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127
Portland Trail Blazers  at  Boston Celtics
Final  – January 21, 2017
123

Trail Blazers Conquer Celtics in OT, 127-123

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Boston Celtics, 127-123, in overtime at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon. The Blazers (19-27) checked in to Saturday with only seven road wins in 25 tries this season, and appeared to be facing particularly long odds against a Celtics (26-17) squad that had won seven of their past nine contests. However, a strong third quarter helped Portland catch Boston after they'd faced a 65-56 deficit at the half, and they appeared poised for a hard-fought victory when Damian Lillard drained a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining. Terry Rozier turned the tables just two seconds later, though, making a 27-foot three-point jumper off a Marcus Smart assist to knot matters up at 113. Following a Lillard missed step-back jumper as time expired, the two teams headed to an extra period. The Celtics gained a temporary 118-117 advantage with 1:23 remaining in overtime after an Isaiah Thomas three-pointer, but another pair of Lillard free throws with a second left sealed the victory. C.J. McCollum led the way for Portland with 35 points, three assists, two rebounds and three steals. Lillard provided 28 points, seven assists, a rebound and a block. Meyers Leonard led the bench with 17 points, four boards and a steal. Evan Turner filled out the stat sheet with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. Mason Plumlee generated 10-point, 11-rebound double-double that also included eight assists and a steal. Al-Farouq Aminu was productive in a reserve role as well, tallying 11 points, seven boards, a steal and a block. The Celtics saw Thomas score a game-high 41 points, which he supplemented with six assists and three rebounds. Al Horford and Marcus Smart posted matching 17-point efforts, with the former adding nine rebounds and five assists, and the latter supplying six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Jae Crowder totaled 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Rozier led the second unit with 15 points, three boards and three assists, while Kelly Olynyk was also productive in a reserve role with 10 points, eight rebounds and an assist. The Trail Blazers head back to home to await the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, while the Celtics head to the Nation's Capital to tangle with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday evening.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 8:14 PM ET      Updated on January 21, 2017 at 8:25 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

C.J. McCollum led the way for Portland in the overtime victory with 35 points, three assists, two rebounds and three steals. Damian Lillard provided 28 points, two of which on free throws came with a second left in overtime to seal the win. Meyers Leonard led the second unit with 17 points, while Evan Turner went for 12. Mason Plumlee generated 10-point, 11-rebound double-double and Al-Farouq Aminu tallied 11 points off the bench. Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 41 points, which he supplemented with six assists and three rebounds. Al Horford and Marcus Smart posted matching 17-point efforts, while Jae Crowder managed 16. Rozier led the second unit with 15 points, including a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation to tie matters up at 113. Kelly Olynyk was productive as a reserve with 10 points.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 8:25 PM ET

112
Washington Wizards  at  Detroit Pistons
Final  – January 21, 2017
113

Pistons Edge Wizards, 113-112

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Detroit Pistons defeated the Washington Wizards, 113-112, at Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday evening. The Wizards (23-20) mounted a furious comeback over the final 12 minutes after entering the fourth quarter with a 98-82 deficit. The Wizards outscored the Pistons (21-24) by a 30-15 margin during the period, but still ultimately came up short due to a heads-up play at the end of the game by Marcus Morris. The game-winning sequence began with a Bradley Beal block of a Tobias Harris' 23-foot three-point jumper with four seconds left. Harris managed an offensive rebound and hoisted another shot attempt, which also misfired. However, Morris was in position to turn the miss into a game-winning tip-in basket, sending the Pistons to their third straight victory. John Wall co-led Washington with a 19-point, 10-assist double-double that also included eight rebounds and two steals. Markieff Morris also went for 19 points and added nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Beal produced 17 points, five boards, four assists, two steals and a block. Marcin Gortat generated 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Otto Porter posted 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Jason Smith paced the second unit with 16 points, four boards and a steal. Kelly Oubre, Jr. was also productive as a reserve, supplying 11 points, four rebounds and two steals. Maurice Morris not only was the hero on the night, but also paced the Pistons with a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double that also included three assists and a steal. Reggie Jackson was next with 19 points, eight assists, three rebounds and a steal. Harris followed with a near double-double of 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Reggie Bullock supplied nine points, five rebounds and an assist. Jon Leuer led the bench with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Stanley Johnson, Arron Baynes and Ish Smith were also highly productive with a trio of nine-point efforts as reserves. The Wizards head to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Monday night, while the Pistons remain home to tangle with the Kings on Monday evening.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 8:55 PM ET      Updated on January 22, 2017 at 7:32 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

Maurice Morris paced the Pistons with a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double and had a game-winning tip-in basket off a Tobias Harris miss at the buzzer. Reggie Jackson followed with 19 points, while Harris followed posted a near double-double of 18 points and nine rebounds. Reggie Bullock supplied nine points, and Jon Leuer led the bench with 10 points. Stanley Johnson, Arron Baynes and Ish Smith tallied a trio of nine-point efforts as reserves. John Wall co-led Washington with a 19-point, 10-assist double-double, while Markieff Morris also went for 19 points and added nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Bradley Beal produced 17 points, while Marcin Gortat generated 12. Otto Porter posted 11 points, and Jason Smith led the bench with 16 points. Kelly Oubre, Jr. was productive as a reserve, supplying 11 points.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 9:08 PM ET

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Brooklyn Nets  at  Charlotte Hornets
Final  – January 21, 2017
112

Hornets Topple Nets, 112-105

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 112-105, at Spectrum Center on Saturday. The Nets (9-34) had to have come in to Saturday's contest with plenty of confidence, having compiled a season-high 143 points against the Pelicans on Friday night. However, the Nets' effort to record a second straight road win was undermined by a highly efficient offensive performance on the part of the Hornets (23-21). Seven Charlotte players hit double digits in the scoring column, and the Hornets reserves contributed a solid 43 points. Brooklyn did come back strong after falling behind by a 28-14 margin after one quarter, but ultimately saw the Hornets pull away in the fourth period. The home team also tallied 47.6 percent shooting overall, including 48.3 percent from three-point range. Brooklyn was led by Brook Lopez's 24 points, which he supplemented with five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Bojan Bogdanovic totaled 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. Sean Kilpatrick supplied 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals, whileTrevor Booker provided eight points, nine rebounds and a pair of steals. Quincy Acy continued the strong start to his Nets tenure by leading the second unit with 14 points, four rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block. Randy Foye was also a solid contributor off the bench, generating 11 points, five assists and two rebounds. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist co-led the Hornets with a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double that also included an assist and two blocks. Ramon Sessions matched Kidd-Gilchrist's scoring total and supplemented it with two rebounds and two assists. Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum chimed in with matching 16-point efforts, with the former adding six assists and four rebounds, and the latter hauling in nine boards, six assists and four steals. Cody Zeller had a near double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a block. Marco Belinelli registered 14 points, five assists and a rebound over 22 minutes, and Frank Kaminsky III was also productive in a reserve role, compiling 10 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. The Nets head back home to face off with the San Antonio Spurs on Monday evening, while the Hornets remain home to tangle with the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 9:43 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Nets trailed mounted a comeback despite trailing by a 28-14 margin after one quarter, but ultimately saw the Hornets pull away in the fourth period. Charlotte also tallied 47.6 percent shooting, including 48.3 percent from three-point range, and saw their bench contribute 43 points. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist co-led the Hornets with a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double and Ramon Sessions matched his point total. Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum chimed in with matching 16-point efforts. Cody Zeller had a near double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Marco Belinelli registered 14 points, and Frank Kaminsky III supplied 10 points. Brook Lopez's 24 points led the Nets. Bojan Bogdanovic and Sean Kilpatrick posted 16 and 13 points, respectively. Quincy Acy led the second unit with 14 points, and Randy Foye generated 11 points off the bench as well.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 10:31 PM ET

93
Philadelphia 76ers  at  Atlanta Hawks
Final  – January 21, 2017
110

Sixers Defeat Hawks, 110-93

By Joel Bartilotta

The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 110-93, at Philips Arena on Saturday. Atlanta were expected to win this game easily and they did just that by leading for the final 30-plus minutes. Turnovers were Philadelphia's downfall, as they committed 21 of them, while forcing just 13 from Atlanta. The Hawks did work in the interior, as they won the rebounding battle, 48-38 and outscored the Sixers, 42-30, in the paint. Shooting was also a key difference, with Atlanta shooting 50 percent, while the Sixers hit just 42 percent of their shots. The Sixers (15-27) have the worst plus-minus in the NBA without Joel Embiid in the lineup and losses like this show how much of a difference he makes. Ersan Ilyasova led Philly in scoring, tallying 21 points, three rebounds and four assists. Robert Covington scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds en route to a double-double. T.J. McConnell stuffed the stat sheet by providing eight points, six rebounds, 11 assists and three steals. On deck for the Sixers is a home matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. The Hawks (26-18) have now won nine of their last 11 games, as they continue to climb up the standings. Paul Millsap was the player of the game, collecting 22 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks on 9-of-14 shooting. Dwight Howard also recorded a double-double, totaling 13 points, 15 rebounds and three assists. Dennis Schroeder scored 15 points, while handing out a team-high nine assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. was a nice spark off the bench, providing 12 points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals. Atlanta will also host the Clippers for their next game, which will be on Monday.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 9:29 PM ET      Updated on January 21, 2017 at 9:32 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

The Sixers have struggled mightily with Joel Embiid off the floor and that was evident here in this 17-point loss. Turnovers really let Philadelphia down, as they committed 21 of them, while forcing just 13 from Atlanta. The Hawks also dominated down low, winning the rebounding battle, 48-38 and scoring 12 more points in the paint than Philly. The Hawks shot over 49 percent, while the Sixers barely cracked 42 percent. Ersan Ilyasov led Philadelphia in scoring, accruing 21 points, three rebounds and four assists. Robert Covington provided 15 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Millsap was the player of the game, totaling 22 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting. Dwight Howard also collected a double-double, amassing 13 points and 15 rebounds. Dennis Schroeder led the Hawks with nine assists, adding 15 points to his tally.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 9:37 PM ET

97
Milwaukee Bucks  at  Miami Heat
Final  – January 21, 2017
109

Heat Defeat Bucks, 109-97

By Joel Bartilotta

The Miami Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 109-97, at American Airlines Arena on Saturday, Miami haven't had many dominant wins this season, but they led for the final 40 minutes here in an impressive victory. Shooting was the glaring difference in the game, with the Heat hitting 53 percent of their shots, while Milwaukee went just 42 percent from the field. Miami did most of their damage in the first half, as they led 53-43, headed into the locker room. Three-point shooting was decisive as well, with Miami going 13-of-30, with Milwaukee hitting just 6-of-18 from long range. The Bucks (20-23) played this game with Jabari Parker and Malcolm Brogdon coming off the bench for disciplinary issues and that clearly put them too far behind the eight-ball to overcome. Giannis Antetokounmpo carried the load though, accumulating 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Parker came off the bench to provide 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Brogdon didn't have as much success off the bench, scoring four points on 1-of-10 from the field. Matthew Dellavedova started at point guard and tallied 15 points and seven assists. The Heat (14-30) have now won three-straight games, as the balance beam is evening up with their abundance of close losses. Dion Waiters tied a career-high with 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting, adding three rebounds and three assists to his tally. Goran Dragic was second on the team, dropping 25 points, to go along with six assists. Hassan Whiteside recorded a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double. Wayne Ellington dropped 15 points off the bench, while James Johnson totaled seven points and six assists off the pine as well.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 10:00 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

These are two teams going in opposite directions, as Miami were able to capture their third-straight win. The Heat did most of their damage in the first half, leading, 53-43, headed into the locker room. Shooting was the difference in the game, with the Heat shooting 53 percent, while the Bucks couldn't crack 42 percent. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee in scoring, as he accumulated 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the defeat. Jabari Parker came off the bench for disciplinary issues and finished second on the team with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Dion Waiters was the player of the game, as he tied a career-high with 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in the win. Goran Dragic wasn't far behind, providing 25 points and six assists. Hassan Whiteside totaled 16 points and 15 rebounds en route to a double-double.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 10:05 PM ET

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Phoenix Suns  at  New York Knicks
Final  – January 21, 2017
105

Suns Edge Knicks, 107-105

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Phoenix Suns defeated the New York Knicks, 107-105, at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Although both teams entered the game with losing records, they engaged in an exciting and tightly-contested offensive affair through three quarters. Both defenses clamped down in the final 12 minutes, however, and the Knicks (19-26) held a tenuous 105-102 edge with 1:32 remaining. That's when the Suns' Devin Booker went to work, draining two free throws to bring Phoenix within one, and then vaulting them back into the lead with a 24-foot three-point jumper with 31 seconds left. Carmelo Anthony subsequently failed to pull the win out of the Knicks at the buzzer when his 25-foot three-point attempt failed to find the net. Booker's 26 points led the way for the Suns (14-29), a total he supplemented with two assists, a rebound, a steal and a block. Eric Bledsoe followed with 23 points, seven assists, five rebounds and a block. Rookie Marquese Chriss contributed 15 points, five boards, three steals and a block. Tyson Chandler generated a modest nine points but hauled in 16 boards. P.J. Tucker paced the bench with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals, while Brandon Knight was productive as well with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Anthony paced the Knicks with a game-high 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and a steal. Derrick Rose was right behind him with 26 points, five assists and three rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis managed 14 points, two assists and a rebound. Courtney Lee celebrated a return to the starting lineup with 13 points, four boards, three assists and a block. Joakim Noah went scoreless over 20 minutes but did haul in 15 boards, dish out three assists and haul in a block. The Suns visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening, while the Knicks visit the Indiana Pacers on Monday evening as well.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 10:48 PM ET      Updated on January 21, 2017 at 10:51 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

Devin Booker's 26 points led the way for the Suns, and his three-pointer with 31 seconds left propelled Phoenix to their final margin of victory. Eric Bledsoe followed with 23 points, while rookie Marquese Chriss contributed 15. Tyson Chandler generated a modest nine points but hauled in 16 boards. P.J. Tucker paced the bench with 15 points, while Brandon Knight was productive in a reserve role as well with 11 points. Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with a game-high 31 points, but his missed three-pointer at the buzzer sealed New York's fate. Derrick Rose was right behind him with 26 points, and Kristaps Porzingis chipped in with 14. Courtney Lee celebrated a return to the starting lineup with 13 points, while Joakim Noah went scoreless over 20 minutes, but did bring in 15 boards.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 10:57 PM ET

119
Houston Rockets  at  Memphis Grizzlies
Final  – January 21, 2017
95

Rockets Blow Out Grizzlies, 119-95

By Joel Bartilotta

The Houston Rockets defeated the host Memphis Grizzlies, 119-95, at FedEx Forum on Saturday. It's rare to see Memphis dominated in their home building, but that was just the case here in this near wire-to-wire win for Houston. The Rockets actually led by 10 after the first quarter and never relinquished the lead from there. Shooting was the difference in the game, with the Rockets shooting 51 percent, while they held the Grizzlies to just 37 percent. The assist-to-turnover ratio was decisive as well, with the two teams matching in turnovers, while Houston won the assist battle, 27-19. Defensive rebounding was dominant for the Rockets as well, as they snatched down 40 defensive boards to Memphis' 27. The Rockets (34-13) have been stifling teams with their rocket launcher mentality and dominating wins over teams like the Grizzlies show just how good they've become. James Harden was once again the catalyst, accumulating 29 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two blocks. Sam Dekker got his first start and dropped a career-high 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting. No other starter scored in double figures, but Eric Gordon led the bench with 21 points, three rebounds and five assists. The Rockets will play the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday for their next game. The Grizzlies (26-20) live and die by their defense and they simply didn't have enough to stop this potent Rockets attack in this blowout loss. Marc Gasol did all he could for Memphis, leading the team with 32 points, five rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Mike Conley was second on the team, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds and six assists. The bench really struggled, as the six bench players combined to go 8-of-29 from the field. The Grizzlies will be off until Wednesday, when they host the Toronto Raptors for their next matchup.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 10:32 PM ET      Updated on January 21, 2017 at 10:34 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

The Grizzlies are one of the best home teams in the NBA, but the Rockets really gave it to them in the "Grind House". Shooting was the glaring difference, with Houston shooting 51 percent, while the Grizzlies couldn't crack 37 percent. The Rockets also dominated the defensive rebounding battle, winning it, 40-27. Sam Dekker got his first start and scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting. James Harden was the catalyst though, accumulating 29 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and three steals. Eric Gordon came off the bench to provide 21 points, three rebounds and five assists. Marc Gasol did all he could for Memphis, leading the team with 32 points, five rebounds and three blocks, Mike Conley was second on the team, collecting 15 points four rebounds and six assists. The Grizzlies bench combined to go just 8-of-29 from the field, with all of them having a negative plus-minus.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 10:39 PM ET

118
San Antonio Spurs  at  Cleveland Cavaliers
Final  – January 21, 2017
115

Spurs Defeat Cavaliers, 118-115, in OT

By Joel Bartilotta

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the host Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime, 118-115, at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday. This was a game that was expected to be close throughout and these elite teams didn't disappoint in this overtime thriller. In fact, there were 13 ties and 15 lead changes, with neither team leading by more than 11 points. Free-throw shooting killed Cleveland, as they went 12-of-22 from the charity stripe, while the Spurs went 12-of-14. The assist-to-turnover ratio was decisive as well, with the Spurs recording 32 assists to 13 turnovers, while the Cavaliers committed 18 turnovers to just 25 assists. The Spurs (34-9) are now 18-4 on the road, as they continue their quiet success. Kawhi Leonard got to six-straight games with at least 30 points, as he set a career-high with 41 points in this win. He also added six rebounds and five assists on 14-of-29 from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge was second on the team, accruing 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. David Lee started for Pau Gasol and recorded a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Patty Mills was a nice spark off the bench, providing 13 points, three rebounds and five assists. The Cavaliers (30-12) have now lost four of their last six, with this being the toughest loss in the bunch. LeBron James did contribute 29 points, six rebounds and seven assists, but he committed seven turnovers in the defeat. Kyrie Irving also had 29 points, adding three rebounds, nine assists and two steals to his tally. Kevin Love returned from a one-game absence to total 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Tristan Thompson also record a double-double, amassing 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 11:32 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

In this Finals rematch from nearly a decade ago, these two teams showed why they're still Finals contenders. This overtime thriller was close throughout, as there were 13 ties and 15 lead changes, with neither team leading by more than 11 points. Free-throws killed the Cavs, as they made the same amount of free-throws as the Spurs, but took eight more attempts. They also dominated the assist-to-turnover ratio, with San Antonio recording seven more assists and five less turnovers. Kawhi Leonard was the player of the game, dropping a career-high 41 points in the win. He also added six rebounds and five assists. LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee both recorded double-doubles for the Spurs in the frontcourt. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving tied the team-lead for Cleveland, scoring 29 points a piece. James added six rebounds and seven assists, while irving provided three rebounds and nine assists.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 11:37 PM ET

98
Los Angeles Clippers  at  Denver Nuggets
Final  – January 21, 2017
123

Nuggets Trounce Clippers

By Dan Bruno  

The Denver Nuggets defeated the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 123-98, at Pepsi Center on Saturday evening. The Nuggets led wire to-wire as they controlled this one right from the start. Denver took a nine-point lead after one quarter and went on to win each of the remaining three quarters. They managed to build up a 35-point lead by the mid-point of the fourth quarter, which was their biggest lead at any point this season. Six players scored in double digits for the Nuggets (18-24), but none of them scored more than 20, as this was truly a team effort. Nikola Jokic had the line of the night for the Nuggets, as he double-doubled with 19 points and 10 rebounds, in 21 minutes. Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Will Barton each added 18 points, to help push the Nuggets to a solid win. Unfortunately for Denver, Emmanuel Mudiay went down early in the game, and left with an aggravated back. He is ruled out for the Nuggets' next game on Sunday. The Nuggets will look to build off this win, as they head straight to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves on Sunday, for their second game in as many nights. Meanwhile, the Clippers (29-16) struggled in this one, shooting only 41.7 percent from the field. Nonetheless, five players scored in double digits for Los Angeles, including DeAndre Jordan, who finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Marreese Speights was the high-point man for the Clippers, as he finished with 18 points, in 28 minutes as a starter. The Clippers hope to have Blake Griffin back soon, as they look ahead to their next game, which will take place in Atlanta on Monday. It will be the second game of their current five-game road trip.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 11:31 PM ET      Updated on January 22, 2017 at 12:13 AM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Six players scored in double digits for the Nuggets, while none of them scored more than 20 points. Nikola Jokic was the high-point man with 19 on solid 8-of-11 shooting, to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists, in 21 minutes. Meanwhile, Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton and Wilson Chandler all chipped in 18 points each. Kenneth Faried chipped in 13 points, and Jusuf Nurkic added 12 points to round out the balanced attack. The Clipper had five players score in double figures, led by Marreese Speights, who got the start in this one. Speights finished with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Austin Rivers followed up with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. DeAndre Jordan was solid as well, as he tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds, in 27 minutes. The Clippers shot only 41.7 percent from the field, compared to Denver's 52.9 percent.

Posted on January 22, 2017 at 12:11 AM ET

99
Sacramento Kings  at  Chicago Bulls
Final  – January 21, 2017
102

Wade Steals One From The Kings

By Dan Bruno  

The Chicago Bulls defeated the visiting Sacramento Kings 102-99, at United Center on Saturday evening. The Bulls literally stole one from the Kings, as Dwyane Wade came up with two huge steals in the last minute to seal the deal for Chicago. First Wade stole the ball then raced down floor but missed a dunk to go ahead by two, however a foul was called against DeMarcus Cousins on the play to put Wade at the line. Wade missed the first of two free throws but hit the second to put his squad up 100-99. The Kings then took a timeout with 14 seconds on the clock. Out of the timeout, they inbounded the ball to Cousins at the three-point line, and he proceeded to take it into the paint, but as he was backing down his defender, Wade swooped in for the game saving steal, and raced away, passing the ball ahead for a dunk which put the game out of reach. The Bulls (22-23) really needed this one, as they were coming off two ugly losses. Wade had a rough start to the game but ended up coming through, with a team-high 30 points, to go along with six rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals. Three other players scored in double digits for the Bulls, led by Jimmy Butler's 23 points. Paul Zipser came up big for Chicago, as he chipped in 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting, in 23 minutes off the bench, while Nikola Mirotic added 11 points off the bench. The Bulls will look to build on this win, as they head to Orlando to take on the Magic on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Kings (18-27) were dealt a heartbreaker, as the foul on Wade's would-be go-ahead dunk was a questionable one, and will likely be mentioned in Sunday's L2M report. DeMarcus Cousins did all he could to give his team the edge, as he was the only player to score in double digits for the Kings. Cousins finished with a game-high 42 points, to go along with 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal, in 35 minutes. The Kings will have to put the past behind them as they move on to Detroit, where they will face the third game of their current eight-game road trip.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET      Updated on January 22, 2017 at 12:17 AM ET

By Dan Bruno  

DeMarcus Cousins came up with a monster 42-point, 14-rebound performance, but somehow it was not enough to get his team the win, as no other player scored in double digits for the Kings. The next highest scorer for Sacramento was Arron Afflalo, who finished with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting. Darren Collison, Garrett Temple and Ty Lawson all added eight points each, but it was much too little to help their team pull off a win. Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade exploded for stunning late-game performance for the Bulls, sealing the deal with a couple clutch plays in the final minute. Wade finished with a team-high 30 points, to go along with six rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals, in 35 minutes. Jimmy Butler added 23 points, seven assists and five rebounds, in 39 minutes.

Posted on January 22, 2017 at 12:21 AM ET

100
Indiana Pacers  at  Utah Jazz
Final  – January 21, 2017
109

Jazz Make It Six Straight

By Dan Bruno  

The Utah Jazz hung on to earn their sixth straight win, as they defeated the visiting Indiana Pacers 109-100, at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday evening. The Jazz started out with a strong 34-21 first quarter and led 60-50 at halftime. Paul George was ejected in the fourth quarter after picking up a technical foul and his sixth personal. The Jazz were then able to stay on track and earn a solid home win. Four players scored in double digits for the Jazz (29-16), highlighted by solid performances from George Hill and Gordon Hayward. Hill led the way with a game-high 30 points, to go along with six rebounds and five assists, while Hayward finished with 27 points on solid 8-of-13 shooting. Rudy Gobert was huge late in the game, and finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, as he helped the Jazz seal the deal, with some key offensive boards. Alec Burks had one of his best games of the season, as he finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and four rebounds, in 19 minutes off the bench. The Jazz will look to extend their streak, as they play host to the Thunder on Monday. Meanwhile, the Pacers (22-21) fell short despite five players scoring in double digits. Thaddeus Young, Jeff Teague and Paul George each had a team-high 19 points, while Monta Ellis added 15 off the bench. Myles Turner was the only other player to score in double digits, as he chipped in 13, on 5-of-9 shooting. The Pacers shot 50.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range, but lacked the closing power, as their star Paul George was ejected. This marks the second straight loss for the Pacers, who will look to bounce back, as they play host to the Knicks on Monday.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 11:44 PM ET      Updated on January 22, 2017 at 12:04 AM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Thaddeus Young, Paul George and Jeff Teague all scored a team-high 19 points, but the Pacers needed something more, as they fell short in Utah. Young added nine rebounds and three assists; Teague added seven assists, four rebounds and three steals; and George added four rebounds and two assists. Monta Ellis chipped in 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, in 33 minutes off the bench, while the only other player to score in double digits was Myles Turner, who chipped in 13 points. Meanwhile, a few big performances lifted the Jazz in this one, including a game-high 30 points from George Hill, to go along with six rebounds and five assists, in 34 minutes. Gordon Hayward followed up with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Rudy Gobert did his job, with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Posted on January 22, 2017 at 12:26 AM ET