It's been a struggle so far this season for the Wizards, but it's nothing a little players-only meeting couldn't fix. Washington bounced back in come-from-behind fashion to end a four-game losing skid and upset the upstart Timberwolves, 104-100, in our nation's capital.
Bradley Beal appeared to find his shooting stroke again on his way to 25 points, and John Wall tied a career-high with 16 assists in the win. But the Wiz didn't make it easy on themselves. Minnesota ran out to a 16-point lead halfway through the second quarter behind the efforts of Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, but it was short-lived.
Washington called timeout with 5:50 remaining until halftime, down 53-37. And over the next 29 minutes and change, the Wizards outscored the Timberwolves 67-47 to come from behind and steal their third win of the season.
Love notched 25 points and 11 rebounds, but Pek pitched in just two points after halftime in the loss.
Oh boy. In a matchup of two teams that wish they could hit some sort of "reset" button, it was the Pistons that slugged their way to a 92-86 win at home over a Knicks team in dire straits defensively.
And it was bad ... just ask Amar'e Stoudemire.
Amare gonna amare https://t.co/oeIuuU6bu0— Desus (@desusnice) November 20, 2013
If that didn't tell the story, New York had just 16 assists and connected on only six of its 24 three-point attempts. Detroit wasn't much better, but the Pistons managed to shoot 50 percent from the floor.
The reigning MVP notched just 13 points and a handful of assists and rebounds, but Allen and Bosh combined for 36 points on just 19 shots, and Miami forced 24 Atlanta turnovers in yet another win. And it just felt like the Heat were cruising.
Miami dished out 26 assists and went 10-for-21 from deep in the win. Atlanta managed to shoot 44.6 percent from the floor, including 11-of-24 from long range, but the turnovers were backbreakers. Al Horford was the only Hawks starter in double figures with 12 points, and Mike Scott pitched in 15 points, 10 rebounds off the bench.
Look up the word "blowout" in the dictionary online and a link to this box score will show up. The Rockets absolutely manhandled the young Celtics, going wire to wire for the 109-85 victory.
Houston exploded out to an 18-1 lead to start the game, and it didn't get much closer the rest of the way as James Harden and Chandler Parsons were the only Rockets to log at least 30 minutes. And this lead really got out of hand, at one point ballooning to 35 points in the third quarter.
Houston shot 56.9 percent from the floor and hit nine of 21 threes while holding Boston to just 32.3 percent shooting for the game. Every Rockets starter scored in double figures, led by Terrance Jones with 24 points and nine rebounds.
Things were looking good for the Suns for a while, but the Kings outscored Phoenix 25-16 in the final quarter and held on for the 107-104 victory in Sacramento on Tuesday.
DeMarcus Cousins had a big game with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and his steal late in the game helped fend off the Suns as they tried to recapture the lead. Ben McLemore tied his rookie season high with 19 points, and Isaiah Thomas matched that total as well, including nine points in the fourth quarter.
The two teams square off again tomorrow night in Phoenix.