NBA Daily Rundown: Rose’s game-winner over Suns, Pacers make light work of Hornets, and Clippers steal one in San Antonio
Balanced offensive attack, defense lift Pacers past Hornets
The Indiana Pacers controlled most of the game at both ends of the floor as they soundly defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 120-95. The Pacers held the visiting team to only 15 points in the second quarter, and never looked back from there. All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo led the winning team with 21 points, 7 assists and 3 steals, while Domantas Sabonis came off the bench to chip in 16 points and 8 boards. Myles Turner only had 9 markers, but dominated the defensive end with 16 rebounds and 3 blocks, emphasized by an emphatic block on a Marvin Williams’ dunk attempt.
Kemba Walker topscored for the Hornets with 23 points and 7 assists. With the loss, the Hornets saw their three-game winning streak snap as they fall to a 22-24 record.
Rose’s step-back game-winner caps 31-point outing
Derrick Rose bolstered his All-Star chances with another explosive performance as the Minnesota Timberwolves hacked out a close-call 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Rose was on attack mode all night, and drilled a step-back jumper that put the Wolves up by two with only 0.06 ticks remaining on the clock. The former MVP finished the game with a game-high 31 points and 4 rebounds, while Karl Anthony-Towns had another double-double of 30 points and 12 boards.
T.J. Warren led the Suns with 21 markers and 4 rebounds, but missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer in the final possession. Devin Booker put up an all-around game of 18 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds.
Clips clamp on defense to beat Spurs
The Los Angeles Clippers put on a disciplined defensive display in the second half as they carved a much-needed 103-95 road win against the San Antonio Spurs. Tobias Harris, a darkhorse All-Star candidate this season, almost got a triple-double as he racked up 27 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds in the win. Defensive point guard Patrick Beverley impressed with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. With the win, the Clippers finally put an end to their five-game losing streak.
LaMarcus Aldridge had another brilliant performance, finishing with a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds. However, he had little help from his teammates as fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan struggled on the field, racking up only 8 points and committed 4 turnovers.