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The Jazz had shots to beat the Clippers but couldn't capitalize. Charlotte thought it had Portland beat, but the Blazers came roaring back.
Clippers 105, Jazz 104
Chris Paul is something else. After a pretty quiet through three quarters, he came in with seven minutes left in the fourth and ran the offense to perfection and getting L.A. the win. But it was the bench for L.A. who actually got CP3 in position to win: the unit led by Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford helped chop down a 10-point fourth quarter lead for the Jazz when Vinny Del Negro put the starters back in. Despite Paul's graceful production, the Jazz had an opportunity to win the game. Randy Foye nailed a three with 1.9 seconds to go, stole the inbounds pass but ... missed the jumper to win it. I personally blame the scores of Utah fans who had already left the gym. Who'd have thought Utah would be full of non-believers?
Blazers 118, Bobcats 112 (OT)
If you picked Blazers-Bobcats as the game of the night, you're ... insane and possibly psychic. Portland trailed by 18 with just over five minutes left. The score was 97-79. Over, right? It had to be over. Nope. The score at the end of regulation was 102-102. Twenty-three points in five minutes is just crazy, but so is Luke Babbitt hitting two clutch threes. In the extra period, Babbitt nailed another one and Nicolas Batum went a little nuts (five points, six rebounds, a block) as Portland picked up a wild win.
This game also included the highlight that shall be known as Air Byron.
Nuggets 113, Raptors 110
Cruelly, Toronto trailed by 17 with eight minutes to go and ... mounted a comeback. This is the Raptors, math is not real and you know how this all ends: Toronto mounts that comeback, gets into position to send the game to overtime at the last second and ... clanks the three. It could only have been more Toronto Raptor if DeMar DeRozan had hit that three but video review showed it to be released 0.1 seconds too late. These are the Raptors. I cannot believe I hesitated to rule them dead on Monday.
Hornets 102, Bucks 81
Welp, I thought the 10-man Milwaukee rotation was a good idea. Turns out it doesn't always work! Brandon Jennings was quite good, Monta Ellis was fine and the Bucks got blown the heck out thanks to a fatal mix of yikesville offense and ohno defense.
Pistons 89, Cavaliers 79
Detroit started the season 0-8. Since then, they have gone 6-5. This is a lot like last season, though they have cracked through the nasty wall much earlier. Is it early enough to actually make a run at the playoffs? We'll see! Cleveland, meanwhile, really needs Kyrie Irving back. Anderson Varejao is playing too well right now, and it's a bit of a waste given the team's struggles in the scoring department.
Magic 102, Warriors 94
Nikola Vucevic registered his seventh double-double in 17 games on Monday. He's a monster on the offensive glass, which is good because he's on the same team as Glen Davis. (Big Baby actually went 10-20 from the floor against the Warriors, dropping 24 points.) I don't know how, but the Magic are actually decent. The Warriors' 10-7 record might be something like fool's gold.
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