The Wrap-Up: The best NBA night of the year so far

Keith Firmin brings you The Wrap-Up on all of last night’s NBA games including everything you could every have wished for.

Milwaukee @ Charlotte

The Milwaukee Bucks have the worst record in the East for a reason and against the Bobcats, all those reasons were on show. The Bobcats dominated the visiting Bucks for a 92-76 win, holding Milwaukee to only 33.3% shooting. Al Jefferson had 23 points and 12 rebounds against a Bucks frontline that put up no fight. Brandon Knight had 17 points in the loss.

Gerald Henderson passes the ball into a fan’s face:

Henderson was a class act though, tweeting:

San Antonio @ Orlando

The Spurs got back to winning ways after their blip against the Thunder by beating the Magic, 109-91. The Spurs had contributions from all over the court, including a 19 point nine rebound effort from Tim Duncan, as they coped without Tony Parker. Arron Afflalo led the Magic in scoring with 17.

Miami @ Toronto

The Miami Heat extended the league’s longest win streak with a 90-83 win over the Toronto Raptors. LeBron James had 27 points and Dwyane Wade chipped in 22 in the win. DeMar DeRozan continued his strong start to the season by scoring 25 points to lead the home side.

Enter the dunk contest LeBron:

Dallas @ Atlanta

The Hawks bounced back from three-straight losses to take a close one against the Dallas Mavericks, 88-87. Al Horford scored the game winner to cap a comeback from 17 points down. Horford finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Jeff Teague had 25 points. DeJuan Blair had an incredible 18 rebounds in 26 minutes of action.

Horford beats the Mavs:

Cleveland @ Boston

The Cavaliers have been so bad this season that they could be inadvertently tanking. A 103-86 loss to the Celtics made it five-straight losses, eight of their last nine. A 10-point first quarter set the tone for the Cavs who saw trade-listed Dion Waiters lead them in scoring with 21 points. Jeff Green led all scorers with 31 points.

Kyrie with the perimeter crossover, followed by a spin in the paint:

Los Angeles Lakers @ Detroit

Nick Young took a charge in the dying seconds to prevent the Pistons from tying the game, ultimately sealing the win for the Lakers, 106-102. Wesley Johnson scored 27 points and Shawne Williams had 20 points and nine boards from the bench. Josh Smith had a Josh Smith-like line with eight points, 19 rebounds, eight assists, five steals and two blocks.

Brooklyn @ Houston

The Houston Rockets won their seventh game in eight tries with a 114-95 victory over the visiting Nets. Chandler Parsons was one of six Rockets scoring in double-digits, he finished with 21 points. Tyshawn Taylor had a 16 point, 12 rebound night for the Nets.

Golden State @ OKC

Two of the NBA’s best young squads played out one of the games of the season as the OKC Thunder got a 113-112 win in overtime against the Golden State Warriors. Ibaka’s missed jumpshot in OT was saved by Thabo Sefolosha before Westbrook, facing out of bounds, nailed the turnaround three pointer to give OKC the win. An incredible play that has to be seen to be appreciated. Steph Curry’s 32 points and 11 dimes weren’t enough as Westbrook finished with 34 points including the final play.

Game of the Year:

Courtside game-winner celebration:

Washington @ Indiana

Guess what happened when the Pacers met the Wizards? That’s right, the Pacers got the win, 93-73. The only time Indy has given up more than 100 points was in their sole defeat of the season to the Bulls and the Wizards weren’t even close to scoring in triple digits. Lance Stephenson was closer to a triple-double that included turnovers than he was a triple-double that included points but he still recorded double-digit points and rebounds in the win. Paul George had a game-high 23 points.

Stephenson’s crazy assists:

New Orleans @ Philadelphia

The Pelicans pulled away from the 76ers in the fourth quarter, eventually beating them, 121-105. Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday both had double-doubles. Tony Wroten had a career-high 24 points in defeat for the Sixers.

New York @ Denver

The ball was in former Nugget, Carmelo Anthony’s hands with the game his to win but he came up short and consigned the Knicks to their eighth-straight loss of the season, 97-95. Every team except for the Bucks have won a game in the time since the Knicks won their last game. Ty Lawson finished with 22 points in the win while Anthony had 27 for the Knicks.

Phoenix @ Utah

Phoenix dispatched the Jazz 112-101 on Friday night behind Markieff Morris’ game-high 23 points. Eric Bledsoe returned from injury to add 19 points. Marvin Williams top scored for the Jazz with 18 points.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Sacramento

The Clippers beat the Kings 103-102 last Saturday and last night’s game was just as close, going to overtime before the Clips pulled away for the 104-98 win. Jamal Crawford had 31 points and 11 assists off the bench in the win. Playing in his first game since being traded by the Timberwolves, new King Derrick Williams finished with 12 points, six boards and four assists.


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