Good evening folks! I apologize for the lack of cards the past couple days, there were some issues that unfortunately prevented me from being able make them. I will resume making daily VSNA cards, hopefully uninhibited. Anyway, let's get to it!
There were plenty of games tonight, filled with excitement.
The scores: Pelicans 111-106 Pistons ; Cavaliers 115-92 Thunder ; Celtics 121-101 Nuggets ; Spurs 118-111 Suns ; Hornets 104-96 Nets ; Pacers 105-102 Magic ; Raptors 98-85 Grizzlies ; Mavericks 129-103 76ers ; Bulls 126-115 Lakers ; Trail Blazers 115-111 Jazz
Star center Anthony Davis scored a franchise-record 59 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in the win against Detroit. The previous club record was 50 points by Jamal Mashburn exactly 13 years earlier against the Grizzlies. Davis went 24-of-34 from the floor and made his only two 3-pointers. He added nine free throws in 10 attempts. Davis had 19 points in the fourth quarter and broke the scoring record for the Palace of Auburn Hills set by LeBron James with 48 points in an Eastern Conference finals game on June 1, 2007. Davis joined Shaquille O'Neal and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players with 55 points and 20 rebounds in a game in NBA history. He also joined O'Neal and Chris Webber as the only players with 50 points and 20 rebounds in a game since 1983.
Kevin Love scored 29 points to help the streaking Cavaliers roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-92 on. The Cavaliers earned their fifth straight win, even though point guard Kyrie Irving sat out after the first quarter because of flu-like symptoms. LeBron James had 25 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, and Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland.
All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas had 22 points and 12 assists, leading the Boston Celtics to a 121-101 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Avery Bradley added 20 points for the Celtics, who beat the Nuggets for a fourth time in a row. Evan Turner scored 17 points, and Jared Sullinger had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Denver had 24 turnovers in its third loss in four games. It also was outrebounded 48-36 and yielded 24 fast-break points and 60 in the paint.
Patty Mills had 21 points for the Spurs, matching his career high with six 3-pointers. Parker scored 22, including a spinning drive through the lane that made it a seven-point game with 1:03 to play. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio, which played without ailing All-Star Kawhi Leonard. Alex Len had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Suns, who lost their 11th in a row.
Kemba Walker scored 28 points, Al Jefferson added 18 in his second game back from right knee surgery, and the Hornets extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 104-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Walker scored 12 points in the third quarter and then heated up again when the Nets cut the lead to 95-91. The Bronx native drove for a layup with about 4 1/2 minutes left and his 3-pointer with 1:46 to play essentially put it away at 102-91.
Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Paul George added 20 to help the Pacers beat the Orlando Magic 105-102 on tonight for their fourth win in five games. Indiana had 17 of its 21 turnovers in the first half, shot just 9 for 25 in the fourth quarter, and put the Magic in the bonus free throw situation for the final 10 minutes of the game. Still, the Pacers found a way to hold on for the win, getting 10 points from Ellis in the fourth quarter, 15 from George in the second half, and playing excellent defense in the final seconds. CJ Miles and Ian Mahinmi had 14 points apiece for the Pacers and Jordan Hill added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Kyle Lowry added 18 and the Raptors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-85 tonight for their eighth consecutive victory at home. Jonas Valanciunas, one of five Toronto players in double digits, had 10 points and 12 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Cory Joseph scored 14 off the bench to help the Raptors rebound after giving up 110-plus points in consecutive losses at Minnesota and Chicago.
Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 18 and the Mavericks led by as many as 30 points in a 129-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Mavericks' biggest challenge today was stopping Jahlil Okafor, who scored 18 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 31. Okafor's total was not only his highest as a pro, but one more than his high total during his one-and-done national championship season at Duke last year. Nowitzki also eclipsed the 29,000 career points mark with a 3-pointer with 10:21 left in the third quarter. He is sixth in scoring in NBA history.
Derrick Rose and E'Twaun Moore had 24 points apiece tonight to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 126-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Kobe Bryant's final game at the United Center. Moore, who was 10 for 14 from the field, tied his career high. Pau Gasol had 21 points, Mike Dunleavy and Bobby Portis each scored 17 and Doug McDermott added 16 as the Bulls won their second straight. Bryant finished with 22 points on 8-for-20 shooting in 27 minutes. Julius Randle also had 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 20 as Los Angeles dropped its fifth in a row. The Bulls played a video tribute to Bryant during the introductions of the Lakers' starters. Rose referred to Bryant as his generation's Michael Jordan, and the salute ended with Gasol introducing his former teammate. Bryant received a standing ovation and the crowd broke into a "Kobe! Kobe!" chant.
That's it for baskteball for tonight! Make sure to let me know in the comments if you want to be tagged in future VSNA Basketball or other VSNA cards. See ya tomorrow!