Welcome all stat geeks! “Box Score Bulletin’” is sifting through, analyzing and summarizing all of the NBA box scores from the previous day and night, so you don’t have to! So sip your coffee and enjoy the good, the bad and the ugly…
Timberwolves (8-8) 105 @ 76ers (10-8) 88
- Leading scorers: MIN – Alexey Shved 17, PHI – Evan Turner 19.
- Kevin Love with a slightly off night (6 pts, 10 rebs), but the Wolves get a big win on the road.
- On the other hand, the Wolves got an unexpected performance from Josh Howard with 16 points (7-12 FG) and 10 rebounds.
- Minnesota shot 52% (13-25) from 3-point range and 53.2% for the game overall.
- J.J. Barea posted a double double with 11 points and 10 assists.
- Evan Turner led the Sixers again with 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Heat (12-4) 101 @ Wizards (2-13) 105
- Leading scorers: MIA – LeBron James 26, WAS – Jordan Crawford 22.
- That score is correct, the Wizards shock the Heat for their 2nd win of the season and snap the Heat’s 6-game win streak.
- While the Wiz starting lineup was fairly weak, the bench was led by Kevin Seraphin (16 pts, 10 rebs) and Jordan Crawford (22 pts, 6 asts).
- LeBron had a triple double in the loss, going for 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists (also 3 steals and 2 blocks). But I’m sure he’d trade it for the win.
- Chris Bosh was very effective with 20 points (8-11 FG), 12 rebounds and 4 assists.
- Credit to @markov4 for his BOLD prediction yesterday, calling the Wizards to knock off the Heat. And he made the pick before the game. 135,000 points for you sir!
Thunder (15-4) 117 @ Nets (11-6) 111
- Leading scorers: OKC – Kevin Durant 32, BKN – Deron Williams 33.
- The Thunder shot an incredible 60.6% from the field for the game, with the starters going 34-55 (61.8%).
- Durant and Westbook went 18-33 from the floor and 18-20 from the free throw line.
- Deron Williams had his biggest point output of the season with 33 points on 10-20 shooting (5-9 3PT).
- Andray Blatche had another strong game with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
- Even in the loss, the Nets destroyed the Thunder on the offensive glass 16-2.
Pacers (9-9) 80 @ Bulls (8-8) 76
- Leading scorers: IND – Paul George 34, CHI – Nate Robinson 19.
- Paul George dominated in this game, scoring 34 points on 14-25 (56%) shooting and scoring 42.5% of the Pacers total points.
- The only other players in double figures for Indiana were Hibbert (10 pts) and West (10 pts) who combined to shoot 8 for 23.
- Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 19 off the bench in 25 minutes.
- With the Pacers win, there is now a 3-way tie for first place in the Central Division: Pacers (9-9), Bulls (8-8) and the Bucks (8-8).
Suns (7-12) 98 @ Grizzlies (13-3) 108 – OT
- Leading scorers: PHX – Goran Dragic 19, MEM – Zach Randolph 38.
- Zach Randolph easily had the line of the night with 38 points (15-22 FG), 22 rebounds and even 3 blocks. Beast!
- The Grizzlies outscored the Suns in the paint 60-38.
- However, the Grizzlies did have a very low assist rate of 32.5% (13 assists on 40 made field goals).
- As usual, the point guard Goran Dragic led the Suns with 19 points and 7 assists.
Lakers (8-10) 105 @ Rockets (9-8) 107
- Leading scorers: LAL – Kobe Bryant 39, HOU – Toney Douglas 22.
- The Rockets had an unbelievable 4th quarter, outscoring the Lakers 34-22 to pick up the comeback victory.
- Sparingly used Toney Douglas played 28 minutes and scored 22 points (3-7 3PT), with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
- James Harden and Jeremy Lin struggled to shoot the ball, combining for a terrible 5 for 27 (19%) performance.
- Greg Smith (who?) was the star of the game with 21 points (several buckets down the stretch) and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.
- Kobe Bryant continues to lead the league in scoring and poured in 39 points in this one on 14 for 31 shooting.
- The Lakers again struggled from the free throw line, going 22-34 (64.7%) as a team. Dwight was only 8 for 16.