By Dwayne C. Nelson
With the NBA All-Star game and its festivities this weekend, it was a packed schedule in the league last night. Here’s a rundown of all the scores with each squad’s top performers.
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Cleveland 104, L.A. Lakers 99.
Cleveland: Ramon Sessions, 32 points and 8 assists.
Lakers: Pau Gasol, 30 points and 20 rebounds.
Miami 103, Toronto 95.
Miami: Dwyane Wade, 28 points and 7 rebounds.
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani: 38 points (five 3-pointers)
Orlando 101, Washington 76.
Orlando: Dwight Howard, 32 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Washington: John Wall, 27 points and 5 rebounds.
Boston 94, New Jersey 80.
Boston: Paul Pierce, 31 points.
New Jersey: Brook Lopez, 18 points and 4 blocks.
Dallas 116, Sacramento 100.
Dallas: Jason Kidd, 20 points (six 3-pointers)
Sacramento: DeMarcus Cousins, 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 steals.
New York 102, Atlanta 90.
New York: Amar’e Stoudemire, 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Atlanta: Marvin Williams, 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Philadelphia 114, Houston 105.
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, 20 points and 8 assists.
Houston: Kyle Lowry, 36 points (six 3-pointers) and 7 assists.
Denver 94, Milwaukee 87.
Denver: Carmelo Anthony, 38 points and 12 rebounds.
Milwaukee: John Salmons, 33 points.
Portland 103, New Orleans 96.
Portland: LaMarcus Aldridge, 34 points and 7 rebounds.
New Orleans: David West, 27 points.
Golden State 107, Utah 100.
Golden State: Monta Ellis, 35 points and 7 assists.
Utah: Deron Williams, 18 points, 11 assists and 3 steals.
L.A. Clippers 98, Minnesota 90.
Clippers: Blake Griffin, 29 points and 8 rebounds.
Minnesota: Kevin Love, 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Detroit 115, Indiana 109.
Detroit: Tayshaun Prince, 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Indiana: Roy Hibbert, 29 points and 9 rebounds.
How good are the Chicago Bulls? That question could be answered tonight as they host the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center in Chicago. The Spurs (45-9) enter with the league’s best record, while the Bulls (36-17) are 2½ games away from the No. 1 spot in the East.
The Heat’s LeBron James and Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudmire are the logical frontrunners for the Most Valuable Player award this season, but if voting was held today, my pick would be Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. With Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah missing time, Rose has been everything for the Bulls this year, averaging 24.5 points, 8 dimes and over 4 boards a night.
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