Orlando Magic 101, Los Angeles Clippers 85
This was a tie game with nine minutes remaining, which means the Clippers were outscored by almost a basket a minute down the stretch. Impressive blitz, Magic. Do more of that.
Philadelphia 76ers 117, Atlanta Hawks 83
I really can’t figure out if the Sixers are good or not. However, seven wins in their last nine games — including four wins against playoff teams — tilts the needle towards good. For now, at least.
San Antonio Spurs 100, Detroit Pistons 89
The Spurs signed Steve Novak to a 10-day contract right before this game. So, of course, Novak made the only shot he took — a three-pointer, no less — in the 45 seconds he played. It’s the Spurs, would you expect anything less?
Miami Heat 117, Indiana Pacers 112
Looks like the Heat have really learned how to flip the switch, as they outscored the Pacers by 12 in the final quarter while holding them to just 15 points. That’s probably good news, unless they were planning on getting the Clapper.
Milwaukee Bucks 92, Toronto Raptors 74
Nothing interesting happened in this game.
Memphis Grizzlies 105, Oklahoma City Thunder 101 OT
The Grizzlies won this game because Tony Allen had his best game of the season while starting in place of Rudy Gay, and because Zach Randolph had a huge bucket which he followed up by rolling his ankle then staying in the game to play defense. So, basically, a Tony Allen start and a gutsy Zach Randolph performance. Amazing win, all around. The Grizzlies are going to make the playoffs.
Minnesota Timberwolves 112, Houston Rockets 108
Kevin Love is just awesome. 20 points, 14 boards and a huge three-pointer that iced the game with 35 seconds remaining. Someone should put him on the All-Star team.