7/4/2012-Pacers and Griz surprise Heat and OKC as Spurs take top of the table
Despite Kevin Durant’s 44 points and Russell Westbrook near triple double game weren’t enough for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they went down to the Indiana Pacers. Roy Hibbert didn’t led Durant’s monster mash stop him from playing a big game as he put in 21 points. Danny Granger also had 26 points for the Pacers.
Atawn Jamison had 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors by 4. The Cavs out scored the Raptors by 16 points in the final quarter to set up the win. Kyrie Irving was out for another game for the Cavaliers.
Net’s point guard Deron Williams scored 19 points and handed out 13 assists as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Washington Wizards. John Wall had 18 points to lead the Wizards in the loss.
Josh Smith had 22 points, 12 rebounds and swatted 3 shots as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Detroit Pistons 96-101. Rodney Stuckey once again lead the Pistons off the bench scoring 27 points to lead all comers. Jeff Teague had 24 points for the Hawks.
The Miami Heat were not able to overcome a slow start as they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies by 15. Six players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, including Gilbert Arenas who went 4-5 from behind the arc to have 12 points. LeBron James had 21 points to lead the Heat as the Grizzlies ended the Heat’s 17 home game run.
Monta Ellis had 25 points and handed out 9 assists as the Milwaukee Bucks won a scrappy game over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cats only got 2 points off their bench for the game, with the starters doing all the heavy lifting in both minutes and scoring. Byron Mullens had 31 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bobcats
LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down the game winner in overtime as the Portland Trailblazers stole a game from the Mavericks in Dallas. Raymond Felton had 30 points, 6 assists and 7 rebounds to lead both teams. Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and 14 rebounds in the heatbreaking loss.
5 players scored in double figures off the bench and Tim Duncan had 19 points as the San Antonio Spurs took the top of the Western Conference with a big win against the New Orleans Hornets. Eric Gordon was the only Hornets player to have any real influence, leading all scorers with 31 points in his return from injury.
Arron Afflalo scored 30 points for the Nuggets as they beat the Phoenix Suns at home. Al Harrington had 23 points off the bench for Denver. Shannon Brown had 18 points to lead the Suns.
Al Jefferson’s 30 point 11 rebound and 5 block game lifted the Utah Jazz over the Golden State Warriors. David Lee had 26 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Goran Dragic had 25 points and 11 rebounds while Marcus Camby pulled down 11 rebounds as the Rockets got a big win against the Lakers, winning 112 to 107. Kobe had 28 points in the loss.