Above The Rim: Cut Off At The Knee.

Lakers 100, Grizzlies 99 – You could hear the silence in the Staples Center during the telecast once Andrew Bynum went to the floor and grabbed his left knee in the third quarter when he came down on Lamar Odom’s foot after going for a rebound.  The Lakers had gone up comfortably early on in the game against Memphis, nursing a regular double-digit lead, but once Bynum went out, they lost some of their focus and a lot of their intensity, losing a 10 point lead that they entered the fourth quarter with. Rudy Gay tied it with a three with just over 30 seconds left, and Kwame Brown had to nail one free throw — and did so — to eke out the victory. Fortunately, the Lakers go to the lamentably bad Seattle tomorrow as they await the result of Bynum’s MRI.

Raptors 116, Blazers 109 –  Chris Bosh goes for 38 points and 14 boards in the double overtime victory, scoring six of those points in the second OT period. Brandon Roy had a career high 33 with 10 assists, and nailed the three-point basket that sent it to a second OT. However, the Blazers are still on an incredible run, as 17 wins out of 19 games aren’t anything to sneeze at.

Hawks 105, Bulls 84 – Chicago continues its steady slide down from playoff contender, losing to Atlanta for the first time since April 2004.  Joe Johnson’s 25 first half points (and 37 overall) helped the Hawks get out to a 22-point lead at the half.

Knicks 89, Pistons 65 – Yikes. A late three-point play helps Detroit avoid the lowest point total in franchise history. Zach Randolph scores 25 and grabs 8 boards to lead New York to a rare victory.

Hornets 87, Rockets 82 – Everyone knows New Orleans is a sick threat with Chris Paul (19 points and 11 assists) and David West bringing it regularly (26 points), but the disappointment of Houston’s play under Rick Adelman is palpable. Playoff teams aren’t supposed to fall so far so fast.  The Rockets haven’t done horribly without Tracy McGrady (this was only the third loss in the 10 games he’s missed), but it only adds to the problems. Yao had 30 and 16 boards, but six turnovers, too.

Warriors 106, Pacers 101 – Monta Ellis threw up 29, Baron Davis hit for 27. Jermaine O’Neal had his 20+ in a losing cause, one that saw Golden State fans expressing their severe disapproval of former Warrior Mike Dunleavy.

Photo: AP/Richard Vogel


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