The Heat have been streaking, but the Pistons weren't willing to let it go any longer. Detroit got 10 points and 18 boards from Andre Drummond, and Brandon Jennings had some huge plays down the stretch as Miami's 10-game win streak came to an end in the 107-97 Pistons win.
LeBron scored 23 points in the game, but his shooting percentage for the season actually went DOWN after going 8-for-15 from the floor. And the size of Detroit created some major issues for Miami, which is something that has affected the defending champs to a certain degree over the last couple of years. The Pistons outrebounded the Heat 46-34 in the game and generally dominated the paint all night.
Oklahoma City may have got out of Sacramento with the close win, but Isaiah Thomas did nothing to make it easy. The Thunder survived a 21-point fourth quarter and a last-ditch effort to tie the game by the explosive point guard to sneak out with the 97-95 win.
The Thunder got double-figures scoring from five players, including 27 points from Kevin Durant, and held the Kings to less than 40 percent shooting as they hung on against the Thomas barrage.
Sacramento was paced by their sixth man's 24 points, and also got 14 from Ben McLemore, who's quite fast.
When Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are on the floor, the game is almost never over. The Raptors led by 27 points late in the second quarter on Tuesday at Oracle Arena, but the Warriors' sharpshooting backcourt went off, bringing their team all the way back for the 112-103 win.
It was the largest lead ever given up in a loss in Toronto franchise history.
The 'Splash Brothers' combined for 49 points — 38 in the second half — and 17 assists on nine threes, and the Warriors showed the unreal explosiveness they possess on any given night. Harrison Barnes went for 19 and David Lee put up 18 in the Golden State victory.
DeMar DeRozan went for 26 points and Kyle Lowry for 20 in the excruciating loss on the road.
Well, this game was bonkers. The 76ers somehow survived a Glen Davis three-pointer to send the game to overtime and got a triple-double from rookie Michael Carter-Williams in a double-overtime 126-125 win in Philly.
The Sixers' point guard went for 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 dimes in the victory, and he wasn't even the only rookie to post a triple-double in this game. Victor Oladipo put up 26, 10 and 10 in a spectacular effort of his own. And it was a good thing he was grabbing rebounds, because nobody else was.
Arron Afflalo had a game-high 43 points, on 14-of-27 shooting, for the Magic in defeat.
Philly outrebounded Orlando 56-34, yet the Magic somehow stuck around to lose by only one point in 58 minutes of basketball. Glen Davis, a 6'9, 250-pound man, grabbed just three boards in 50 minutes! Though, the big man did go for 33 points in the game and was responsible for the initial tie to send it to extra time.
Mavericks 89, Bobcats 82
You just knew Dirk wouldn't stay down forever. After struggling through the first half, the big German went for 21 points after the break, and the Mavericks pushed past the Charlotte Bobcats, 89-82, on Tuesday.
Monta Ellis pitched in 22 points of his own as his resurgent season continued, and Dallas pushed its record out to 11-8. But that wasn't the big story tonight.
For the third time in 72 hours, an NBA player went down with a fractured hand. This time it was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who joined his 2012 draft and Kentucky teammate on the shelf with a very similar injury. (Anthony Davis fractured his left hand two days ago.) Charlotte is now 8-11, which is still good enough for eighth in the East.
The up-and-down season for Memphis continues, but things were trending toward the "up" on Tuesday. Even without Zach Randolph, who was out with an ingrown toenail, the Grizzlies took care of business in a 110-91 win over the Suns.
Ed Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds on just 11 shots in what was by far his best game of the season. And without Marc Gasol for the foreseeable future, that kind of development could be huge. Mike Conley added 18 points and 14 assists, Kosta Koufos put up 14 and 12 boards, and Jon Leuer went for 23 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Memphis.
Marcus Morris had 18 points off the bench for Phoenix, who hit just seven of 29 three-point attempts.
The Nuggets continued their hot play, while the Nets continued to look miserable. The nightmare continued in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, as Denver ran the old-looking team right out of the gym in a 111-87 win.
Six players scored in double figures for Denver, who shot 50 percent from the floor and committed just 10 turnovers. And Timofey Mozgov was a monster. The Nuggets' big man went for 17 points and 20 rebounds, completely dominating the paint against Brooklyn.
As for the Nets ... oof. Joe Johnson is the only one who's been playing well, and he had 22 points. But Kevin Garnett's struggles continued. He had just two points and six rebounds as the losses keep coming for head coach Jason Kidd and the recently reassigned Lawrence Frank.
The Bucks were supposed to make a playoff push while the Celtics toiled away in 'Tankville,' but that is clearly not the case at this point. Jordan Crawford went for 25 points and Jeff Green pitched in 18 as Boston secured the 108-100 home win.
But I guess you could say the Celtics had a little bit of that Irish luck on their side as well...
Milwaukee just doesn't have enough firepower to compete on a nightly basis, while Brad Stevens and the Celtics continue to overachieve in the eyes of many. Boston won the rebound battle 40-33 and got nine more points from the three-point line than did Milwaukee, but other than that it was a very close matchup across the board.