NBA Recap: Wednesday, March 28th
We’ve now reached the point in the NBA season where every game is increasingly more important. The playoffs are just around the corner and teams are battling for contention. This being the case, may teams and players have stepped up their game. This “playoff push” part of the season gives us many exciting games. Here are the match-ups from Wednesday night.
After a brief losing steak, the Clippers have now won 3 games in a row. They took on the Phoenix Suns, who had a chance to go above .500, tonight at home. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul played well together, which has become a must if the Clippers want a victory. Paul finished with 15 points and 15 assists and Griffin netted a game-high 27 points and 14 rebounds. Despite dishing out 15 assists, Steve Nash had an off night for the Suns, scoring only 1 point.
LAC — 103-86
Even though many teams are battling for playoff contention, we still see match-ups of teams out of the race. The Hornets took on the Warriors tonight in Oakland, in a seemingly meaningless game. Despite, David Lee’s game-high 28 points, New Orleans came out winners. They were led by guards Belinelli and Jack, both of which scored 20+ points.
NO — 102-87
The San Antonio Spurs survived at late scare against the Kings, leading them to their 10th win in 11 games. Despite the close score, the Spurs continued their strong push into the playoffs. Manu Ginobili finished with a team-high 20 points, while Tony Parker notched 10 points and 10 assists.
SA — 117-112
Deron Williams and the Nets knocked off the Indiana Pacers stunting their 2 game winning streak. Williams finished with 30 points and 9 assists, and led the team to victory, despite them only having 8 healthy players. Meanwhile, the Pacer’s were led by Paul George (22 points) in a night lacking much offensive prefomance.
NJ — 100-84
The Celtics continue their fight against Philadelphia for the top spot in the Atlantic division, by beating the Utah Jazz by double digits. However, this is only the Jazz’s second loss in 9 games. The Celtics were led by Kevin Garnett, who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. This win allowed Boston to tie the Sixers for the division lead; the Sixers did not play tonight.
BOS — 94-82
Chicago continues to show their dominance, despite not having reigning MVP Derrick Rose. Luol Deng scored a game-high 22 points, as the Bulls crushed the Atlanta Hawks by 21 points. The Bulls have won 6 games without Rose and currently have the best record (41-11) in the NBA. Furthermore, they are the first and only team to have clinched a playoff spot.
CHI — 98-77
As the Timberwolves make a push for the playoffs, Kevin Love makes a case for MVP. He scored 40 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in tonight’s contest against the Bobcats. This is now his 44 double-double of the season and his ninth consecutive one. However great his performances have been, this is only Minnesota’s second win in the last 5 games; this win happened to come narrowly against the worst team in the league.
MIN — 88-83
Ty Lawson led the Denver Nuggets with 26 points and 9 assists in last night’s games against the Raptors. However, Andrea Bargnani’s 26 points and Jose Calderon’s 10 assists helped Toronto snap a 9-game losing streak. Meanwhile, this loss marks the Nuggets 3rd in the last 4 games.
TOR — 105-96
The Knicks took on Orlando at home without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin last night. Yet, they were dominant. The Magic looked helpless during certain points of the game, as the Knicks were up by more than 30 points. Carmelo Anthony and Shumpert led the team with 25 points apiece, however the team clicked as a whole all night. Furthermore, Dwight Howard was held to a mere 12 points and FIVE rebounds.
NY — 108-86
In another relatively buzz-free game. The Detroit Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers thanks to a strong performance by Tayshaun Prince (29 points, 8 rebounds). Yet, despite the loss, Kyrie Irving continued to make a huge case for Rookie of the Year honors. He finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
DET — 87-75
There you have it folks, you’re NBA recap for the night of March, 28th. For more game details and statistics, head over to ESPN.