Mar 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) waits for the ball to be in-bounded against the Sacramento Kings in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers defeated the Kings 103-98. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Saturday Recap: Kobe Bryant passes Wilt Chamberlin for fourth on scoring list, Dirk Nowitizki hits game-winner and more

Mar 30, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) hits the game winning shot during the game against the Chicago Bulls at the American Airlines Center. Dallas won 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Saturday, and while most people were focusing on college basketball, let’s not forget about NBA games that happened around the league. Tonight, we had 10 games around the league so without further ado here’s your March. 30. 2013 NBA recap!

  • We start off in Dallas where the Mavericks welcomed the visiting Chicago Bulls. Nate Robinson had a spectacular game shooting perfect 7-of-7 for three pointers, scoring 25 points at the end of the game. Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer also contributed with 25 points each. All that wasn’t enough however, as Dirk Nowitzki lifted the Mavs with a game-winner, scoring 35 points. The Bulls one game winning streak comes to an end with that loss and the Mavericks are now closer to that ninth seed in the western conference, and closer to shaving their .500 beards. You can read my recap here from Pippen Ain’t Easy.
  • Next up, we have the Atlanta Hawks taking on the Orlando Magic. The Hawks, short-handed without Zaza Pachuila who will undergo season ending surgery, were also without Al Horford who missed the game with an injury as well. Nonetheless, the Hawks defeated the Magic for the final time of the season, completing a season sweep. You can read David Menze of Soaring Down South‘s review here.
  • Following that, we have the Philadelphia 76ers against the Charlotte Bobcats at Wells Fargo Center. Tonight the 76ers welcomed Philadelphia great Allen Iverson as it was his bobble head night. With a legend in the house, the 76ers extra motivated and did so by putting in that work. Evan Turner led the Sixers with 22 points, while Spencer Hawes added 19. John N. Mitchell of The Philadelphia Inquirer has the recap here.
  • Next up, we have the Houston Rockets against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers were trying to refocus and bounce back, after losing to the Spurs the other day. The Rockets however, tried to maintain their spot in the western conference and stay in playoff contention, as they looked to defeat the Clippers, without star shooting guard, James Harden. Harden was inactive with an injury. Despite Harden-less, the Rockets managed to win with a final score 98-81. Dan Wokie of The Orange County Register  reviews the game here.
  • The fourth game of the night occurred in Minnesota as they Timberwolves took on the Memphis Grizzlies. Ricky Rubio led the T-Wolves with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Rubio was also shy of 1 assist to obtain his second ever career triple-double. Greg Stiemsma also had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the Grizzlies ended up with the win. James Glenn of Dunking With Wolves reviews the T-Wolves loss here.
  • After that we have the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Milwaukee Bucks. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Thunder cruised past the Bucks to a 109-99 win. Russell Westbrook also posted his sixth triple double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Chris F. Gardner of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recaps the game here.
  •  We head over to Utah now where the Brooklyn Nets took on the Jazz. Deron Williams had 20 points and 10 rebounds while C.J. Watson had 2o points, five rebounds and 4 assists on the bench, but it wasn’t enough as Utah won against the Nets, 116-107. Jonah Mars of From Russia With Dunk recaps the game here.
  • Over to Phoenix now where the Indiana Pacers had an easy game against the undersized Phoenix Suns. The Suns without Marcin Gortat were unable to defeat the Pacers, as Indiana won 112-104. Phoenix’s losing streak extends to six games. Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic recaps Phoenix’s loss here.
  • Over to Sacramento now where the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Kings for a must needed win. Dwight Howard led the team as he had 15 rebounds, 24 points and five block shots. Kobe Bryant also had 19 points, 9 rebounds and 14 assists. Caleb Cottrel of Lake Show Life recaps the game here.
  • We also have more news from that game. While Dwight Howard led the scorers with most points, Kobe Bryant passed an incredible milestone, passing the great Wilt Chamberlin for the fourth on the NBA All-time scoring list. Ben Beecken has that report here.
  • We finally have our last game of the night where the Portland Trailblazers took on the Golden State Warriors. Carl Landry scored a season high 25 points, while the Warriors defeated the Blazers 125-98.Willard Curry, David Lee, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut also contributed as they all had double-digits in field goals. Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle reviews the game here.

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