Feb 20, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) walks off the court after a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Recap: James Harden Drops 46 Points, Kyrie Irving Shines in the Fourth Quarter and More

Another night of great NBA action is over and tonight we had another 11 games all around the league. As well, with the trade deadline less than 13 hours away, we have more NBA trade rumours. So let’s get into the recap.

  • Up next we have the Indiana Pacers squaring off against the New York Knickerbockers. The Pacers had a near flawless performance as Paul George led the way scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, shooting 11-for-17 from the field, in a stunning 125-91 blowout win. Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony had a bad night as he finished with 12 points, shooting 7-for-21. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports what went wrong for the Knicks here.
  • We now head over to Quicken Loans Arena where the Cleveland Cavaliers welcomed the New Orleans Hornets. Sophomore, All-star, and three-point shooting champion, Mr. fourth quarter, Kyrie Irving, led the Cavaliers to a 105-100 victory, in a close contested game. Irving finished with 35 points, shooting 13-for-22 from the field. He had 20 of those points in the fourth quarter. Still unbelievable that he’s only 20-years-old.  Zachary Kolesar of Right Down Euclid recaps the win here.
  • Next, we have one of tonight’s biggest games as the Atlanta Hawks’ took on the defending champions, Miami Heat. Heat forward, Lebron James, turned into a facilitator tonight as he scored only 24 points and dished 11 assists. Eight of those assists came during crunch time in the fourth quarter. Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald recaps the victory here.
  • In what was the game of the night, the defending western conference champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder took on former Thunder guard, James Harden, and the Houston Rockets. Harden went off in this game as he scored an unbelievable, record-setting 46 points with eight rebounds and six assists, as the Rockets defeated the Thunder winning 122-119. Thunder guards, Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefelosha both scored 28 points individually but it wasn’t enough. Andrew Kennedy of Thunderous Intentions breaks down the game here.
  • Next up we have the banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves playing against the Philadelphia 76ers. Minnesota’s front court was too much for the Sixers as Nikola Pekovic tied a career high 27 points, adding 18 points to make it a double-double. Sixers’ Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen couldn’t match Pekovic as they both combined for 17 points, 14 rebounds. James Glenn of Dunking With Wolves recaps the game here
  • In their first game since the passing of Lakers’ owner, Jerry Buss, the Lakers took on their old rivals, the Boston Celtics. Lakers’ Dwight Howard led the team with a double-double 24 points, 12 assists as Kobe Bryant added 16 points and seven assists. The Lakers won an emotional game defeating the Celtics, 113-99. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 26 points but it wasn’t enough. Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reviews the game here.

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