LA Clippers 92, Dallas 96: Nice home win for the Mavs, but not sure it automatically means they’d beat the Paper Clips in a playoff series. Blake Griffin misses a bunch of free throws (2-of-9), Caron Butler misses a game-winning 3-point attempt with :05 left, LA is still adjusting to life without Chauncey, and this loss came at the end of a six-game road trip, so that means Dallas wins in the playoffs? Ok. Dirk was clutch, scoring 22 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.
Miami 114, Milwaukee 96: The Heat beat the Bucks for the first time this season in three attempts. LeBron had 35. That’s two wins in two nights and they visit the Pacers tonight (possible 2nd round playoff preview?). No way were the Bucks winning this one, not with Delfino, Gooden, Mbah a Moute and Livingston in the starting lineup.
Philadelphia 98, Charlotte 89: That’s 15 straight losses for the Bobcats. When they get Anthony Davis 1st overall, will he set the rookie blocked shots record (Manute Bol, 397)? Lou Williams led all scorers with 23 points.
Orlando 102, Minnesota 90: The Wolves turned the ball over 18 times, the Magic made 12 three-pointers, and balanced Orlando is somehow, is 18-11. MVP candidate Kevin Love scored 19 points and collected 15 rebounds. Ricky Rubio: 11 points, eight assists, but none prettier than this one.
New Orleans 86, Utah 80: The eight-game losing streak is over! Chris Kaman, who will be traded in the coming weeks, scored 27 points and took 13 rebounds to lead the depleted Hornets (no Jack, Gordon, Okafor or Landry) to the victory. The Jazz went from winning in Memphis to losing in New Orleans in 24 hours.
Golden State 102, Phoenix 96: The Warriors stay hot! (I just ordered a new Stephen Curry T-shirt – smedium, of course.) Curry and Monta struggled (8-for-30), but David Lee’s 28-13 propelled the Warriors to their third straight win. Rookie Klay Thompson is still hot from deep – he made 2-of-3 and is now 14-of-19 from 3-point range in the last eight days.