There didn’t seem to be much action in the NBA last night since there was only three games, but these three games delivered. The Chicago Bulls-Dallas Mavericks and the Charlotte Bobcats-Philadelphia 76ers were close throughout the duration while the Portland Trailblazers showed the Los Angeles Clippers how a team beats three players.
Court Crusades went 2-1 for the night with Portland showing me a thing or two about team work.
Bulls beat Mavericks 82-77…The Chicago defense had another terrific performance holding the Mavericks, who score 96 points per game, to 77 including two poor scoring performances of 15 and 17 in the second and fourth quarters. The Bulls only scored 12 points, tied for season quarter low this season, in the third quarter but had a resurgence of 26 points to finish off the game. Derrick Rose continues to have an MVP season as he went for 26 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and two blocks while Dirk Nowitzki continues to struggle with his knee going 6-16 from the field for 19 points.
Bobcats beat 76ers…The 76ers looked gassed for most of this contest after playing the Orlando Magic in over time the night before, but they had a chance because of the think roster Charlotte was working with. During the game, the Bobcats learned Tyrus Thomas will miss two months with a knee injury, hurting the inside depth even more since DeSagana Diop was already lost for the season with an Achilles’ tendon injury. D.J. Augustin had a great first half hitting 10 of his first 11 shots to help him finish with a game high 31 points.
Trailblazers beat Clippers…The Clippers had the lead after the first quarter 27-23, but would never see it again after they lost it in the second quarter and were outscored in every quarter to end the game. Blazer’s LaMarcus Aldridge continues to make his bid for the NBA All-Star game as he scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Wesley Matthews also scored 28 points and Rudy Fernandez helped with 17 off the bench. The Blazers played team ball, while the Clippers tried to run every possession through Blake Griffin, Baron Davis and Eric Gordon…it didn’t work out in their favor. Gordon led the Clippers with 35 points off 13-26 shooting from the field.