The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers came into tonight’s game with identical 10-8 records. Four quarters tonight was still not enough to separate the two teams. So after five minutes of overtime, the Sixers finally won the game 95-94 to put them one game over the Celtics in the Atlantic Division. Evan Turner led the Sixers with 27 points and 10 rebounds and Thaddeus Young added 17 points. Turner hit the game winner over Boston’s Courtney Lee with 3.9 left in overtime.
The Chicago Bulls got a tough road win beating the Detroit Pistons 108-104. Joakim Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, both career highs for the Bulls. The Bulls fought back from 17 points down to improve to 10-8. They are the only team in the Central Division over .500 and they lead by a game over the Indiana Pacers who are 10-10. All five Bulls finished in double figures. Carlos Boozer had 24 points and Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng added 16 apiece.
The Golden State Warriors are showing to be for real. They beat a tough Brooklyn Nets team on the road 109-102. David Lee led the Warriors with 30 points and 15 rebounds and Stephen Curry had 28 points for the Warriors who are now 12-7.
The Denver Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers 92-89. The Nuggets ran their record to 10-10 while dropping the Pacers to 10-10. Corey Brewer and Javale McGee led Denver with 20 points each. The loss was the second straight home loss for the Nets.
The Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Hornets on the road 96-89. Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 28 points abd Quincy Pondexter hit all six of his shots, four of them three pointers, for 16 points. The Grizzlies are now 14-3, the best record in the NBA. New Orleans fell to 5-13.
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 105-94 to run their record to 11-5. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Al Horford had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Teague had 19 points to lead Atlanta.
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-73. Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds for the T-Wolves who are now 9-9. Cleveland shot only nine free throws on the night and turned the ball over 20 times which led to 32 points for Minnesota.
The San Antonio Spurs stayed hot with a 114-92 win over the Houston Rockets. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 17 points as six Spurs finished in double figures. San Antonio is now 16-4 while the Rockets are 9-9. James Harden led all scorers with 29 points for the Rockets.
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Bobcats by 15 points, 108-93. Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with 21 points and Marquis Daniels chipped in 18 as the Bucks handed the Cats their sixth straight loss. The Bobcats were a feel good story when they equaled last season’s win total in only 12 games, have fallen back into their losing ways the last couple of weeks.
The Utah Jazz blasted the hapless Toronto Raptors 131-99 behind Paul Millsap with 20 points, Enes Kanter with 18 points and Gordon Hayward with 17 points. The Jazz ran their record up to 11-10 while the Raptors fell to 4-16.
The Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 91-82. The Kings went into the fourth quarter down by one after blowing a 12 point halftime lead. But Isiah Thomas led the Kings back in the fourth quarter leading the Kings with 17 points along with DeMarcus Cousins who also had 17. Glen Davis led the Magic with 20 points before fouling out.