LA Clippers 88, Detroit 76: Blake. Griffin. That block on Kyle Singler was authoritative. The Paper Clips, winners of 10 straight, are 18-6.
Houston 109, New York 96: The Knicks suffered their first home loss of the year mostly thanks to a putrid 2nd quarter in which they were outscored 27-11. Jeremy Lin, in his only trip to the Garden this season, scored 22 points (9-of-15 shooting) for Houston. The Rockets led by 15 or more a large portion of the 2nd half in beating the Knicks for the second time this season. Carmelo, Rasheed and Marcus Camby all sat out, leaving someone named Chris Copeland to start and score 29 points.
Oklahoma City 107, San Antonio 93: The much-anticipated Stephen Jackson-Serge Ibaka showdown didn’t materialize. Jackson never got to “go in his mouth.” Ibaka did go off, though: 25 points, 17 rebounds. The Thunder, 20-4, have won 11 straight.
Orlando 102, Minnesota 93: Big Baby Davis scored 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting and the Magic erased a 12-point halftime deficit to win their 3rd in a row. At 11-13, they have a better record than Dwight Howard and the Lakers (11-14). Wait until the Michael Jordan of Turkey returns! What really sucks about this defeat for Minnesota is because Ricky Rubio played 16 minutes (o points), he won’t play tonight against the Heat. Doctors say no back-to-backs. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to hold him out of this to play against the Heat?
Memphis 80, Chicago 71: Rudy Gay traveled on this dunk, no? Totally looked like three steps.
Phoenix 101, Sacramento 90: This is probably the highlight of Jimmer Fredette’s career to date, right? He scored 22 points. The Kings grabbed an 11-point half time lead, then frittered it away in the 3rd quarter and fell to 7-17.