What I Saw, where Blake Griffin has no regard for human life

9 games today, and some stuff happened. Here’s what:

Phoenix 105, Charlotte 123: Captain Jack messed around and got a triple-double in this game, 24/10/10, as the Bobcats shoot 58% on their way to blowing out the Suns. Charlotte’s big forwards were good also, with Boris Diaw getting 26 on 11-17 from the floor and 4-8 triples and Tyrus Thomas chipping in 22/6 (9-13 and 4-4) off the bench. 37 assists on their 50 field goals for the Bobcats, which likely contributed to the healthy FG%. Phoenix aren’t making shots right now, and they need to find wherever J-Rich has disappeared to (he’s averaging just 10.3ppg in the last 3, all Suns losses, down from 18.7 for the season so far).

Orlando 90, Indiana 86: Sub-40% shooting for Indy as Orlando comes away with the win. Dwight Howard led the way with 25/12, but Rashard Lewis was the story, 21 points on 8-11, 5-7 from three, coming through with the sort of game the Magic needs on the reg. Roy Hibbert battled Dwight admirably for the Pacers, 19/10 to go with a block.

Miami 95, Memphis 97: With Chris Bosh playing the role of ‘Antawn Jamison’, the Miami Cavaliers lose this one (Wade sat out with sore wrist). Additionally, Udonis Haslem (as ‘Anderson Varejao’) exited the game in the third with an apparent leg injury. However, despite being out-rebounded 47-32; the Miami Cavs shot 46% from deep, 10-22, to keep this one close. LeBron had 29 and 11 assists and Bosh 20 and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Rudy Gay hits the J at the buzzer to give Memphis the win.

Dallas 98, Atlanta 93: Al Horford was amazing in this game, 20 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks while shooting 10-12 from the floor; Josh Smith added 21/5/6 and 5 steals on 10-19 from the floor, 0-3  from three (shouldn’t be taking those) and 1-2 from the line. However, Dallas just found a way to win, they got themselves to the foul line more than Atlanta and capitalised, 14-16 compared to Atlanta’s 8-10.

Cleveland 92, San Antonio 116: 6 guys in double-figures, 32 assists on 43 field goals and 53/48/82 shooting says it all, the Spurs simply took care of business. In the process, they improved to an NBA-best 11-1 and extended their winning streak to 10. Tiago Splitter showed what he’s capable of, 18/5/2/2/2 on 7-10, 4-6 off the bench.

Oklahoma City 82, Milwaukee 81: James Harden filled in the scoring-void nicely for OKC on this day, with KD still sitting out he got the start again and had 23 points and 9 rebounds, shooting 6-13, 6-8 from deep and 5-6 at the foul line. Westbrook struggled a little bit, 18 shots for his 18 points, but he still managed to dish 6 assists. The Bucks bigs took advantage of an undersized Thunder frontline, with Bogut grabbing 12 rebounds and Gooden 16. Brandon Jennings had 25 points but shot 8-24 to get ‘em.

New Jersey 103, Denver 107: This was a tight one, but even with 7 Nets scoring double-figures, the Nuggets had enough firepower, ‘Melo dropped 28 while Nene added 22.

Utah 103, Portland 94: The Blazers absolutely smash the Jazz on the boards, 48-38, including grabbing a whopping 24 offensive rebounds; however, they would not capitalise on all the extra looks, shooting 38% to Utah’s 48%. LMA led Portland with 24 points and 11 rebounds, but he would also turn the ball over 8 times. For Utah, Jefferson had 20 points and 14 rebounds, while C.J. Miles came off the bench for a fairly efficient 25 (8-13, 7-10, 2-2).

New York 124, L.A. Clippers 115: Blake Griffin, the rookie Blake Griffin, had 44 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists in this game, shooting 14-24 from the floor and 16-23 at the free-throw line; sure, Amar’e put up 39/11 at the other end, but BG had 44 points! Incredible. The Clippers shot 54% and out-rebounded NYK 38-32, but they sent the Knicks to the line too much, with New York making 43-51 free-throws for the game. Gallinari was good again with 31 points, these came on just 11 field goal attempts (7-11, 4-6 from deep, 13-13 at the line). Check out BG’s insane dunks here, they’re well worth your time.

That’s all from me, thanks as always.

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