Pistons (35-41) 90, Nets (16-59) 89
Detroit snapped their recent skid, led by Marcus Morris (28/13/0), who turned in a surprise performance by shooting 12-of-18 from the floor. Ish Smith (21/6/5) also came to play for the Pistons. Despite a dismal showing from Andre Drummond (2/11/2), who went 0-for-1 shooting in 29 minutes, Detroit held Brook Lopez (11/9/2) and the Nets to 38.0 percent shooting in the nail-biter.
Bulls (36-39) 99, Cavaliers (47-27) 93
Chicago swept the four-game season series with the victory. Led by the trio of Jimmy Butler (25/6/5), Nikola Mirotic (28/10/1) and Rajon Rondo (7/9/15), the Bulls surprisingly went 12-of-25 from three-point range in the win and outscored Cleveland 37-21 in the third quarter. LeBron James (26/10/8) and Kyrie Irving (20/2/3) both had typical outputs, but Kevin Love (8/10/4) fouled out after 21 minutes on the court and was generally ineffective. LeBron passed Shaq on the NBA’s all-time points list in the loss.
Timberwolves (30-44) 119, Lakers (21-54) 104
Ricky Rubio (33/5/10) led the Wolves in scoring and set a career-high in the process, shooting 12-of-20 from the floor, including 4-for-5 from three-point range. Karl-Anthony Towns (32/9/2), Gorgui Dieng (11/15/6) and Andrew Wiggins (27/4/2) all played over 40 minutes for Minnesota. Seven Lakers scored in double-figures in the loss, but no one reached the 20-point threshold.
Clippers (46-31) 124, Suns (22-54) 118
For the second-straight night, the Clippers were involved in a high-scoring affair. Blake Griffin (31/7/2) and Chris Paul (29/5/10) were sensational for L.A., combining for 60 points while shooting 22-for-36. Devin Booker (33/2/9) shot 13-of-22 from the field for the Suns. Both teams were on fire offensively, as the Clippers shot 55.0 percent while Phoenix managed a 53.3 percent mark.
Trail Blazers (37-38) 117, Rockets (51-24) 107
The Blazers created some breathing room with the win and are now 1.5 games up as the all-important eight seed in the West. Holding James Harden (30/8/4) to just 11-of-30 shooting, including an abysmal 2-of-13 from three and forcing 18 Rockets turnovers, Portland received stellar performances by Damian Lillard (31/4/11) and Jusuf Nurkic (19/11/0). The Blazers posted eight blocks in the contest.