Miami 105, Brooklyn 85: Why hasn’t a GIF of Chris Bosh from this ankle-breaking crossover been made yet? You’re slacking, internet. After Reggie “Ball Grab” Evans said LeBron was on the same level as Joe Johnson, the forward went out and played 19 minutes, collected six rebounds, and scored no points. LeBron? Just 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists.
LA Clippers 96, Minnesota 90: Matt Barnes didn’t like this pick set by Greg Stiemsma. I can’t wait for Barnes to mix-it-up with someone – anyone – in the postseason. It’s a given. Also, Ricky Rubio did this.
Phoenix 92, LA Lakers 86: The Lakers lost Dwight Howard to an injured shoulder (again), and then wasted a 13-point lead in the 4th quarter and lost. Michael Beasley scored 27 points off the bench and played defense too (five steals).
Chicago 104, Milwaukee 88: Are the Bulls the least talked-about good team in the NBA? They were supposed to fold without Derrick Rose, but haven’t, and now we’re at the point where it’s time to wonder: How good will this team be when the best point guard in the NBA returns? Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson are playing tremendous off the bench (18 and 24, respectively), and you basically know what Noah/Deng/Gibson are going to give you nightly. Even Carlos Boozer and Marco Belinelli are having strong seasons. The weakness, obviously, is Rip Hamilton (35 in two weeks) at shooting guard.
Denver 118, Houston 110: That’s five in a row for the Nuggets, who got 27 points from Gallo, including this prayer, which had a Larry Bird-quality to it.
Philadelphia 92, Washington 84: Holiday scored 21, Nick Young added 18, and the 76ers … CAN ANDREW BYNUM PLEASE COME BACK? This John Wall block was sweet, but he only shot 3-of-12. The loss leaves the Wizards 1/2 game ahead of the Bobcats for worst record in the NBA.