Portland 92, Toronto 74: Amir Johnson lost his damn mind, and will probably be fined and suspended. At the :16 mark, you can even see his teammate, DeMar DeRozan, mouth, “what are you doing?” before it gets ugly. (Johnson quickly apologized.) We mocked Toronto for giving Johnson $32 million a couple years ago, and the franchise has made few wise decisions since. They’re 4-18.
Golden State 104, Charlotte 96: That’s four in a row for my Warriors who got 25 from David Lee, and 27-7-7 from Stephen Curry to improve to 14-7. This a good time to pimp our offseason Q&A with Curry? Worth noting: When Andrew Bogut returns fro injury, this team will be a solid 9-deep. Remember when the Bobcats were playing well? It all ended with that 45-point bloodbath in OKC last month. They haven’t won a game since – eight losses in a row, with the Clippers up next.
Philadelphia 104, Detroit 97: Jrue Holiday continues to impress – 25 points, eight assists, and Evan Turner nearly had a triple double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the 76ers are tied with Brooklyn for 2nd in the Atlantic, 3.5 games back of New York.
Miami 101, Atlanta 92: This was billed as the battle of the Southeast division, but if anyone thinks the Hawks are actually on the same level as the Heat … well … 26 for Wade, 27 for LeBron. Nice dunk-back with the left, playa.
Houston 126, San Antonio 134: The Rockets played extremely well without James Harden (ankle), with Jeremy Lin carrying them to the tune of 38 points and seven assists. Too bad Tony Parker had his first career triple-double (27 points, 12 assists, 12 rebounds) and Gary Neal made seven 3-pointers.
Dallas 119, Sacramento 96: The lottery-bound Mavs won their third straight, as six players scored in double figures, led by OJ Mayo’s 19. Mayo, with nobody else around, is having the best season of his career – 20.8 ppg and he’s shooting 53 percent from deep. He hasn’t played with this kind of confidence since he was dominating in high school.
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