Indiana 106, New Jersey 77: Paul George exploded in the open floor; Deron Williams exploded on Roy Hibbert. If you want to know what a terrible announcing job on a great dunk sounds like, listen to the Deron Williams clip.
LA Lakers 106, Charlotte 73: Kobe scored 18 in the first quarter, the Lakers led by 24 at halftime and cruised to a romp the league’s worst team. The Bobcats (3-19) let the Lakers’ bench shoot an astonishing 10-of-18 on three-pointers. The only Laker to struggle from deep was Kobe (2-of-11).
Denver 97, Memphis 100, OT: Who knew 35-year-old Andre Miller had that in him? Miller finished with 20-6-6 off the bench, but the Gasol/Gay tandem each went for 20 points and 13 rebounds and the Grizzlies inched about .500 (11-10).
New York 113, Detroit 86: The losing streak is over! Carmelo didn’t just score (25 points), he passed, too (six assists)! The Knicks forced 20 turnovers and Landry Fields had five steals! Oh, wait, this came against the 4-19 Pistons? Nevermind. Bigger question: Why did all five starters play 30+ minutes when this was over midway through the third quarter? The Knicks have key – yes, KEY – games Thursday and Friday against Chicago and Boston?
Boston 93, Cleveland 90: Boston got revenge for Sunday’s home loss with a relatively easy victory – the Cavs rallied big in the 4th, but Boston held on – despite Alonzo Gee’s best Blake Griffin impression.
Atlanta 100, Toronto 77: The Hawks are 16-6 and rolling, the Raptors miss Bargnani (calf), and DeMar DeRozan has massively regressed. While Joe Johnson dropped 30 against every defender the Raptors tried on him, DeRozan shot just 3-of-9. After shooting 46.7 percent and scoring 17.2 a night last year, he’s down to 38.5 percent and only scoring 14.6 a night.