Keith Firmin brings you The Wrap-Up on all of last night’s NBA games including Anthony Davis’ Pelicans return and New York’s double-OT win over the Bucks.
Indiana @ Miami
The Pacers and Heat have quite the rivalry having met in last year’s play-offs, along with the growing talent pool at both ball clubs. And after Indy won the last meeting, Miami had something to prove. Miami’s 97-94 come-from-behind win included 32 points from Dwyane Wade and 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Paul George racked up a 25/8/6 line for the Pacers.
LeBron wins game for Miami but not in the way you’d expect:
Utah @ Orlando
30 points, seven boards and eight dimes was rookie Trey Burkes’ line in a Jazz 86-82 win. Derrick Favours also had a strong night with a double-double and five blocks. Tobias Harris started in place of Arron Afflalo and had 14 points and 10 boards in defeat.
Sacramento @ Atlanta
Kyle Korver’s 28 points were on 8-of-10 three point shooting which not only extended his existing NBA record for longest run of games with a made three pointer but also have the Hawks the 124-107 win. Isaiah Thomas had a double-double and DeMarcus Cousins finished with 28 points for the Kings.
Charlotte @ Toronto
Kemba Walker blew the chance to beat the Raptors in regulation when he lost the ball in the paint but he made amends in OT, nailing the jumper to give the Bobcats a 104-102 win. Walker finished with 29 points to lead the Bobcats and Al Jefferson recorded a double-double, while for the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan top scored with 30 points, including the game-tying free throw with one second remaining in overtime.
Kemba beats the Raps:
Detroit @ Boston
Despite giving up 42 points in the first period, the Pistons won this one 107-106. Brandon Jennings finished with 28 points and 14 dimes and team-mate, Andre Drummond crashed the boards to add 16 rebounds to his 14 points. The Celtics had seven players score in double-digits but none higher than Jared Sullinger’s 19.
Washington @ Brooklyn
Two games in New York city and two wins for the Wizards after they beat the Nets, 113-107. The visitors grabbed 20 more rebounds than Jason Kidd’s team with Booker and Gortat grabbing 13 and 10 respectively. Paul Pierce scored 27 points off the bench on 10-of-12 shooting.
New York @ Milwaukee
It took two overtimes for the bottom two teams in the East to discover who was better, with the Knicks finally pulling away for the 107-101 win. John Henson took the game to a second overtime with a put back but the Bucks ran out of steam in the second extra period to give the Knicks the win. Henson finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Brandon Knight scored a game-high 36 points. Tyson Chandler played his first game for the Knicks since being sidelined with a broken leg earlier this year, ending up with nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks in just over 36 minutes of action.
Bargnani makes a bad decision, announcer calls him a ‘knucklehead’:
Portland @ Minnesota
Kevin Love finished with 29 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and the win as the TWolves beat the Trailblazers, 120-109. Pekovic had a strong game as well, scoring 30 points to lead the home team. For the Blazers, Damian Lillard scored 36 points but he wasn’t able to nail a game winner this time as the Timberwolves kept the visitors at arm’s length from the second period onward.
Memphis @ Dallas
Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and Monta Ellis helped out with 18, as the Mavericks beat the Grizzlies, 105-91. Tony Allen grabbed 10 offensive rebounds for the Grizzlies.
San Antonio @ Phoenix
Tim Duncan has been drinking from the Fountain of Youth recently and against the Suns, his excellent play continued as he finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a San Antonio 108-101 win. Manu Ginobili scored 24 points in just under 28 minutes off the bench for the Spurs. Channing Frye led Phoenix in scoring with 22.
Chicago @ Houston
Chicago’s woes continued on Wednesday night as they were beaten by the Rockets, 109-94. Since Derrick Rose went out in late November, the Bulls have gone from being 6-5 to being 9-15. Luol Deng finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.
New Orleans @ Los Angeles Clippers
DeAndre Jordan’s monster night was enough to see the Clippers past the Pelicans, 108-95. Jordan’s 14 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks were the most impressive on a team that had seven players scoring in double figures. Anthony Davis returned to action for the first time since he fractured his hand against the Knicks, finishing with 24 points, 12 rebounds and three steals in just over 32 minutes. Tyreke Evans had a quiet triple double – 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
Davis with the impossible tip-in: