Keith Firmin brings you The Wrap-Up on all of last night’s NBA games including – Kyrie’s big night and life-after Kobe.
Brooklyn @ Philadelphia
The 76ers broke their seven-game losing streak with an overtime win over the visiting Brooklyn Nets, 121-120. It took an Evan Turner drive to eventually seal the win for the Sixers, who only reached the extra period after Turner converted one of two from the line to tie the score at 108. The Nets dressed only eight players, with all five starters scoring in double-digits. Evan Turner led all scorers with 29 points.
Paul Pierce with the back-to-the-basket shot:
Evan Turner’s game-winner:
Utah @ Atlanta
The Hawks are on their longest winning streak of the season after a comfortable 118-85 win over the visiting Jazz. Lou Williams exploded for 25 points off the Hawks bench in only 24 minutes of action, which complimented the 23 points that Al Horford scored from the starting five. Enes Kanter was the only bright spot for Utah as he recorded a 13-point, 13-rebound and three-block performance.
Milwaukee @ Cleveland
The Bucks had a chance at the end of regulation to win it and blew it. The Bucks then had a chance to tie the game in overtime but blew that too, eventually falling to the Cavaliers, 114-112. Kyrie Irving finished with a game-high 39 points in Cleveland’s 10th win of the season.
Charlotte @ Detroit
The Bobcats won their third straight game – their largest run of the season – with a 116-106 over the Pistons. The visitors were trailing heading into the fourth quarter but a 41-point explosion in the final period saw them over the line. Kemba Walker led all scorers with 34 points.
Sacramento @ Miami
The Heat blew aside the visiting Kings, 122-103, behind Chris Bosh’s 25 points and eight rebounds. Both teams shot above 58% from the field in this contest, with Ray Allen going 8-for-13 off the Heat bench to finish with 18 points. DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and eight boards for the Kings.
Beautiful basketball by the Heat:
LeBron James with the dunk of the season?:
Houston @ Indiana
The Rockets were no match for the East-leading Indiana Pacers, as Indiana ran away 114-81 winners. Danny Granger returned to action for the Pacers, struggling in 22 minutes of action shooting 1-for-7 and turning the ball over five times. He finished with five points, two rebounds, two assists and one block. Paul George, Granger’s successor, led the team in scoring with 24 points. Dwight Howard had 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in defeat.
Stephenson brings the ‘special’ on this drive:
Paul George with the double-pump reverse:
Toronto @ Dallas
DeMar DeRozan only finished with 15 points but he nailed two clutch shots to give the Raptors the 109-108 win over the Mavericks. An off-balance baseline jumper in regulation tied the game at 101 before his arguably more difficult shot from the free throw line gave the Raps the win in OT. DeRozan also finished with seven rebounds and nine assists. Going up against his former team, Jose Calderon, finished with 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting along with nine assists.
Phoenix @ Denver
A 31-17 fourth quarter helped the Suns overcome the Nuggets in this come from behind 103-99 win. The Nuggets had a 21-point lead at one stage but couldn’t hold on as the Suns won their 15th game of the year. Markieff Morris finished with 25 points to lead all scorers. He also had three blocks and three steals in an all-round performance.
Minnesota @ Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant was back in the sidelines for this contest but it didn’t affect the Lakers, who blew by the visiting Timberwolves, 104-91. Nick Young finished with 25 points off the LA bench while Gasol and Henry finished with a combined 42 points. Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic worked hard for the TWolves, finishing with a joint-47 points and 26 rebounds.