21/3/2012- Jazz upset Thunder as Knicks roll on
Blake Griffins 23 weren’t enough to overcome the Pacers in Indianapolis. New recruit Leandro Barbosa scored 12 for the home side, while Danny Granger led the Pacers with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Former
Wizard Nick Young was handed his first start for the Clippers, leaving Randy Foye on the bench. In perhaps a sign of things to come, Foye didn’t play a single minute, with Del Negro choosing not to play him. The Pacers bench outscored their Clipper compatriots 50 to 23, providing a huge boost to the starters. Indiana bounces back after their two consecutive losses to the Knicks.
The Knicks continue their winning ways under Mike Woodson, cruising to an their fourth straight win, this time over the Toronto Raptors. Four of the Knick starters scored in double figures, with Amare Stoudemire
leading them with 22 points. The Knicks held the Raptors to just 22 free throws, their defensive trend under Woodson continuing. Demar De’Rozan lead the Raptors with 17 points
Miami used a 16-0 run in the 4th quarter to take down Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. The Big Three scored 66 of the Miami Heat’s points, with Chris Bosh pouring in 29 points to lead them. Once again the two vets for Phoenix led the way, with Grant Hill scoring 17 and Steve Nash dishing out 9 assists, but it wasn’t enough to curb the Heat.
The Houston Rockets won a close game against the LA Lakers to solidify their playoff position, especially with the Suns losing to Miami. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points but once again struggled from the field shooting 10-27. Ramon sessions continued his push for the starting point guard position, scoring 14 points and dishing out 4 assists. Andrew Bynum got thrown out for two technical fouls, while Courtney Lee led the Rockets with 23 including a thunderous jam.
Gordon Hayward was handed the start against Oklahoma City and Paul Millsap scored 20 points and the Jazz upset the Thunder. Despite losing Josh Howard for the season to injury, the Jazz were able to hold reigning scoring champ Kevin Durant to only 18 points. Westbrook tried to pick up the slack scoring 23, but it simply wasn’t enough in the Jazz’s arena
The Portland Trailblazers midseason implosion continued as the Bucks blew out the ‘Blazers by 29 points. Six players scored in double figures for the Bucks, with Drew Gooden leading the way with 19 points. The Bucks shot 58 percent, while they kept Portland to only 35 percent shooting. Both Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 for the Trailblazers but didn’t get enough help from their team.
Sacramento continue their trend of beating higher placed teams then them, beating the Memphis Grizzlies by 9 points in Sacramento. Marcus Thornton’s vein of ridiculous form kept going, dropping 31 against the highly rated defence of Tony Allen. Whilst all 5 starters for the Griz scored in double figures, lead by Rudy Gay’s 23 points, they weren’t able to keep up with the tandem of DeMarcus Cousins and Thornton.