Still in action, 4th quarter, the Clippers trailing in Phoenix in a tight one. Blake Griffin back in the lineup, right now he and Darren Collison lead LA with 42 points between them. They’re in the game, against the Suns that have 7 players in double figures and counting. Eric Bledsoe is a bucket away from making it 8. PJ Tucker already has a double-double.
NBA Referee Dick Bavetta officiated his 2,633 consecutive game. Let’s just say he beat the great MLB Legend, Cal Ripken Jr.’s consecutive games played. It’s a great accomplishment, I can’t say that I or anyone I know has worked those many days in a row (excluding days off, but basically everyone takes a sick or vacation day at some point).
San Antonio handles Golden State 111-90 en route to 19 straight wins, adding onto their franchise record. The Spurs took advantage of a beaten down Warriors team at home, without Andre Iguodala, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut. They do what they always do: 6 players score 11+ points, 6 guys grab 4+ rebounds, and 3 of them dropped 5+ assists. The only guy that wasn’t smothered defensively and found some success was reserve big man, Maurice Speights.
LeBron James throws down a pair poster dunks on the Bucks tonight. The defending champs got 17 and 8 dimes from the King in the absence of Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen. For Milwaukee, Ramon Sessions led the team with 19 points and Zaza Pachulia cleaned the glass 16 times. In case you were curious, the score was 96-77.
Battle of California, the Lakers fall in Sacramento 107-102. Jordan Hill (18 points, 16 rebounds) fouled out but played at a high level against DeMarcus Cousins (20 points, 9 rebounds). Rudy Gay and Ray McCallum team up for 58.
Whenever a final score is 137 (Nuggets) -107 (Pelicans), it’s usually a fun idea to watch the highlights. Six Nuggets scored in double-figures. Kenneth Faried went off for 34 points, 13 boards, and 3 blocks. Denver’s floor general Ty Lawson notches a double-double. Teammate Aaron Brooks contributed 24 off the bench with a couple blocks and steals. Tyreke Evans continues to ball, this time in a losing effort, dropping 27 points and 8 rebounds.
Wizards Center Marcin Gortat sneaks into the Celtics huddle. As for the game, Washington rolled to clinch their first playoff berth since 2008, 118-92. John Wall paved the way with a double-double, as 6 Wizards score double digits. Rajon Rondo got his 13, 7, and 6. Jared Sullinger led the Celtics with 25 points off the pine.
Chicago flexed in Atlanta tonight, sweeping the Hawks this season 105-92. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau earned his 200th win. Again, as has been the story of the evening with the other good teams, 6 players made their way to double-digit points. Joakim Noah with a double-double and the little man continues to come up big for Chicago every year, this year and tonight has is DJ Augustin. 24 points for the spark plug off the bench. Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap combined for 43 points in the home loss.
Minnesota held home court 102-88 over Memphis. Kevin Love’s triple-double did them in, along with Ricky Rubio’s 14 points, 7 assists, 3 steals. Quietly, Kevin Martin chimes in with 21 points, is there another sub-20 ppg scorer that gets overlooked? Marc Gasol did his thing with 18, 7 boards, and 4 assists.
Gasol and Noah are so versatile, they are a different breed called point-centers and have been doing so for years.