Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE
Wednesday night just might have been the wildest of the young NBA season, with wild performances left and right and some crazy finishes.
Kings 113, Lakers 97
Mike D'Antoni and the Lakers thought that they would land in Sacramento and beat up on the moribund Kings, but Tyreke Evans was like, "Nope!"
GIF via HeuristicLineup. Tyreke was rather brilliant on both ends, with a couple of vintage drives to the hoop and lots of havoc-creating action to force turnovers. But the real stars were Jason Thompson and Chuck Hayes, who completely shut down Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all night long. DeMarcus Cousins struggled with foul trouble and frequently terrible shots as well, but the Kings' other two main big men made up for it. Marcus Thornton was also quite awesome off of the bench, helping the team deny Kobe Bryant (38 points, including about four absolutely stunningly ridiculous makes) and L.A. a victory.
Mavericks 114, Knicks 111
New York darn near finished out an epic comeback against Dallas on Wednesday. Carmelo Anthony had a shot at giving the Knicks a lead with five seconds left after New York had trailed by a dozen midway through the fourth. But Shawn Marion's superb defense helped force the miss, and the Mavericks held on for dear life. O.J. Mayo was the game's top scorer with 27 as Dallas relied on its guards to do the heavy lifting. Vince Carter had 25 off of the bench.
Nuggets 101, Timberwolves 94
Surprise! Kevin Love is back three weeks early. He had a killer first half (22 points, 8 rebounds) as the Wolves held a 14-point halftime lead. But Denver pressed back in the third behind Andre Iguodala, who in that quarter had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and block. Andre Miller and Ty Lawson dropped a combined 19 in the fourth to close it out. So ... when does Ricky Rubio return?
Thunder 117, Clippers 111 (OT)
A rather encouraging defensive performance from the Thunder in many respects, the central one being Chris Paul's 2-14 shooting night. L.A. ended up scoring 1.05 points per possession, which is below their standard. The key should these teams meet up again in the playoffs will be preventing the Clippers' supplemental scorers (in this case, Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford) from going big while restraining either CP3 or Blake Griffin. On the other end, there's no stopping Kevin Durant, who had 35 points, 17 of those in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Heat 113, Bucks 106 (OT)
Dwyane Wade popped back into action and joined LeBron James as a leading scorer with 28. Miami had led by 18 in the first half, but Milwaukee never stopped fighting and got to extra time. Monta Ellis had an awful night. He was 4-16 from the floor, missed the game-winning three in regulation and was a -10 in 39 minutes. If you're looking for exclamation marks, rookie John Henson had 17 points and 18 rebounds off of the bench!
Hawks 101, Wizards 100 (OT)
It's getting even worse for Washington. The Wizards fell to 0-10 on the season with a crushing overtime loss to Atlanta. Washington was up two as regulation wound down, but Devin Harris drew a foul and hit two free throws to knot it up. The 'Zards were up two late in overtime when Kyle Korver nailed the game-winning three. Martell Webster actually answered back ... but video review showed he was still touching the ball when the buzzer sounded. Crushing.
Spurs 112, Celtics 100
No overtime? Pffffft. Rajon Rondo had 22 points and 15 assists, but Tony Parker got the win.
Pacers 115, Hornets 107 (OT)
Paul George dropped 37 points. Our Paul Flannery was at the game, and he'll have more for you later on SBNation.com. But, uh, Paul George dropped 37 points.
Rockets 93, Bulls 89
If Chicago keeps this up, Tom Thibodeau will lose his claim to the No. 1 coaching record of all-time!
Warriors 102, Nets 93
This is both a solid win for Golden State and a completely understandable loss for the road-weary Nets.
Bobcats 98, Raptors 97
With all due respect to the Wizards, Toronto is really, really the best team in the NBA at losing in wrenching fashion. In this varietal, the Raps had the ball down one with 28.3 seconds left. They proceeded to miss five shots in that one game-ending possession for the loss. Salute, Dinos. That's some real bad stuff.
Cavaliers 92, 76ers 83
I wonder if I can sue Andrew Bynum for damages after I picked Philadelphia to claim the No. 2 seed in the East?
Suns 114, Blazers 87
... and the Blazers take the lead for the No. 14 spot in the West!
Magic 90, Pistons 74
Holy moly the Pistons can look really, really bad ... like in the entire second half, where they scored 26 points. (They had 27 in the first quarter.)
Check out all of the detailed team blog recaps at SBNation.com/NBA-Scores!