Philadelphia 76ers 88, Portland Trail Blazers 79
LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews scored a combined 46 points on 36 shots, which is pretty good. The rest of the Blazers scored 33 points on 35 shots, which is very bad. Especially when you realize that Brandon Roy was one of those other Blazers.
Orlando Magic 90, Detroit Pistons 79
In their 17 games this season, the Magic have held their opponents to 90 or less points 10 times. Not too shabby and probably part of the reason they’re in a first place tie in the Eastern Conference.
New York Knicks 111, New Jersey Nets 100
Amar’e Stoudemire had 35 and 9, while Brook Lopez put up 36 and 5. However, the Nets lost so Lopez was like, “Awwww, dang, dude. I totally wanted to win this game.” Meanwhile, this is the latest the Knicks have been above .500 in a season since the 2004-05 campaign. I don’t have the numbers to back this up, but I’d guess that’s the least impressive statistic ever.
Memphis Grizzlies 98, Los Angeles Lakers 96
The Lakers have lost three consecutive games, including back-to-back losses against the Pacers and Grizzlies. Who do they think they are, the Miami Heat?
Indiana Pacers 107, Sacramento Kings 98
The Pacers are 9-7 in their first season without Luther Head. Coincidence? Probably, but it’s worth investigating. And by “investigating” I mean “remembering that Luther Head used to be a Pacer for 47 games.”
San Antonio Spurs 118, Golden State Warriors 98
Tim Duncan had a triple double (15-18-11), Manu Ginobili had 27 points on 13 shots and seven Spurs were in double figures. So yes, San Antonio did play the Warriors last night, just in case you were skeptical.