NBA Recap: Tuesday, March 13
Tuesday night saw a lot of spectacular NBA games, and if you missed any of them, you’ve come to the right place. With a total of four overtimes in eight games, this was not your average night. Teams came to play hard, sending a message before the trade deadline. Here’s what happened.
The Golden State Warriors faced the Kings last night, in their first official game after the Monta Ellis trade. Ellis, the team’s leading scorer, was recently dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks, along with Ekpe Udoh, for Stephen Jackson and Andrew Bogut. Without Ellis, the team prevailed behind Nate Robinson, Brandon Rush, and David Lee, who all scored 17 points. DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings couldn’t keep up with the Warriors’ offense, despite his 19 points and 12 rebounds.
GS — 115-98
Denver rallied past the Atlanta Hawks at home, in a close-scoring overtime game. The game was forced into overtime by Kirk Hinrich (Hawks) who hit 1 of 2 free throws with less than 3 seconds on the clock. However, his inability to put the game away (by sinking the second free throw) would ultimately cost Atlanta the game. Joe Johnson (34 points) and Josh Smith (33 points and 13 rebounds) led the Hawks in the tight game, yet they didn’t have as much bench support as the Nuggets, who were led by Ty Lawson (21 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds) and Nene (22 points).
DEN — 118-117 (OT)
Despite 6 players in double-digits, including 4 starters, the Washington Wizards lost their 32nd game of the season to the Dallas Mavericks. Trevor Booker had a team-high 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wizards. However, he was out-matched by Dirk Nowitzki’s game-high 27 points.
The Lakers edged out the Grizzlies, as Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum combined for 71 points in double overtime. There were no buzzer-beater scenarios in this game. However, solid defense by both teams in crunch-time made for a close game. Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with 37 points and 16 rebounds, while Kobe Byrant added 34 points and 9 rebounds. Meanwhile, Marc Gasol upstaged his brother (Pau) with 20 points and 11 rebounds, even though Memphis couldn’t get the victory. The game could have possibly turned in the Grizzlies favor if Rudy Gay had not been out with a concussion.
LAL — 116-111 (2-OT)
The Houston Rockets went on a 13-1 rally late in the 4th quarter to stun the Thunder at home. The run was capped off by Patrick Patterson’s block on Serge Ibaka with 2 seconds left. Courtney Lee and Chandler Parsons led the Rockets’ offense with 21 points apiece. Even though, Kevin Durant had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Russell Westbrook and the rest of OKC’s supporting cast had a relatively off night.
HOU — 104-103
The Miami Heat blew a 14 point lead as the Orlando Magic pulled out a victory in overtime. Many thought this might be Dwight Howard’s last game with the Magic. Yet following the win, he announced he wished to stay with the team for the remainder of the season. Howard had a monster night for the Magic, as he scored 24 points and grabbed 25 rebounds. Jameer Nelson also played a great game, scoring a team-high 25 points. Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 28 points for the Heat and LeBron James finished with 19 points, 8 assists, and 11 rebounds. However, James only shot 7-20 from the field, including missing crucial shots down the stretch.
ORL — 104-98 (OT)
The Trailblazers were dominated by the Pacers’ defense last night, as they only had 2 players in double-digit scoring. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a team-high 17 points, yet he only shot 33 percent from the field; slightly better than the rest of the team, who shot a measly 31.3 percent. Fueled off their defense, the Pacers went on to trounce Portland, as Lou Amundson scored a career-high 21 points, going 10-11 from the field.
IND — 92-75
The Cavaliers lost to the Raptors at home, marking the third time Toronto has beat Cleveland this year. Jerryd Bayless led the Raptors in scoring with 20 points, and Andrea Bargnani chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds, in his third game back from injury. Kyrie Irving put in a nice game, with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, but it was ultimately a futile effort.
TOR — 96-88
For a more in-depth look at the NBA games from Tuesday, March 13, head over to ESPN.