NBA Recap: Monday, April 2
Here’s a recap of all the NBA games from the night which marked the final game of the college basketball season. (UK over KU — 67-59)
The Clippers continued to roll taking down the Mavericks in Dallas. The Mavs offense couldn’t find their rhythm, handing LA a sixth straight win. This 6-game winning streak is the longest for the Clippers since the 1992 season. Surprisingly, it was Randy Foye who led LA by scoring 28 points, including making a career-high 8 three point shots. Blake Griffin finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds, as he out played Dirk Nowitzki (19 points, 7-14 shooting).
LAC — 94-75
The OKC Thunder now sit two-games behind the league leading Bulls, due to their loss Monday night against the Grizzlies. Memphis won on the road, thanks to O. J. Mayo’s 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in the game. This shot essentially put the game out of OKC’s reach. Mayo came off the bench for a game-high 22 points, he was one of 6 Grizzlies to score in double-digits. Durant and Westbrook didn’t have their usual nights, finishing with 21 and 19, respectively.
MEM — 94-88
It’s official! The Chicago Bulls finally have back-to-back losses this season. The Houston Rockets won in Chicago to give the Bulls their first two-game losing streak this season. Despite Luol Deng’s game-high 24 points and Carlos Boozer’s double-double, Houston took down the Rose-less Bulls. Four of the Rockets’ starters scored double-digits, including Goran Dragic, who led the team with 21 points, and Luis Scola, who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
HOU — 99-93
Brandon Jennings’s 17-point third quarter helped lead the Bucks to their 3rd win in 4 games. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards at home with a game-high 23 points, however both Nene and Trevor Booker sat (foot injury), giving Milwaukee the upper hand. Brandon Jennings finished with 19 points, Monta Ellis had 17 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, and Ersan Ilysova recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Bucks put in a solid team effort, as 6 players scored in double-digits.
MIL — 112-98
Players put big performances when the Jazz took on the Trailblazers in Portland. Wesley Matthews scored a game-high 33 points and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. However, Nicolas Batum was the only other player to score in double-digits, while the other seven players averaged a mere 3 points. This lack of team-offense helped the Jazz win the game. Paul Millsap led the Jazz with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Furthermore, Gordon Heyward scored 20 and Al Jefferson recorded a double-double.
UTA — 102-97
The Sacramento Kings were the only team to win at home last night, beating the Timberwolves by 8 points. Kevin Love scored a team-high 23 points for Minnesota, however he only recorded 7 rebounds. This led to the Kings out-rebounding the Wolves 46-35. Tyreke Evans had himself a night for the Kings; he finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
SAC — 116-108
For more in-depth coverage on the games, head over to ESPN.