All-Star weekend has ended and the second half of the NBA season officially began yesterday. There was a total of eleven former Cats in action last night.
Chicago Bulls 96 – New Orleans Hornets 87
> Anthony Davis, Forward-Center, New Orleans
> Darius Miller, Forward, New Orleans
> Nazr Mohammed, Center, Chicago
The Bulls took the lead late in the first quarter and never relinquished it. The Hornets were able to keep it close as Davis had a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists, and a blocked shot. His teammate and former Cat Darius Miller only saw three minutes of action and didn’t record any stats. Mohammed had 4 points and 2 assists for the Bulls.
Memphis Grizzlies 105 – Detroit Pistons 91
> Brandon Knight, Guard, Detroit
> Tayshaun Prince, Forward, Memphis
This was Prince’s first game back at The Palace of Auburn Hills since being traded to the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies got off to a slow start but turned it around quickly as they shot 56.2% and won their fourth straight game. Knight finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. Prince recorded 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, and a steal.
Toronto Raptors 96 – Washington Wizards 88
> John Wall, Guard, Washington
DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay each scored 24 points for the Raptors to defeat the Wizards and win their fifth straight game. Wall had 9 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots. However, he also had 7 turnovers.
Brooklyn Nets 113 – Milwaukee Bucks 111 (OT)
> Keith Bogans, Guard-Forward, Brooklyn
The Nets’ Joe Johnson was the star of this game as he hit a tying three-pointer at the end of the fourth quarter to force overtime. He then made a buzzer-beating jumper to win the game at the end of overtime. Bogans contributed 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
Charlotte Bobcats 105 – Orlando Magic 92
> Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Forward, Charlotte
As the second half of the season begins, the Bobcats have the worst record in the NBA. They took a positive step in turning their season around by dominating the Magic. Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 6 points 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocked shots in the winning effort.
Utah Jazz 115 – Golden State Warriors 101
> Enes Kanter, Center, Utah
Utah dominated the second half to pull away from the Warriors and pick up their third straight win. Kanter gave Utah 1 point, 3 rebounds, and an assist.
San Antonio Spurs 108 – Sacramento Kings 102
> Demarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento
> Chuck Hayes, Forward-Center, Sacramento
The Kings have now lost three games in a row after being defeated by the Spurs, who have the best record in the NBA. Cousins had 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocked shots. While his teammate and former Cat Chuck Hayes had 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.