Miami 120, Sacramento 108: While you’re watching Linsanity, the Heat are quietly racking up the wins. That’s seven in a row. They’re 26-7 at the halfway mark. D Wade scored 30, none nicer than converting this alley-oop from LeBron. DeMarcus Cousins only shot 3-of-13, but he did produce this wildly athletic play in the open court.
Forgot to mention: Banks are open late night in South Beach for Tyreke Evans. Rookie update: Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points, including 20 points and five three-pointers in the third quarter. Jimmer Fredette didn’t play as Keith Smart tightens the rotation.
New Orleans 108, Indiana 117, OT: Enjoy Paul George (20 points, six rebounds, six assists) in the dunk contest.
Philadelphia 76, Memphis 89: Knicks fans will be thrilled with this loss. The 76ers have struggled in the last week – mostly offensively; the frontcourt is a mess – and were soundly beaten by the Grizzlies, who managed to improve to 19-15 and should be getting Zach Randolph back soon. Might be a nice time to buy Memphis stock low. The 76ers attempted just eight free throws; Rudy Gay took nine.
Portland 137, San Antonio 97: The Blazers ended the Spurs’ 11-game winning streak. To show how much Pop cares about winning streaks … he sat Tony Parker and Tim Duncan because the Spurs play three games in four nights. San Antonio started rookie Cory Joseph, rookie Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, DeJuan Blair and Richard Jefferson. Portland sank 15 three-pointers and had seven guys score in double figures.
Detroit 100, Cleveland 101: The hot Pistons were about to lock up their fourth win in a row when Kyrie Irving happened. The rookie point guard scored 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavs erased a 17-point deficit to stun Detroit. Irving scored 25 and Antwan Jamison added 32 to get Cleveland to 13-17. The loss will overshadow another strong effort from Detroit rookie point guard Brandon Knight, who scored 24 points. Looks like he and Greg Monroe could be a nice tandem to build around.