Hornets (33-40) 120, Suns (22-52) 106
Charlotte’s starters scored 100 of their 120 points. Guards Kemba Walker (31/4/9) and Nicolas Batum (18/6/10) turned in solid performances in the victory as the Hornets went an impressive 22-of-24 from the free throw line. Coming off of his 70-point masterpiece, Devin Booker (23/4/5) had a much more common effort, going 7-of-17 from the field.
Nets (16-57) 107, Hawks (37-36) 92
A combined 108 rebounds were recorded in this contest. The Hawks shot a miserable 34.7 percent from the field despite an epic performance from center Dwight Howard (19/16/0), who went 8-of-12 and controlled the paint. Brook Lopez (23/7/0) led the Nets in a sloppy long-range shooting display by both teams. Brooklyn went 6-for-22 from deep while Atlanta went just 5-of-27.
Celtics (48-26) 112, Heat (35-38) 108
Despite strong efforts off Miami’s bench for both Tyler Johnson (24/4/2) and James Johnson (20/5/6), the Celtics were able to fend off a fourth quarter run and benefitted from great individual performances from Isaiah Thomas (30/2/3), who went 10-of-18 from the field and Jae Crowder (25/6/1), who shot 8-of-13. Boston shot an impressive 53.2 percent from the floor in the win.
Kings (28-45) 98, Clippers (44-31) 97
The Kings overcame a massive fourth quarter deficit, leading scoring in the final period 33-21 to stun the Clippers. All 10 Sacramento players who took the floor played over 19 minutes in the contest and the team went 13-of-28 from three in the comeback. Chris Paul (17/4/9), Blake Griffin (17/6/4) and DeAndre Jordan (20/11/0) didn’t get much support from their teammates in the loss, as no other Clipper scored in double-figures.
Bulls (35-39) 109, Bucks (37-36) 94
Chicago’s starters combined to score 94 of the team’s 109 points, led by Nikola Mirotic (28/8/1), Jimmy Butler (20/6/14) and Rajon Rondo (18/9/9). The Bulls also shot 54.1 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle at 49-to-34. Giannis Antetkounmpo (22/8/4) went 8-of-14 shooting and filled the stat sheet for Milwaukee in the loss.
Rockets (51-22) 137, Thunder (41-31) 125
James Harden (22/5/12) was personally outplayed by fellow MVP candidate Russell Westbrook (39/11/13), who dropped yet another triple-double in the losing effort. Brodie shot 13-of-24 from the field, but struggled from the free throw line, going 10-of-16. Houston also benefitted from stellar performances from Trevor Ariza (24/6/6), Eric Gordon (24/2/1) and Lou Williams (31/3/4), who shot 11-of-15 off the bench in the high-scoring battle.
Pacers (37-36) 107, 76ers (27-46) 94
Seven Pacers reached double-figures in the scoring column as Paul George (21/8/3) and Myles Turner (17/16/1) led the way. Philadelphia struggled offensively, shooting 39.8 percent from the field and was reliant on their perimeter shooting, going 14-of-41 in the loss.
Warriors (59-14) 106, Grizzlies (40-33) 94
Marc Gasol was ruled out for Memphis with a left foot strain, so Mike Conley (29/8/1) was forced to take on more of a role in the team’s offense. However, just two other Grizzlies scored in double-figures and the team scored just 13 fourth quarter points while Klay Thompson (31/2/1) and Steph Curry (21/1/11) got the job done for Golden State.
Pelicans (31-42) 115, Nuggets (35-38) 90
Playing without DeMarcus Cousins, who was dealing with right ankle sprain, the Pelicans relied on Anthony Davis (31/15/3) to get the job done and he delivered, going 12-of-17 shooting in just 28 minutes. Denver’s starters combined for just 40 of their 90 points, as Nikola Jokic (8/13/2) and Gary Harris (13/0/1) shot just 9-of-26 combined. New Orleans shot 49.5 percent on the night, compared to Denver’s 37.9 percent mark.
Trail Blazers (35-38) 97, Lakers (21-52) 81
Both teams struggled shooting, as Portland went 40.4 percent from the floor and Los Angeles shot 39.3 percent. However, the Blazers dominated the boards at a 61-to-42 advantage. Just three Portland players scored in double-figures and Damian Lillard (22/7/5) shot 7-of-20 in an inefficient outing. But, the Blazers shot 12-of-28 from three-point range, compared to the Lakers’ miserable 5-of-21 display, which ended up being the biggest differentiator.