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Monday night was busy in the NBA, with 20 teams battling each other and showing us everything they know. Today, we will be looking at those games, letting you know exactly what happened throughout the league.
In Indianapolis, the home Indiana Pacers were hosting the streaky Toronto Raptors and the game started off crazy. The Raptors went on a 26-5 run to start the game but then the Pacers turned the tables with a ginormous run of their own. From there on, they controlled the game and disposed of the Canadian East Conference Rivals with a 106-90 victory.
The Orlando Magic traveled to Brooklyn where they played the Nets who are still struggling. The game was close in the first quarter, but then, the Magic started to pull away. They didn’t look back. Six of their players scored in double figures and they beat the Nets 105-82.
The Detroit Pistons were hosting the Los Angeles Clippers in what was the most dramatic game of the night. Reggie Jackson missed the opportunity to give the Pistons the win and the game went to overtime. There, in the last 9 seconds of the game, thanks to some crafty offensive rebounding, the Pistons had three chances to tie the game, but they missed all three times.
The Miami Heat are great this season and they proved it once again last night in Atlanta. The Hawks simply could not match the intensity of the away team which prevailed despite the fact their point guard Goran Dragic lost a part of a tooth after taking an elbow in the face. The Heat won 100-88.
Believe it or not, the Philadelphia 76ers were in the lead after the first half in Chicago, but then the Bulls turned on their defense and ensured the victory. Butler scored 23 and Mirotic scored 17 for the home team, while Okafor scored 22 for the 76ers. The Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of John Wall’s poor game last night and they disposed of the guest Washington Wizards with ease, 112-95. The Grizz were clicking, with Conley scoring 18 and dishing out 11 assists.
The Phoenix Suns were in Dallas where they played the Mavericks and it didn’t end well for them. The game was decided in the third quarter when the Mavs went on a 20-4 run to take the lead they would no drop till the end. Thy ended up winning 104-94.
The Utah Jazz came to San Antonio after a tough overtime loss in Oklahoma City and their head was just not in this one. The Spurs summarily disposed of them 118-81. In a high-scoring affair that also featured a thrown shoe, the Denver Nuggets managed to hold off the Houston Rockets and, somewhat surprisingly, beat them 114-108.
With the Portland Trailblazers, it is all about Lillard this year. If he is on, they win. If he’s not, they lose. Well, last night he was on and the New Orleans Pelicans could not get into the game.