What you missed while undergoing virtual dolphin therapy…
Boston’s defense setting records against the Milwaukee offense was our game of the night.
Warriors 100, Timberwolves 77: Kevin Love’s double-double streak comes to an end — he scored just 6 points on 1-of-6 shooting (he still had 12 boards). Against the usually soft-in-the-middle Warriors. Did not see that coming, but credit David Lee with his second consecutive strong effort in the paint on defense. (Also, Love also was just off.) The Wolves were terrible on offense against one of the worst defenses in the league, shooting 36.6 percent. Michael Beasley was 5-for-12, Wes Johnson 1-for-9. On the other side the Warriors were not great but they did not have to be, they were good enough with Stephen Curry scoring 24.
Thunder 95, Cavaliers 75: OKC was in charge of this one from the opening tip and without Baron Davis the Cavs had no answer. The Thunder’s talent overwhelmed the Cavs as evidenced by Russell Westbrook’s 12 straight points in the third quarter. Not much to say, the Thunder were that good and the Cavs where that bad.
Bobcats 95, Raptors 90: D.J. Augustin came off the high pick of Boris Diaw and drove into the teeth of what passes for the Raptors defense all game long, especially in crunch time, and dominated the game. Diaw was 7-for-9 shooting, Gerald Henderson hit 7-of-13 shots for 18 points.
Magic 111, Suns 88: Without Steve Nash the Suns offense isn’t good. Their defense is never all that good. The result was Dwight Howard dominating the Suns front court with 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 15 rebounds and five blocks, plus six other Magic players in double figures. Without Nash the Suns had no way of matching that firepower.
Pacers 106, Knicks 93: After six losses in a row and desperately trying to hold on to the eighth spot in the East after a Bobcat win earlier in the day, this was a huge desperation with for the Pacers. They did it without Danny Granger (and the Knicks lost with Chauncey Billups back). Indiana raced out to a first quarter first quarter lead as they knocked down 62 percent of their shots while the Knicks started out 1-8 from downtown (a key shot for their offense). Tyler Hansbrough had 13 in the third quarter when the Pacers took over.