Tip-Off for 3/14/13 (featuring Tuff Crew): Sacramento Kings stomp Chicago Bulls 121-79; Heat hang on for 20th in a row
LeBron James and the Miami Heat are at the center of the sports world.
The Sacramento Kings used an outstanding performance from Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans to blow out the Chicago Bulls 121-79. The Bulls trailed 65-36 at the half and scored only 43 points the rest of the way. For all the good Chicago has done this season without point guard Derrick Rose, this team has taken some serious beat downs along the way.
The Miami Heat survived a scare from the less than scary Philadelphia 76ers to pull out a 98-94 win. The victory pushes the Heat’s streak to a season-high 20 games.
Heat 98 – 76ers 94 – Philadelphia gave Miami one of their biggest scares during what is now a 20-game win streak. Spencer Hawes missed a layup which would have cut the Heat lead to one late in the contest. LeBron James finished with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Thaddeus Young led the 76ers with 24 points and 15 boards.
Wizards 106 – Bucks 93 – The Wizards used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from the Bucks. John Wall led the Wizards with 23 points and 10 dimes. Ersa Illysova grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bucks — who were led by Monta Ellis with 26 points.
Pacers 107 – T-Wolves 91 – The Pacers dominated the boards 49-36. Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Ricky Rubio led Minnesota with 21 points and 10 assists.
Celtics 112 – Raptors 98 – The Celtics won their 10th game in a row at home — all coming since Rajon Rondo was lost for the season with and ACL injury. Jeff Green continued his hot streak, leading the Celtics with 20 points. Rudy Gay led Toronto with 19 points and 7 rebounds.
Hawks 96 – Lakers 92 – Kobe Bryant left the game late with an ankle injury. Early reports have the Lakers leading scorer out indefinitely. Bryant brought the Lakers back from a 12-point halftime deficit. Al Horford led the Hawks with 14 rebounds. Bryant scored a game-high 31 points.
Rockets 111 – Suns 81 – Rookie Donatas Motiejunas led the Rockets with a career-high 19 points. James Harden added 18 points. Wesley Johnson led the Suns with 15 points.
Thunder 110 – Jazz 87 – The Jazz scored nine points in the second quarter and were never able to recover, trailing 50-28 at the half. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Gordon Hayward led Utah with 20 points.
Kings 121 – Bulls 79 – Tyreke Evans (26 points) and Isaiah Thomas (22 points) paced the Kings — who have been have huge scoring nights as of late. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 21 points.
Nuggets 117 – Knicks 94 – The Knicks were run out of the building by the Denver Nuggets — who held them to 42 first half points. Carmelo Anthony had a forgettable night, finishing with only 9 points. Wilson Chandler led Denver with 24 points. Iman Schumpert led the Knicks with 20 points.
Grizzlies 96 – Clippers 85 – The Grizzlies picked up their first win against the Clipppers this season, holding the home team to 33 second half points. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 21 points. Chris Paul scored 24 points and handed out 9 assists for Los Angeles.
Warriors 105 – Pistons 97 – The Warriors shot 57 percent from the floor. Steph Curry led the Golden State with a game-high 31 points and 8 assists. Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 22 points. Jason Maxiell grabbed 14 rebounds.
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