Chicago Bulls 114, Atlanta Hawks 81
The Bulls have outscored their last two opponents by a combined score of 246-173. That’s pretty good, even if one of those games is against the Kings. And, of course, the Atlanta fans chanted “M-V-P” for Derrick Rose. Standard operating procedure these days.
Portland Trail Blazers 111, Washington Wizards 76
This was a six-point game after the first quarter. Then the Wizards went out and scored 47 points in the last 36 minutes. That’s bad, really bad, Michael Jackson. You know a team had a terrible outing when their top scorer has 12 points and is Jordan Crawford.
Los Angeles Lakers 139, Phoenix Suns 137 3OT
I guess this game made up for the other two blowouts, which this almost was as well. Instead, the Lakers blew leads of 21 in the third quarter and nine with three minutes left in the fourth. Usually teams don’t win the games where they blow huge leads, but Ron Artest doesn’t usually dunk either.