As the we get closer and closer to the NBA Playoffs teams are fighting for positioning within their conferences. Here are some of the NBA scores and news from Friday March 27, 2015.
Wizards outlast Hornets in 2OT
After blowing a ten-point fourth quarter lead to the Pacers in their previous game, the Washington Wizards very nearly did the same thing last night. Luckily, John Wall decided he wasn’t about to let history repeat itself.
Wall did it all in this one, zipping and darting around the court on his way to 32 points, 9 boards, 6 assists and 2 steals to carry his squad to a thrilling 110-107 victory.
The Wizards All-Star guard knocked down a jumper with 3.3 remaining in regulation to tie the game and send it to its first overtime, then went on to score 7 points in the second overtime session after one proved not to be enough.
Washington also got a big boost from their bench in this one, as all their starters finished the game with a negative mark in (+/-), meaning the bench was responsible for building most of whatever lead the Wizards had.
Al Jefferson twirled and jump-hooked his way to 31 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Hornets – and was one of only two players in the game to shoot at least 50% from the field, the other being Nene – but it wasn’t enough for the much-needed victory.
The loss drops Charlotte to 30-41, slotting them at eleventh in the East, a game-and-a-half back of eighth-place Boston and the final playoff spot. Washington moves to 41-32 and remains fifth in the East.
Spurs stampede Mavericks
In a battle of bitter in-state rivals and former NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs rolled up the Dallas Mavericks and smoked them Friday night, winning by a comfortable margin of 94-76. The Spurs led practically wire-to-wire in this one.
They were forced to brave one semi-dangerous Dallas run spanning the second and third quarters, but the Mavs never got closer than six in the second half and the Spurs ended up cruising to the victory.
Lovably chubby reserve Boris Diaw poured in 19 points to pace a balanced San Antonio effort, as the Spurs put five players in double-figures. But the real hero tonight was their defense, holding Dallas to just 76 point on a gag-inducing 37% from the field and 22% from downtown.
Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons each scored 10 to lead the Mavs. Yes, that’s right – they led their team in scoring with a grand total of 10. It was that kind of night for Dallas.
The victory was huge for the sixth-place Spurs in the scope of the Western Conference standings, as it expands their tenuous lead up to a game-and-a-half on the hated Mavs, who currently sit right behind San Antonio in the seventh spot. The season series is tied 2-2.
Last Night’s MVP
With apologies to Steph Curry – who put up 38 and 10 last night to lead his team to a blowout win over the Grizzlies – last night’s MVP award goes to Reggie Jackson.
The electric waterbug of a guard danced and slashed his way to his second triple-double in a Piston uniform, recording totals of 26 points, 11 boards and 10 dimes in his team’s victory over the Magic.
Congrats, Reggie! Hopefully this award will make up for your lack of playoff participation this season.
Last Night’s MRP
Last night’s Most Replaceable Player award goes to Cavaliers center/goon Timofey Mozgov, who in his 17 minutes of floor time managed do almost nothing, unless you count racking up more turnovers (3) than points (2) as a thing.
When you play like that and your team loses to a vastly inferior squad, like the Cavs did to Brooklyn, you’re a pretty good bet to go home with the MRP award. And so Timofey is going home with it today. Man, was he replaceable last night!