NBA Recap: Tuesday, April 3rd
Now that college basketball is done for the season, it’s time for basketball fans to focus on the NBA. There are a little under 15 games left for most teams this season. Therefore, the playoff race is heating up and most teams are playing their hardest to secure the best position possible for the post-season. It’s exciting. I mean teams are playing defense! Let’s look at your Tuesday night in the NBA.
The Grizzlies won their third straight game at home against the Warriors. David Lee, once again, seems to be the only bright spot for Golden State. Lee finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, yet he was the only starter to score double-digits. Meanwhile, O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley led Memphis with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Golden State seemed to have the game underhand after the first three quarters, yet the Grizzlies outscored the Warriors 28-15 in the 4th; giving them the victory.
MEM — 98-94
The Miami Heat clinched at playoff spot at home last night in a win over the Sixers. LeBron James was the highlight of the night, as he went for 41 points, including 14 consecutive Heat points in the 4th quarter. The Sixers hung tight in the game, despite only 8 players playing. Evan Turner recorded a team-high 26 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Heat are the third team to clinch a playoff spot, after the Bulls and the Thunder.
MIA — 99-93
With Dwight Howard out (back spasms), Greg Monroe led the Pistons past the Magic at home. Monroe finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, as all Detroit starters scored in double-digits. Glen “Big Baby” Davis was one of the Magic’s only bright-spots in the lost. He finished with a career-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
DET — 102-95
Bargnani led the Raptors over the Bobcats, in a battle of two teams out of the playoff race. Bargnani scored 11 of his 30 points in the 4th quarter. Charlotte was led by Byron Mullins (20 points and 14 rebounds). They put in more of a team effort, however Charlotte didn’t have an answer for Andrea Bargnani.
TOR — 92-87
Despite Carmelo dropping 39 points (and grabbing 10 rebounds) on the Pacers. Danny Granger pulled a performance reminiscent of Reggie Miller, by scoring 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter. He led Indiana to outscore the Knicks by a whopping 23 points in the fourth (40-17). The Pacers have now won 3 of the last 4 games.
IND — 112-104
The Spurs rout the Cavaliers to win their 8th straight game, also making this their 11 victory in the last 12 games. The Spurs had all 13 of their players active tonight and they were led in scoring by backup point guard Patrick Millis; he finished with 20 points in 20 minutes. There were no real notable Cleveland performances, as San Antonio won by 35 points.
SAN — 125-90
Kobe Bryant’s last minute 3-pointer against the Nets, won the Lakers a close game. New Jersey, who was down 17 at one point, came back to force a tight game against LA. Bryant, who finished with 24 points, made a clutch shot with 6.8 seconds on the clock to force the game out of New Jersey’s hands. Despite being outscored 21-13 in the 4th quarter, performances from the likes of Kobe and Pau Gasol, who finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, gave the Lakers their 3rd win in a row. Kris Humphries led the Nets with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
LAL — 91-87
All five Phoenix Sun’s starters scored in double-digits, leading them past the Kings. Marcin Gortat (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Steve Nash (18 points, 12 assists) both finished with double-doubles. However, it was DeMarcus Cousins who played his heart out in this game. Cousins finished with 41 points and 12 rebounds, yet he was only one of three players for Sacramento to finish in double-digit scoring. The Suns ended up winning their second game in a row.
PHO — 109-100
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