The Golden State Warriors have to be one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. They may be one of the biggest surprises in all of sports. The Warriors are now 15-7. They have won all five games on their Eastern Conference road trip with two left to play. They’ve beaten the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat so far on the trip along with the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats The Warriors face the Orlando Magic on Friday and the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. They will go to Orlando with a score to settle as the Magic are the last team to beat them.
n Wednesday night in Miami, against the world champs, the Warriors got a layup from Draymond Green with one second left to break a 95-95 tie. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 27 points as the Warriors stayed one game behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division. David Lee added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors as well.
Lebron James led the Heat with 31 points. They fell to 14-6 on the season and lost a game in the standings to the Atlanta Hawks who now trail by a half game in the Southeast Division.
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Denver Nuggets 108-105. Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wolves who ran their record to 10-9 on the season. The Nuggets were led by Kenneth Faried with 26 points and 14 rebounds. The Nuggets are now 11-12.
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Sacramento Kings 98-85. Brandon Jennings scored 19 points and Monta Ellis had 17 for the Bucks as they ran their record up to 11-9 on the season. The Kings dropped to 7-14. Ersan Ilyasova chipped in 16 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute also had 17 in his first start for the Bucks this season.
The Houston Rockets beat the Washington Wizards 99-93. James Harden led the Rockets with 31 points. Chandler Parsons scored eight of his 18 points in a crucial stretch in the final three minutes after the Wizards climbed back into the game in the fourth quarter. Houston is now 10-11 while the Wizards are 3-16.
The Indiana Pacers came back to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-81. Cleveland was in the lead by 16 late in the first half, but the Pacers put the clamps on defensively in the second half, holding the Cavs to 23 points for the half. Paul George had 27 points to lead the Pacers as they evened their record at 11-11. The Cavs fell to 5-18.
The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks battled late into the evening in a double overtime affair. The Mavericks were down by three with 5 seconds left in the second overtime and they threw away the inbound pass. Courtney Lee then went to the line and rattled home a free throw with 4.1 seconds to ice the game as the Celtics won 117-115. The Celtics ran their record to 12-9 on the season as Dallas fell to 11-11. Paul Pierce had a monster game with 34 points for the Celtics while six Celtics players were in double figures.