Lakers 116, Nuggets 99 – An amazing 28 points for Derek Fisher, who’s been a crucial piece of the team to have back this season — he shot 6-of-7 from three and 10-16 overall tonight when the Lakers needed something positive after losing Trevor Ariza to injury after losing Andrew Bynum. Kobe chipped in 17 and 11 assists. Allen Iverson had 24 and Linas Kleiza 21, but losing Carmelo Anthony in the 2nd quarter killed them.
Magic 102, Pistons 100 – Orlando snaps a nine-game losing streak to Detroit, via a buzzer-beater by Rashard Lewis — after Chauncey Billups hit a tying three-pointer on the prior possession. Hedo Turkoglu adds 28, Dwight Howard gets his 23 and eight boards. Six Pistons scored in double figures.
Celtics 109, Knicks 92 – Gah, more Boston vs. New York. Paul Pierce and Quentin Richardson both got tossed in the third quarter after jawing at each other, but the Celts pulled it out behind Kevin Garnett’s 20 points and 13 boards.
Blazers 111, Hawks 109 – Portland takes this battle of up and coming teams, with Travis Outlaw leading the team with 23 and hitting the game winning shot with one second left in overtime. Joe Johnson had 37 for Atlanta — but when your bench gets outscored by nearly 40 points, you’re probably going to lose.
Wizards 102, Mavericks 84 – Is Washington the next obvious case for Simmons’ Ewing Theory? 25 for Caron Butler, 23 for Antawn Jamison, and no Maverick not named Dirk Nowitzki (21 points) and Josh Howard (32 points) scored more than eight points.
Cavs 97, Heat 90 – That’s 14 straight losses for Miami. Not even 42 points from Dwyane Wade could push the Heat to victory, as LeBron’s 28 and five assists led a series of double digit scorers. Non-Wade members of the Heat shot only 3-for-21 in the second half.
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