Saturday night was a big night for former Cats, as there were 10 former players in games. There were a lot of very close games, including three games (CLE/Toronto, CHA/MIN, POR/LAC) that were separated by 1 point. It was a great night of hoops if you were able to watch.
Washington Wizards 86- Chicago Bulls 73
In Washington, the Wizards held their ground against the Bulls with a strong effort coming from Emeka Okafor who had 15 points and 16 rebounds. The Wizards played tough defense all night and you can tell by the score that it worked against the offensive savvy Bulls. Former cat John Wall had 15 points, 7 assists 3 rebounds and a steal in the win. In the losing effort former cat Nazr Mohammed only played 50 seconds but recorded a steal and a turnover.
Charlotte Bobcats 102- Minnesota Timberwolves 101
>Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Forward, Charlotte
In this match-up Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did not have a very effective game for the Bobcats. Due to foul trouble he was only on the court for 15 minutes and only managed to have 2 points on 2 shot attempts. On the other hand, Kemba Walker led the way for the Bobcats, scoring 25 to lead all scorers and sent the Timberwolves their 9th loss out of their last 10.
Houston Rockets 119- Brooklyn Nets 106
>Patrick Patterson, Forward, Houston
>Keith Bogans, Guard, Brooklyn
After a huge run in the second quarter by the Rockets outscoring the Nets 34-20, they were able to keep their composure and fend off Brooklyn to win at home. Cats Patrick Patterson and Keith Bogans both played in this game, Patterson had 7 points, 2 rebounds and an assist, while Bogans hit two-3 pointers to go along with 3 rebounds and a block.
Milwaukee Bucks 109- Golden State Warriors 102
>Doron Lamb, Guard, Milwaukee
In Milwaukee, guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis went off, both scoring 20 points and hitting clutch shots at the end of the game to put away Mark Jackson’s young Warriors team. Former Cat Doron Lamb did not play in this game due to a coaches decision.
Denver Nuggets 121- Sacramento Kings 93
>Demarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento
Former Cat Demarcus Cousins had an off game against the very good defensive Denver squad. Kenneth Faried and company held him to 3 points, 4 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds. Very off night for him, but the Nuggets led by Ty Lawson capitalized on his misfortunes.
Utah Jazz 114- Indiana Pacers 110
> Enes Kanter, Center, Utah
In this closely fought game that ended up in overtime, both squads looked evenly matched throughout the game but thanks to key shots by Gordon Hayward and Al Jefferson of the Jazz they were able to pull off a victory. Enes Kanter had 6 points and 3 rebounds in the winning effort.
Portland Trail Blazers 101- Los Angeles Clippers 100
>Eric Bledsoe, Guard, Los Angeles
Another close game came in Portland on Saturday night where the Trail Blazers led by Nicholas Batum who had a triple double with 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Former Cat Eric Bledsoe added 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block in the losing effort for the Clippers.