NBA Recap: April 12, 2012

Here’s a look at your NBA recap from Thursday night. Five games took place, including a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference finals between the Bulls and Heat.

The Charlotte Bobcats lost their 50th game of the season last night to the Pistons. Greg Monroe led all scorers and rebounders with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Knight also scored 21 points and dished out 7 assists in Detroit’s easy win. The Bobcats’ winning percentage this season is a mere .123, making them far and away the worst team in the league.

DET — 109-85

The Clippers cruised past the Love-less Timberwolves last night, beating them by double-digits. Kevin Love left yesterday’s game with a mild concussion and didn’t return to the lineup tonight.  Anthony Randolph did his best Love-impression, scoring 16 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. However, Blake Griffin led all scorers with 19 points, while picking up 13 rebounds. Mo Williams played a decent game as well, returning from injury, he netted 14 points and dished out 5 assists. This is LA’s 4th win in 5 games.

LAC — 95-82

The defending champ Dallas Mavericks won a high-scoring game against the Warriors on the road. David Lee led all scorers with 30 points and 8 rebounds and up-and-comer Klay Thompson finished with 24 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. However, Jason Kidd helped set the tone of the game with his near triple-double (9 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) and Dirk was in fine form, scoring a team-high 27 points. Dallas now sits 1.5 games back of Memphis for the 5th playoff spot in the West; they are .5 games ahead of Houston and Denver.

DAL — 112-103

San Antonio rebounded from a loss against the Lakers to beat Memphis by 10 points. Tim Duncan looked as himself 5 years ago, by scoring a game-high 28 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. Manu Ginobili chipped in 20 points as well, as the Spurs looked more than ready for the playoffs. They’ve won 12 of the last 14 games. Memphis had six players in double-digits, but they ultimately couldn’t pull out a victory on the road. Rudy Gay led the team with 19 points and Marc Gasol had a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double. This loss snaps a 4-game winning streak for the Grizzlies.

SA — 107-97

The most hyped game of the night turned out to be the most exciting, as the Miami Heat took on the Chicago Bulls at home. Derrick Rose returned, and despite going 1-13 from the field, Chicago managed to pull out the victory in overtime. The big three dominated the stat board in a very defensive game, as no other player for Miami scored more than 4 points.

However, more than Rose, James, Wade, or Bosh, it was C. J. Watson who was the story of the game. Watson hit the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime, where the Bulls handily won. When Watson, who was subbing in for Rose, was on the court, the Bulls outscored the Heat by 38 points; when Rose was playing, the Bulls were outscored by 27 points. Watson finished with 16 points and 9 assists. LeBron James was the top performer for the Heat, recording 30 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists.Yet, he did miss a late free-throw that would have made it a two-possession game late in the fourth quarter.

Miami has now lost 6 of their last 11 games. Meanwhile, the Bulls hold the best record in the league at 45-14.

CHI — 96-86 (OT)

For more statistics, news, and highlights from last night’s games, head over to ESPN.