NBA Recap: Thursday, March 15
Despite the beginning of March Madness, there were still some NBA teams active Thursday night; 10 teams played in a total of 5 games. So for those of you that were too busy watching college basketball, let me catch you up on the NBA.
The Utah Jazz won an overtime thriller against the Timberwolves, marking their four straight home victory. The Jazz lead by 12 points late in the fourth quarter, but Minnesota wasn’t down for the count. They rallied back behind Luke Ridnour and Kevin Love, who made key shots down the stretch forcing the game into overtime. However, the Jazz answered back with Gordon Hayward. He scored 18 of his 26 points in the 4th quarter and overtime, leading the Utah to victory. Millsap helped the Jazz on the defensive end with his 16 points, 11 rebounds and 8 steals. Meanwhile, Kevin Love had 25 points and 16 rebounds. Yet, he only went 9-23 from the field, including scoring only 2 points in overtime.
UTA — 111-105 (OT)
The Thunder bounced back after a loss to Houston to beat the short-handed Nuggets. Denver had just recently traded Nene to the Wizards for JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf, so they were pretty much without any big presence under the hoop. This allowed the Thunder to cruise to an easy victory. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were impressive as always. Durant finished with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Westbrook had 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.
OKC — 103-90
The Dallas Mavericks narrowly beat the Bobcats last night, yet this win gives the Mavs at 15-0 all-time record against Charlotte. Dallas was led by none other than Dirk Nowitzki, who finished the night with a game-high 27 points. The high man for the Bobcats was Corey Maggette with 21 points.
DAL — 101-96
Despite having just traded JaVale McGee to the Nuggets and Nick Young to the Clippers, the Wizards were able to beat the New Orleans Hornets. John Wall played especially well, finishing the game with 26 points and 12 assists. Chris Kaman continued to play well for the Hornets with a team-high 20 points and 7 rebounds. However, the Horents were not able to pull off a victory at home.
WAS — 99-89
The Phoenix Sun managed to beat the LA Clippers on the road without the help of Steve Nash. While, the Clippers continue to lose games, the Suns seem to be getting hotter and hotter. They truly put in a team effort to beat the talented Clippers at home. Shannon Brown led the Suns with 21 points, however 9 different players scored at least 6 points on the night. Blake Griffin finished with 25 points and 8 rebounds, but the team couldn’t close out the tight game. Look for Nick Young to attempt to fill a void in the Clippers offense. The Clippers acquired him yesterday from the Wizards right before the trade deadline.
PHO — 91-87
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