The Lakers struggled early versus the Cavaliers, but then blew them out in second half and won 128-99. LeBron came back after being out with an illness, and dropped 31 points and 8 assists versus his former team. Dwight Howard was also unstoppable with 21 points and 15 rebounds. At the Cavs, Kevin Love had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Indiana Pacers managed to complete the comeback and win against the Philadephia 76ers 101-95. The Sixers were up at the halftime, but the Pacers came storming back and won. They were led by Malcolm Brogdon who scored 21 points and assisted 9 times. TJ Warren also had 21 points, while Ben Simmons had 24 points and 14 rebounds, followed by Richardson who had 23 points.
The Oklahoma City Thunder got another win, this time against the Timberwolves 117-104. The Thunder are playing greatly and are holding in playoff contention. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dropped a historic triple-double, with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists. Gallinari was the best scorer however, with 30 points. At the Wolves, Naz Reid had 20 points, Covington had 18.
The Sacramento Kings suffered another heartbreaking defeat at home, this time to the Orlando Magic 114-112. Magic won by Gordon game winner with 1.1 second left, as he got and-one over-the-shoulder hook to fall into the basket. Vučević led the Magic with 26 points and 15 rebounds, Fournier had 25 points. At the Kings, Bjelica had his career high 34 points, D’Aaron Fox followed him with 31 points and 10 assists.
The Cavaliers upset the Denver Nuggets in Mile High City 111-103. The Cavs were looking solid, and their young guys were good. Colin Sexton was great with 25 points, Love had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Garland had 18 points and 8 assists while Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 13 rebounds. At the Nuggets, Jamal Murray had 24 points, Jokić was at his averages with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Detroit Pistons lost from New Orleans Pelicans in OT(110-117). Derrick Rose with the shot for the tie. Rose scored 23 points(10 points in the last quarter) and Wood had 18 points. Okafor returned to the team, him(25 points) and Melli(20 points) led the team tonight to this win. Both teams are behind a few wins for the last spot in their confidences.
Second time this season Boston Celtics have won against Chicago Bulls(113-101). Tatum(21 points), Brown(19 points), Kanter(15 points), Walker(14 points). Everyone played well, no one stood up, there was no need for that. Zach LaVine with 30 points had his usual performance, leading rebuilding Bulls in scoring.
Portland Trail Blazers are struggling but somehow they secured victory at home versus Charlotte Hornets(115-112). Lillard(30 points) and McCollum(27 points) did well against Graham(27 points and 10 assists) and Rozier(25 points). Also P.J. Washington dropped 20 points and had 11 rebounds. So close to the PO but they need to prove more that they deserve it.