The NBA Roundup: March 29, 2013

Milwaukee’s win won’t do much for their Playoff seeding, but it just threw a wrench into the Lakers’ campaign to lock up eight spot in the West. Meanwhile, the Pacers remained the East’s second seed while the Kings saw a rare inspired effort from DeMarcus Cousins.

Day’s Best:
  •        Remember years ago when the only thing missing from Ben Wallace’s game was his offense? Well, our prayers are answered by way of Larry Sanders, who could end up as a much improved modern version of Wallace simply because he can score in more ways. Against the Lakers, Sanders dropped 21 points on 8-of-11 FG shooting to go with 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.
  •        We haven’t seen much from Paul George since the All-Star break, but his all-around production against the Mavs (24 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals) is a bright reminder of why Indiana is better than 13 other East teams right now.
  •        DeMarcus Cousins’s season-high 34 points to go along with 14 rebounds was mighty impressive. Now if he can just do it with more consistency.
Larry Sanders got the better of BOTH Pau Gasol and
Dwight Howard in the Bucks' win over LAL.
(image by Gary Dineen/Getty Image)

Day’s Worst:
  •        Phoenix has won just 6 games since the All-Star break. The implication? The Suns have the worst record in the West. The WORST. Yes, Hornets fans are jumping for joy. Yippee.
  •        Steve Nash sat the entire fourth quarter against Milwaukee. If this latest injury is serious, then the Lakers might as well hand eight seed to Al Jefferson’s Jazz.
  •        And here I thought the Mavericks were raring to shave. OJ Mayo, Vince Carter, and Elton Brand combined to shoot only 10-of-31 from the floor.

Final Score: Milwaukee 113, LA Lakers 103
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Larry Sanders led five Milwaukee starters in double-figures with 21 points and 13 rebounds, as the Bucks picked up a much- needed 113-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings each netted 20 points for the Bucks, who saw a four-game losing skid come to an end. Monta Ellis filled out the stat sheet with 18 points, nine assists and seven boards and Marquis Daniels followed with 16 points in the victory. Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and is now four shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain for 4th-most on the NBA career points list. The Lakers, though, have lost four of their last five games. Steve Nash registered 16 points and with six helpers, while Dwight Howard had a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds in the setback.

Final Score: Indiana 103, Dallas 78
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Paul George tallied 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Indiana Pacers cooled off the red-hot Dallas Mavericks with a 103-78 victory at American Airlines Center on Thursday. Indiana, winners in six of its last seven, received 16 points and 11 rebounds from Roy Hibbert as well, while Tyler Hansbrough and Orlando Johnson contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench. The Pacers saw David West return to the lineup after missing six games with a back injury, but found out before the game they will be without former All- Star Danny Granger for the rest of the season, with the forward undergoing season- ending knee surgery. West had seven points and seven boards. Dallas' attempt to reach the .500 mark fell apart after halftime. Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points and seven rebounds and Vince Carter followed with 14 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who had won nine of 12 coming in.

Final Score: Sacramento 117, Phoenix 103
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - DeMarcus Cousins amassed 34 points and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes of play, and the Sacramento Kings won their second road game in a row with a 117-103 decision over the reeling Phoenix Suns on Thursday. Cousins had a double-double before halftime and the Kings converted 53 percent from the field to notch their fourth win in six games. Isaiah Thomas totaled 23 points with eight assists and Patrick Patterson had a 10- point, 10-rebound double-double in the victory. Luis Scola scored 25 points as the Suns dropped their fifth straight and ninth contest in 10 games. P.J. Tucker followed with 18 and Wesley Johnson and Michael Beasley each scored 14 in the defeat.

DeMarcus Cousins had one of his best career games against Phoenix.
(image by Matt York/AP)

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