Yet another ‘minor’ ankle sprain for Stephen Curry (17 PTS in 26 minutes) meant that his teammates needed to close this one out. David Lee (21 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST) led seven Warriors in double figures; by far the most surprising was Andrew Bogut. Making his first appearance since early November, the Aussie looked good — 12 PTS, 8 REB, 4 BLK — in 24 minutes. Raptors coach Dwane Casey used big Aaron Gray against Bogut, and the results were astonishing. Left open for a bunch of dunks, Gray had the game of his life — 22 PTS, 10 REB, 2 STL in 31:36 — while limiting Amir Johnson (9 PTS, 5 REB) to less than 24 minutes. Kyle Lowry sat out with back spasms.
Other January 28 Game Recaps
MEM @ PHI: It’s hard to complain about Jrue Holiday (21 PTS, 10 AST, 3 REB) but I really expected him to do much more with Mike Conley (ankle) sidelined. Jerryd Bayless (21 PTS, 9 AST, 5 REB) was tremendous in a spot start, and Marc Gasol (27 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK) absolutely dominated Spencer Hawes (8 PTS, 4 REB in 36 minutes) as the Grizzlies won an entertaining battle. Evan Turner (27) and Thaddeus Young (23) led the Sixers, but the difference-maker was Rudy Gay, whose 26-point, 7-rebound, 5-assist line his best in a month.
SAC @ WAS: The Kings are an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in bacon — I mean unpredictability. DeMarcus Cousins (12 PTS) wasn’t much of a factor, and two other starters combined for a total of two points, yet they won a road game. Isaiah Thomas (22 PTS, 7 AST, 4 REB) was the hero, with forgotten man Francisco Garcia, who had scored 17 points in the last nine games, coming off the bench to hit four 3-pointers. Rookie Thomas Robinson (9 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK) played twice as many minutes as fast-fading Jason Thompson. For the Wizards, John Wall (19 PTS, 6 AST) played a solid 30 minutes and Emeka Okafor (23 PTS, 15 REB) owned Cousins, but Bradley Beal (6 PTS) is bothered by a sore wrist and Nene had more turnovers (6) than points (4).