LA Clippers 107, Miami 100: With four wins in a row, including this impressive one over Miami, the Paper Clips are now the best team in LA. And maybe ready to contend in the West, like I predicted in the offseason? There are 74 games left, but the bench continues to impress – Jamal Crawford scored 22 points, Ryan Hollins blocked three shots and Eric Bledsoe had an incredible block and scored 12 points. He’s now being called, “Mini LeBron.”
Memphis 107, Oklahoma City 97: Is there a hotter team in the NBA than the Grizzlies? A few days after beating the Heat, the Grizz went on the road and easily handled the Thunder behind 28 points from Rudy Gay and another strong performance from their bench (31 points five 3-pointers). Kevin Durant scored 34 points, but Russell Westbrook shot 6-of-19. Through nine games, he’s only shooting 39 percent, but his assists are way up from last year (8.1). Listen closely in the above video – you can hear Randolph yell, “I’ll beat your ass.” A second later, he’s tossed (along with Kendrick Perkins). As good as Wayne Ellington is playing (six points in 11 minutes, is this a good time to talk about that one girl he used to date? She was a site favorite back in the day.
Houston 100, New Orleans 96: James Harden scored 30 in the win. Jeremy Lin shot 2-of-10. Ryan Anderson tossed this one in over the backboard, Larry Bird-style.
Golden State 92, Atlanta 88: Rookie Harrison Barnes scored a career-high 19 points and collected 13 rebounds – including a clutch offensive board and two free throws in the final minute – in leading the Warriors to victory.
Chicago 112, Phoenix 106, OT: It isn’t everyday you see one player hurdle another, and then a basket immediately follows.
Milwaukee 99, Indiana 85: The Bucks are quietly 5-2 with a blowout road win over the scuffling Pacers. Milwaukee’s backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis each scored 16 points and the Bucks raced out to a 26-point halftime lead. The Hawks played without Al Horford (sick).
Charlotte 89, Minnesota 87: Kemba Walker (22 points), using the exact same move he did at the end of a Big East tournament game, beat the Timberwolves with this clutch shot. That’s three wins in a row for Charlotte! Also worth noting: Malcolm Lee of Minnesota, playing because the team is so beat up, threw down this nasty dunk.