Mavericks (29-38) 112, Wizards (41-26) 107
Despite the typical All-Star level performances by John Wall (26/1/11) and Bradley Beal (24/2/5), the home team didn’t have an answer for the Mavericks on Wednesday night. Harrison Barnes (22/9/2) led the team in scoring while Dirk Nowitzki (20/4/2) and Seth Curry (19/0/1) both also turned in efficient performances. The trio shot an impressive 23-for-41 from the field combined in the win.
Pacers (35-33) 98, Hornets (29-39) 77
Playing without Nicolas Batum for the second-straight game due to a migraine, the Hornets never got rolling offensively. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (10/1/1) was the only Charlotte starter to score in double-figures. Kemba Walker (7/1/4) was on a tear recently but had arguably his worst game of the season. In the win, Paul George (39/5/3) was sensational, shooting 15-for-21 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from three-point range.
Heat (33-35) 120, Pelicans (27-41) 112
Goran Dragic (33/5/2) returned from his nasty swollen eye to go 11-of-18 from the field and lead the Heat to the victory, while Hassan Whiteside (20/17/0) was dominant on the inside. New Orleans’ star frontcourt of DeMarcus Cousins (19/9/1) and Anthony Davis (27/8/1) were impressive, but the Pelicans had no answer for the Heat defensively.
Celtics (43-25) 117, Timberwolves (28-39) 104
Al Horford (20/9/8) delivered a surprise performance by outperforming Karl-Anthony Towns (17/14/4) in their head-to-head matchup. Point guards Isaiah Thomas (27/3/4) and Ricky Rubio (23/3/7) also had a pretty intense battle, but in the end, Minnesota’s inexperience was evident. On the game, the Celtics took high-percentage shots and went 54.4 percent from the field while the T-Wolves shot 44.0 percent.
Jazz (43-25) 97, Pistons (33-35) 83
On the second night of a back-to-back against the best defensive team in the NBA, the Pistons struggled mightily in this game. Going just 3-for-13 from three-point range, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (10/1/0) was the only Detroit starter to score in double-figures. Gordon Hayward (25/9/6) led the way for the Jazz and shot 9-of-17 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Grizzlies (38-30) 98, Bulls (32-36) 91
The dynamic duo of Mike Conley (27/9/7) and Marc Gasol (27/6/7) led the Grizzlies across the board. Combined, the two shot 8-for-14 from three-point range on the night as well. Rajon Rondo (17/6/8) made the most of his second-consecutive start, but the Bulls shot just 37.4 percent in the game and Jimmy Butler (14/7/1) struggled mightily, going 4-of-16 shooting.
Rockets (47-21) 139, Lakers (20-48) 100
Despite the masterpiece by Julius Randle (32/8/2), who went 13-of-17 from the floor in a dominant performance, the Lakers were completely outmatched in this game from the start. Going 3-of-25 from three, Los Angeles also had 22 turnovers on the night. James Harden (18/12/13) posted his 17th triple-double of the season while former Laker Lou Williams (30/4/7) had revenge on his old team.
Trail Blazers (30-37) 110, Spurs (52-15) 106
In what was perhaps the game of the night, Damian Lillard (36/3/4) and C.J. McCollum (26/4/4) showed why some consider them to be one of the best backcourts in the NBA, willing Portland to an important road victory. LaMarcus Aldridge (19/7/4) returned from his concerning heart arrhythmia situation and Kawhi Leonard (34/9/6) did all he could on both ends of the court, but strong fourth quarter play by Jusuf Nurkic (16/9/3) sealed the deal for the Blazers.
Kings (27-41) 107, Suns (22-46) 101
It was a battle between two teams filled with young talent. Skal Labissiere (32/11/0) delivered the shocking stat line of the night across the NBA with an 11-for-15 shooting display off the bench for the Kings. Frontcourt mate Willie Cauley-Stein (14/11/5) also added four blocks and four steals in the best stat-stuffing performance of the entire slate. Eric Bledsoe was rested by the Suns, which gave Tyler Ulis (13/1/13) his first-ever NBA start and he delivered a double-double in the loss.
Bucks (33-34) 97, Clippers (40-28) 96
Despite a late offensive run that was surprisingly led by defensive-oriented DeAndre Jordan (22/17/2), who went 9-of-12 on the night, including a shocking 4-of-5 from the free throw line, the Clippers weren’t able to perform up to their standards offensively. They shot just 5-of-24 from three and Chris Paul (6/5/7) struggled mightily, going just 2-for-10 shooting in the loss. Giannis Antetkounmpo (16/5/5) and Khris Middleton (16/7/2) led the Bucks to the win.