NBA Recap: Saturday, March 31st
Some of you might have been so wrapped up in the NCAA Final Four, that you might not have realized there were NBA games today. There was a total of 8 games this Saturday; let me catch you up on what happened.
The Spurs took down the Pacers to win their 7th straight game. Led by Tim Duncan’s 23 points and 11 rebounds, San Antonio had a 16 point halftime lead and never looked back. Even though Indiana shot 53.2 percent from the field, they didn’t put up enough shots to stay in the game. Paul George and Danny Granger each scored 18 for the Pacers.
SA — 112-103
The Nets continue to play hot, as they won their 3rd straight game, against the Kings. Anthony Marrow had a game-high 24 points; Deron Williams recorded 19 points and dished out 15 assists. New Jersey has now won 4 of their last 5 games, while Sacramento has lost 5 of their last 6.
NJ — 111-99
Despite coming off a 37-point victory against the Cavs, the Milwaukee Bucks lost at home to the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite three Bucks finishing with over 20 points and Ilysova grabbing 16 rebounds, Memphis won thanks to a solid team effort. They had 6 players in double-digits, with OJ Mayo scoring a team-high 24 points. Memphis has won 3 of the last 4.
MEM — 99-95
Elton Brand and the Sixers outscored the Hawks by 9 points in the 4th quarter to give them the victory. Brand led the Sixers with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Josh Smith played a great game, scoring a game-high 34 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. However, he was only one of two Hawks in double-digit scoring. Philadelphia is currently battling the Celtics for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.
PHI — 95-90
The Knicks, coming off a loss to Atlanta, took down the Cavaliers at home. New York continues to get support from their bench, as they’re currently playing without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin; just reported that Lin will be out for the next 6 weeks, due to a knee injury. However, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith picked up the slack. Anthony scored 19 points, while Smith scored a team-high 20 points and added 9 rebounds. The Kyrie Irving-less Cavs, didn’t put up much of an effort; scoring only 75 points. Irving is out with a right-shoulder injury.
NY — 91-75
The league-worst Bobcats tried to win their 8th game Saturday night, yet they fell short in overtime to the Pistons. Charlotte was up three in regulation with less than 20 seconds to play, when Will (not Andrew) Bynum hit a 3-pointer sending the game to OT. In OT, the Pistons took care of business. All of the Bobcat’s starters scored in double-digits, including Byron Mullins; he finished with a team-high 20 points and 9 rebounds. However, big performances from the likes of TayShaun Prince (24 points, 9 rebounds) helped Detroit edge out Charlotte.
DET — 110-107 (OT)
You would think a night were Kobe Bryant went an abysmal 3-21 from the field would cause the Lakers to lose, right? Wrong. Bryant made up for his terrible shooting night, by hitting a clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth. This ultimately gave them the win over the Hornets. Bryant, who missed his first 15 shots, finished with 11 points. The big-men picked up the slack, both finishing with double-doubles. Bynum recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jarrett Jack was the high-man for the Hornets scoring 18 and dishing out 10 assists.
LAL — 88-85
The late game of the night, featured the Clippers taking down the Jazz at home. Al Jefferson led Utah with 26 points, however he had a off-night on the boards, only pulling down 4 rebounds. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin played well together Saturday. Paul finished with a team-high 26 points, while Griffin recorded 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. This marks the 5th straight win for the Clippers. Meanwhile, this loss caused the Jazz to fall a game out of the 8th playoff spot in the West. The Denver Nuggets currently hold the 8th seed.
LAC — 105-96
For more details from Saturday’s NBA games, head over to ESPN.