Celtics 110, Lakers 91 – Just like old times: a Lkaers-Celtics regular season game with intensity — and on the Lakers’ end, an ill-advised revival of 80s length shorts for the first half. Those short shorts might have made them tense up — Los Angeles shot under 40% in the first half and didn’t do a heck of a lot better in the second half, and letting Paul Pierce score 30 through three quarters is probably a recipe for losing.
Warriors 105, Nuggets 95 – After losing to Denver on Friday night, Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson throw up 20+ each tonight to snap a seven-game losing streak at the Pepsi Center.
Blazers 97, 76ers 72 – That’s 13 in a row for Portland, who is playing tear it up ball right now with Brandon Roy leading the way. The big swing came when Travis Outlaw came off the bench in the fourth quarter and threw down ten of his 12 points in the quarter, including an absolutely ferocious windmill dunk.
Bulls 100, Knicks 83 – Despite the close score at the half, even a team as hard-luck as Chicago has been this season is good money to beat the wayward, helpless-looking Knicks. Getting 25 out of Ben Gordon, who came off the bench, helps.
Suns 117, Kings 102 – The Suns have a killer road record, but it certainly helps pad it if you’re playing sub-par teams like Sacramento, where there aren’t a ton of players you have to defend right now — and won’t defend you either. Amare Stoudemire had 31 and 17 boards, Shawn Marion tossed in 25, Leandro Barbosa had 22, and Steve Nash scored 12 while handing out 15 assists.
Spurs 111, Grizzlies 87 – Somehow the Spurs got down by a dozen points to Memphis, yet swung it around and won by 24. Give up only 55 points over the last three quarters and that’s likely to happen.
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