Lakers 111, Sixers 98
In our brief preview of the Lakers' visit to Philadelphia on Sunday, we noted that L.A.'s road woes stem from two factors: shooting defense and turnover rate. Well, the Lakers let the Sixers shoot 49 percent from the floor, 40 percent on threes and committed 15 turnovers in 95 possessions (15.7 percent) ... and still won because Philly couldn't stop Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace or Darius Morris. (So keep an eye on those three factors in future L.A. road games.) Kobe scored 34 on 12-21 shooting, and added six assists with five turnovers. Philly was led by Nick Young (30 points, 12-23 shooting). Dorell Wright strangely had nine assists off of the bench; in Jrue Holiday's absence, everyone is a point guard. The Lakers are now 11-14 and the Sixers are 12-12.
Raptors 103, Rockets 96
It's ridiculous how much Jose Calderon is as a starter vs. a reserve. Calderon had his second career triple-double on Sunday, with 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds as Toronto focused in to get past Houston. James Harden poured in 28, but the Rockets shot poorly (41 percent) and didn't correct it with too many offensive rebounds (eight in 46 opportunities). The Raptors have beaten two straight Southwest Division foes ... with Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry out.
Blazers 95, Hornets 94
Damian Lillard is colder than the stick of butter you accidentally put in the freezer.
This was actually a wild game: Portland had a 16-point lead in the third, New Orleans erased it as Austin Rivers nailed the tying three with 42 seconds left, and Lillard ended it. (For some strange reason, New Orleans made a layup on the other end after Dame's shot.) Nicolas Batum had a line old Kirilenko heads dream of: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocks. The NBA hasn't seen a 5x5 since 2006. (Kirilenko, of course.)
Nuggets 122, Kings 97
You want to know how awful to watch this game was for Kings fans? You're trailing by close to 30 late in the third quarter, and it's only at that point that your coach feels comfortable putting in the team's last two top-10 draft picks (Jimmer Fredette and Thomas Robinson). Something's wrong here.
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