Wednesday night featured fourteen former Wildcats in the NBA. Several of their teams lost but many of the one-time Cats played well individually.
Los Angeles Clippers 96 – Minnesota Timberwolves 90
> Eric Bledsoe, Guard, Los Angeles
Coming into this game the Clippers had lost four of their last five games but came away with a big win. Eric Bledsoe has stepped into starting guard position since Chris Paul is out with a knee injury. Bledsoe had a terrific all-around game with 10 points, 10 assists, 6 steals, 3 rebounds, and a blocked shot to lead his team to victory and hand the Timberwolves their fifth straight loss.
Utah Jazz 104 – New Orleans Hornets 99
> Anthony Davis, Forward-Center, New Orleans
> Darius Miller, Forward, New Orleans
> Enes Kanter, Center, Utah
Anthony Davis did his best to keep the Hornets in the game but in the end it wasn’t enough to get past the Jazz. Davis had an 8-point fourth quarter to keep the game close and finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, and an assist. His teammate Darius Miller war recalled from the D-League earlier this week and contributed 3 points and a rebound in the loss. Kanter recorded 2 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist.
Boston Celtics 99 – Sacramento Kings 81
> Demarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento
> Chuck Hayes, Forward-Center, Sacramento
Despite Rajon Rondo being out with a knee injury the Celtics were able to cruise to victory over the Kings last night. The Celtics shot an incredible 63% in the first half which enabled them to pull away early. Cousins once again struggled with turnovers and committed five of them against the Celtics. However, he still put up 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 blocked shot, and a steal. Hayes contributed 2 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Denver Nuggets 118 – Houston Rockets 110
> Patrick Patterson, Forward-Center, Houston
Denver went on a 24-3 run with just over six minutes left in the game to give themselves a 13-point lead and essentially the win. Houston fought back and was able to get within four points but Denver closed it out. Patterson had a solid game with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and a blocked shot.
Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers 92 – Washington Wizards 64
> John Wall, Guard, Washington
The Wizards trailed the entire game and the 76ers gained a sizable lead in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. John Wall had an off night shooting wise but still put up 9 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, and a steal.
Miami Heat 105 – Brooklyn Nets 85
> Keith Bogans, Guard-Forward, Brooklyn
Following criticism from the Nets’ Reggie Evans, LeBron James let his game do the talking for him yesterday. James had 24 points and led Miami in a blow out of the Nets. Keith Bogans has played much better for the Nets the last few games and recorded 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists last night.
Indiana Pacers 98 – Detroit Pistons 79
> Brandon Knight, Guard, Detroit
The Pistons’ Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye didn’t play against the Pacers due to a three-team trade that has sent them to Memphis. Without their assistance the Pacers were able to handily defeat the Pistons. Brandon Knight had 7 points, 4 assists, and a rebound.
San Antonio Spurs 102 – Charlotte Bobcats 78
> Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Forward, Charlotte
The Bobcats suffered another humiliating loss Wednesday night. The Bobcats have the worst winning percentage in the NBA while the Spurs own the best winning percentage in the NBA. The Spurs completely dominated the Bobcats and have now won nine straight games. Kidd-Gilchrist saw a lot of playing time and had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and a rebound.
Chicago Bulls 104 – Milwaukee Bucks 88
> Nazr Mohammed, Center, Chicago
The Bulls’ offense exploded in the second quarter to give them an 18-point halftime lead. It wasn’t much of a contest from that point on. Nazr Mohammed had one rebound but no points. Marquis Teague didn’t play once again due to a coach’s decision. Doron Lamb remains in the D-League for the Bucks.
Phoenix Suns 92 – Los Angeles Lakers 86
> Jodie Meeks, Guard, Los Angeles
The Suns were down by thirteen points in the fourth quarter but rallied back to snap the Lakers’ three-game winning streak. Lakers’ Dwight Howard left the game early with a right shoulder injury and Kobe Bryant missed a game-tying layup with 24 seconds left in the game. Jodie Meeks had a dismal performance with one rebound and no points.