Oklahoma City 124, Denver 118, OT: Kevin Durant scored 51 points (watch all of them above) and Russell Westbrook added 40 (watch all of them below) as the Thunder prevailed. If those two didn’t do it for you, Serge Ibaka’s triple-double (14 points, 15 rebounds, 11 blocks) might. Yup, all of his blocks are below, too. Durant’s dunk in the closing seconds sent the game to OT. At 24-7, the Thunder are the best in the West.
Boston 81, Detroit 96: The Pistons won their third in a row, and beat the Celtics for the second time in five nights. Detroit’s only 11-22, but February has been a good month – the Pistons are 7-3. Boston, which was without KG (family issue) and lost Rajon Rondo to an ejection, fell to 16-16, and is now tied with the Knicks in the Atlantic. Remember when I said the Knicks would be fine, and you scoffed? Thanks, Jeremy Lin! Love you, man!
Philadelphia 91, Minnesota 92: Yeah, the 76ers got jobbed on a late foul call that led to Kevin Love’s game-winning free throws. Oh well! The 76ers have lost six of 10 and their lead over the Knicks has shrunk to just four games. Ricky Rubio, since you love him: 22 points, six rebounds, five assists. Oh, and the Love/Pekovic combo continues to own the interior – 37 points, 24 rebounds.
Indiana 108, Charlotte 73: The Bobcats fell behind 21-2 and never recovered. How big of a blowout was this? I don’t play the +/- game often, but Roy Hibbert (18 points, 14 rebounds) was +43 and DJ Augustin (3-for-12) was -44.
Cleveland 93, Sacramento 92: Kyrie Irving, still your leader for Rookie of the Year, calmly sank two free throws with less than a second left as JJ Hickson’s old team beat JJ Hickson’s new team. JJ Hickson wasn’t really a factor in 16 minutes for the Kings (0-3 shooting). Jimmer only played four minutes, but he was able to jack three shots and commit two fouls. The other rookie guard the Kings drafted, Isaiah Thomas, started and played 42 minutes and scored 23 points to go with 11 assists.