NBA Recap: April 11th, 2012
Here’s a recap of all 11 games NBA games from Wednesday night:
The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors last night on the road. This victory helps the Sixers maintain the 7th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Philly shot 53.2 percent from the field compared to Toronto’s 36.3 percent. This gave them the upper hand in offensive production. Thaddeus Young scored a game-high 17 points in the win. The Raptors have now lost 4 games in a row, with their last win coming against Philadelphia.
The New Orleans Hornets shot 55.9 percent from the field, giving them the victory over the Kings last night. Jason Smith led the Hornets with a team-high 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting. Marcus Thorton put up a game-high 25 points and Tyreke Evans recored 19 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. However, a weak performance by DeMarcus Cousins (7 points, 4 rebounds) and a monster 3rd-quarter run by the Hornets (18-3) may have cost the Kings the win. Despite, these performances both teams are officially out of the playoff picture.
NO — 105-96
Gordon Hayward’s season-high 29 points led the Jazz to a double-digit victory over the Rockets. This win helps keep the Jazz in the playoff race. The Rockets currently hold the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 32-26 record. Dallas and Denver have the 6th and7th spot, respectively, even though all three teams have the same record. This victory for Utah sets them 1.5 games behind all three teams.
UTA — 103-91
Cleveland lost their fifth overtime game this year (0-5) to the Pacers, as Indiana hangs on to the 3rd playoff spot in the East. Danny Granger led the Pacers with a game-high 23 points, including 5 in overtime. Roy Hibbert contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds and David West netted 19 points. Performances like this helped the Pacer’s win 6 of their last 7 games. Antwan Jamison scored 21 points and Lester Hudson had another solid night with 19 points, however, Cleveland shot a combined 2 for 9 in overtime; giving them no chance of winning the game.
IND — 104-98 (OT)
Despite a monster game from Monta Ellis (35 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals), the Bucks lost to the Knicks at home. The Knicks played a great team game last night, having 6 players score in double-digits, compared to 3 from Milwaukee. J.R. Smith was one New York player to finish in double-digits scoring (14 points), including a 3-pointer dagger late in the game. This gave the Knicks a 4 point led with 1:04 left on the clock; neither team scored again. Carmelo Anthony led all Knicks with 32 points and 10 rebounds.
NY — 111-107
Chris Paul’s game-winning lay-up with 8.8 seconds on the clock, helped edge the Clippers over the Thunder in OKC. Paul finished with 31 points, while Blake Griffin chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds. As for the Thunder, they were led by Durant’s 22 points, 8 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook’s 20 point, 7 assist performances. However, OKC barely shot over 40 percent from the field and LA came out victorious. As far as playoffs are concerned, the Thunder have clinched their division and are currently the number one seed in the West. Meanwhile, the Clippers are the 4th seed and are 1.5 games behind the Lakers for the division lead.
LAC — 100-98
The Nuggets hold on to the 7th spot in the West as the beat the Timberwolves. Minnesota fought hard for this game, even after Kevin Love came out early in the first quarter due to a concussion. Anthony Randolph and Derrick Williams stepped up their game, each scoring 27+ points. However, four of the Nuggets starters scored at least 16 points, including Ty Lawson who finished with a team-high 24 points and 8 assists.
DEN — 113-107
Andrew Bynum’s 16 point, 30 rebound game helped send the Spurs to their 2nd straight loss; they had an 11-game winning streak previous. Even though Kobe Bryant sat out (shin) again, Bynum’s rebounding combinded with Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace’s 20 point games, allowed the Lakers to easily beat the Spurs. San Antonio only had two players score in double-digits, as they were held to 84 points. Bynum is only the second player in 12 years to grab 30 rebounds in a game; the other is Kevin Love, who did it against the Knicks in 2010.
LAL — 98-84
The Memphis Grizzlies take down the Phoenix Suns behind Rudy Gay’s season-high 32 points. This is Memphis’ 4 win in a row, and 7th victory in the last 8 games. Meanwhile, the Suns now sit 2.5 games out of the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference. Last night’s lost marks only their 2nd loss in their last 7 games. Both teams are making a push for the playoffs right now. While Memphis is trying to hold on to the fifth spot, Phoenix is attempting to reach the playoffs after missing them last year.
MEM — 104-93
Rajon Rondo recorded his sixth triple-double of the season in Boston’s overtime win against Atlanta. Rondo finished with 10 points, 20 assists, and 10 rebounds, despite shooting only 3-16 from the field. Furthermore, this marks Rondo’s 19th straight game with double-digit assists. Jeff Teague (21 points) and Josh Smith (20 points, 11 rebounds) both played tough for Atlanta, and helped push the teams into overtime. However, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass both had over 20 points and 10 rebounds, as the Celtics stayed red-hot. They’ve won 11 of the last 14 games and currently hold the 4th playoff spot in the East.
BOS — 88-86 (OT)
Jamal Crawford helped led the Portland Trailblazers past the Golden State Warriors, in a game between to teams barely holding onto playoff hopes. Crawford scored a game-high 34 points and J.J Hickson added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers. Meanwhile, David Lee continues to be one of the Warriors only bright-spots, as he finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Portland is 5 games behind Houston for the 8th playoff spot in the West, with most teams having only 8 games left to play.
POR — 118-110
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