The New Hornets ended a bad run by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-82 on Sunday, but they won't be celebrating any time soon as star point guard Chris Paul was knocked out of the game with a concussion bad enough to require a stretcher and an ambulance ride. The injury came on an awkward collision with Cavs guard Ramon Sessions; this would the second team in a little more than a month we've seen collisions lead to immobile players, as Marquis Daniels was knocked out of a Celtics game in February after his head collided with Gilbert Arenas.
CP3 has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls, and despite the fact that New Orleans is in a playoff chase, you have to figure the Hornets will be ultra-careful with Paul going forward. The NFL's struggles to understand and manage concussions has opened eyes around the country, and the NBA likely understands how seriously head injuries must be taken at this point.
David West scored 23 for the Hornets. Paul had 13 points and 11 assists before his injury.
In other action:
Celtics 89, Bucks 83: Milwaukee's familiar trouble on offense was exacerbated by a Boston defense that doesn't suffer when Doc Rivers' bench is shallow. That just means more minutes for Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo! Brandon Jennings shot 8-19 for 23 points in the loss.
Grizzlies 104, Mavericks 103: In perhaps the best game of the day once Bulls-Heat ended, the Grizzlies edged Dallas by a point on a long baseline jumper by Zach Randolph with less than a second remaining.
Lionel Hollins makes an interesting call there: he chooses to play for a (relatively) open look instead of an easier, more-contested shot. Baseline extended isn't a natural spot for Randolph. And Dallas ends up defending it well ... but it goes in. Basketball is weird.
Thunder 122, Suns 118: The Thunder needed overtime to put away the Suns, who lost Channing Frye to a dislocated shoulder in the fourth quarter. Kevin Durant shot just 3-14, but Russell Westbrook had 32 points on 9-18 shooting and James Harden scored 26 on 8-12 shooting off the bench. Vince Carter had 29, and hit 6-12 on three-pointers.
76ers 125, Warriors 117: Just weeks ago, Philadelphia was winning games 80-77. What happened? Well, the Warriors can cajole any opponent to boost their own offense by multiples of 12 -- Golden State's defense is just that bad. How else do you explain 20 points by Evan Turner? Monta Ellis nailed a three near the end of regulation to send this baby to overtime, but Philadelphia prevailed.
Pistons 113, Wizards 102: Who knew that the Wizards would look substantially worse with Kirk Hinrich? Actually, Washington is dealing with emotional issues, as Flip Saunders' mother died last week; it's easy to come out flat when something like that is going on.