Pistons (32-33) 106, Cavaliers (42-21) 101
LeBron James (29/13/10) and Kyrie Irving (27/5/3) combined for 56 of Cleveland’s 101 points. J.R. Smith (3/1/0) made his return from a lengthy absence stemming from a broken thumb and struggled, going 1-of-9 from the floor in 19 minutes. All five Pistons starters scored in double-figures, led by Andre Drummond (20/16/4) and Reggie Jackson (21/2/5), who shot a combined 18-of-29 from the field.
Clippers (39-26) 114, Grizzlies (36-29) 98
The trio of Austin Rivers (20/5/4), Jamal Crawford (14/4/2) and Raymond Felton (11/4/2) combined for 45 points off the bench to guide Los Angeles. Blake Griffin (14/12/8) also turned in a well-rounded performance despite shooting just 4-for-13. The Clippers out-rebounded Marc Gasol (20/5/5) and the Grizzlies 47-to-34 in a one-sided battle on the glass.
Thunder (36-29) 102, Spurs (50-14) 92
The Thunder improved to 25-6 this season when Russell Westbrook (23/13/13) posts a triple-double. Now with 31 on the campaign, Westbrook tied Wilt Chamberlain for the second-most all-time in a single season and it was Westbrook’s first against the Spurs in his career. Kawhi Leonard (19/2/2) uncharacteristically didn’t have a well-rounded game, going 6-of-15 shooting through just 26 minutes on the court.
Trail Blazers (28-35) 114, 76ers (23-41) 108
It took overtime to decide a victor, but the Blazers benefitted from a monster performance by Jusuf Nurkic (28/20/8), who added six blocked shots for Portland. Damian Lillard (24/4/4) and C.J. McCollum (23/4/3) also took advantage of Philly’s less-than-stellar defense in the win. Dario Saric (28/9/1) and Robert Covington (24/13/2) both played 40-plus minutes and led the charge for the 76ers in the loss.
Lakers (20-45) 122, Suns (21-44) 110
D’Angelo Russell (20/4/3) went 10-of-20 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from three-point range to lead the Lakers, who had just nine turnovers as a team in the up-tempo game. In contrast, the Suns had 19 turnovers, but youngsters Devin Booker (23/6/3) and Marquese Chriss (18/6/1) both had encouraging outings for the home team in the loss. Los Angeles snapped an eight-game losing streak with the victory.