An 11-game NBA Friday had few marquee match-ups but some interesting games, led by the Lakers vs. Nugggets. Mike D'Antoni's team made it as uninteresting as possible.
Lakers 122, Nuggets 103
So apparently Antawn Jamison thriving under Mike D'Antoni while Pau Gasol struggles is going to be a thing. Jamison dropped 33 off the bench, including 19 on 8-10 shooting in the second half. (Pau had six total.) This was the example of what L.A.'s offense can and should be: quick, decisive and brutal. Denver's a good defensive team that just got laid out with haymaker after haymaker from the Lakers. Dwight Howard even hit a three-pointer in the fourth quarter! On the plus side for the Nuggets, Jordan Hamilton hung 12 points and seven rebounds in the fourth.
Cavaliers 113, Hawks 111
I'm not sure how the Cavs are staying without Kyrie Irving, but they are. Alonzo Gee's putback with four seconds left gave Cleveland a win that snapped Atlanta's six-game winning streak. Gee finished with 15 points, and Jeremy Pargo led the way with 22 and Anderson Varejao added 20 points and 19 rebounds. (He's good.) Josh Smith had a lovely game with 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals, and the Hawks shot really well from beyond the arc (12-20) despite being without Kyle Korver, but Cleveland just got too many offensive rebounds (half of all opportunities).
Thunder 106, Jazz 94
The Jazz closed an 18-point third quarter deficit down to five in the fourth, but Oklahoma City rallied to take a comfortable victory in the end. Russell Westbrook was just nutty -- he had 23 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and eight turnovers. That's a whole lot of Russell Westbrook!
Celtics 96, Blazers 78
Boston led by 23 at halftime. And so it went.
Nets 98, Magic 86
Brooklyn is now 3-0 against Orlando this season, which is some really odd revenge for not completing a Dwight Howard trade. Andray Blatche started for Brook Lopez, and had 14-9 in the win. Brooklyn's depth is a bit scary.
Knicks 108, Wizards 87
The Wizards' winning streak stunningly ended at one.
Sixers 104, Bobcats 98
Charlotte had its final lead back in the second quarter, but kept it relatively interesting thanks to Jeff Taylor and Bismack Biyombo. (Just as expected.) Jason Richardson was just murder in the fourth, though, with 14 points on 5-9 shooting.
Raptors 101, Suns 97
Good news, everyone: Toronto finally won a close game! Of course, it came against the Suns, so ... small victories.
Grizzlies 90, Pistons 78
Detroit has been decent lately, so a blowout win from the Grizzlies actually means something. And that is that the Grizzlies are awesome. Marc Gasol had 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and -- newsbreak! -- Charlie Villanueva is still getting minutes in the NBA, to everyone's surprise.
Timberwolves 95, Bucks 85
The Bucks are 0-2 since I wrote nice things about them. I am so sorry, Milwaukee. Alexey Shved keyed an 11-0 fourth quarter run to put this one away for the Wolves. On the bright side for Milwaukee, Larry Sanders had an impressive triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in 32 minutes. Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love got the bulk of Sanders' rejections.
Pacers 97, Kings 92
The Kings were without Tyreke Evans, who has a bruised knee. It looked like it, too, as ball movement was non-existant and Indiana capitalized with strong defense. David West turned out a beauty with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Thornton missed a game-tying 27-footer in the closing seconds. Indiana's defense was up to the task.
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