New York 100, Portland 86: Bottle it up, Knicks’ fans – they might not play defense this well again this year. Portland shot just 35 percent and the offense generated just eight assists as New York rolled in the Northwest. Ronny Turiaf started at center and had his best game of the season (19 points, 10 rebounds). New York’s 3-1 without Gallo and now they’re suddenly back in the mix – 50/50! – for Melo. After the jump, watch Raymond Felton cross the shit outta Patty Mills.
San Antonio 107, Minnesota 96: The Spurs’ bench hit 6-of-11 threes and improved to 4-0 this season against the improving-but-still-crummy (9-30) Wolves. With Michael Beasley cooling off after a hot start to the season – just one 20+ point effort in six games this month – the only name worth mentioning is Kevin Love, who went for 20 points and 20 rebounds.
Washington 136, Sacramento 133, OT: The no-defense playing Kings rallied late in the 4th with a 7-1 run in the final 14 seconds to force overtime, but the Wizards hung on to win when DeMarcus Cousins missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. In the battle of former Kentucky Wildcat teammates, Cousins had 10 points and eight rebounds; John Wall scored 22 points and dished out nine assists. Nick Young dropped a career-high 43 points for the Wizards.
LA Lakers 112, Cleveland 57: Phil Jackson said he was excited about seeing a bunch of players he’s never heard of … and then his Lakers delivered such a bad beating, LeBron even tweeted about it. LA led 92-41 after three quarters. The loss – Cleveland’s 11th in a row – set all sorts of dubious records.
Denver 132, Phoenix 98: After an early double-digit deficit, the Nuggets blitzed the Suns 82-40 in the second and third quarters to win what could be Carmelo Anthony’s final home game. ‘Melo scored 28. JR Smith dunked and dougie’d.