NBA January 3 Games Scores & Standings

Jimmy Butler

The end of the weekend belonged to Jimmy Butler with 40 points in the second half to lead the Chicago Bulls on the road against the Toronto Raptors, while Arron Afflalo with a big game for the New York Knicks and Lou Williams leading the Los Angeles Lakers against the broken Phoenix Suns gave him somewhat of a fight.

Atlanta Hawks 97  New York Knicks 111: After getting crushed in their previous game, the Knicks needed a big win and got it against a relatively hot Hawks team. Arron Afflalo had one of his best career games with 38 points and 14-of-17 from the field while Robin Lopez helped out with 16 points and Kristaps Porzingis scored 14.

Chicago Bulls 115  Toronto Raptors 113: Jimmy Butler is the story in this one, scoring 42 points, 40 of them in the second half. He gave the Bulls their first lead in a while with a corner three and 30 seconds to go, and sealed the deal from the line to set a new franchise record for points in a half, immediately drawing the unfair comparisons to Michael Jordan.

Dwyane Wade
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Miami Heat 97  Washington Wizards 75: A combination of great defense (six blocks by Hassan Whiteside) and awful offense by the Wizards (34.1% from the field, 13.8% from three) led to the huge Heat win, while Chris Bosh led with 23 points, helped by 18 from Goran Dragic and 15 by Gerald Green. John Wall (on 6-of-21 from the field) led the Wizards, scoring 14 points.

Portland Trail Blazers 112  Denver Nuggets 106: No Damian Lillard isn’t stopping the Blazers from winning, as C.J. McCollum led with 25 points and got 19 as support from Gerald Henderson off the bench. Danilo Gallinari scored 29 for the Nuggets, losing for the ninth time in 10 games.

Phoenix Suns 77  Los Angeles Lakers 97: The Suns scored 22 points in the first half, and couldn’t recover from that in what is turning out to be a nightmare season for them. Lou Williams is sizzling while Kobe Bryant is out, scoring 30 points, getting help from Larry Nance Jr. who scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 22 9 .710 31
2 Toronto Raptors 21 13 .618 2.5 34
3 Atlanta Hawks 21 13 .618 2.5 34
4 Chicago Bulls 19 12 .613 3.0 31
5 Miami Heat 19 13 .594 3.5 32
6 Indiana Pacers 19 14 .576 4.0 33
7 Orlando Magic 19 15 .559 4.5 34
8 Boston Celtics 18 15 .545 5.0 33
9 Detroit Pistons 18 16 .529 5.5 34
10 Charlotte Hornets 17 16 .515 6.0 33
11 Washington Wizards 15 16 .484 7.0 31
12 New York Knicks 15 19 .441 8.5 34
13 Milwaukee Bucks 14 21 .400 10.0 35
14 Brooklyn Nets 10 23 .303 13.0 33
15 Philadelphia 76ers 3 33 .083 21.5 36

Western Conference Standings

# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Golden State Warriors 31 2 .939 33
2 San Antonio Spurs 29 6 .829 3.0 35
3 Oklahoma City Thunder 24 10 .706 7.5 34
4 Los Angeles Clippers 22 13 .629 10.0 35
5 Dallas Mavericks 19 15 .559 12.5 34
6 Memphis Grizzlies 18 17 .514 14.0 35
7 Utah Jazz 15 17 .469 15.5 32
8 Houston Rockets 16 19 .457 16.0 35
9 Portland Trail Blazers 14 21 .400 18.0 35
10 Sacramento Kings 13 20 .394 18.0 33
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 12 22 .353 19.5 34
12 Denver Nuggets 12 23 .343 20.0 35
13 New Orleans Pelicans 11 22 .333 20.0 33
14 Phoenix Suns 12 24 .333 20.5 36
15 Los Angeles Lakers 7 27 .206 24.5 34

Highlight of the Night – Jordan Clarkson with the between the legs assist to Larry Nance Jr.

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