In Monday night play, there were 6 NBA teams playing and a total of 7 former Kentucky Wildcats in action. Here is a recap of Monday night games.
Utah Jazz (35-36) 107 – Philadelphia 76ers (27-43) 91
Enes Kanter-Center-Utah Jazz
Utah Jumped out quick on the 76ers going on a 10-0 run to start the game. In the second quarter Utah again came out hot, going on a 15-6 run. Philadelphia cut the deficit to 5 points with the score being 45-40 but the Jazz responded by going on a 13-0 run to end the half, 58-42. Utah shot 6 of 10 from 3 point range in the first half. They played even throughout the second half but Utah had already done enough damage, holding the 76ers to 39 percent shooting and 4-14 from behind the arc. Enes Kanter logged a little over 25 minutes going for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist.
New Orleans Hornets (25-46) 110 – Denver Nuggets (49-23) 86
Anthony Davis-Center-New Orleans
Darius Miller-Guard-New Orleans
Monday night belonged to the New Orleans rookies as the Hornets broke Denver’s 15 game winning streak. Brian Roberts got just his second start for the Hornets and took full advantage of it. He went for 13 points, 1 steal and 18 assists. That’s right, 18 assists; some of those to another rookie, Darius miller, who got the start due to injuries to other teammates. Darius logged almost 26 minutes for 6 of 7 shooting, including 4 of 5 from behind the arc. He finished the game with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Anthony Davis had another good night scoring 14 points with 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Washington Wizards (26-44) 107 – Memphis Grizzlies (47-23) 94
Washington went into this game heavily undermanned as they only had 8 players available with seven that did not play due to various injuries. That didn’t stop John Wall and the Grizzlies as he went 13 of 22 from the field and a career high 19 free throws on 24 attempts for 47 points, 17 of those in the fourth quarter. He also had 8 assists and 7 rebounds. The Grizzlies Tayshaun Prince had a quite night scoring 8 points with 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Miami Heat (56-14) 108 – Orlando Magic (18-53) 94
Miami continues their dominance of the NBA, now winning their 27th straight game (and that’s without Dwayne Wade). LeBron James went for 24 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Doron Lamb didn’t see much action, logging just 6 and a half minutes for 2 points and 3 rebounds.
Golden State Warriors (41-31) 109 – Los Angeles Lakers (36-35) 103
Jodie Meeks-Guard-Los Angeles
The Lakers are another team that is undermanned having 5 players who are inactive. Golden State jumped all over the Lakers, leading at halftime 63-40. Los Angeles outscored the Warriors in the second half, 63-46 but the deficit was too much for the Lakers to overcome. Jodie Meeks logged 24 minutes scoring 13 points with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.