Portland Trail Blazers 89, Orlando Magic 85
No Dwight Howard for the Magic, but still a nice win for Portland. It’s their third straight and their 10th win in their last 13 games as they’ve made a furious — yes, furious — charge towards the fifth seed in the West. Kind of a big deal since that means playing the Thunder in the first round, rather than the Lakers.
Los Angeles Clippers 92, Charlotte Bobcats 87
I’m with Melas — let’s keep the Bobcats out of the playoffs. The Pacers are far more enjoyable to watch. With that in mind, way to go Clippers.
New York Knicks 131, Utah Jazz 109
Looks like the Knicks have figured out their defensive strategy. It goes something like, “Score so many points it doesn’t matter how many the other team gets.” Pretty effective, sometimes.
Chicago Bulls 85, New Orleans Hornets 77
Derrick Rose had 24 points on 21 shots and added nine assists in a game that went exactly how you’d expect it to go for a Hornets team that had no Chris Paul or Trevor Ariza. Just kinda happened.
Memphis Grizzlies 107, Oklahoma City Thunder 101
In case you haven’t noticed, that’s wins over the Spurs, Mavericks and Thunder in the past week for Memphis. They’re two games up on the Suns for the eighth seed in the West and they’re the best ticket in town. Very weird to type this about the Grizzlies.
Dallas Mavericks 108, Minnesota Timberwolves 105
You’re not going to believe this, but Brian Cardinal won this game for the Mavericks. Not a joke. He went 4-8 from three while Dirk Nowitzki was on the bench in foul trouble and that’s very weird, like the Memphis Grizzlies being an entertaining playoff team.
Houston Rockets 123, Sacramento Kings 101
Six guys in double-figures for both teams, but the Rockets’ guys double-figures were higher numbers so that’s pretty much the story.