NBA Recap: April 17th, 2012

Here’s a recap of all 5 NBA games from Tuesday night:

Fight to keep control of the 8th spot in the East, the Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Indiana Pacers at home. Indiana had eight different players contribute at least 9 points, including Danny Granger, who finished with a game-high 24 points, and Roy Hibbert, who recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds. Andre Iguodala helped facilitate Philadelphia with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists and Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young, and Spencer Hawes all had double-digit points off the bench. However, the Pacers proved too much for the Sixers to handle. The Sixers have lost 3 straight games, and 7 of the last 9. They currently hold a 1.5 game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spot.

IND — 102-97

The match-up between the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers marked a game between two teams out of playoff contention. However, with the way Detroit played, you might have expected them to be one of the top teams in the East. The Pistons beat Cleveland by 39 points, as they were up 100-50 at one point in the game. Brandon Knight led the team with 28 points and 7 assists, as Detroit shot 60 percent from the field; compare that to the Cavaliers shooting a mere 34.6 percent and the game wasn’t even close.

DET — 116-77

The Minnesota Timberwolves lost their 11th straight game to the Memphis Grizzlies at home. Jose Barea put up 28 points, 8 asssits, and 5 rebounds for Minnesota, but Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies answered back. Gay finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Zach Randolph came off the bench to record a 16 point, 11 rebound double-double. Minnesota had a chance to make the playoffs only a couple weeks ago, however, with the losses of Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, they’ve fallen off the map. Meanwhile, Memphis has won 6 of the last 8 games and currently hold down the 5th spot in the West.

MEM — 91-84

Carmelo Anthony and the Knick’s three-point attack stunned the Celtics in New York. Boston didn’t seem to have an answer for the Knicks tonight, although Paul Pierce’s 43 points were a good effort. Carmelo Anthony recorded his second career triple-double with 35 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, as the Knicks led the game from early in the first quarter. Most of their offense from the night came from their 3-point shooting; shooting 59.4 percent from beyond the arc on 19-32 shots. J.R. Smith (7) and Steve Novak (8) led the 3-point shooting, each scoring 25 points. With the win, the Knicks are now a game ahead of the Sixers for the 7th spot in the East.

NY — 118-110

The San Antonio Spurs handed the Kobe-less Lakers their worst loss of the season last night. Kobe Bryant sat out his 6th straight game for LA and the Spurs took advantage. Tony Parker scored a game-high 29 points and dished out 13 assists and Tim Duncan scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebound in 35 minutes. Despite the Lakers not having Kobe, the Spurs played their starters and improved their playoff position, as they are now .5 games ahead of OKC for the number one playoff spot in the West. Pau Gasol led LA with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Andrew Bynum chipped in a team-high 21 points. With the loss, the Lakers are only one game up on the Clippers, with each team having 5 games left to play in the season.

SA — 112-91

For a more detailed analysis of Tuesday night’s NBA games, head over to ESPN.