It’s friday, friday time to get down on friday (sorry about that) and tonight we have 24 NBA teams in action all around the league plus we have some follow ups to yesterday’s trade deadline. So without further ado, let’s get into the recap!
- We begin our voyage in the upper north. Canada to be exact. The Toronto Raptors took on the New York Knicks. The two teams first met earlier this month in New York on Feb. 13. The Raptors won that game in New York and they won tonight’s game too, with a final score 100-98. Rudy Gay led the Raptors with as he scored a season high 32 points. The Knicks extended their losing streak to four. Brian Burke of Raptors Rapture reviews the game here.
- We now go back to America where the Washington Wizards played against the Denver Nuggets. If you thought the Wizards lost, think again. Emeka Okafor and Bradley Beal both had double-doubles as they scored 17 points a piece, defeating the Nuggets 119-113. Okafor added 13 rebounds while Beal had 12. William Stokes of Wiz of Awes recaps the game here.
- We now head over to North Carolina where the Charlotte Bobcats took on the Chicago Bulls. Eight Bulls players scored more than 10 points while Taj Gibson led the squad with 17 points coming off the bench, defeating the Bobcats 105-75. Ashley Wijangco of Pippen Ain’t Easy breaks down the game here.
- Next up we have the Indiana Pacers playing against the Detroit Pistons. Six pacers scored more than 10 points as David West led with 18 points. The pacers also scored a season high 56.2 percent from the field, defeating the Pistons, in a blowout 114-82 win. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reviews the game here.
- Next we had the Houston Rockets taking on the Brooklyn Nets. Rockets’ Carlos Delfino and James Harden both scored 22 points each as the Rockets rolled over the Nets, winning 106-96. Jonah Mars of From Russia With Dunk recaps the game and what went wrong for the Nets here.
- Following that game we head over to the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta Hawks defeated the visiting Sacramento Kings with a final score 122-108. Al Horford scored 24 points while Jeff Teague contributed with 20 points. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reviews the game here.
- Preceding that game we have Memphis Grizzlies against the Orlando Magic. Marc Gasol led the pack with 19 points, 12 assists as they won with a final score 88-82. I give credit to both teams. Although the Magic lost, they hung in there and kept it a close contested game playing without J.J. Reddick, Ish Smith, Gustavo Ayon, Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis and Hedo Turkolgu. I also give credit to the Grizzlies because they won without their former star player, Rudy Gay. John Hugar of Beale Street Bears reviews the game here.
- Next up we have the Dallas Mavericks against the New Orleans Hornets. The Mavericks defeated the Hornets, 104-100 While Dirk Nowitzki scored the most points with 25, it was eight-time all-star Vince Carter who stole the show. Carter scored 22 points coming off the bench, six of which were back to back three-pointers with less than a minute remaining. He nailed his last three with 6.5 seconds remaining. Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram recaps the win here.
- Following that game we have the Minnesota Timberwolves playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Timberwolves came off hot beating the Philadelphia 76ers however they weren’t able to win against the Thunder, losing 127-111. All-stars’ Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 64 points. Ben Beecken of Dunking With Wolves recaps the loss and what went wrong for the T-Wolves here.
- We take a break from the games as we head over to Hardwood Houdini. The Boston Celtics made a minor trade yesterday, trading an injured Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins for Jordan Crawford. While the Celtics didn’t make a big trade, Mike Cerra reports whether or not the Celtics made a big mistake not making a big trade. You can read his piece here.
- While here, let’s talk about the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns game. The Celtics won 113-88 over the Suns. While Kevin Garnett didn’t play tonight, it was Jeff Green who exploded, leading the Celtics with 31 points and seven rebounds. Michael Sykes II of Hardwood Houdini reviews the game and everything that went right for the Celtics here.
- Following that game we have the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Portland Trailblazers. Lakers’ guard, Kobe Bryant went mamba mode as he scored 40 points, leading the Lakers to a 111-107 win. Dwight Howard contributed with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times recaps the win here.
- Now onto our last game of the night. The San Antonio Spurs came off a great win beating the Los Angeles Clippers the other night. Tonight they didn’t have an answer as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Spurs, 107-101 in a spectacular overtime win in front of their home crowd. Jarrett Jack led with 30 points coming off the bench as David Lee added 25. Matthew Leland of Blue Man Hoop recaps the win here.
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