Indiana needed a monumental comeback and overtime to finally beat the Detroit Pistons, 112-104, on Saturday. The Pacers were down by 25 points in the second quarter before they charged back with a 32-point third period coming out of the half. Defensively, the Pacers locked down on the Pistons and allowed just four points to the home squad in OT.
Perhaps the most impressive stat of the night was the team rebounding effort by Indiana. Eight players had five or more rebounds and the Pacers dominated the glass, 62-44. Paul George led the way for Indiana, scoring 30 points on 9-of-19 shooting on top of eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Greg Monroe poured in 17 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, and Rodney Stuckey added 19 off the bench.
Washington Wizards 101, Brooklyn Nets 94
After a clunky first quarter by both teams, this game turned into the Eastern Conference showdown everyone expected. Both teams stepped up their game, but it was Washington who got the 101-94 win. Brooklyn let a 10-point fourth-quarter lead slip out of their fingers as John Wall and Drew Gooden -- yes, Drew Gooden -- helped push the Wizards over the top late.
Gooden, who first joined Washington on March 1, dropped 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, adding nine rebounds and an assist off the bench. John Wall had 33 points, six assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block. For the Nets, Deron Williams had 14 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals. Marcus Thornton added 19 points off the bench.
Chicago Bulls 94, Sacramento Kings 87
It took all four quarters for Chicago to finally pull out a home win over the Kings, 94-87. The Bulls withstood the Kings' late-game surge by going on a scoring run of their own in the final period, out-gunning Sacramento 30-24 in the fourth quarter. The Kings out-rebounded Chicago by a margin of 15, but an abysmal 2-of-14 night shooting from beyond the arc doomed the boys from California as the charging Bulls held on.
DeMarcus Cousins put up 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting, adding 14 rebounds, four steals and two assists as he went head-to-head with Joakim Noah. Isaiah Thomas added 26 points and five assists, but was just 7-of-18 from the field. Noah was outstanding for the Bulls, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds eight assists, five blocks and three steals.
Atlanta Hawks 97, Denver Nuggets 92
The Hawks held on late as they won their third straight game, 97-92. The win was much needed for Atlanta, who have gone 1-9 in their past 10 games. It wasn't easy, as the Nuggets made a charge in the third quarter that whittled away at Atlanta's 21-point lead and made the closing minutes of the fourth a toss up for the game. Ultimately, late free throws by Kyle Korver and a three-pointer by Jeff Teague pushed the Hawks past the Nuggets.
Kyle Korver is 14-for-16 from 3 over his last four games. Both misses came in one game, so he shot 100% in three of those games.— Bo Churney (@bochurney) March 16, 2014
Korver ended up with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-4 from three-point range. Paul Millsap poured in 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. For the Nuggets, Kenneth Faried had 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, adding seven rebounds and an assist. JJ Hickson had a double-double off the bench with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
New York Knicks 115, Milwaukee Bucks 94
New York extended their season-best winning streak to six on Saturday night as they thumped Milwaukee at Madison Square Garden, 114-94. Struggling to make the playoffs, it took a solid effort from rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. and 55-percent shooting as the Knicks beat up on one of the worst teams in the NBA.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, adding seven rebounds, two blocks and an assist. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points off the bench. For the Bucks, it was Ramon Sessions as one of the few bright spots, scoring 14 points with four assists off the bench. Nate Wolters finished with 15 points and two assists.
Memphis Grizzlies 103, Philadelphia 76ers 77
No.— Did the Sixers win? (@DidTheSixersWin) March 16, 2014
Philadelphia tied a franchise record with their 20th straight loss on Saturday night, this one 103-77 to the Memphis Grizzlies. The 76ers scored a season low in points, never posting more than 21 points in any quarter. The Grizzlies were not offensively impressive in the first half, but finished the game strong, coasting to a win as they bolster their playoff chances.
For Memphis, Mike Conley had 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting, adding four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Surprisingly, no Memphis starter had double-digit assists or rebounds. Ed Davis added six points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams dropped 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Thaddeus Young had 20 points on 19 attempts, adding seven rebounds.