New York 100, Sacramento 85: Blowout city, baby. That’s seven wins in a row for the Knicks (15-15), although nobody’s reading anything into this victory – NY led almost the entire way – because Sacramento plays no defense. Lin’s line: 10 points, 13 assists, six turnovers and five rebounds. Landry Fields scored 15 points and collected 10 boards. Jimmer, the only King you care about, was 2-of-5 in 24 minutes. And yes, there’s already a video of Jeremy Lin’s Top 10 plays.
LA Clippers 102, Washington 84: A night after shooting 60 percent in Portland, reality hit the Wizards, who shot 39 percent and had their 2-game winning streak snapped. Blake Griffin scored 23 points and took 15 rebounds and the Clippers pulled away in the 4th. He had eight offensive boards; the Wizards had 10.
Fact: DeAndre Jordan is tall and I occasionally throw alley-oops to him in my dreams.
Oh, and a day late … here’s even shot Nick Young took against the Blazers when he scored a season-high 35 points.
Detroit 98, Boston 88: Um, in Boston? Wow. The Pistons dominated the 4th quarter and the Celtics fell to 15-13, just one game ahead of the surging Knicks in the Atlantic. Rajon Rondo scored 35 points but only had six assists. He shot 15-of-27 the rest of the starting lineup (KG sat out – hip) was a disappointing 12-of-30.
Orlando 103, Philadelphia 87: The Magic had another one of those ridiculous shooting performances from beyond the arc – 15-of-25 – and they aren’t going to lose any of those. Ryan Anderson sank 7-of-10 and scored a game-high 27 points. Knicks fans have to love this loss – New York is just five back of the 76ers in the Atlantic.
San Antonio 113, Toronto 106: Tony Parker topped 30 points for the third time in six games, finishing with 34 points and 14 assists and the Spurs won their 9th in a row to improve to 21-9. Yes, there’s a team actually hotter than the Knicks, but they don’t have Jeremy Lin and are not located in the Northeast.
Minnesota 102, Charlotte 90: Nobody throws an alley-oop pass like Ricky Rubio. This is his 20th alley-oop of the season (2nd in the NBA). Rubio had seven assists in 25 minutes. Kevin Love: 30 points, 18 rebounds. Charlotte has lost 16 games in a row. But good news! Point guard DJ Augustin returned for the first time since Jan. 22 and scored nine points off the bench. Perhaps the losing skid ends Friday in Toronto.
Memphis 105, New Jersey 100: Ignore these hideous Grizzlies’ jerseys and focus on this Conley-to-Gay combo.