Los Angeles Lakers Lose Sixth Consecutive Game-With Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard out due to injury, the Oklahoma City Thunder staved off the Lakers 116-101, handing LA its sixth consecutive loss. Kevin Durant scored 42 points as the Lakers fell to a miserable 15-21 on the season, which leaves them in 11th place in the Western Conference. The Lakers will hope to rebound on Sunday against the Cavs (NBA.com).
Wizards Win in Wall’s Season Debut-The Washington Wizards had only won five games all season without John Wall–who was out with a kneecap injury–but they are already 1-0 with him, as they defeated the slumping Atlanta Hawks on Saturday 93-83 in his season debut. Although Wall only played 21 minutes, his impact was felt immediately as he scored 14 points and dished out four assists to give his team a much needed lift (Sports Illustrated).
Mark Cuban Says Mavs Will Not Trade Dirk Nowitzki-Trade rumors involving Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki began to surface after the team got off to its worst start since the 1999-2000 season, but owner Mark Cuban squashed those rumors and remains determined to stick by his guys. “We’re in this through thick and thin, and there’s no way I would trade him no matter what,” Cuban said of his star (Sporting News).
NC State Upsets No. 1 Duke-Duke entered the weekend as one of two remaining unbeaten teams in college basketball, but its unblemished mark couldn’t survive against ACC rival NC State. The Wolfpack got spectacular performances out of C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell, who scored 25 and 16 points respectively in 84-76 home win (CBS Sports).
No. 2 Michigan Falls to No. 15 Ohio State-Like Duke, Michigan failed to stay perfect, as it fell 56-53 on Sunday to a strong 15th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes team. Michigan rallied late, but was not able to pull off the comeback, falling to 16-1 on the season. Now, there are no undefeated teams remaining in Division I men’s hoops (ESPN).