Dallas Mavericks 80, New York Knicks 75 - The Mavs took a lead early, weathered a strong middle two periods from the Knicks, and pulled away from a 64-all tie with 7:30 left to play to get the win. Dwight Buycks was crucial for Dallas, scoring a game high 16 points and adding four rebounds and a game high six assists. It was his seven steals, though, that made the biggest impact on the game. He was giving Chasson Randle fits all game long, including this sequence where he stuck a three in Randle’s face, forced a turnover, outhustled Randle to a ball on the floor, and flipped it to a charging teammate for the layup and the and-1.
Head over to the NBA.com recap page for a full highlight package and a post-game interview with Buycks.
Oklahoma City Thunder 92, Detroit Pistons 91 - Fire up the Price Is Right Fail Horn for the refs in this game, as they ended up allowing OKC to grab the victory. Now, to be clear, it wouldn’t have been possible without a 12-0 run by the Thunder in the first place, but when the refs (correctly) called a technical foul for a Detroit foul before the inbounds with 10 seconds left. While that was the right call, letting Daniel Hamilton shoot two free throws was the wrong call. Hamilton followed up his two FT makes with a putback and-1 and that free throw put OKC up 92-91.
Detroit got one final chance with three seconds left, but Henry Ellenson’s fadeaway three-pointer bounced off the rim. Other than the miss on the potential game winner on a shot that he’s not particularly good at, Ellenson had a great game for the Pistons. He matched Oklahoma City’s Vincent Hunter for a game high 21 points, and also added nine rebounds and an assist. He shot 7-for-18 from the field, but just 2-of-8 from long range.
Here’s a quick highlight package of what Ellenson accomplished just in the first quarter, all while wearing the Rip Hamilton Memorial Facemask:
Go check out the NBA.com recap page for more on this one.
Today’s Schedule (all times Central):
12pm: Detroit vs New York (NBA TV)