LA Clippers 100, Sacramento 99: Blake Griffin needs to hire a media specialist who, nightly, puts together a reel of his best stuff and gets it up on youtube. For instance, last night, we especially enjoyed The Blake Show’s facial on DeMarcus Cousins. Griffin finished with 24 points and 14 boards. It was his 19th straight double-double. The Paper Clips are only 6.5 back of Portland for the final playoff spot in the West. Love how the Kings “felt they made progress” last night … against one of the worst teams in the West. Go ahead and get that foot procedure, Tyreke Evans. Ultimately, losing you for 3-4 months will help the Queens’ quest for the No. 1 draft pick.
Orlando 104, New Jersey 88: Six guys in double figures, led by Hedo’s 20. Gil Arenas only had nine, and it seems like he’s waging quite the battle with Jameer Nelson for point guard duties (we’d stick with Nelson). The Magic made more 3′s (12) than the Nets attempted (11).
Dallas 103, Oklahoma City 93: Dirk went down in the first half (knee), and without him, the Mavs dominated the 4th quarter and won the road. Impressive. Jason Terry was a fourth quarter assassin (again) and fellow AARP members Jason Kidd (10-10-8) and Shawn Marion (20-9) carried Dallas to its 24th victory of the season (17 wins in 18 games!). Related: Do not challenge Serge Ibaka at the rim.
Minnesota 113, New Orleans 98: Chris Paul – 22 points, 13 assists, and yet his Hornets got blasted. Wonder if he sees Michael Beasley dropping 30 and rookie Wesley Johnson having his best game as a pro (24 points, 6-8 from three) and thinks, “I gotta get out of here.” Wouldn’t his best move to be fix his knees right now (if that’s even possible) so he can have another great decade in the league?
Houston 100, Washington 93: The Wiz were 10 minutes away from locking up their first road win of the season, and then they collapsed. Washington remains the league’s only winless team on the road (0-15). Andray Blatche returned to the lineup and scored 17 points to go with 14 rebounds. The Rockets are at .500 after their fifth win in a row. Will they give the Heat problems Wednesday in Clutch City?