Twenty-eight teams are off on Super Bowl Sunday, which made for an unusually busy Saturday night in the NBA. It also happened to be the first official games under Commissioner Adam Silver. Here are the results of all that action.
Heat 106, Knicks 91
Miami got 30 points and seven assists from LeBron James in Madison Square Garden on its way to a win over the Knicks. A 14-3 run in the fourth quarter put New York away. Dwyane Wade went 10-15 from the floor for 22 points, while Carmelo Anthony led New York with 26 on 8-17 shooting.
Pacers 97, Nets 96
Lance Stephenson, who believes he was snubbed for an All-Star spot, spent the night jawing at the Nets' bench, apparently because Joe Johnson had the temerity to get an All-Star nod. Stephenson finished with 14 points on 5-8 shooting. Johnson finished with 16 on 6-14 shooting. A late Deron Williams three was not enough to make up a late four-point gap as Brooklyn lost its third straight.
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Wizards 96, Thunder 81
The Wizards were the team to snap the Thunder's 10-game winning streak, and it wasn't even close. Oklahoma City shot below 40 percent, and Kevin Durant only 26 points on 8-21 shooting. Trevor Ariza had himself a night on both ends; he finished with a team-high 18. John Wall had a remarkable 17 points, 15 assists and six steals. A fantastic win for Washington.
Hawks 120, Timberwolves 113
Kevin Love dropped 43 points and 19 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for Minnesota as the Wolves' defense struggled mightily. Kyle Korver led the way for the Hawks with 24 points on 7-9 shooting (!) and Paul Millsap added 20 and 13. Minnesota has lost two straight since going a game over .500.
Spurs 95, Kings 93
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each had double-doubles. Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay had big scoring nights. The Kings are 0-6 with DeMarcus Cousins and inexplicably bad in the final minutes of close games.
Blazers 106, Raptors 103
Toronto trailed by 16 points with nine minutes left. DeMar DeRozan went bonkers -- 36 points and 12 assists, including 30 points in the second half -- and gave the Raptors a one-point lead with 25 seconds left. Damian Lillard struck back with a jumper, then Wes Matthews shut down DeRozan for the game. The Blazers snapped a two-game losing streak. The Raptors are really dangerous with these fourth quarter comebacks.
Suns 105, Bobcats 95
Phoenix has won five straight. So much for the slide without Eric Bledsoe. Goran Dragic continued his rampage with 25 points on 10-14 shooting.
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Rockets 106, Cavaliers 92
Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters combined for 64 points on 26-52 shooting (50 percent), but that wasn't remotely close to enough because the rest of Cleveland's roster was not good. Jeremy Lin messed around and got a triple-double off of the bench (15 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). James Harden dropped 28 and Dwight Howard went for 26, both shooting quite efficiently. Cleveland has lost four straight.
Pelicans 88, Bulls 79
Anthony Davis: 24 points, eight rebounds, six blocks. Three straight games with 22 points and six blocks. Unbelievable young player.
Pistons 113, Sixers 96
Andre Drummond had himself a game with 22 points on 10-11 shooting, 14 rebounds and five blocks. All of those numbers were game-highs. Andre Drummond, man.
Grizzlies 99, Bucks 90
The Grizzlies have won six straight. In this one, Zach Randolph led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Calathes had a strong night in place of Mike Conley with 22 points on 8-12 shooting. The Bucks are not good.
Clippers 102, Jazz 87
Chris Paul remains out. Jamal Crawford simply shrugs.