Charlotte Bobcats 105, Philadelphia 76ers 88
The Charlotte Bobcats, at 9-11, are a legitimate Eastern Conference playoff team. This is a sentence that is not an exaggeration or overstatement. They are playing tight defense and are squeezing out just enough offense to hover around .500. Plus, the East is pretty awful.
Milwaukee Bucks 109, Washington Wizards 105
That right there is an angry Wall doing angry things to an innocent rookie. It is illegal in 23 states.
Atlanta Hawks 108, Cleveland Cavaliers 89
Dion Waiters scored 30 points and Paul Millsap recorded a double-double but the real story here is Kyle Korver. Korver broke the record for a three-pointer in consecutive games with his 90th game in a row with a long-range jumper.
Boston Celtics 106, Denver Nuggets 98
The Celtics amassed a 27-point lead, but the Nuggets fought back to make things interesting. The lead was cut to three points in the third quarter but Ty Lawson, who engineered the rally efforts, tweaked his hamstring early in the fourth and didn't return. The Nuggets offense faltered in his absence and the rest is history.
New York Knicks 121, Orlando Magic 83
The Knicks connected on 17 of their 34 three-point attempts and the Magic were basically useless in the second half. New York scored 30 points in the third quarter; Orlando scored 29 points in the second half. That, in a nutshell, is your ballgame, folks.
Houston Rockets 105, Golden State Warriors 83
What was supposed to be the game of the night turned into a lopsided affair early. Houston took a 31-12 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Two of the NBA's top three-point shooting teams combined to shoot 8-of-44 from behind the arc.
The Pelicans are a markedly different team without Anthony Davis on offense and defense. They will struggle massively in his absence. To assume they'd survive against one of the league's best teams would be nonsense. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sliced up the Pellies for a combined 54 points and OKC, as a team, shot over 50 percent from the floor.
Phoenix Suns 106, Toronto Raptors 97
This Suns team is pretty amazing, isn't it? Phoenix traded away every usable veteran and stripped its team of long-term contracts in the hope of setting itself up for a rebuild. The impossibility that Phoenix has won 11 of its first 20 games escapes all reason. Eric Bledsoe was handed the reins, Markieff Morris has been given freedom and the Suns are flying out of the gate.
Portland Trail Blazers 130, Utah Jazz 98
The league's hottest team versus a bottom-dweller, this game ended about as expected. Trey Burke, who has had a nice start to his career, flatlined against the Blazers, managing just seven points on nine shots. Portland deserves all the writings of all the NBA's best writers -- the Blazers are awesome. They've won 15 of their last 16 games.
Los Angeles Lakers 106, Sacramento Kings 100
The Lakers' defense tightened up in the fourth quarter, allowing just 13 points on 24 percent shooting, as they have won six of their last eight games. The real news here is that Kobe Bean Bryant is returning to the court Sunday against the Raptors. And that's good news, even if it's at the expense of my trailer-viewing pleasure.