NBA Recap: Friday, March 30th
Friday night was chalked full of NBA action as 24 of the 32 teams were active. This led to quit an exciting night of match-ups. However, not many contests were close games. . . Let’s take a look at what happened!
Let’s start in Washington, where one of the worst teams in the league, the Wizards, took down a team fighting for first place in their divsion, the Sixers. The Sixer’s were absolutely blown out this game. Washington had great performances by Cartier Martin (a player on a 12-game contract) and Nene. Martin finished with at game-high 20 points, while Nene recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds. This loss puts Philadelphia a game behind the Atlantic division leading Celtics.
WAS — 97-76
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat played the Raptors in Toronto and took care of business. Despite Andrea Bargnani scoring 27 points, DeMar DeRozan scoring 28, and Jose Calderon dishing out 16 assists, the Heat easily beat the Raptors. They were led by Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade who each scored 30 points, furthermore, Wade finished with both 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
MIA — 113-101
Out in Charlotte, the Bobcats lost to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets were led by Aaron Affalo’s and Ty Lawson’s double-doubles. Affalo finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Lawson chipped in with 14 points and 10 assists. Denver currently has a one game led on the Utah Jazz for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
DEN — 99-88
Despite winning 8 of the last 9 games, the New York Knicks lost last night in Atlanta. The Hawks took advantage of Amare Stoudemire’s and Jeremy Lin’s absence. Josh Smith, Joe Johnson, and Willie Green all had strong outings, with each scoring 20+. Joe Johnson finished with a team-high 28 points. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 36 points, yet he was one of only two Knicks in double digit scoring. The other was Iman Shumpert who finished with 25.
ATL — 100-90
The Milwaukee Bucks had the biggest margin of victory last night. The beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by a whopping 37 points. Kyrie Irving had a game-high 29 points, however he ended up leaving after the 3rd quarter after being injured in the 2nd. Meanwhile, the Bucks offense was led by Brandon Jenning’s 28 points and Ersan Ilyasova’s 20. Ilyasova also grabbed 10 rebounds.
MIL — 121-84
Chicago continues to roll without Derrick Rose, showing why they’re the top team in the league. The Bulls bet the Pistons last night behind a strong collective effort by Boozer, Noah, and Deng. Boozer and Noah both finished with double-doubles in scoring and rebounds, while Deng scored a game-high 20 points. This marks Chicago’s 14th straight win against Detroit.
CHI — 83-71
The Houston Rockets took down the Memphis Grizzlies last night, in a pivotal win. After the loss, the Rockets are now a mere half-game behind the Grizziles for the 6th playoff spot in the West. Houston currently holds the 7th spt. Goran Dragic led the Rockets with both his season-high and game-high 25 points.
HOU — 98-89
Going into tonight’s game in Minnesota, one might assume that Kevin Love would put on a show. However, it was former Timberwolve Kevin Garnett who took the spotlight. Kevin Garnett scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, all while holding Kevin Love to 22 points and 11 rebounds. With Garnett giving Love a tough game, the Celtics handily beat the Timberwolves. Rajon Rondo’s 17 assists may have helped as well.
BOS — 100-79
Dirk Nowitzki was in prime fourth-quarter form last night, hitting a jumper with 5.9 seconds left, to lift the Mavericks over the Magic. Nowitzki finished the game with 28 points. This is now the Magic’s second straight loss, despite Jameer Nelson finishing with 24 points, and Dwight Howard recording 19 points and 15 rebounds. While Dallas won the game, they are only 2-19 this season, when trailing entering the fourth quarter.
DAL — 100-98
Both Al Jefferson and DeMarcus Cousins finished with 27 points and over 13 rebounds last night, however, only one of their teams came away with the victory. Cousins’ 27 points were backed up by Marcus Thornton’s 26, giving the Kings a close win over the Jazz. This loss for the Jazz (as well as win for the Nuggets) knocked Utah out of the 8th playoff spot in the West.
SAC — 104-103
David Lee once again led the Warriors with 27 points, however Gerald Green scored two crucial shots late in the fourth to give the Nets a W. Golden State put in a solid team effort, however, New Jersey had some outstanding players. Gerald Wallace finished with a monster 24 point-18 rebound double-double, while Deron Williams dished out a season-high 20 assists. These performances allowed the Nets to rally from 19 down in the second quarter, in order to win the game.
NJ — 102-100
Chris Paul led the Clippers to a close victory against the Trailblazers last night; he scored the game-winning basket with less than 10 seconds to play. J.J. Hickson keep the Trailblazers in the game late, due to his game-high 29 points and 13 rebounds. However, each of LA’s starting 5 scored at least 12 points, as they rallied together as a team. Randy Foye, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin all finished with 20 points; Paul also dished out 14 assists, while Griffin grabbed 13 rebounds.
LA — 98-97
For more stats and game details from this Friday night packed full of NBA action, head over to ESPN.