Raptors (11-5) 100; Wizards (9-7) 91
Playing without John Wall, the Wizards struggled offensively in the second half, scoring just 36 points overall and 15 in the fourth quarter. While Bradley Beal (27/4/1) had a solid game, going 11-of-23 shooting, Washington couldn’t pull off the road win. DeMar DeRozan (33/8/6) was sensational for the Raptors, going 15-of-26 from the floor for a game-high 33 points. No other Raptor scored more than 12 points.
Pacers (9-8) 120; Heat (7-9) 95
Indiana dominated the second half of the game, outscoring Miami 62-40 en route to the victory. Bojan Bogdanovic (26/3/2) and Myles Turner (25/7/4) combined to go 20-for-28 from the floor, including 8-of-13 from three-point range for the Pacers. Wayne Ellington (21/2/0) shockingly led the Heat in scoring and went 7-for-12 from beyond the arc, where he picked up all his points. Hassan Whiteside (15/7/0) played only 22 minutes in the loss for the Heat.
Warriors (13-4) 118; Nets (6-10) 111
Since Kevin Durant sat out of this game, Stephen Curry (39/11/7) and Klay Thompson (23/10/1) once again became the “Splash Brothers”. Curry went 14-of-24 shooting while Thompson went 10-for-17 from the field to combine for 62 points. Allen Crabbe (25/7/2) and Spencer Dinwiddie (21/2/8) led the Nets in scoring in the defeat. Golden State shot 51.1 percent from the floor while Brooklyn struggled, going just 35.8 percent. The Nets also attempted 48 three-point shots, knocking down 16 of them. Overall, the Warriors’ 64-42 halftime lead proved to be insurmountable.
Pistons (11-5) 100; Timberwolves (10-6) 97
Despite valiant efforts by Jimmy Butler (26/10/4) and Andrew Wiggins (24/2/1), the Pistons rallied at the end of the game and outscored the Timberwolves 29-17 in the fourth quarter to pick up the comeback win. Andre Drummond (20/16/4) posted yet another double-double for the Pistons while Avery Bradley (18/1/1), Tobias Harris (18/9/1) and Reggie Jackson (16/2/8) all chipped in to earn the team’s 11th win of the year.
Suns (7-11) 113; Bulls (3-11) 105
Led by TJ Warren (27/7/1), who went 13-for-20 shooting, the Suns shot 50.6 percent for the game and also dished out 32 assists on 45 made field goals. Phoenix’s bench accounted for 50 of their points in the victory. Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen (26/13/2) had arguably his best game as a pro, going 10-for-18 shooting with a double-double. Kris Dunn (17/6/6) logged quality minutes off the bench, going 8-of-16 from the floor over 27 minutes in the loss.
Lakers (7-10) 127; Nuggets (9-7) 109
Nikola Jokic (6/6/1) was ejected after playing just 12 minutes and Paul Millsap (5/4/2) was limited to just 13 minutes due to an injury for the Nuggets. Gary Harris (20/3/0) and Mason Plumlee (10/4/2) were Denver’s only two players to hit the 30-minute mark. Plumlee went a miserable 2-for-10 from the free throw line while the Nuggets’ starters combined to go a perfect 16-for-16. The Lakers, who were up 70-48 at the half, held on for the big win thanks in part to Lonzo Ball (11/16/11), who posted a triple-double. Brook Lopez (21/3/4) dominated offensively in 22 minutes on the court while Julius Randle (24/7/5) also feasted on Denver in the paint without the two Nuggets starters on the floor. The Lakers had 36 assists compared to Denver’s 18 and Los Angeles was victorious despite committing 12 more fouls than the Nuggets.