The Spurs outscored the Wizards 10-3 in the second overtime to win 125-118 because they are a well oiled and always trampling machine that knows how to steal the life from lesser teams. A loss puts Washington back to .500, after it had gotten over that hump for the first time in more than four years on Monday. Still, the Wizards can be encouraged by playing the mighty Spurs into double overtime. That's something.
The John Wall stole the pass and raced down court to tie things before the buzzer sounded. Don't listen to me, though. Watch it for yourself.were at the bottom of the barrel and facing almost inevitable death, down 115-113 with six seconds left and the inbounding the ball, but
Timmy Duncan scored a season-best 31 points because age is just a number.
Miami Heat 116, Los Angeles Clippers 112
Turn on your gaming console, pop in NBA 2K14, put the game on rookie settings and play against your friend with the Clippers and Heat. That's basically what this game was. There was high flying and highlight plays and the "game" if that's what you want to call it basically became an archive of BallIsLife mixtapes. No, really.
Miami led by 19 points in the first half and 17 in the second half, but the Clippers cut the lead to two with a minute left. That's when Ray Allen went all Jesus Shuttlesworth and drained a contested corner-three. Los Angeles couldn't catch up after that.
Blake Griffin was pretty fantastic in the loss as his 43-point, 15-rebound, six-assist stat line highlights. He was finishing oops and post ups and scoring in transition and hitting free throws and basically playing like the superstar anyone who is paying attention knows he is.
Los Angeles Lakers 119, Cleveland Cavaliers 108
That right there is a full grown ManBearPig laying across several chairs like they are a sofa. Due to injuries, the Lakers started the game with eight players. Jordan Farmar and Nick Young got hurt and Kaman fouled out, leaving the purple and gold with five players. Then Robert Sacre fouled out but was allowed to keep playing because of a weird league rule that says so.
Each team shall consist of five players. No team may be reduced to less than five players. If a player in the game receives his sixth personal foul and all substitutes have already been disqualified, said player shall remain in the game and shall be charged with a personal and team foul. A technical foul also shall be assessed against his team. All subsequent personal fouls, including offensive fouls, shall be treated similarly. All players who have six or more personal fouls and remain in the game shall be treated similarly.
Orlando Magic 112, Detroit Pistons 98
A hot second quarter gave the Magic a 14-point lead and that was all they needed to win a home game against the uninspiring Pistons. Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo led the way with 20 points, four boards and three assists. Josh Smith played 41 minutes and led all scorers with 25 points.
Boston Celtics 114, Philadelphia 76ers 108
The Celtics beat the Sixers are conversely lost the Tank Wars. The Celtics accidentally shot 49 percent from the floor and Jeff Green drove Boston fans nuts with 36 points. Philadelphia did an admirable job losing, but almost incidentally played itself into contention behind Thad Young's unfortunate 20 points.
The Knicks held the Blazers to 38 percent shooting, but couldn't find a way to create buckets late, losing and putting them at 19-30 on the season, which just feels dirty writing. The Blazers were led by 20 points from Nic Batum and 18 from Wes Matthews.
Houston Rockets 122, Phoenix Suns 108
There are still people who believe Dwight Howard isn't the best center in the NBA. Those people are fools. Howard dominated the Suns to the tune of 34 points and 14 rebounds because he's a menace down low and Phoenix doesn't have nearly the size or strength down low to contain him. James Harden added 23 points of his own, so that helps.
New Orleans Pelicans 105, Atlanta Hawks 100
So this Anthony Davis guy is pretty fantastic, huh? He finished with 27 points on 14 shots and collected 10 rebounds because he has the arms of gumbo and the coordination and skill of Tiger Woods. The Pelicans outscored the Hawks 34-25 in the fourth quarter; Davis had 10 points in that span.
The Thunder are on a roll. Kevin Durant continued his amazing season with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Love did not play and we can sum up the rest of the Timberwolves' performance in one YouTube video.
Dallas Mavericks 110, Memphis Grizzlies 96
Dallas shot 54 percent from the floor which is a pretty good strategy if you want to win a basketball game. The incredibly resurgent Dirk Nowitzki finished with 26 points and six rebounds on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor. Brandan Wright added 17 points on eight shots off the bench. The Grizzlies matched the Mavericks at 54 percent shooting from the floor, but didn't shoot the ball as well from deep and turned the ball over 17 times.
Denver Nuggets 110, Milwaukee Bucks 100
When this Nuggets team is hitting on all cylinders, it is doing so with offensive balance. Against the Bucks, four guys scored between 18 and 24 points and the team, as a whole, shot 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from behind the arc. Milwaukee hung in the game despite shooting just 38 percent and turning the ball over 15 times.
Sacramento Kings 109, Toronto Raptors 101
Toronto was down six with 25 seconds left when Kyle Lowry hit a three-pointer. Except the three didn't count because somehow, Lowry was called for an offensive foul. We'll let you be the judge here.
That's umm err questionable.
Sacramento's big three-Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas--all scored at least 23 points in the win. The Kings core isn't quite ready to compete for a playoff spot in the loaded Western Conference, but it's good enough to win against any team it plays and that's better than whatever has happened over the past several years.