Box Score Bulletin’: Jan. 7

January 7, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) celebrates with Wizards point guard A.J. Price (12) after making the game-winning basket in the final second against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 101-99. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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…

Thunder (26-8) 99 @ Wizards (5-28) 101

  Leading scorers: OKC – Kevin Durant 29, WAS – Bradley Beal, Martell Webster 22.
  The Wizards: 5 wins in 33 games, 2 of them against the Thunder. Can’t make it up.
  Bradley Beal hit the game winner, but also finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
  With the season he’s had, you could say that 10 points (5-6 FG) and 7 rebounds is practically a breakout game for Jan Vesely.
  Beal and Webster went a combined 9 for 13 from behind the arc.
  Durant (29 pts, 7 rebs, 8 asts) and Ibaka (26 pts, 11 rebs, 2 blks) had big games, but it couldn’t out do Westbrook’s 4 for 17 shooting night.

Celtics (17-17) 102 @ Knicks (23-11) 96

  Leading scorers: BOS – Paul Pierce 23, NYK – J.R. Smith 24.
  With NO Rajon Rondo, the C’s handled business in NY, winning their 3rd straight.
  Garnett had a solid game with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 near-fight with Carmelo.
  Jeff Green gave 16 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.
  Carmelo shot a very ugly 6 for 26 from the field, finishing with 20 points.
  Tyson Chandler had a big game with 13 points and 17 rebounds.
  The Knicks knocked down 14 threes and still lost.

Cavaliers (8-28) 92 @ Bulls (19-13) 118

  Leading scorers: CLE – Dion Waiters 18, CHI – Carlos Boozer 24.
  Offensively, the Bulls had their best and most efficient game of the season, shooting 53.7% (71.4% from three) overall and dishing out 34 assists.
  Carlos Boozer continued his string of very impressive stat lines with another 24 points and 11 rebounds.
  Taj Gibson had 18 points (8-9 FG) and 7 rebounds.
  The Cavs continue to miss Anderson Varejao as they got outrebounded 47-31 by the Bulls.
  Dion Waiters had 18 points (6-11 FG) and 6 rebounds off the bench.

Spurs (27-10) 88 @ Hornets (9-25) 95

  Leading scorers: SAN – Manu Ginobili 21, NOH – Eric Gordon 24.
  Eric Gordon is quickly back to himself, launching 22 shots (making 9) and finishing with 24 points.
  Greivis Vasquez (3rd in the league in assists) finished with a double double of 14 points and 11 assists.
  Ginobili had a solid game for the Spurs with 21 points (7-13 FG), 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Mavericks (13-22) 94 @ Jazz (18-18) 100

  Leading scorers: DAL – Dirk Nowitzki 20, UTA – Gordon Hayward 27.
  Gordon Hayward was brilliant for Utah in a comeback (24-16 4th quarter) win. He finished with 27 points (8-14 FG, 4-5 3PT), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Get him back into the starting lineup or don’t fix what ain’t broken? Tough call.
  The Jazz shot 10 for 19 (52.6%) from 3-point range.
  Big Al put up 15 points and 11 rebounds.
  On the Mavs side, it certainly was nice to put Dirk’s name back into the “leading scorers” field. He had 20 on 7-14 shooting.
  Elton Brand had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Grizzlies (22-10) 113 @ Kings (13-22) 81

  Leading scorers: MEM – Wayne Ellington 26, SAC – John Salmons 17.
  Another random big one for Wayne Ellington, finishing with 26 points, shooting an INSANE 10 for 11 from the field, including 6 for 7 from three in 26 minutes.
  The Grizz also shot 11-20 from behind the arc and outscored the Kings 27-8 in fastbreak points.
  For the Kings, Thomas Robinson had 8 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

Magic (12-22) 119 @ Blazers (19-15) 125 – OT

  Leading scorers: ORL – J.J. Redick 29, POR – LaMarcus Aldridge 27.
  Perhaps most impressive? With the OT win, the Blazers are now 5-0 in overtime games this season.
  All five Blazers starters scored in double figures and four of them had double doubles: Aldridge (27 pts, 10 rebs), Batum (16 pts, 10 asts), Hickson (20 pts, 15 rebs) and Lillard (18 pts, 10 asts).
  Blazers shot 51.1% for the overtime game.
  J.J. Redick finished with an impressive 29 points on 11 for 17 shooting, including 6 for 10 from three.
  Jameer continues to play well with his 21 points and 12 assists.
  This was the 9th straight loss for the Magic.

Topics: Box Scores, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards

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