It’s All-Star week in the NBA and to get everyone in the festive mood early, the NBA had eight games around the league so without further ado, heres you’re Monday recap!
- We begin our trip in Philadelphia. The Los Angeles Clippers took on the 76ers after beating the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Clippers, led by Chris Paul’s 18 points, Blake Griffin’s 20 and Jamal Crawford’s 20 downed the Sixers 107-90. The Clippers as well had a season high 58.7% from the field. Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times recaps the win here.
- We proceed to North Carolina where the Boston Celtics took on the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats won their first game since Jan. 26, snapping the Celtics seven game win streak. Byron Mullens was on fire for the Cats, scoring a season high 25 points. He also obtained a double-double grabbing 18 rebounds. As for the Celtics, to make things worse, Leandro Barbosa injured his knee in the game and is expecting results from an MRI in the morning. Mike Cerra of Hardwood Houdini recaps the game, and narrows down the Celtics few remaining options.
- Next up, Minnesota at Cleveland. The banged-up T-Wolves, currently the worst three-point shooting team in the league, actually found themselves hot from beyond the arc, shooting 57%. The Wolves losing streak ceased at four as they won against the Cavaliers’ and they also snapped an eight game road losing streak. James Glenn of Dunking With Wolves has all the details here.
- In a thriller overtime win in Indianapolis, a Deron Williams-less Brooklyn Nets team managed to hang tight, beating the Pacers, 89-84. Starters, David West and All-Star Paul George were cold shooting a combined 3-of-21 from the field. Brook Lopez was the star of the game as he led the Nets to victory scoring 25 points including all nine of his free throws. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star recaps the game.
- Up next, the Pelicans– err, Hornets– visited the Palace to take on the Jose Calderon and the Detroit Pistons. Ryan Anderson led the way for the Hornets scoring 31 points while shooting. As well, twin Robin Lopez had a strong performance scoring 23 points, 13 of which came in the first quarter, while shooting 9-of-13 from the field. Kirkland Crawford of the Detroit Free Press breaks down what went wrong for the Pistons.
- The San Antonio Spurs‘ visited the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls. The Spurs were without three starters and managed to beat the Bulls 103-89. The Bulls turned the ball over 19 times while Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard scored a season high 26 points, shooting 11-of-18 from the field. Caleb Nordgren of Pippen Ain’t Easy recaps the game here.
- The Wizards went up against the Milwaukee Bucks and extended their win streak to four. Bradley Beal had a season high 28 points off the bench while John Wall did a great job at the point scoring a double-double(14 points and 10 assists). Ben Mehic of Wiz of Awes breaks down what went right for the Wizards.
- Last, but surely not least, we have the Atlanta Hawks against the defending champs, I mean the Dallas Mavericks. Josh Smith, an unrestricted free agent this summer, led with 26 points shooting 1o-of-15 from the field. Dirk Nowitzki however seems to be recovering from his injury relatively well as he scored 24 points, shooting 8-of-14 from the field. Dwain Price of the Star Telegram recaps the loss and points out what went wrong for the Mavericks.
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