Keith Firmin brings you The Wrap-Up on all of last night’s NBA games including Al Horford and Dunleavy’s game-winners.
Charlotte @ Indiana
The Pacers remained unbeaten at home thanks to a narrow 99-94 win over the visiting Bobcats. Lance Stephenson’s near triple-double (20 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists) helped extinguish the hopes of the Bobcats, who fought until the final buzzer in this contest. Al Jefferson had 21 points and nine rebounds.
Cleveland @ Orlando
The Cavs are enjoying their longest winning streak of the season after beating the Magic, 109-100. Kyrie Irving’s 31 points helped the Cavaliers make it three consecutive wins for the visitors. Oladipo tied a career-high with 26 points.
Philadelphia @ Toronto
The Raptors won this one 108-100 thanks to 27 points from DeMar DeRozan and 24 points from Terrence Ross. Tony Wroten continued his impressive play this season, notching 23 points in the Sixers’ fifth straight defeat.
Washington @ Atlanta
Al Horford won the game in overtime on a short fallaway jumper, after Trevor Booker had tied the game on a crazy reverse lay-in. The Hawks’ 101-99 win helped them get back to winning ways after their recent loss to the Thunder. Booker finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Horford top-trumped him with 34 points and 15 rebounds.
Horford wins the game:
New York @ Boston
After being blown out by 41-points by the Celtics earlier in the week, Knicks fans would have been praying round two on Friday night was a little closer. It was but the Knicks still lost, 90-86. Carmelo Anthony finished with 26 points in defeat while for the Celtics, Courtney Lee was a perfect 3-of-3 from deep to finish with 18 points off the bench.
Brooklyn @ Detroit
The feel-good factor that the Nets had recently built up through wins, evaporated last night with a 103-99 loss to the Pistons. Detroit’s 38-20 second period gave the home side an insurmountable lead, despite the Nets making a decent push in the final quarter to make amends. Monroe and Drummond combined for 44 points and 24 rebounds in the win. Deron Williams finished with 22 points for the Nets.
Vintage Garnett as he dunks over Drummond:
Memphis @ New Orleans
The Pelicans got 20 points and 12 assists out of Jrue Holiday in a 104-98 win over the Grizzlies. Eric Gordon was a big factor as well, going 10-12 from the field, including 3-of-3 from distance, for 25 points. Jon Leuer top scored for the Grizz, scoring 19 off the bench.
Los Angeles Lakers @ OKC
Kobe Bryant is now 0-3 since returning to the Lakers and the 122-97 defeat to the Thunder was arguably the most embarrassing since his return. Bryant had 13 assists but only four points in defeat, while for the Thunder, Durant had 31 points on 10-for-13 shooting. The win preserved the Thunder’s loss-free record at home.
Bryant’s intended/not intended pass off Ibaka’s backside for the assist:
Chicago @ Milwaukee
Former Buck, Mike Dunleavy, broke Milwaukee hearts with a banked three pointer to win the game, 91-90. It was the only three of the game that Dunleavy made as the Bulls shot a dismal 29.2% from long-range. Joakim Noah had a monstrous 21 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks in the win.
Dunleavy beats the Bucks:
Minnesota @ San Antonio
Kevin Love was 8-of-9 from three as he poured in 42 points against the Spurs but his teammates couldn’t help get the win, as the home town Spurs won 117-110. Parker had 29 points, Ginobili contributed 20 points off the bench and Duncan had 12 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists as the Spurs showed they had more weapons than the visitors.
Utah @ Denver
The Jazz won their second straight game, beating the Nuggets, 103-93. Gordon Haywood led the way with 30 points and 13 rebounds. The Nuggets bench outscored their own starters in the loss.
Sacramento @ Phoenix
The Kings inserted Rudy Gay into their starting line-up on Friday night but his 24 points weren’t enough to help the Kings overcome the Suns, as they went down 116-107. Dragic and Bledsoe combined for 57 in Phoenix’s 13th win of the season. Isaiah Thomas had 29 points for the Kings.
Rudy Gay’s Kings debut:
Houston @ Golden State
James Harden’s game-high 26 points inspired the Rockets to a 116-112 win over the Warriors. Dwight Howard had a double-double, as did three GSW players but in the end, the home team’s 27.3% shooting from 3-point range cost them the win.
Dwight cans a three: