Chicago 105, Washington 77: Joakim Noah had his first double-figure scoring game since returning from injury, and the Bulls pulled within a game of the Heat for 2nd place in the East. Leading MVP candidate Derrick Rose scored 21 points, but he’s shot under 42 percent from the field in his last four games, and is only 6-for-23 from deep in that span. Miami plays at Orlando Thursday on TNT, then at Miami Sunday on ABC.
LA Clippers 99, Sacramento 105: Marcus Thornton filled the Tyreke Evans scoring void, scoring 29 points in 27 minutes as the Kings overwhelmed the Clippers in the 4th quarter. Thornton scored 16 in the fourth in the last game at “Arco Arena.” It’ll now be known as “Power Balance Pavilion.” Just go to Anaheim already. Oh, I almost forgot: 27 points and 12 rebounds for Blake Griffin, plus this dunk. Mo Williams scored 16 in his Paper Clip debut and tossed a couple nice alley-oop passes.
Phoenix 104, New Jersey 103, OT: That shot made Maria Sharapova happy. Deron Williams had a solid home debut – 13 points, 18 assists. Mr. Kim Kardashian had 16 points and took 15 rebounds but his tip-in came just after the buzzer or the Nets wouldn’t be losers of six in a row. The Heat wish they had Channing Frye. He made two game-winning shots for Phoenix in a span of 36 hours.
Boston 107, Utah 102: Al Jefferson’s 28-19 must have thrilled Utah fans – he’s played some of his best ball this year in the last five games (without Deron Williams). Plus, he stepped to Kevin Garnett, which is something any NBA fan could be proud of.
Denver 100, Atlanta 90: The Nuggets improved to 3-1 without Carmelo Anthony thanks to balance – five players in double figures. They were led by two players who came off the bench (and would start for most teams) – Ray Felton (16 points, seven assists) and JR Smith (19 points). Recently-married Mozgov didn’t play again, and Gallo’s got a toe injury that will sideline him for a week or two. The Nuggets are tied with the Hornets for the 5th seed in the West. I’m sure OKC would rather play New Orleans.