Shortened Games, Epic in OKC as Thunder outlast Wolves
A dominant third quarter from the Toronto Raptors proved too much for the New York Knicks as they were handed their first loss under Mike Woodson. Demar DeRozan’s 30 points topped the list for both teams, backed up by Andrea Bargnani’s 21. The Knicks were held to just 37 percent shooting and were miserable from behind the arc, spluttering out for 5-28. Stoudemire had 17 points in the losing effort, while Carmelo Anthony’s struggles continued, with only 12.
The Bucks bounced back from a loss to Boston, cruising to a 20 points win over the Bobcats. Luc Mbah a Moute high scored for the Bucks, proving a spark off the bench with 20 points. Gerald Henderson had a big game in the loss, with 29 points, but really was a regulation win for the rising Bucks. Also, six players scored in double digits for Milwaukee.
All five starters scored at least 10 points as the Orlando Magic took down the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard led the way for the Magic with 17 and 16 respectively, but perhaps most encouraging for the Magic was the play of Hedo Turkoglou. Struggling of late, Hedo went for 15 points including 3-5 from downtown.
The streaking Suns beat the Pacers by 2 despite Danny Granger’s incredibly efficient 28 points night. Steven Nash had a great game with 12 points and 17 assists while Marcin Gortat bounced back from a poor game against his former teammate Dwight Howard, dropping 23 and 8 on Roy Hibbert. Michael Redd also played well off the bench scoring 10 points.
Josh Smiths monstrous run of form continued, scoring 30 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, as the Atlanta Hawks overcame some stiff resistance for the New Jersey Nets. Deron Williams top scored for the Nets, but shot poorly, scoring 20 on 9-20 shooting.
Other games(apologies, busy day)
MIAMI 88 DETROIT 73
BOSTON 86 PHILADELPHIA 99
MINNESOTA 140 OKC 149
DALLAS 87 SAN ANTONIO 104
Utah was beating Denver and Lakers were beating Portland