Welcome back, real basketball!
The night of Tuesday, Feb. 18, marked the return of the NBA following last weekend's All-Star break. Now the games get serious, as teams jockey for playoff position in the last few months of the regular season.
The Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Bobcats battled to see which team would, for the time being anyway, be the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons franchise may have had history on its side, but the scrappy Bobcats went home with the victory.
In Los Angeles, the Clippers hosted the undermanned San Antonio Spurs. Even with star point guard Tony Parker on the shelf, the Spurs were able to attack Chris Paul with their impressive backcourt depth.