The Bobcats have been quite the story this season, and it just got a little better. Charlotte dropped Golden State, 115-111, on Monday night, holding on against one of the best offenses in the NBA.
Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson combined for 55 points and the Bobcats survived 43 points from Steph Curry to grab their 10th win. Charlotte remains squarely in the playoff race out East despite their 10-11 record.
It's been the defense that has grabbed headlines for the Bobcats this year, but they committed just seven turnovers against the Warriors. If you prevent the 'Splash Brothers' from getting extra possessions, you've got a much better chance. And Gerald Henderson helped in that regard.
Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions combined for 25 points off the bench for Charlotte, and Harrison Barnes and David Lee scored 14 apiece for Golden State.
All of the recent focus on the Sacramento Kings has been surrounding a move they made off the court by acquiring Rudy Gay, but all the fun was happening on the hardwood Monday night. The Kings beat the Mavericks 112-97 in one of their most impressive games of the season.
DeMarcus Cousins went for 32 points and 19 rebounds to lead the way for Sacramento, but it was Derrick Williams and Isaiah Thomas who turned in the most memorable moments.
First, there was Isaiah Thomas, rim-protector...
Then there was Derrick Williams. Yes, THAT Derrick Williams...
And speaking of Williams and Thomas, those two went off. Williams, who was also recently traded to Sacramento, went for a career-high 31 points on just 16 shots, and Thomas put up 24 points and a career-high 12 assists to begin his era as the Kings' starting point guard.
So that was good.
Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki went for 18 in the loss.
Trail Blazers 105, Jazz 94
The Utah Jazz are looking a little better these days with first-round pick Trey Burke at the helm, but it's still not quite enough to overcome the hot Trail Blazers. Portland won 105-94 in Salt Lake City on Monday, and maintained their top spot in the Western Conference in the process.
LaMarcus Aldridge went for 24 points, Damian Lillard put in 18 and Nicolas Batum pitched in seven points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. The Blazers went 19-for-20 at the line before holding off Utah in the final minutes.
The Jazz got 19 points from young big man Enes Kanter, but they hit just one three-pointer on the night and were outscored by 15 points from beyond the arc. Gordon Hayward did do this, though.
The Grizzlies are losing players to injury left and right, but somehow they keep winning and staying within reach of that Western Conference playoff race. Memphis defeated Orlando, 94-85, on a day when Quincy Pondexter was ruled out for the season with a foot injury.
But the Grizz are now 10-10 and a game back of the final playoff spot in the West despite all of the issues they've encountered this season. Zach Randolph had 19 and 12 rebounds, and Jon Leuer pitched in 16 and 12 off the bench. Memphis has been getting some great production from its reserve big men in the absence of Marc Gasol.
Orlando, on the other hand, isn't getting much help off the pine. All Magic starters scored in double figures, but the bench put up just four points, all from Jason Maxiell.
These weren't the George Karl Nuggets we saw on Monday night, but Brian Shaw is getting the job done. Denver stole a low-scoring game on the road in Washington, 75-74, to push its record to 13-8 on the season.
This was not a thing of beauty, however. Only six players scored in double figures in this game, and four of them were members of the Wizards, the losing team. But the Nuggets survived behind 17 points from Wilson Chandler and 16 points off the bench from Nate Robinson.
And survive they did. Kenneth Faried missed two late free throws to give the Wizards a chance, but John Wall was stripped of the ball in an attempt to win in the final seconds.
The story of the day for the Clippers was the agreement the team reached with Stephen Jackson, but on the court they were able to manage a victory despite the injuries to the backcourt. Los Angeles went in to Philadelphia and snagged a 94-83 win against the scrappy 76ers.
The Clippers held the Sixers to less than 36 percent shooting and allowed them to hit just three of their 21 shots from deep. Chris Paul went for 25 points and 13 assists in a vintage performance and Blake Griffin led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed eight boards.
Evan Turner scored 25 for Philly, but it took him 23 shots to get there. The Sixers just couldn't put the ball in the basket.