Not your usual busy Friday NBA night, as the Chicago Bulls destroy the New York Knicks to open up 2016, still without Derrick Rose; the Miami Heat easily dispatching of the Dallas Mavericks; Washington Wizards keeping their Orlando Magic win-streak alive; Toronto Raptors walloping the injured Charlotte Hornets; and the Los Angeles Lakers, without Kobe Bryant, getting their revenge on the Philadelphia 76ers.
Orlando Magic 91 Washington Wizards 104: Despite the Magic having a very good season, they just can’t win against the Wizards. It was Washington’s 11th consecutive win against Orlando, although they’re 3.5 games behind them right now. John Wall scored 24 points to go with 13 assists and Otto Porter Jr. added 20 points with 11 rebounds. Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 20 points off the bench.
Dallas Mavericks 82 Miami Heat 106: An impressive start to 2016 for the Heat who have a grueling January ahead of them. Hassan Whiteside was unstoppable with 25 points and 19 rebounds, helped by Gerald Green scoring 19 points and Chris Bosh adding 16, while Dwyane Wade sat out due to the flu. The Mavs were awful right from the start, shooting just 36.4% from the field, waiting to pack things up and leave Miami as soon as possible.
Charlotte Hornets 94 Toronto Raptors 104: The Hornets are fading fast, with Jeremy Lin being out, along with other injuries, not helping out. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 16 with 11 assists, although both were on bad shooting performances. Kemba Walker scored 18 points but shot just 7-of-21 from the field.
New York Knicks 81 Chicago Bulls 108: The Knicks looked hungover from New Year’s celebrating, or simply shocked at what they’re doing in Chicago. The Bulls, still without Derrick Rose, were led by 23 points from Jimmy Butler, 17 each from Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic while Bobby Portis added 16 off the bench as he continues to make the most of the minutes he’s getting.
Philadelphia 76ers 84 Los Angeles Lakers 93: Revenge!!! No Kobe Bryant, but the Lakers, despite shooting just 37.9% from the field in an awful, awful game of basketball, were able to beat the 76ers to win for the 7th time this season. Lou Williams with 24 points and Jordan Clarkson scoring 19 points led the Lakers, while the Sixers, doing even worse offensively, were led by 15 points from Nerlens Noel.
Eastern Conference Standings
|12||New York Knicks||15||19||.441||8.0||34|
Western Conference Standings
|1||Golden State Warriors||30||2||.938||–||32|
|2||San Antonio Spurs||28||6||.824||3.0||34|
|3||Oklahoma City Thunder||23||10||.697||7.5||33|
|4||Los Angeles Clippers||21||13||.618||10.0||34|
|9||Portland Trail Blazers||14||21||.400||17.5||35|
|14||New Orleans Pelicans||10||22||.313||20.0||32|
|15||Los Angeles Lakers||7||27||.206||24.0||34|