Keith Firmin brings you The Wrap-Up on all of last night’s NBA games including wiley antics from Coach Kidd, Portland getting blown-out and LeBron returning to Cleveland
Indiana @ Charlotte
The Pacers beat the Bobcats 99-74 thanks to Chris Watson’s 6-of-7 from deep. Watson finished with 18 points to lead the Pacers off the bench. The Bobcats shot a disgusting 31.3% from the field but were led by Al Jefferson’s 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Philadelphia @ Orlando
After last night’s 105-94 loss to the Magic, the 76ers have lost six of seven games, redressing the balance after their strong start to the season. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic and four other Magicians scored in double-digits. For Philadelphia, only three players scored in double-digits, led by Young’s game-high 26 points.
Memphis @ Boston
Leading by 14 points after the first quarter, the Grizzlies held on for a 100-93 win over the Boston Celtics. Jerryd Bayless finished with a team-high 22 points for Memphis. Jeff Green recorded a game-high 26 points.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Nets broke their losing streak with a win over the Toronto Raptors recently but against the Lakers they went back to their previous form, losing 99-94. Nick Young had 26 points off the bench including shooting four-of-six from distance. Farmar also had the hot hand from deep, nailing five-of-seven. The Nets were once again without Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and Brook Lopez.
Kidd gets crafty to get a TO
Miami @ Cleveland
LeBron James rolled into Cleveland with fans wondering if he’d ever return to play for his home state. By the time he left, Cavs fans were hoping they wouldn’t ever have to face him again. James tormented his former team with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists as the Heat beat the Cavs, 95-84. Dion Waiters – who has been talked about in trades in the last 24 hours – top scored with 24 points for Cleveland.
Chicago @ Detroit
The Bulls broke their four-game losing streak with a 99-79 win over the Pistons. The Bulls held Detroit to just 26 second half points in the win. Luol Deng had 27 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Bulls. Both Josh Smith and Andre Drummond had double-doubles.
Stuckey’s facial on Boozer
Atlanta @ Houston
The Rockets have quietly put together a solid seven game stretch, with win number six coming against the Hawks, 113-84. Garcia and Brooks filled in adequately for Lin, who was sidelined with a knee injury after only four minutes of action, with the backups scoring 21 points apiece. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 16 points.
Washington @ Milwaukee
O.J. Mayo sent the Bucks’ game against the Wizards to overtime with a three-pointer but his team-high 21 points couldn’t hold off the visitors in the extra period as the Wizards won 100-92. Marcin Gortat finished with 25 points and eight rebounds for Washington who has now won three straight games.
Game-tying three from Mayo
Denver @ Minnesota
The Nuggets won their fourth straight game, beating the Timberwolves, 117-110. Ty Lawson’s 23 points led all Nuggets in this high scoring affair. Three Twolves had double-doubles – Love, Pekovic and Rubio.
Nice Nuggets passing results in And-one
San Antonio @ OKC
The OKC Thunder overcame a 2-for-16 shooting night from Westbrook to break the Spurs’ 11-game unbeaten streak and extend their own winning run to five with a 94-88 victory. Durant scored 24 points and had 13 rebounds in the win while teammate Reggie Jackson had 23 points.
Golden State @ Dallas
The Mavericks held off the Warriors to win 103-99. Nowitzki top scored for the Mavs with 22 points. Five other Mavericks scored in double figures. Steph Curry had a game-high 29 points including 6-of-10 from deep.
Portland @ Phoenix
Portland’s unbeaten run came to an abrupt end with a 120-106 loss in Phoenix. The Suns found themselves down 32-21 after the first period but came roaring back into the contest with a 40 point second quarter. Goran Dragic had 31 points and 10 assists in the win. Robin Lopez had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds against his former club. Joel Freeland had six points, four rebounds and two dimes.
New York @ Los Angeles Clippers
The Knicks hung around until late in this one but in the end the Clippers saw the off, winning 93-80. Blake Griffin had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Andrea Bargnani had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Knicks’ seventh straight defeat. Chris Paul exited the game early with a slight hamstring concern.