The Cleveland Cavaliers keep on winning, this time in overtime against the Indiana Pacers. Other interesting results from around the NBA? The San Antonio Spurs with another win at home over the Orlando Magic, the Chicago Bulls losing again, this time at the Utah Jazz after overtime, the Denver Nuggets stopping the Toronto Raptors win streak and the Atlanta Hawks looking the best they have all season by beating up the Dallas Mavericks.
Cleveland Cavaliers 111 Indiana Pacers 106: The Cavaliers needed overtime and relied solely on their starting lineup (101 of the 111 points) but they’ve won five in a row, scoring 111 points or more in each victory. Kyrie Irving finished with 25 points and 7 assists, LeBron James added 24 points with 12 rebounds and 6 assists, holding Paul George and Monta Ellis to a combined 8-of-33 from the field, although it didn’t make the game easier.
Detroit Pistons 105 Brooklyn Nets 100: The Pistons stop their losing with a rough win in Brooklyn, led by a 21-18 night from Andre Drummond, getting plenty of help from Ersan Ilyasova back in the lineup, scoring 16 points, while Reggie Jackson added 19. For the Nets, it was once again Brook Lopez (27 points) and not much else, as he got Andrea Bargnani to help him off the bench with 18 points.
Dallas Mavericks 97 Atlanta Hawks 112: The trade rumors seemed to light up something in Jeff Teague, producing 32 points and 8 assists in his best game this season, backed by 16 points from Kyle Korver, hitting four three pointers in a rough season for him. Dirk Nowitzki came back but did most of his scoring from the line, while Chandler Parsons led the Mavericks with 19 points.
Memphis Grizzlies 110 New Orleans Pelicans 95: Another impressive scoring performance from Jeff Green (24 points), scoring 21 points or more in each of the last four games. Zach Randolph finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds while Mike Conley added 17. Anthony Davis and Norris Cole each had 23 points for the Pelicans.
Washington Wizards 98 Oklahoma City Thunder 114: Kevin Durant led the scoring with 28 points, Russell Westbrook had his 7th triple double of the season with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Bradley Beal coming off the bench led the Wizards with 18 points.
Orlando Magic 92 San Antonio Spurs 107: The Spurs remain undefeated at home and Magic are back to their losing ways (nine of their last 10). LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 28 points and Patty Mills scored 22, as the Spurs are still playing without Tim Duncan.
Toronto Raptors 93 Denver Nuggets 112: The winning streak is over for the Raptors, falling hard in Denver, unable to slow down Nikola Jokic with 27 points or Will Barton who added 20 off the bench. The Raptors shot just 37.2% from the field, as Kyle Lowry was held to just 10 points and 3-of-12 shooting.
Chicago Bulls 96 Utah Jazz 105: The Bulls keep on losing, winning just four of their last 13 games, unable to do anything offensively in overtime. Gordon Hayward scored 27 points to lead the Jazz and got help from Rodney Hood who finished with 19. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 26 points while Derrick Rose, scoring 14, shot just 6-of-21 from the field.
Milwaukee Bucks 104 Sacramento Kings 111: The Bucks are helping everyone as their season seems to be falling apart, despite both DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore not playing. Rudy Gay scored 32 points amid the trade rumors surrounding him and Rajon Rondo picked up the offensive slack with 17 points and 7 assists. Greg Monroe scored 24 points for the Bucks, who have lost five of their last six games.
Eastern Conference Standings
|10||New York Knicks||23||27||.460||13.5||50|
Western Conference Standings
|1||Golden State Warriors||44||4||.917||–||48|
|2||San Antonio Spurs||40||8||.833||4.0||48|
|3||Oklahoma City Thunder||37||13||.740||8.0||50|
|4||Los Angeles Clippers||32||16||.667||12.0||48|
|8||Portland Trail Blazers||23||26||.469||21.5||49|
|12||New Orleans Pelicans||18||29||.383||25.5||47|
|15||Los Angeles Lakers||9||41||.180||36.0||50|