Goran Dragic is a Swiss Army Knife with a jumper, made to slice through the seams in NBA defenses. On Saturday, he sliced through Golden State for 13 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Suns past the Warriors 122-109. He finished with a career-high 34 points on an incredible 10-of-13 shooting, including six of seven from long range, also dishing out 10 assists. Gerald Green added in 25 of his own.
The Warriors are just 6-8 since Jan. 8 and have dropped down to the seventh seed in the Western Conference and share the same record (30-21) as the eighth place Mavericks. They're still two games up of the ninth place Grizzlies, but that decline has to be somewhat of a concern.
Utah Jazz 94, Miami Heat 89
Ray Allen buried a corner three to bring the Heat within two points with under a minute remaining, but Jazz rookie Trey Burke drained a pull-up jumper on the other end in one of the biggest shots of his young career to beat the two-time defending champions. No Miami player scored over 19 points and LeBron James, who has a penchant for dominating the Jazz, finished with just 13 points on 13 shots.
Memphis Grizzlies 79, Atlanta Hawks 76
There's a reason why the Grizzlies are last in the NBA in free throw attempts. They don't have many creative ball handlers to get into the restricted area, especially in Mike Conley's absence, and they don't have a ton of free throw generators elsewhere. And on Saturday, they shot just one. An NBA record-low one free throw. For an entire 48-minute NBA game. Courtney Lee was the lucky fella who shot and made that attempt. Just a bizarre stat.
San Antonio Spurs 104, Charlotte Bobcats 100
San Antonio was without Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter for various reasons, but it didn't matter because the Spurs can just plug in guys and get very good production. Case in point: Patty Mills led them with 32 points. Tim Duncan added in 16 points and 13 boards because age is just a number. Al Jefferson, who has been fantastic in 2014, topped the Charlotte stat sheet with 26 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and four steals.
Gerald Henderson did this, which seems seem like fun:
Detroit Pistons 126, Denver Nuggets 109
Josh Smith scored 30, Brandon Jennings notched 35 and Detroit shot 51 percent from the field in a game that turned into a blowout in the second half. Part of that has to do with the Nuggets losing Ty Lawson, who was injured in the second quarter and did not play in the second half. But giving up 126 points to the Pistons is not a recipe for success and losing Lawson doesn't give the Nuggets an excuse for that.
Minnesota was without Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love and Kevin Martin, but still managed to keep things interesting behind a career-high 25 points from Ricky Rubio. In the end, though, the Blazers were just too powerful offensively as they finished with 34 points in the final period. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 26 points and Wes Matthews added 21 of his own.
Houston Rockets 101, Milwaukee Bucks 95
Dwight Howard led the Rockets in points, rebounds and assists, recording 27, 13 and five respectively. James Harden added in 22 points and Jeremy Lin chipped in 18 off the bench. Brandon Knight, who has played well as of late, led the Bucks with 23 points and five assists, but it wasn't enough as Houston knotted its fifth straight win. Milwaukee is 1-18 against the Western Conference, which doesn't sound very good.