Orlando 111, Indiana 96: A night after bitching about the lack of perimeter defense … the Pacers were held to 41 percent shooting and the Magic cruised to victory. Dwight Howard with another ho-hum 19-16; he led six players in double figures. Orlando made 16 three-pointers.
LA Clippers 83, Houston 96: No Eric Gordon, no chance. Blake Griffin had a sub-par night (5-of-16) and finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. With no perimeter threat (Clippers were 3-of-18 from deep), it could be a long month for Griffin. Maybe John Wall can take this time to make a run at ROY? Joke! For the first night in seemingly forever, Griffin wasn’t the top story in the NBA. He probably felt like he was dominating the season so much, he’d cede one night to Kevin Durant …
Oklahoma City 118, Minnesota 117, OT: … who scored 47 points, collected 18 rebounds and hit the game-winning shot – a challenging step-back jumper with a defender in his grill. Wolves’ rookie Wesley Johnson missed a free throw with :07 left that would have tied the game. Kevin Love’s impressive 31-21 night will barely warrant a mention in the wake of KD’s 47.
Golden State 103, New Orleans 112: The Warriors let the Hornets shoot 62 percent, en route to their 10th victory in a row. CP3 scored 18 points and had 17 assists. The Warriors turned the ball over 21 times and had 19 assists. Can they just trade Steph Curry so I can get his jersey from whatever team he goes to?
New Jersey 93, Memphis 88: Sam Young, last seen doing damage for Pittsburgh in the Big East tournament, converted a pretty sweet alley-oop last night .. on the head of Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend.
Denver 109, Detroit 100: JR Smith has to be one of the top in-game dunkers in the league. He’s trade bait these days … how filthy would he be in Chicago, running the break with Derrick Rose?