LA Clippers 137, Houston 118: This one was never close, as the 3-1 Rockets raced to a double digit lead and never let Houston get close. The Paper Clips shot 52 percent and made 15 three-pointers, but it was Chris Paul’s night once again (23 points, 17 assists). James Harden had a quiet night for the 3-1 Rockets: 15 points on 16 shots, 0-for-7 on three-pointers. Also, guarding Chris Paul is somewhat difficult.
Golden State 110, Philadelphia 90: The 76ers fell from the ranks of the unbeaten at the hands of the torrid Warriors. Stephen Curry had a triple-double in 29 minutes (18 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds), but it was former 76er Andre Iguodala (32 points, seven 3-pointeres) that did the most damage. The Warriors, who at times led by over 40, made 15 three-pointers and improved to 3-1.
Cleveland 93, Minnesota 92: The Timberwolves fell from the ranks of the unbeaten despite a furious 4th quarter rally on the road. Kevin Love’s three-pointer in the final seconds missed. Despite scoring 17 points and collecting 13 rebounds, he missed all seven of his three-point attempts.
Memphis 95, Boston 88: Brad Stevens never lost four games in a row during his great run at Butler … and now he’s opened his NBA career with four straight losses. A line that may only interest me: Gerald Wallace played 28 minutes and didn’t attempt a shot or free throw.
[Chris Paul GIFs via Matt Moore]