Michael Cox  |  Fri 22nd Feb   | NBA

The NBA is back. The All-Star break finally ended and the games all over the US resumed. We’ve seen several big during the previous night. LeBron James and his Lakers defeated Houston Rockets, Milwaukee scratched out a win against Boston in the derby of the East, while the reigning champs, the Golden State Warriors survived Sacramento Kings once again this season.

Lakers Stop Harden

James Harden got fouled out, making three offensive fouls in the decisive moments of the game in LA. His Rockets had a 19-point lead over the Lakers, and managed to lose, 111-106. The Beard did hit 30 points to continue his streak, but Houston lost, and allowed Portland to increase the gap between them in the Western Conference table.

LeBron led the way for the Lakers with a double-double, 29 points and 11 boards, Ingram had 27 and 13 rebounds, while Kuzma added 18.

Among the guests, Chris Paul was near a triple-double. CP3 ended the game with 23 points, 10 boards and 9 dimes, and tried to help Harden, but he was the only one who did that.

Milwaukee Edges Boston for a Huge Win

Two contenders for the Eastern Conference crown met last night also. Milwaukee Bucks hosted Boston Celtics and won in a dramatic ending, 98-97. Both teams were constantly in changing the lead throughout the game. Still, the Bucks created an 8-point lead in the last period, and everything indicated a routine closure. Boston came back, and leveled the score, and the game got a dramatic course.

Khris Middleton hit a crucial three with half a minute to go for 98-95. Kyrie decreased that, and the Celtics immediately took the ball from the hosts, creating the opportunity for a game-winner. Irving’s layup didn’t go in, and the celebration in Wisconsin started.

Giannis scored 30 with 13 boards and 6 assists, while Brogdon and Middleton added 15 each.

For the guests, Kyrie had a team-high 22 points, Al Horford reached a monstrous double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Tatum had 17 and 10 boards.

Steph Curry Makes 10 3’s

Buddy Hield had a chance to stun the Oracle Arena, but his two-point attempt wasn’t good, and the Warriors defeated Sacramento, 125-123, after a lot of troubles. It seems that the champs can’t break David Joerger’s team easily like they do with the majority of the opponents in the league.

We have to say, that if it weren’t for Steph Curry’s unreal performance from downtown, Kings would definitely win this one. The two-time MVP sunk 10 threes, totaling 36 points. In the last moment, he also scored two free throws which eventually made the difference in this contest. Kevin Durant had 28 points, with 9 boards and 7 blocks (tied the career-high).

Marvin Bagley III was by far the best among the Kings, with 28 buckets and 14 boards.

In other matches, Philadelphia 76ers defeated Miami Heat 106-102, with Boban Marjanovic replacing injured Joel Embiid perfectly. The giant Serb scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds.

Portland was ruthless in Brooklyn against the Nets, 113-99, with Jusuf Nurkic destroying the hosts under the rim. His posterizing dunk over four Nets’ players, could be found on the internet and we advise you to take a look at it.

Cleveland triumphed against the Phoenix Suns, 111-98.

Michael Cox