With 8 games on the slate here’s a quick take on the day.
Back Home: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned to Boston tonight for the first time since the blockbuster trade this offseason. It was pretty evident that KG and the Truth were emotional throughout the night. Though the Brooklyn Nets got the 85-79 win over the Boston Celtics; the due of KG and Pierce combined for just 12 points.
Quite Not 62: After going off for 62 points to set the MSG record, everyone was waiting to see what Carmelo Anthony had waiting for the Los Angeles Lakers. Well Melo didn’t exactly give everyone the encore they wanted as he finished with 35 points in the New York Knicks win.
Finals Rematch: Not exactly the thriller we came to expect from the finals series. The Miami Heat took down the San Antonio Spurs 113-101. The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Tiago Splitter. Dwyane Wade came back for the Heat and added 8 points off the bench. Tim Duncan (23 pts), Chris Bosh (24 pts), and LeBron James (18 pts, 7 rebs, 6 asts) all had good games.
The Brow!: Anthony Davis sure had a stat line: 22 pts, 19 rebs, 7 blks, 3 asts, and 2 stls in the New Orleans win over the Orlando Magic. Tyreke Evans added 23 off the bench for the Pelicans and Arron Affallo added 25 points for the Magic.
He’s Still Dirk: Dirk Nowitzki led the way for the Dallas Mavericks with 28 points and 9 rebounds in the win over the Detroit Pistons. Josh Smith (25), Brandon Jennings (26), and Greg Monroe (20) all had big scoring nights for the Pistons. Jose Calderon (17), Devin Harris (14), and Vince Carter (13) contributed in the win for the Mavs.
Splash!: Steph Curry (38) and Klay Thompson (17) led the way for the Golden State Warriors tonight over the Portland Trailblazers. Curry was 13-23 from the field and 5-8 from 3 and even threw out 8 assists. The Blazers shot just 33.7% from the field in their loss.
Playoff Chase: The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets both got wins tonight to maintain ground in the playoff picture. The 7th place Suns defeated the Cavaliers behind Markieff Morris’s 27 points and 15 rebounds. The Nuggets got a win over the short-handed Sacramento Kings. Ty Lawson (27 pts, 6 asts) and Wilson Chandler (20 pts) led the way.