Golden State Warriors 101, Atlanta Hawks 100
Andre Iguodala sunk the Hawks with game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Hawks sent a double to Curry, which isn't a terrible idea, but it's tough to cover the Warriors like that when they have that many knock down shooters on the floor. It was, however, a nifty little slip by Iguodala to creep from the out of bounds pass to the three-point line.
Los Angeles Clippers 119, Dallas Mavericks 112
The Clippers stole a game late in Dallas, but the news here is that Chris Paul is likely out 3-5 weeks with a sprained right shoulder. He suffered the injury midway through the third quarter after putting up 19 first half points.
Chris Paul down with what looks like a shoulder injury. https://t.co/xpM17QE5my— Tyler Lashbrook (@lashy) January 4, 2014
Los Angeles did fight to win this game, but it's going to be impossible to reproduce Paul's production on both ends of the floor. Staying afloat in the loaded Western Conference is going to be a challenge without their superstar, but the Clippers, at least, have depth in Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford.
A scary moment happened in the fourth quarter of this game. Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson collided with Gerald Wallace in the back court. Anderson hit the floor hard, was taken off by a stretcher and was taken to a local hospital to check for a cervical stinger.
Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson suffers scary injury versus Celtics. https://t.co/ecUdxZ0bPH— Tyler Lashbrook (@lashy) January 4, 2014
Houston Rockets 102, New York Knicks 100
As if Friday night was loaded enough with hysteria, this happened in Houston:
In all, the Knicks got two pretty good looks to tie the game. I'm not sure a Beno Udrih runner is what they were going for, but in a play that broken, they would likely take any shot they could get. The first shot, from Iman Shumpert, was a great look. Shumpert led the Knicks with 26 points and sunk all six of his long-range attempts.
Carmelo Anthony not getting a look is a shame. He's been absolutely on fire over the past month and scored another 25 points Friday night. New York likely wanted its star taking the last shot, but for a sequence that broken, the looks it got actually wasn't bad.
Toronto Raptors 101, Washington Wizards 88
The Raptors have now won five straight games and, at 16-15, are over the .500 mark for the first time all year. They are now 10-3 after trading away Rudy Gay. Some observers projected that trade was addition by subtraction for the Raptors, but no one really knew it'd work this well in the short term.
With another win, Toronto is in commanding position in the Atlantic Division and are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
Denver Nuggets 111, Memphis Grizzlies 108
The Nuggets had lost eight straight games before picking up a home win against the Grizzlies. They did so with incredible offensive balance -- all nine players who played scored at least six points and the leading scorer, Ty Lawson, scored only 18.
The Grizzlies have yet to put together any type of sustainable win streak together this year. Playing a team who has lost its last eight games might have been a good starting point to get something going. But, alas, it didn't happen as Memphis falls a game and a half behind the Pelicans for last place in the Southwest Division. At least this happened:
Los Angeles Lakers 110, Utah Jazz 99
The Lakers led by as much as 21, but the Jazz cut that lead to two possessions late in the fourth quarter. That's when Kendall Marshall, who was in his first career start with the Lakers, knocked down this deep triple:
Marshall finished the game with 20 points, 15 assists and six rebounds. Not bad for a 22-year-old who was in the D-League less than two weeks ago.