Several former Wildcats were in action for the NBA last night, many of whom were playing against each other. There was a total of ten, one-time Cats that hit the courts last night. Let’s check out how each of them performed individually.
Houston Rockets 100 – Charlotte Bobcats 94
> Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Forward, Charlotte
> Patrick Patterson, Forward-Center, Houston
Charlotte’s dismal season continued last night as they fell to the Houston Rockets. Kidd-Gilchrist had a decent game as he put up 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He also blocked one shot and had a steal. Patterson, however, saw limited action as he was only on the court for 8 minutes. He wasn’t able to be very productive in that short period of time and ended up with 0 points and 4 rebounds.
New Orleans Hornets 114 – Sacramento Kings 105
> Anthony Davis, Forward-Center, New Orleans
> Demarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento
> Chuck Hayes, Forward-Center, Sacramento
New Orleans has won six of their last eight games and looked strong in their appearance against the Kings last night. The final score doesn’t show how lopsided the game actually was. New Orleans led by 25 points at halftime, but with a dominant performance from Demarcus Cousins, the Kings were able to narrow the deficit. Cousins had a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Chuck Hayes, Cousins’ teammate and former Wildcat, came off the bench and scored 2 points in the losing effort. Anthony Davis had a solid performance with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and a blocked shot.
Chicago Bulls 95 – Los Angeles Lakers 83
> Nazr Mohammed, Center, Chicago
> Jodie Meeks, Guard, Los Angeles
The woes of the struggling Los Angeles Lakers didn’t cease last night. Chicago handily defeated them and they have now lost three consecutive games. Former Wildcat Marquis Teague didn’t play last night for Chicago due to a coach’s decision. However, Nazr Muhammed, who won championships with Kentucky in 1996 and 1998, saw a little action for the Bulls against the Lakers. He had 3 rebounds and a blocked shot but didn’t score any points. For the Lakers, Jodie Meeks only played three minutes and his only stat was one rebound.
Washington Wizards 98 – Portland Trailblazers 95
> John Wall, Guard, Washington
This was a close and exciting game all throughout. Jordan Crawford made a 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Wizards over the Trailblazers. In his sixth game back from knee injury John Wall came off the bench to play 26 minutes. He did a little bit of everything to help his team defeat the Trailblazers as he had 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
Golden State Warriors 106 – Los Angeles Clippers 99
> Eric Bledsoe, Guard, Los Angeles
The Clippers are having a fantastic season thus far and are ranked second in the Western Conference standings. Despite their tremendous talent, the Clippers were unable to edge out the Warriors. Eric Bledsoe has been a key component to the Clippers’ success this year and put up 7 points with 1 rebound, 4 assists, and 1 steal.
Brooklyn Nets 88 – New York Knicks 85
> Keith Bogans, Guard-Forward, Brooklyn
The Nets squared off against their crosstown rival New York Knicks yesterday. Both teams are highly ranked in the Eastern Conference standings and battled back and forth last night. The Knicks lost on a last second 3-pointer by J.R. Smith that would have tied the game and pushed it into overtime. Keith Bogans contributed 8 points and 4 rebounds for the Nets.