The Thunder were up by as much as 19 points in the second half, but the Grizzlies hit their first 11 shots in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to three with two minutes remaining and ultimately making things much more interesting. But Kevin Durant answered with six points in the final minute-plus to lead Oklahoma City past Memphis 113-107.
He finished with 37 points, six rebounds and five assists and the Thunder finally got a win after three straight losses since Russell Westbrook returned from injury. Russell Westbrook added 21 points and six rebounds as the Thunder snapped their three-game losing skid since his return from injury.
Phoenix Suns 116, New Orleans Pelicans 104
So I guess Goran Dragic is pretty upset about not being named an All-Star. He scored a career-high 40 points, leading the Suns past the Pelicans in the fourth quarter. He was slicing through pick-and-rolls, turning the corner on helpless defenders, converting flip shots through trees and draining jumpers at will. He even got an M-V-P chant from the crowd as he sunk two icing free throws.
Anthony Davis was pretty fantastic, too. He topped New Orleans 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting and also added nine rebounds, three steals and a block. He's also 20-years-old which always feels so insane to write. If you were to start a franchise, you'd take LeBron, Durant and you could argue for Davis at No. 3. He's that good.
Cleveland Cavaliers 99, Utah Jazz 79
The Jazz shot just 35 percent and never were really in this game and Kyrie Irving recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He was rewarded by this crazy Cavs fan running up to him in the middle of the game.
Golden State Warriors 126, New York Knicks 103
Stephen Curry recorded a triple-double — 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists — in three quarters as the Warriors routed the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. His backcourt shooting partner, Klay Thompson, added 25 points of his own. New York was never really in this game, as they haven't been in a lot of games this season. It is the Knicks fifth loss in a row. What's worse is that Carmelo Anthony is having one of the best seasons of his career.
Chicago Bulls 100, Dallas Mavericks 91
Dallas ran past Chicago in the first quarter, 32-20, but the Bulls got the last laugh, holding the Mavericks to 15 points in the final period and running away with the win. Taj Gibson led the Bulls off the bench with 20 points and 16 rebounds. How good was he? Take it away, Jason.
Single-game plus/minus usually is a bad way to analyze performance...but Gibson +16 and Boozer -12 says it all.— Jason Patt (@Bulls_Jay) March 1, 2014
The Bobcats jumped out to a 25-14 lead after the first quarter and held a lead at halftime, but the Spurs chugged on past Charlotte in the second half. Six Spurs scored between 10 and 17 points and they knocked down 9-of-20 from deep in the win. Charlotte has struggled at times to muster up offense; Friday was no different. It finished just 37 percent from the floor and 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from long range.
Los Angeles Lakers 126, Sacramento Kings 122
Do you like defense? Well, too bad! You won't get it with either the Kings or the Lakers, but that's OK because who wants to watch two sub-500 teams play defense? SCORE THE ROCK, YA'LL. The Lakers shot 60 percent and got 30 points from Jordan Farmar, 23 from MarShon Brooks and 22 from Jodie Meeks and Pau Gasol. That is the unlikeliest quarter to ever score 97 points in an NBA game ever.