A total of eight former Kentucky Wildcats took to the courts around the NBA last night. Let’s take a look at how each of them performed individually.
Washington Wizards 98 – New York Knicks 89
-John Wall, Guard, Washington
Although the game was close at halftime, the Wizards outscored the Knicks 27-17 in the third quarter to gain control. The Wizards shot nearly 50% from the field (48.7%) and John Wall scored 30 or more points in consecutive games for the first time in his career. Wall led the Wizards with 31 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and a blocked shot.
Los Angeles Clippers 103 – Sacramento Kings 102
-DeMarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento
-Patrick Patterson, Forward, Sacramento
-Chuck Hayes, Forward, Sacramento
The Kings were able to come back from a 20-point deficit and take the lead with three minutes remaining in the game. However, the Clippers made several trips to the free throw line in the final minutes and took the lead back. DeMarcus Cousins was unable to convert on a last-second shot and the Clippers escaped with a victory. Cousins had a big double-double with 23 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal. Patterson finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. Hayes recorded 2 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist.
Houston Rockets 112 – Minnesota Timberwolves 101
-Terrence Jones, Forward, Houston
Even though the Timberwolves trailed the entire game, they had a chance to win as they were only down by eight going into the fourth quarter. However, the Rockets refused to let go of their iron grip on the game. Jones had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Indiana Pacers 106 – Philadelphia 76ers 98
-Daniel Orton, Forward, Philadelphia
The 76ers made a 19-4 run to open the fourth quarter and take a 85-81 lead. Then the Pacers made a 17-3 run of their own and regained the lead, which they would not surrender. The 76ers missed 67 shots and shot just 34.3% from the field. Orton recorded a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, and an assist.
Charlotte Bobcats 96 – Milwaukee Bucks 72
-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Forward, Charlotte
-Brandon Knight, Guard, Milwaukee
The Bobcats shot 49.4% from the field, while the Bucks shot just 35.3%. Due to the Bobcats’ good shooting and the Bucks’ poor shooting, the Bobcats were able to build a 70-47 lead through the first nine minutes of the third quarter and never looked back. Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, and a steal in the winning effort. Knight had 3 points, 7 assists, and 1 rebound.