Chicago 100, Detroit 94, OT: Late in the 4th quarter, Charlie Villanueva clobbered Derrick Rose in the face, opening a cut on the bridge of his nose. Rose (24 points) was pissed. Four minutes later, Rodney Stuckey (32 points) missed a free throw to ice the game, and Rose did this:
The Bulls prevailed in overtime, mostly thanks to 20-17 from Joakim Noah. Jason Maxiell is a pretty impressive combination of size and power.
Toronto 102, Atlanta 86: Golden State Warriors fans were ecstatic about this Raptors’ win – it helps them possibly retain their Top 7 lottery pick. The Raptors and New Jersey are 22-39; the Warriors are 22-37. Good thing Golden State shut David Lee down. As for this game … Hawks starters outside of Josh Smith shot a combined 4-for-19. Speaking of tanking, do you think the Hawks are looking to dodge the Celtics in the first round? Atlanta and Orlando are now tied for the 5th seed in the East.
Miami 93, New York 85: The Knicks took a 4-point lead on a JR Smith dunk early in the 4th quarter. Then the Heat went on an 18-3 run to steal one in the Garden. Carmelo scored 42 for the Knicks, but the rest of the starters were a combined 8-for-23. LeBron scored 29, Wade added 28 and Bosh (16 points, 14 rebounds) outplayed Chandler. No, this win did not solve all the Heat’s “problems.”
LA Lakers 112, Dallas 108, OT: Fun game. With Kobe coaching, everyone chipped in – Matt Barnes (11 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists), Ramon Sessions (22 points), Bynum (23 points, 16 rebounds), Gasol (20-10) & World Peace (18 points). Can’t wait for Kobe to come back and say, “hold up, fellas, this is my show” and then all that chemistry is gone.
Orlando 100, Cleveland 84: There was a Daniel Orton sighting in Cleveland! The chubby center, who hadn’t been heard from since leaving Kentucky after his freshman year, scored 11 points in a career-high 29 minutes. The only reason he got on the court was because of the injury to Big Baby Davis (knee). With Howard out for the rest of the regular season (and probably some of the first round), expect to see much more of Orton.
Sacramento 104, Portland 103: Marcus Thornton hit a game-winning jumper, but for some reason, Francisco Garcia didn’t appear happy. Check out his reaction on the bench. You’ll see two shots of him at :09 (covering his face, walking away) and :17 (hands on hips while everyone else is pumped). Strange.
New Orleans 88, Memphis 75: So the Hornets are 5-2 with Eric Gordon in the lineup. Hmmmm. Gordon, looking for big bucks, scored 18 points just two nights after 35 on another playoff team, the Jazz. The Hornets have the third worst record in the league, so they probably won’t get Anthony Davis. Problem is, there isn’t a Top 5 point guard to be had. The two best players after Davis are guards (MKG, Beal). So do they take a chance on Drummond? Or do you take Beal and just play two big guards with no true point?