LA Clippers 97, New Orleans 85: Blake Griffin got some payback on the Hornets for Jason Smith’s cheap shot against him and oh yeah, the Clippers won the game. Nick Young (17 points) had his second straight solid game for LA.
New York 89, Milwaukee 80: The Knicks were torched by Mike Dunleavy in the first half (24 points), but then the Bucks decided to let Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings chuck in the 2nd half (8-for-36). The result: New York’s seventh win in eight games, despite not having Amare (bulging “dick“), Jeremy Lin and Jared Jefferies, plus nine turnovers by Baron Davis. Melo scored 28 points. I might try Ben Udrih’s shot the next time I play horse. I’ll set up a chair as the defender.
Houston 113, Sacramento 106, OT: Despite 38 points and 14 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins, the Rockets won in overtime. Houston had seven players in double figures, led by Patrick Patterson’s 24. Just a couple of Kentucky Wildcats playing with passion because their team is in the Final 4. Donte Green, the former Syracuse wing, turned in a pretty slick move above. Also, Marcus Camby made perhaps the longest shot of the season … but it didn’t count.
Denver 108, Chicago 91: Derrick Rose didn’t play, and the Nuggets rolled the Bulls, who shot 65 percent on three-pointers at home, but still lost. Denver collected 14 offense rebounds while improving to 13-1 against the East this season.
Detroit 79, Washington 77: Rodney Stuckey, clutch. His teammate, Brandon Knight, took a gatorade bath after hurdling the bench in an effort to save the ball.
Indiana 105 Miami 90: More impressive highlight, D Wade’s dunk-back, or Paul George’s bomb? Please, spare me the “Heat are struggling!” garbage. They’ll win the East. Again.