Washington 105, Miami 101: The Wizards … won? Against the mighty Heat? Despite a LeBron triple double (26 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists)? Washington’s bench scored 64 points, the team had 31 assists on 38 baskets, and now they’re 2-13. LeBron missed two three pointers in the final minute. This obviously has to do with Miami’s WILD NIGHT of partying in DC Monday.
LA Lakers 105, Houston 107: The Lakers are now 8-10, partially because Dwight Howard missed another five free throws in the 4th, and also because LA “popped their big boy pants” and missed three shots in the closing seconds.
Kobe scored 39 (on 31 shots), but LA was done in my the Rockets’ strong bench (Delfino 15 points, Douglas 22 points, Greg Smith 21 points).
Indiana 80, Chicago 76: Paul George had the best game of his career – 34 points, nine rebounds – and two impressive highlights as the Pacers got back to .500 (9-9). It sounds like Derrick Rose will be practicing by month’s end, so maybe he’ll be back on the court by mid-January, instead of the All-Star break? I’m not sure what the rush is …
Minnesota 105, Philadelphia 88: Ugly home loss for the 76ers, who shot 5-of-20 from deep while the Timberwolves made 13 from behind the arc. Seven Minnesota players were in double figures, led by 17 from Alexey Shved, the first year guard from Russia.
Oklahoma City 117, Brooklyn 111: Ian Eagle – “a foreign facial!” Splendid alliteration, Ian. The Thunder shot 60 percent from the field, 50 percent on 3-pointers, and 88 percent from the line. So what if they gave up 16 offensive rebounds to the Nets while only collecting two? Durant scored 32 (12-for-12 on FTs), Westbrook added 25. The Thunder have won six straight and are 15-4.