Cavaliers (45-22) 91, Jazz (43-26) 83
Kevin Love (10/9/0) returned after a lengthy absence and was limited to 20 minutes. The Cavs didn’t necessarily need him, however, as LeBron James (33/10/6) was wildly efficient, going 13-of-20 from the field. Kyrie Irving (21/4/4) also contributed to the victory over the defensive-oriented Jazz. Rudy Gobert (20/19/1) had a monster game in the loss, which was the second game of a back-to-back for Utah.
Thunder (39-29) 123, Raptors (39-29) 102
Russell Westbrook (24/10/16) only needed 28 minutes to register his fourth-straight and 34th triple-double of the season. Victor Oladipo (23/5/3) delivered another consistent offensive effort for the Thunder, going 9-of-15 from the floor in the win. DeMar DeRozan (22/3/3) led the Raptors in scoring, but their entire offense fell flat and went 5-of-20 from beyond the arc. Serge Ibaka (10/3/1) failed to make a difference against his old team.
Nets (13-54) 121, Knicks (27-42) 110
For the second time in five days, the Nets beat their crosstown rivals. Playing without Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose (22/2/2) and Carmelo Anthony (17/6/5) took the highest volume of shots for New York, but shot a combined 13-of-35. Meanwhile, Brook Lopez (24/6/3) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (20/10/0) dominated the Knicks frontcourt on both ends of the court. Brooklyn won the rebounding battle by a shocking 50-to-34 margin.
Grizzlies (39-30) 103, Hawks (37-31) 91
Marc Gasol (18/10/10) was the star of the night for Memphis, recording a triple-double in the road win. Co-star Mike Conley (22/4/12) had another solid game for the Griz, as Memphis had 29 assists compared to 11 turnovers while Atlanta had just 19 assists compared to 17 turnovers. The trio of Dwight Howard (10/11/1), Paul Millsap (10/3/3) and Dennis Schroder (10/3/3) combined for just 30 points and the latter shot a terrible 4-of-16 from the field.
Nuggets (33-35) 129, Clippers (40-29) 114
Another night, another triple-double for Nikola Jokic (17/14/11). However, the star of the night for the Nuggets was arguably Will Barton (35/5/3), who shot an absurd 12-of-18, including 7-of-10 from three-point range in 35 minutes off the bench in the win. Playing without both DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, the Clippers relied on Chris Paul (18/3/14), but he didn’t have much of a supporting cast other than Austin Rivers (22/5/1).
Warriors (53-14) 122, Magic (24-45) 92
This lopsided game was over after the third quarter. Splash Brothers Steph Curry (25/1/9) and Klay Thompson (29/4/5) got the job done in 28 and 29 minutes respectively. Shockingly, the Warriors shot 57.5 percent on the game, compared to Orlando’s 37.2 percent mark. To add, Golden State had 36 assists compared to Orlando’s 15 in what was a completely different style of game for both teams.