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Chicago is still alive in the playoff hunt. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Cleaning up last night’s action in the Association…

BULLS 98, Pacers 96

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(Thomas J. Russo/USA TODAY Sports)

Stats Leaders: 

PTS: Nikola Mirotic – 28 | REBS: Pau Gasol – 11 | ASTS: Gasol – 7

Top DOG of the Night: Nikola Mirotic (28 points, 10 boards, 7 threes)

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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.


Nets 105, MAGIC 139

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(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Stats Leaders: 

PTS: Andrew Nicholson – 24 | REBS: Thomas Robinson – 12 | ASTS: Elfrid Payton – 12

Top DOG of the Night: Andrew Nicholson (24 points, 9-9 shooting)

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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.


HORNETS 100, Sixers 85

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(John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports)

Stats Leaders: 

PTS: Nicolas Batum – 19 | REBS: Batum – 12 | ASTS: Batum – 12

Top DOG of the Night: Nicolas Batum (19 points, 12 assists, 12 dimes)

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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.

Good luck!

*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!

 


Thunder 82, PISTONS 88

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(Leon Halip/USA TODAY Sports)

Stats Leaders: 

PTS: Russell Westbrook/Marcus Morris – 24 | REBS: Andre Drummond – 12 | ASTS: 3 tied – 6

Top DOG of the Night: Marcus Morris (24 points, 7 rebounds)

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Quick Recap: Without KD & Serge Ibaka, OKC kept it close until the final moments. A late dunk by Reggie Jackson sealed the deal (and ticked off Russell Westbrook) and moved Detroit into 7th place.

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:


ROCKETS 106, Cavs 100

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(Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Stats Leaders: 

PTS: Kyrie Irving – 31 | REBS: Dwight Howard/Kevin Love – 11 | ASTS: 3 tied – 8

Top DOG of the Night: James Harden (27 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds)

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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!)

Takeaway: Houston maintains its lead over Dallas for 8th in the West. Meanwhile, Cleveland cannot seem to shut things own without LeBron James (rest).


Wizards 94, WARRIORS 102

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(USA TODAY Sports)

Stats Leaders: 

PTS: Stephen Curry – 26 | REBS: Draymond Green – 16 | ASTS: John Wall – 11

Top DOG of the Night: Stephen Curry (26 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals)

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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.

#DOFGAME #DOG

-Jabari J.

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