It was almost too hard to watch for Blake Griffin as the Clippers win streak ended at 17 games.
The NBA’s hottest team ushered in the New Year with a resounding thud. The Los Angeles Clippers had not lost a game since November 26 and were winners of 17 straight games. Last night in Denver, the host Nuggets held the Clippers to 38 percent shooting while administering their own high wire act in a 92-78 victory.
Mavericks 103 – Wizards 94 – The Mavericks held the Wizards to 40 percent shooting and 42 points in the second half. Vince Carter led Dallas with 23 points. Wizards rookie Bradley Beal finished with 22 points.
Blazers 105 – Knicks 100 – New York shot a frigid 27 percent from three-point range last night as the Blazers won a closely contested battle. Nicholas Batum led Portland with 26 points. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 45 points. Amar’e Stoudemire returned to the Knicks lineup, he finished with 6 points in 16 minutes of action.
Pistons 103 – Kings 97 – DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 21 points and had a game-high 14 rebounds. The Pistons gave a strong defensive effort and were led by Brandon Knight who finished with 20 points and 4 assists.
Hawks 95 – Hornets 86 - The Hawks were led by Josh Smith’s 23 points and 13 rebounds. The Hornets won the rebounding battle 47-39, but their 13 turnovers proved costly. Anthony Davis grabbed 13 boards for New Orleans.
Nuggets 92 – Clippers 78 – Blame it on the altitude or whatever, but the Clippers just didn’t bring it last night. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 12 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 11 rebounds. The Nuggets put forth a great team effort to move three games above .500. Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 17 points.
76ers 103 – Lakers 99 – The Lakers shot 19 for 22 from beyond the arc and are off to their worst start in a decade. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 36 points. 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday led the team with 26 points and 10 assists.
Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s son found dead (CBS LA).
Medicaid fees for physicians will skyrocket in 2013 (Extended Health).
FSU’s Vince Williams did not hold back in response to NIU’s Jordan Lynch (Orlando Sentinel).
Vikings undecided on practice conditions (Pro Football Talk).
NBA’s latest trade talk (Mike and McGoutry).
DRose not returning just yet (Inside Hoops).
Twenty-five years later, Tawana Brawley is still suffering (NY Post).
NHL, Players to resume talks (Reuters).
Peyton Manning did cost someone their job this season (Wild Thing Football).
Does Kevin Kolb even want to see Andy Reid again (Pro Football Talk).