A full schedule in honor of Dr. King:
- The Hawks improved to 10-4 as they defeated the Raptors in Atlanta 93-84. Both teams were missing their starting centers (Al Horford and Andrea Bargnani), but Josh Smith picked up the slack for Atlanta with 28 points (13-19 field) and 15 rebounds. Jason Collins started at center for the Hawks and posted 0 points and 1 rebound in 13 minutes. Leandro Barbosa led Toronto with 22 points in 30 minutes off the bench, and Jose Calderon scored 13 (6-9 field ) with 11 assists against 4 turnovers.
- The 7-3 Clippers dropped the Nets to 3-11 with a 101-91 victory in Los Angeles. Blake Griffin had 23 and 14 for the Clips, who played without CP3 and his balky hamstring (Mo Williams also sat with a sore foot). Chauncey Billups moved over to point guard, scoring 20 points on 5-16 shooting and adding 4 assists. Randy Foye completed the starting backcourt, scoring 13 on 6-17 shooting and adding 10 assists against 5 turnovers. Jordan Farmar, who has recently been involved in O.J. Mayo trade rumors, shot only 2-11 off the Nets bench (0-4 from 3) for 6 points, but he did add 7 boards and 7 assists in his 29 minutes.
- Portland traveled to New Orleans and handed the Hornets an 84-77 loss. The Blazers improve to 8-5, while the Hornets drop to 3-10 (1-6 at home). LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 and 9 for the Blazers. Ray Felton was 1-8 field for 2 points, and his 12 assists were offset by 8 turnovers. Marco Belinelli was 1-8 field (0-4 from 3) in 21 starting minutes for the Hornets, finishing with 2 points.
- Cleveland went into Charlotte and came away with a 102-94 win, improving to 6-6 overall and 4-5 road. The Cats drop to 3-11, 2-6 at home. Omri Casspi had perhaps his best game of the season, as he scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Anderson Varejao had a 14-12 double double, and Kyrie Irving led the Cavs in scoring with 25, adding 7 assists versus 3 turnovers. Kemba Walker started with D.J. Augustin again, and scored 14 points on 6-21 field, adding 5 boards, 4 assists (2 turnovers) and 4 steals. Augustin scored 24 on 9-17 shooting with 7 assists against 2 turnovers, with 4 boards and 2 steals of his own.
- Washington is now 1-12 overall and 1-6 at home after their 114-106 loss to Houston. Kevin Martin notched 25 for the Rockets on 7-16 shooting (10-10 line), with 8 assists against 4 turnovers. Samuel Dalembert had 20 points on 9-11 shooting, adding 7 boards and 3 blocks. John Wall busted out for 38 points (13-22 field, 12-16 line), 8 assists (2 turnovers), 6 steals and 4 rebounds. Andray Blatche played 34 minutes of the Wizard bench, chipping in an 11/12 double double.
- Philadelphia remained undefeated at home (6-0, 10-3 overall) as they defeated the 4-8 Bucks (Milwaukee is 4-0 home, 0-8 road) 94-82. The Sixers were led by Jrue Holiday's 24 points, and Spencer Hawes netted an 11/10 (2 blocks) double double in 33 minutes. Andrew Bogut with 20 and 11 for the Bucks, adding 4 assists (3 turnovers) and 3 blocks. Brandon Jennings was 3-11 field for 7 points, with 2 assists and 3 turnovers.
- Memphis is now 6-6 after their 102-86 win against Chicago (12-3). The Bulls played without Derrick Rose. Meanwhile Marreese Speights filled in for Zach Randolph with a 16/12 double double, and Marc Gasol had a 19/10 double double of his own. The Grizzlies also received 24 points from Rudy Gay, and 20 points and 8 assists from Mike Conley.
- The Knicks are now 6-7 (3-3 home) after their 102-93 home loss to Orlando. Ryan Anderson led Orlando with 30 points on 11-19 shooting (7-13 from 3), adding 7 boards. Dwight Howard was held to 8 points and 10 boards before fouling out after 38 minutes of play. Carmelo Anthony scored 33 for the Knicks on 9-27 shooting (1-8 from 3), 14-16 from the line.
- Oklahoma City is now 12-2 after beating the Celtics in Boston 97-88. The Celtics are now 4-8, including 3-4 at home. Kevin Garnett went for 12/12 but missed 14 of 19 shots and turned the ball over 5 times. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 28 and 26, respectively.
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