Charlotte Bobcats 100, Boston Celtics 74
On a night in which Paul Pierce sat due to rest, Bobcats Gerald Henderson exploded for a career high 35 points, hitting 11 of his 19 attempts from the floor. The Bobcats losing streak of 10 games was snapped. Kevin Garnett made only 2 out of 10 attempts from the field, scoring just five points. Charlotte outscored Boston by 23 points in the second half.
Los Angeles Lakers 106, Orlando Magic 97
Dwight Howard’s return to Orlando couldn’t have went better for Los Angeles. Howard scored a season high 39 points (25-39 FT) , 16 rebounds & 3 blocks The game was tied at 59 when Tobias Harris made a shot in the third quarter, then the Lakers had a 15-2 run to put the game away for good. Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 21 points. Los Angeles is currently on a four game winning streak.
Cleveland Cavaliers 95, Washington Wizards 90
Despite playing without Kyrie Irving and trailing 11 to nothing to start the game, Cleveland found a way to win. Dion Waiters score 12 of his 20 points, in the final 7:29 minutes of the game to give the Cavaliers the win. John Wall’s 27 points and 14 assists for the Wizards.
Brooklyn Nets 108, New Orleans Hornets 98
Deron Willams scored 21 points and 13 assists, Brook Lopez added 26, Andray Blatche and MarShon Brooks combined for 34 points off the bench to defeat the future Pelicans. Anthony Davis had a double double for New Orleans with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Miami Heat 98, Atlanta Hawks 81
Miami led from start to finish despite the three time MVP not having a strong game scoring wise, Lebron James made 3 of 11 attempts from the field for 15 points. Dwyane Wade led the Heat in scoring with 24 points and Mario Chalmers added 15. Miami’s winning streak extends to 19,
Dallas Mavericks 115, Milwaukee Bucks 108
Dirk Nowitzki had a double double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, Jae Crowder finished with 14 and Vince Carter scored 13 of his 23 points in the final period to give the Mavs their 4th straight win. Monta Ellis scored 32 for the Bucks, who couldn’t capitalize Boston’s loss to get closer to the 7th seed in the East.
Minnesota Timberwolves 107, San Antonio Spurs 83
Ricky Rubio had his first career triple double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Former Maverick J.J Barea had 17 points, making five three pointers. Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard were in San Antonio resting, Tony Parker’s still recovering from injury and the Spurs leading scorer was Corey Joseph with 15. San Antonio has lost two of the last three games.
Memphis Grizzlies 102, Portland Trailblazers 97
Zach Randolph came back after missing the last four games with a sprained ankle, he finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ed Davis had a strong game off the bench with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Mike Conley added 14 points and 15 assists for Memphis, who have won five games in a row. Damian Lillard scored 30 points, Lamarcus Aldridge added 28 and 10 rebounds for Portland.