January 1 NBA Games Scores & Standings

Hassan Whiteside

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.

Jimmy Butler

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

1 Cleveland Cavaliers 21 9 .700 30
2 Toronto Raptors 21 13 .618 2.0 34
3 Atlanta Hawks 21 13 .618 2.0 34
4 Chicago Bulls 19 12 .613 2.5 31
5 Miami Heat 19 13 .594 3.0 32
6 Orlando Magic 19 14 .576 3.5 33
7 Indiana Pacers 18 14 .563 4.0 32
8 Boston Celtics 18 14 .563 4.0 32
9 Detroit Pistons 18 15 .545 4.5 33
10 Charlotte Hornets 17 15 .531 5.0 32
11 Washington Wizards 15 16 .484 6.5 31
12 New York Knicks 15 19 .441 8.0 34
13 Milwaukee Bucks 13 21 .382 10.0 34
14 Brooklyn Nets 9 23 .281 13.0 32
15 Philadelphia 76ers 3 32 .086 20.5 35

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
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
5 Dallas Mavericks 19 14 .576 11.5 33
6 Memphis Grizzlies 18 16 .529 13.0 34
7 Houston Rockets 16 18 .471 15.0 34
8 Utah Jazz 14 17 .452 15.5 31
9 Portland Trail Blazers 14 21 .400 17.5 35
10 Sacramento Kings 12 20 .375 18.0 32
11 Denver Nuggets 12 21 .364 18.5 33
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 12 21 .364 18.5 33
13 Phoenix Suns 12 23 .343 19.5 35
14 New Orleans Pelicans 10 22 .313 20.0 32
15 Los Angeles Lakers 7 27 .206 24.0 34

Highlight of the Night: Nikola Mirotic with the Super Deep 3-Pointer

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