22/4/2012-Ty Lawson has big game as Wizards upset Miami
Ty Lawson had 29 points on 5-5 shooting from the three point line as the Denver Nuggets slammed another nail into the Phoenix Suns playoff hopes as they won 118-117. Lawson also handed out 10 assists as Shannon Brown had 28 points for the Suns. Steve Nash had an uncharacteristic 5 turnovers as he was well and truly beaten by Lawson in the loss.
David West led all scorers with 32 points but it was not enough as the Pacers lost in overtime to the Philadelphia 76ers. Lou Williams nailed a three and had a four point play to carry the Sixers in overtime but it was the work of Elton Brand that helped the Sixers through regulation as he had 20 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Lout Williams had 19 points.
The Washington Wizards did what few teams this year have been able to do as they went into Miami and came away with a victory. Nene hit the winner from a John Wall pass on a pick and roll, but the Heat were playing without LeBron James and Chris Bosh to begin with. Then Wade dislocated his finger and was done for the game. Although the absences take some of the shine off the win, a victory is a victory for a young Wizard team.
Derrick Rose returned for the starting lineup as the Bulls took down the Dallas Mavericks. Luol Deng had 22 points for the Bulls and Joakim Noah threatened to have a triple double with 8 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. The Bulls shot 45 percent from behind the arc and had 29 assists, doubling the Maverick’s 12 assist total.
Despite 23 points from J.J Hickson, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to take down the Trail Blazers as they won by four points. Rudy Gay had 21 points to lead the Grizzlies as they survived the Trail Blazer storm during the last period.
Courtney Lee had 20 points to lead the Houston Rockets as they beat Klay Thompson’s 24 points and the Golden State Warriors. Brandon Rush had 19 points as many of the Warrior starters struggled all night. Goran Dragic had 18 points and played 40 minutes in the win.
Brandon Jennings had a 30 point, 6 rebound and 6 assist game as the Milwaukee Bucks took down the New Jersey Nets in a relatively routine win. Still without superstar Deron Williams, Sundiata Gaines was torn apart by Jennings.
Despite all the starters scoring in double digits and three of them scoring 20 points plus, the Orlando Magic received little help off the bench as they lost to the Utah Jazz in overtime. Jameer Nelson had a double double with 23 points and 10 assists in the loss while Devin Harris and Al Jefferson had 21 points apiece.