NBA Recap: April 10, 2012

As the playoffs grow nearer, NBA games become more pivotal, and games become more exciting. This Tuesday night was no exception. It featured a rematch of Sunday’s exciting OT game between the Bulls and Knicks, as well as a highly anticipated match-up between Miami and Boston. Here’s what happened. . .

One of the biggest match-ups of the night was in Miami, Fla. where the Celtics took on the Heat. These teams played each other a week ago; Miami lost by 19 and only scored 72 points. However, tonight was different, as both teams scored over 100. LeBron James led the Heat with a game-high 36 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Yet, tonight was all about Boston. The Celtics shot 60.6 percent from the field, Rajon Rondo recorded his 18th straight game with double-digit assists, and all five starters scored in double-digits. The Celtics seemed to make a statement about the playoffs: don’t count us out. Paul Pierce finished with a team-high 27 points, Garnett scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo recorded 18 points and 15 assists.

BOS – 115-107

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Bobcats behind another big performance by Lester Hudson. Hudson finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. This marks his third straight game with over 20 points. As impressive as this is, the Cavs’ last two games were against the Raptors and Nets; with this game against the league-worst Bobcats. However, Hudson has energized Cleveland with Kyrie Irving continuing to sit the bench due to a shoulder injury.

CLE — 103-90

With Dwight Howard out (back-spasms) the Orlando Magic lost to the Wizards in Washington. Kevin Seraphin led the Wizards with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Even though Glen Davis recorded a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) while filling in for Howard, the Magic went on to lose their sixth game in the last eight.

WAS — 93-85

The Philadelphia 76ers bounced back from a 4-game losing streak, beating New Jersey at home. The Sixers got a big push from their bench, who outscored their starters 62-45. Spencer Hawes was demoted before the game from a starter. He channeled his probable-frustration on the court. He finished with a season-high 19 points and 8 rebounds, as did Thaddeus Young. Yet, the best performance from Philly came courtesy of Lou Williams: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists. Kris Humphries led the Nets with 20 points and 10 rebounds. However, New Jersey only shot 38.6 percent from the field.

PHI — 107-88

DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 25 points AND grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds for the Kings, yet it was Dallas’s team play that led them to victory at home. The Mavericks had 12 players active tonight, with 10 of them scoring seven or more points. These players included Shawn Marion (10 points, 14 rebounds), Dirk Nowitzki (15 points, 8 rebounds), and Jason Kidd (7 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds). This win snaps a 2-game losing streak for Dallas.

DAL — 110-100

Two days removed from a thrilling OT victory, the Knicks took on the Bulls again, this time in Chicago and without Derrick Rose. Rose injured his ankle in the first half of the two teams’ previous match-up. Yet, Rose’s injury didn’t seem to phase Chicago. The Bulls led by 12-points at halftime, and received big performances by their supporting cast to close out the game. Rip Hamilton (remember him?) scored a ridiculous 18 of his 20 points in the 3rd quarter to get his team a win. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for New York, however this wasn’t enough to keep them in contention.

CHI — 98-86

For more detailed information on Tuesday night’s games, head over to ESPN.