Cleaning up last night’s action in the Association…
Top DOG of the Night: Nikola Mirotic (28 points, 10 boards, 7 threes)
Quick Recap: Nikola Mirotic was our Top DOG but Jimmy Butler‘s game-winning jumper pushed Chicago to a much needed road victory in Indy. Both teams combined for 26 points in the fourth – a dull capper to an otherwise exciting game (before Butler’s nonchalant J).
Takeaway: Chicago stays alive in the playoff race, now just 2 GB Indy for the East’s final spot.
Top DOG of the Night: Andrew Nicholson (24 points, 9-9 shooting)
Quick Recap: ANDREW NICHOLSON IS ALIVE. Orlando’s buried big man produced his best game of the year in a easy runaway v. Brooklyn. He led 8 guys in double figures, including another strong effort by Dewayne Dedmon (15 points).
*DISCLAIMER* You’re forgiven if these names mean absolutely nothing to you.
Takeaway: Elfrid Payton is on a roll. Brooklyn is…making vacation plans.
PTS: Nicolas Batum – 19 | REBS: Batum – 12 | ASTS: Batum – 12
Top DOG of the Night: Nicolas Batum (19 points, 12 assists, 12 dimes)
Quick Recap: It’s Nic Batum’s world, we’re all just living in it. The game’s leader in each major category, Batum tallied his second trip-dub as a Hornet en route to an easy dub over Philly. Cody Zeller chipped in 18 points & 11 rebounds.
Takeaway: Charlotte’s goal to capture the 3 seed got a strong boost – they’re just 1.5 GB Atlanta 8 left to play. Philly, on the other hand, needs to win just 1 MORE GAME to avoid tying the worst record in NBA history.
*ELTON BRAND ALERT*
37-year old Elton Brand turned back the clock: scored 7 points, pulled down 9 boards and even dove into the crowd!
Top DOG of the Night: Marcus Morris (24 points, 7 rebounds)
Takeaway: There’s still a lot of bad blood between Jackson & the Thunder. Perhaps, Reggie was just excited about Detroit’s improving playoff prospects. Westbrook took notice of his (near) post-game celebration:
Top DOG of the Night: James Harden (27 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds)
Quick Recap: Despite a 19-point hole to begin the second half, James Harden and the Rox still managed to come away with a hard-fought W in Cleveland. Michael Beasley (17 & 8) and Trevor Ariza (game-clinching triple) were amongst the key contributors who led the comeback.
“Tonight’s Michael Beasley Efficiency Grade” – 17 pts on 8-15 shooting = B- (for him!)
Wizards 94, WARRIORS 102
Top DOG of the Night: Stephen Curry (26 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals)
Quick Recap: Washington led by ten midway through the second quarter. So naturally, the Dubs took control and put it out of reach. DRAYMOND had another big night – 15, 16, & 9.
*Did Steph Dunk? YES!*
Takeaway: GS needs to finish 6-2 the rest of the way to break Chicago’s 72-win mark from ’96.
WAS shot 5/23 on downtown and fell to 10th in the East.