The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 95-90 last night, sending Boston to its season-high fourth straight loss. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 17 points while Kevin Garnett scored 16. Paul Pierce finished with 12 points on 3-for-15 shooting. In what could be a possible preview of the NBA Western Conference finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled away in the third quarter and beat the L.A. Clippers 109-97. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32. Russell Westbrook added 26. The victory moves the Thunder a game ahead of San Antonio and a game and a-half ahead of the Clippers in the race for best record in the West. Blake Griffin had a big game for the Clippers with 31 points and 11 rebounds. The Clippers played without All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who missed his fourth straight game with a bruised kneecap. Elsewhere in the NBA Detroit beat Orlando 105-90 and Milwaukee defeated Philadelphia 110-102.
Checking the NHL now the New Jersey Devils won their home opener in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd with a 3-0 victory over the winless Philadelphia Flyers last night. Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 120th NHL shutout and Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a short-handed penalty shot. Tampa Bay topped Carolina 4-1. Winnipeg doubled down Washington 4-2. Dallas edged ahead of Detroit 2-1. Montrael bested Florida 4-1. Nashville succeeded over Minnesota 3-1. Chicago slid past St. Louis 3-2 And Colorado defeated Los Angeles 3-1.
In College Basketball 3rd ranked Kansa beat Kansas St. 59-55. 13th ranked Michigan St. bettered Wisconsin 49-47. 14th ranked Ohio St. topped Iowa 72-63. And 22nd Missouri finished ahead of South Carolina 71-65.