Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Knicks were leading the East ... until the Bulls, who know a thing about being atop the standings, cut them down. In Memphis, the Hawks surprisingly took care of the Grizzlies.
Bulls 93, Knicks 85
Carmelo Anthony did not return on Saturday, and the Knicks' offense suffered mightily. Raymond Felton ended up taking 30 field goal attempts, making just nine. J.R. Smith shot just 4-14, Ronnie Brewer was 0-5, Jason Kidd was 2-7 ... and so on. The Knicks ended up shooting 32 percent from the floor. Things will be better when Carmelo returns, and also when the Bulls aren't the opponent. Marco Belinelli scored 22 and hit four threes for Chicago.
Hawks 93, Grizzlies 83
The Hawks went on a crazy 20-0 run over less than five minutes in the back half of the third quarter to take a 15-point lead, and that was that. Lou Williams headlined the run on offense, racking up 11 including three threes. Atlanta's starters (minus Devin Harris) handled the defense. The Hawks, also, are freaking good.
Celtics 92, 76ers 79
Defense ruled for Boston, and Philadelphia never had a lead. The Sixers protected the ball (eight turnovers) and did alright on the offensive glass (12 in 37 opportunities), but couldn't shoot. The team hit 39 percent of its shots, with Thad Young the only player who shot better than 50 percent from the floor. Boston's offense, on the other hand, did pretty well: 53 percent shooting, 12 total turnovers. Boston is 11-9.
Warriors 101, Wizards 97
Another heartbreaker for Washington, who went on an 11-4 run to pull within one with ... 10 seconds left. The Warriors survived. The Warriors had 13 offensive rebounds in 43 opportunities (30 percent), while the Wizards grabbed just seven in 51 opps (14 percent). That and poor foul shooting (61 percent to Golden State's 80 percent) killed the Wizards' surprisingly huge turnover advantage (eight to 19). Jordan Crawford was wild (22 points, eight assists, seven rebounds), but David Lee, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were killers (69 points on 53 shooting possessions).
Spurs 132, Bobcats 102
Heat 106, Hornets 90
Dwyane Wade was the high scorer (26 on 9-12 shooting), but Shane Battier and Ray Allen made an big impact by combining to go 5-7 on threes. On the other side, Ryan Anderson went 4-6 on threes and finished with 24.
Clippers 117, Suns 99
L.A.'s defense was actually quite awful until the fourth quarter. Thankfully for them, their offense went all 48.
Mavericks 116, Rockets 109
Houston held a lead the entire second half ... until Dallas went a run with about five minutes left. O.J. Mayo was brilliant, dropping 40 points on 15-26 shooting including 6-9 on threes. James Harden almost matched him with 39 on 10-17 shooting (and a ton of free throws). But Mayo won the war in the fourth with 16. Harden had three.
Pistons 104, Cavaliers 97
Brandon Knight had the best game of his young career, with 30 points on 10-20 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. Twenty-three of those points came in the second half as Detroit took over late in the fourth.
Kings 99, Blazers 80
Portland was as sloppy as they have ever been, and the Kings got 11 assists out of John Salmons and a string of jumpers by ... Travis Outlaw. Here come the Mayans.
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