Cleveland Cavaliers 95, Boston Celtics 90
Owner Dan Gilbert‘s draft picks are sure looking good, at least against the Boston Celtics. Kyrie Irving, the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, scored 38 points as he was dominating early and late in the game.
He scored 19 points in the first quarter to set the tone for Cleveland and also added 11 points in the final 2:33 of the final quarter to give the Celtics their fourth straight loss.
Tristan Thompson, drafted fourth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, had one of the best games of the season, getting 21 points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes of playing-time. Cleveland has now won back-to-back games at home for the first time this season.
Detroit Pistons 105, Orlando Magic 90
After leading by two in the first half, the Pistons used a 28-14 run in the third quarter — led by 16 points combined by Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe — to get themselves a 16 point lead and the game. J.J Redick kept the Magic in the first half with 17 points and 6-of-6 shooting.
Milwaukee Bucks 110, Philadelphia 76ers 102
Brandon Jennings scored nine of his 25 points along with three assists in the final quarter to give the Bucks a victory. Despite Philadelphia’s 17-7 run to start the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to take the lead. Ersan Ilyasova scored 27 points and 16 rebounds. The Sixers started the game making two out of their first 17 shots, getting to another slow start and trailing by 10 after one.
Oklahoma City Thunder 110, Los Angeles Clippers 102
The Thunder weren’t facing Chris Paul when going against the Clippers, but it was still a very tough game. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored all but five of the Thunder’s 27 in the fourth quarter.
The Thunder were winning by 12 to start the period. But every single time the Clippers tried cutting the lead, Durant or Westbrook had an answer. The Thunder made 15-of-27 three-pointers for the game. Blake Griffin had 31 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who will now play 10 out of their next 11 games on the road.