When LaMarcus Aldridge left the game early with an ankle injury, there's no chance that the Portland Trail Blazers -- superb at home at 11-3 going into Tuesday's game -- thought they'd actually lose to the awful Washington Wizards. But the Wizards, bless them, saw an opening and ripped it wide open. With deft offense, the Wizards ratcheted the pressure up to 11 on the Blazers and pulled off a 124-109 victory to take their second straight road victory.
Washington's perimeter threats were awesome. Nick Young racked up 35 points, cranking in 12-17 shots and seven three-pointers in eight attempts. John Wall shot well, too (10-14), and offered nine assists. Off the bench, Jordan Crawford had a rare good shooting night (9-16, 21 points).
In other action:
Bulls 121, Kings 115: Sacramento hung tough all night long, but Luol Deng (23 points, 11 assists, one nice Derrick Rose impersonation) and Joakim Noah (21 points and 11 rebounds) were too much. DeMarcus Cousins messed around and had 28 points and 17 rebounds.
Spurs 99, Pistons 95: San Antonio narrowly held off Detroit despite a brutal pair of missed free throws by Matt Bonner late. Greg Monroe had a rare bad game as Old Man Tim Duncan imparted some knowledge in his ear.
Nuggets 109, Suns 92: Denver broke a five-game home losing streak. Given that it came against a Suns team missing its clear MVP and best wing defender, I'm sure that the Nuggets will be totally satisfied now and go back into hibernation.