spearheaded the Pistons offensive attack, scoring 23 points and drawing in 14 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season. Josh Smith also had a double-double, putting up 12 points and 11 rebounds, and recorded two blocks.
Seven different Suns players scored in double-digits with Goran Dragic leading the way, scoring 18 points. Markieff Morris went 7-of-13 shooting for 17 points while pulling down 8 rebounds. P.J. Tucker and Eric Bledsoe each added 16 points.
DET: Andre Drummond – 23 points/14 rebounds; Josh Smith – 12 points/11 rebounds
The Miami Heat jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead, and held on for a 5-point win on the road over the Utah Jazz 100-95, despite a valiant third quarter comeback attempt from the Jazz.
Dwayne Wade quarterbacked the Miami offense, scoring 29 points and dishing out 7 assists, while Chris Bosh contributed 22 points and 9 rebounds. Luol Deng was the only other Heat player in double-digits, adding 14 points.
Utah received a strong effort from Enes Kanter who shot 10-of-17 from the field and finished with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Off the bench, Rudy Gobert chipped in 9 points, while snatching 11 rebounds and making 5 blocks.
|Los Angeles Lakers||112|
|San Antonio Spurs||110 F/OT|
In the second overtime game of the night, it was Nick Young playing hero for the Lakers, sinking a game-winning three-pointer with 7 seconds remaining in the overtime frame to give Los Angeles a 112-110 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Young propelled the Lakers offense with a 6-of-9 shooting performance from beyond the arc, scoring a game-high 29 points. Kobe Bryant shot just 32% from the field, but chipped in 22 points, 9 assists, and four steals. Jeremy Lin scored 14 points off the bench and collected one of his 8 assists on Young’s game-winner.
Tim Duncan and Denny Green each scored 19 points to pace the Spurs offense. Duncan added 18 rebounds, 7 off the offensive glass, and two blocks. Manu Ginobli led all bench scorers for the Spurs, pitching in 18 points and four assists in 31 minutes of playing time.
LAL: Jordan Hill – 14 points/10 rebounds; Carlos Boozer – 14 points/13 rebounds
SA: Tim Duncan – 19 points/18 rebounds