Brooklyn 113, Toronto 106: The Nets’ Big 3 scored 65 points (22 from Lopez, 21 from Deron & Joe), and the post-Avery Johnson surge continues. Here comes the cold water – yes, that’s seven wins in a row but guess how many opponents had a winning record? Just two (OKC, which started the run) and Indiana. The others: Washington, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Phoenix and now Toronto. If you watch no other Ballin’ videos, please just watch the Ross put-back, and wait for the slow motion version. What a ridiculously athletic play.
LA Lakers 104, Milwaukee 88: The Lakers contained Ellis and Jennings (10-for-30), and got 31 apiece from Kobe and Dwight Howard. That’s two wins in a row heading into Thursday’s showdown with Miami. If you think the Lakers are getting healthy, and just needed 35ish games to get on the same page, go take them +1500 to win the title. So $100 on a team with three Hall of Famers wins you $1,500. Just hope they don’t draw the Clippers or Thunder early.
Indiana 103, Charlotte 76: How are the Pacers 24-15? Anyone? Is Lance Stephenson the key? Paul George? The Bobcats are 9-29.
LA Clippers 117, Houston 109: Without Chris Paul, two nights in a row, the Clippers have beaten the Grizzlies and Rockets. How good is the Paper Clips’ bench? They were able to start Bledsoe (19 points, seven assists) and Willie Green (15 points) in the backcourt, and got 30 points from Jamal Crawford (30 points) in reserve. Jeremy Lin watch: 12 points, 10 assists in defeat.
Philadelphia 99, New Orleans 111: The good news is Andrew Bynum’s ETA is after the All-Star break. The problem? They might be too far out of playoff contention (16-23 now) to get to the postseason. Other than Jrue Holiday (29 points), the 76ers are a hot mess.
Denver 115, Portland 111, OT: Go up and get it, JaVale. Twice.