Josh Smith went for 30 points, seven rebounds and two blocks just one game after notching 31 points, and the Pistons brought down one of the NBA's titans of the 2013-14 season with a 101-96 win on the road in Indiana.
Not only did Smith go off once again, but Detroit pushed the Pacers around on the glass, something that doesn't happen often. Detroit outrebounded the Pacers, 55-40, and grabbed 20 offensive boards in this one. Greg Monroe had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Andre Drummond chipped in nine points and nine boards in just 21 minutes, Brandon Jennings contributed 18 points and eight assists and the Pistons allowed Indy to shoot just 43 percent from the floor.
And it wasn't all scoring for Smith. J-Smoove cracked a massive rejection on David West against the backboard with less than 45 seconds remaining to preserve a four-point lead, and Detroit held on the rest of the way to secure the win.
The Bulls put in a solid comeback effort on the young Magic, but it wasn't enough in the 83-82 Orlando win as Chicago continues to struggle mightily since the injury to Derrick Rose.
The offensively challenged Bulls shot 34.6 percent from the field as their shooting woes have become nightmares. Even with Luol Deng scoring 26 points, Chicago couldn't manage to score more than 24 points in a quarter.
From one struggling team to another, the Knicks keep finding ways to lose on a nightly basis.
Washington's Bradley Beal scored the go-ahead basket with six seconds left, but the Knicks decided not to take a timeout on the ensuing play. Instead, Carmelo Anthony took a three with one second left, but it bounced off the rim to preserve the 102-101 win for the Wizards.
Here's video of Beal's shot:
Beal had 21 points in his first game back from injury, and John Wall went for 20 points and eight assists in the victory.
Anthony had 32 points on 20 shots for the Knicks, whose season of misery just continues.
The Jazz have been a better team since Trey Burke returned from injury, but 'better' is a relative term. The Heat are still much better.
Miami welcomed Utah to American Airlines Arena with a 117-94 thumping courtesy of the Big Three. LeBron James went for 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Dwyane Wade dropped 27 and Chris Bosh pitched in 20 as the Heat won going away, and while having some fun.
The champs shot better than 63 percent from the floor and held Utah to just 46 percent shooting. And on top of that, the Heat outrebounded the Jazz, 41-33, which is something Miami rarely accomplishes, especially against teams with big frontcourts.
The silver lining for Utah: Alec Burks went for 31 points, seven assists and four steals.
Things keep on getting better for Brooklyn since Deron Williams' return, and Monday night was probably the best team effort yet in a 130-94 blowout victory over the 76ers.
But this night belonged to Joe Johnson. The Nets' shooting guard went for 37 points on the night, but the story of the game happened in the third quarter, when Johnson erupted for 29 points. He hit 10 of his 13 shots, including eight threes, and he fell just four points shy of an NBA record for a single quarter — a record (33) held by Carmelo Anthony and George Gervin.
Brooklyn also got 20 points off the bench from Andray Blatche as the Nets shot 60 percent for the game.
Philly, in full-on tank mode, were led by James Anderson with 17 points.
The Clippers took advantage of 22 San Antonio turnovers to grab one of their most impressive wins of the season, 115-92, in Los Angeles.
Chris Paul led the charge, as usual, with 22 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals, and he got a huge effort from his big man Blake Griffin, whose 27 points led all scorers. And the Clippers really poured it on in the fourth quarter of this one, especially after Tony Parker left the game for good.
Parker left in the third quarter after banging legs with Jared Dudley on a drive to the basket, and the Spurs' point guard could not return to the game after suffering a shin contusion. His status beyond that is unknown.
Los Angeles scored 37 points off those 22 Spurs turnovers and ran away in the fourth, 37-22. The Clippers shot 51 percent from the floor and hit 11 of their 23 threes, while the San Antonio managed to hit just six threes and had more turnovers than assists (20).
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, but it wasn't enough without Parker down the stretch.
The dream season just continues to roll along for Boston, who turned in yet another impressive performance over a good Minnesota team in a 101-97 win.
Jared Sullinger had 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in one of his best games as a pro, and the Celtics held the Timberwolves to just 37 percent shooting for the game despite forcing just seven turnovers.
Minnesota hit just eight threes on 29 attempts and went just 15-for-26 from the charity stripe. Avery Bradley pitched in 19 for Boston, and Jordan Crawford went for 14 on the night. The Timberwolves got 27 points and 14 boards from Kevin Love, but it wasn't enough.
Six Hawks scored in double figures, and the Lakers could do nothing to slow their attack as Atlanta cruised to a 114-100 win at Phillips Arena on Monday night.
Al Horford led the way with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and Los Angeles continued its struggles since the return of Kobe Bryant.
The Black Mamba, who's acting as the team's point guard with Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake on the shelf, scored just eight points on 4-of-14 shooting and finished with six assists and five turnovers. It has not been a quick, successful return for Bryant, which is to be expected. But the Lakers are falling farther behind in the playoff race by the night.
Jordan Hill went for 21 points and nine rebounds, but L.A. allowed the Hawks to hit 11 threes while only hitting five of its own.