Twelve hours ago, the Knicks were the last undefeated team in the league. Now, they're just another team that got beat up and lost their composure after playing the Grizzlies. Memphis went on a 19-1 spurt in the third quarter and the Knicks melted down, committing technical fouls and refusing to run any semblance of an offense. They tried rallying late again like they did Thursday against the Spurs, but the Grizzlies held them off nicely. Marc Gasol feasted on smaller defenders with 24 points on just 10 shots, and Zach Randolph did the same with 20 points and 15 rebounds on just 11 shots.
One of these days, someone will be able to combat the Grizzlies' size and tenacity. Until then, it's hard to deny that Memphis is playing at a level nobody can match.
Blazers 119, Rockets 117
If you don't love what Damian Lillard is doing right now, then we can't be friends. The Weber State product -- in his ninth pro game mind you -- scored 27 points, including the go-ahead layup in regulation and a critical two in overtime to lead the Blazers to victory. Lest we forget about them, Nicolas Batum was on fire with 35 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29, including the game's final field goal in overtime. The Rockets were pretty great too, of course. James Harden scored 29, and Marcus Morris had 16 off the bench, including the game-tying three in regulation. One of the best games of the year, no question.
The Lakers sent Bernie Bickerstaff out in style, running their offense with more purpose than they have all year in the win. Their defense still has some issues, but when you can get 31 points from Kobe Bryant and 22 from Metta World Peace against the Suns, it doesn't matter.
A similarly-shorthanded Mavericks team was clearly the best medicine for the Pacers' struggles. Indiana's offense finally showed up in the second half after being MIA all season, and the result was a blowout win. Clearly, they need to play Sam Young more (6-11, 14 points off the bench).
Good Jrue Holiday showed up in this one. The 76ers' point guard scored 26 points, including a tough runner when the Jazz were rallying late in the fourth quarter. The Jazz are now just 1-6 on the road, which makes sense when you consider how raucous their home crowd can be.
Is J.J. Redick one of the top five shooting guards in the NBA? It sounds absurd, but he's continues to play like it. Redick scored 23 points on 13 shots, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 43 seconds remaining, and the Magic continued the Pistons' misery.
Thunder 110, Hornets 95
If only Kevin Durant could play teams like the Hornets every night. The Thunder star, who has struggled at times this year, dropped 27 points on just 12 shots in the Thunder's easy win. Kevin Martin also bounced back from a terrible game against the Grizzlies with 27 of his own off the bench.
Not having half their team finally caught up to the Timberwolves. Without Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger and J.J. Barea, the Timberwolves couldn't quite rally at the end in the loss.
I know it's crazy, but the Hawks appear to be a much better team when Al Horford is playing. Horford dropped 20 points and 10 rebounds after missing Wednesday's game against the Warriors with the flu and the Hawks had no trouble with a woeful Kings team.