Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while spending way too much time on the Stacy King soundboard….
Lakers 111, Hornets 106: The renaissance of the Lakers offense continues — Kobe Bryant had 11 assists, Dwight Howard rolled to the rim for 24 and the Lakers played beautiful basketball. But then they blew an 18 point fourth quarter lead as the Hornets, who missed a lot of shots early, started to hit them. We broke it all down in another post.
Trail Blazers 106, Mavericks 104: Simply one of the best endings of the season. Dallas was running away with this, up 21 in the third quarter, but you knew a Portland run was coming — there always is one at the Rose Garden. It came in the later stages of the third quarter and by the end of the third the lead was down to 6.
Dallas led through the fourth until a late 7-0 Portland run capped off by a Nicolas Batum contested three tied the game at 101-101.
Next Dallas possession Shawn Marion gets pass from Vince Carter as he cut to the basket, fumbles it, gathers it and makes an ugly rainbow pass to Dirk Nowitzki who hits contested three with 11.4 left.
Portland answers when their play seems to break down a little, the ball comes to LaMarcus Aldridge and he calmly steps back and hits his first three of the season to tie the game at 104-104.
On the Dallas possession O.J. Mayo is called for charging although it was pretty clear the defender slid under him. Bang-bang play.
Then with just 1.4 seconds left, the Blazers are able to inbound the ball to Aldridge in the mid-block and he hit the turnaround as time expired to win it. What a great win for Portland.
Warriors 108, Cavaliers 95: No Stephen Curry (ankle), no Andrew Bogut (not playing back-to-backs), no Harrison Barnes (calf) and yet the Warriors raced out to an early 13-4 lead playing free and easy. But almost instantly Kyrie Irving started doing Kyrie Irving things and it was a close game.
With all the regular scorers out Golden State became the Klay Thompson show — 32 points on 13-for-24 shooting and he hit his first six threes. He was in the zone and Cleveland had no answer. Jarrett Jack added 26 points and 12 assists.
But a lot of credit has to go to the Warriors bench — them and David Lee sparked a 21-7 second quarter run when the Warriors pulled away and they held separation the rest of the way. Lee finished with 20 points and 13 boards.
Irving just did not have it, finishing 5-of-17 shooting. Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson led Cleveland with 18.
Bucks 117, Pistons 90: The start of this game would give you no idea about the ending — Detroit raced out to 15 point lead. Milwaukee came back in the second quarter to retake the lead then just ran away with this thing in the third when Brandon Jennings got hot and went on a personal 16-0 run. Jennings finished with 30. ‘
Everyone was pitching in for the Bucks: Mike Dunleavy had 17 points, Monta Ellis 14, even Samuel Dalembert had 12 and 10 boards.
Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 18 points and 18 rebounds off the bench. Which once again leads to the question: What is Lawrence Frank’s fascination with Jason Maxiell?