Washington 98 @ Houston 91 – Two big stories, Yao Ming got hurt and John Wall (19 pts, 10 rebs, 13 asts, 6 stls) had his first NBA triple double. Both Andray Blatche and Al Thornton had 20 pts, as the Wizards ran up and down the floor. It seemed as if Wall was everywhere making steals, passes, and even finishing an alley-oop from Gilbert Arenas. Kevin Martin (31 pts, 7 rebs, 6 asts) and Luis Scola (24 pts, 6 rebs) led the Rockets, but with Yao going down, it really hurt their size advantage. Wall became the 4th youngest to get his first triple double and the Washington area fans are expecting a few more of these.
Golden State 122 @ New York Knicks 117 – David Lee returned to the Garden and received a warm reception during introductions. Lee would later receive a piece of Wilson Chandlers tooth in his elbow, but left the Garden after dropping 28 pts, 10 rebs, and 4 asts and leading his Warrior team to a win. In an odd play, Lee got a rebound and brought his elbow down and chipped Chandler’s front tooth. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry combined for 47 pts, 8 rebs, and 14 asts. Stoudamire led the Knicks with 33 pts and 10 rebs, but the Knicks weren’t able to keep up with the Warriors at the end. The Knicks only got 11 points from their bench (Tone Douglas had 9 pts), and as usual D’Antoni has no chance to stop anyone on the defensive end.
Minnesota 98 @ Sacramento 89 – We had a Micheal Beasley sighting. Beasley had by far his best game as an NBA player with a 42 pts and 9 rebs outing against the Kings. With really no other scoring threat on the floor the Timberwolves were able to get this win with the second leading scorer on the team being PG, Sebastian Telfair who had 16 pts and 1 ast. If you can play point guard you might want to call the Timberwolves right now!!!! The Kings had subpar games from Tyreke Evans (5 pts, 9 asts, 5 to) and DeMarcus Cousins (7 pts, 6 rebs, 4 to in 14 minutes). Omri Casspi led the Kings with 17 pts (in 27 minutes) and I just have to question why no extra time for Casspi and Cousins wince they seemed to be playing well?
Utah 104 @ Orlando 94 – Maybe they can move the Jazz to the East? The Jazz finished their stroll through the sunshine state with a comeback from 22 to beat the Heat and then a comeback win from 18 last night, to beat the Magic. Somehow the Jazz were able to turn it on once they get down. They were led by Deron Williams with 30 pts, 14 asts, and 5 rebs. Both Al Jefferson (21 pts, 8 rebs) and Paul Milsap (23 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts) dominated the Magic frontcourt to spark the comeback. As a group they were able to minimize Dwight Howard’s (14 pts, 9 rebs, 4 asts, 3 blks, 6 to) effectiveness and force the Magic to take 32 threes while only hitting 12. The next team that plays the Jazz might just want to let them stay in the game late and then try and beat them.