NBA scores: Lakers pound Mavericks, Bobcats survive greatest game ever played

Ronald Martinez

The Lakers corrected course for at least one night with a big win in Dallas. The Bulls took the first game of a two-match set with the hot Bucks.

Lakers 115, Mavericks 89
L.A. didn't even try to make this interesting, leading by as many as 37. Dallas' defense was just gross, and its offense wasn't much better. The Lakers still had far too many turnovers (19), all told, but the shots went down and they limited the Mavericks' starting backcourt of O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison to 15 points on 26 shooting possessions. A big, meaty win for the Lakers.

Bulls 93, Bucks 86
Carlos Boozer was the star here, with 22 points and 19 rebounds to get the Bulls a victory. The Bulls claim seven offensive rebounds in the final five minutes of the game, including four by Boozer. Even when the shots didn't fall, Chicago gave itself opportunities. Brandon Jennings rolled an ankle and had to be carried off the floor late, but it appears he'll be good for the teams' Monday rematch. Jennings had 23.

Thunder 116, Sixers 109 (OT)
Philadelphia chipped away in the fourth quarter to send this game to extra time, but Kevin Durant was too good in the end. KD finished with 37 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks to lead the Thunder to victory. OKC missed its last seven shots in regulation, but dropped 18 in overtime. Evan Turner and Thad Young combined to score 55.

Hawks 104, Clippers 93
L.A. has caught whatever the Lakers had. That's not totally fair, but the Hawks are scorching right now, having won five straight. Jeff Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, as Atlanta went up by as many as 27 in the second half. The Clippers got little from anyone not named Blake Griffin or Chris Paul, and the defense just wasn't good.

Bobcats 108, Wizards 106 (2OT)
The Basketball Gods, like us, wish this game would never end. This quote from Randy Wittmann says it all: "It's hard for us to win a game." Yes, yes it is.

Heat 110, Cavaliers 108
Dwyane Wade iced this game with a block on Jeremy Pargo in the closing seconds. The Heat also needed 15 fourth quarter points to hold off the surprisingly competitive (minus Kyrie Irving) Cavaliers. LeBron James scored 30.

Warriors 96, Timberwolves 85
The Wolves are now 0-3 this season with Kevin Love, and were 5-4 without him. This game was most notable for Harrison Barnes' straight-up nasty dunk on Nikola Pekovic.

Just not right, Harry. Not cool.

Kings 108, Jazz 97
Setting the last five minutes of Friday's loss aside, the Kings have found their offense! Tyreke Evans dropped 27, and DeMarcus Cousins was rolling before he was ejected in the third quarter. One of Boogie's final acts in the game: cranking on Derrick Favors.

Check out our full team blog recaps at SBNation.com/NBA-Scores.

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