Saturday night in the NBA featured six games on the schedule, including the Los Angeles Lakers opening a brief two-game road trip in Milwaukee. Kobe Bryant passed Jerry West for the most free throws made in Lakers franchise history, but the Lakers still lost to the Bucks 100-89, the seventh loss in eight road games for the Lakers this season.
That one road win by the Lakers is the same number as the lowly Washington Wizards, who entered Saturday with one fewer triumph away from home. However, JaVale McGee had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocked shots on Saturday to help beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-99, improving Washington's road record to 1-8 on the season.
Here are the other four Saturday games on the NBA schedule:
- Phoenix Suns 86, Memphis Grizzlies 84: Jared Dudley hit a pair of free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining, giving Phoenix a home win. Steve Nash had 21 points, six assists, and five rebounds in the win.
- Philadelphia 76ers 95, Detroit Pistons 74: Six Sixers scored in double-figures as Philadelphia improved to 14-6 on the season with a home victory over the 4-17 Pistons.
- Houston Rockets 97, New York Knicks 84: Samuel Dalembert had 14 rebounds and four blocks as the Rockets handed the Knicks their third straight loss.
Utah Jazz 96, Sacramento Kings 93: Jimmer Fredette scored 14 points in his return to the state of Utah, but he air-balled a potential go-ahead three-pointer with four seconds left, sealing the Utah victory.
In summary, Saturday gave us six NBA games. Home teams were victorious in five of the six games, and the only road team that won happened to be the only team in the league without a road victory. Just another night in The Association.
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