There were thirteen former Wildcats playing in the NBA last night. Let’s take a look at how each of them performed individually.
Memphis Grizzlies 85 – Washington Wizards 76
> Tayshaun Prince, Forward, Memphis
> John Wall, Guard, Washington
This was Tayshaun Prince’s first game with Memphis after being traded from the Detroit Pistons. He received a standing ovation as he walked onto the court and had a good showing for the fans with 14 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and a blocked shot. John Wall did all he could to keep the game close but the Grizzlies were finally able to pull away in the fourth quarter. Wall recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Denver Nuggets 113 – New Orleans Hornets 98
> Anthony Davis, Forward-Center, New Orleans
> Darius Miller, Forward, New Orleans
The Hornets have now lost three straight games and remain in last place in the Western Conference standings. The game was close until the fourth quarter when the Nuggets put the pedal to the metal and solidified a double-digit lead. Davis had double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, and 2 assists. His teammate and former Cat Darius Miller contributed 3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, and a blocked shot.
Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers 89 – Sacramento Kings 80
> Demarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento
> Chuck Hayes, Forward-Center, Sacramento
This game was lopsided early on as the 76ers had a 19-point lead. However, the Kings battled back and cut the lead to five points at one point. The 76ers were able to gain control back and finish the game with a win. Cousins recorded another double-double, which is his 21st one of the season. He put up 12 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocked shots, and 2 steals. Hayes saw minimal action and had 2 rebounds and an assist.
Detroit Pistons 117 – Cleveland Cavaliers 99
> Brandon Knight, Guard, Detroit
With Tayshaun Prince being traded to the Grizzlies earlier this week, Brandon Knight needed to step up his game and help fill the void. He did just that last night in the Pistons’ blowout of the Cavaliers. Knight had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and a blocked shot.
Toronto Raptors 98 – Los Angeles Clippers 73
> Eric Bledsoe, Guard, Los Angeles
The Clippers played a sloppy game and the Raptors made them pay for it. Rudy Gay had 20 points in his debut for the Raptors to help put away the Clippers. Bledsoe had 10 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, and a steal.
Brooklyn Nets 93 – Chicago Bulls 89
> Keith Bogans, Guard-Forward, Brooklyn
> Nazr Mohammed, Center, Chicago
> Marquis Teague, Guard, Chicago
The Bulls had a lead early in the fourth quarter but the Nets turned to their bench and surged past the Bulls for the win. The Bulls were short-handed once again and simply ran out of gas. Bogans helped in the Nets’ win with 3 points and a rebound. Mohammed had 4 points and a rebound, while Teague had one rebound and one steal in the loss.
Los Angeles Lakers 111 – Minnesota Timberwolves 100
> Jodie Meeks, Guard, Los Angeles
The Lakers handed the Timberwolves their sixth straight loss Friday night. The Lakers’ starters played very well to get the win as they continue to try and turn their season around and make the playoffs. Meeks contributed 8 points, 1 rebound, and a steal.
Utah Jazz 86 – Portland Trail Blazers 77
> Enes Kanter, Center, Utah
Utah controlled nearly every aspect of the game and capitalized off of Portland’s mistakes and missed opportunities to come away with the victory. Kanter recorded 3 points, 1 rebound, and a blocked shot.