Anthony Davis is back, while Harrison Barnes made his debut for the Kings. Both teams won. Nuggets suffered a defeat in Philadelphia, while Warriors won in Arizona. In short, this is the recap of the NBA night.
Davis Sits the 4th Quarter
The Eyebrow dropped 32 points on Minnesota, sitting the whole fourth period on the bench. His Pelicans edged out Timberwolves without him, because coach Alvin Gentry wanted to see how the rest of team behaves in the close endings, and also because he and his star player agreed on limited minutes in this contest. It his one everything was good, and hosts win 122-117. Davis added 9 boards and three blocks, and Jrue Holiday stood behind him with 27 buckets. Julius Randle stepped up in the decisive moments, scoring some clutch shots, and controlling the glass when it was needed the most.
KAT had 32 points and 8 boards for the guests, while Wiggins added 23.
Sacramento came back from -18 to defeat Miami at Golden One Center, 102-96. The home team allowed only 2 points in the last six and a half minutes, freezing the Heat in the decisive moments. Their first lead of the game came at 1:21 before the end, and it was a product of a fantastic performance they had in the late part of the game. Hield scored 23 points, Bogdanovic 16 while Barnes added 12.
Richardson had a team-high for the guests 21, Hassan Whiteside grabbed 19 boards and had 17 buckets, while Dwyane Wade added 15. Flash had one awkward fall in the opening period, and he had to go out to underwent a medical assessment, but came back in the second quarter.
Jokic’s Triple-Double not Enough
Nikola Jokic posted a new triple-double, but his Nuggets lost in Philadelphia, 117-110. It was a very dynamic game, with both sides making runs, but the home team had more nerves in the end. Though the Sixers opened the game very well, Denver came back in the second quarter and leveled the score. The third sequence saw a tough battle, with playoff basketball, from which Philly came out on top.
JJ Redick had a game-high, 34 points, Jimmy Butler 22, while Tobias Harris added 14. Embiid had a double-double 15 buckets and 12 boards. Jokic finished the event with 27 points, and 10 boards and dimes apiece. It was his 11th triple-double of the season. Jamal Murray had 23.
Phoenix Suns entered the final quarter with a lead over the Golden State Warriors. However, they experienced what is like when champions start splashing from all positions, when the game is on the line. It was 35-22 for GSW in the final period. With a 13-0 run, they closed this game and broke the defiance of the young hosts.
Klay Thomspon with 25 points was the best scorer, Durant added 21, while Curry dropped 20. Cousins had 18. For the hosts, Kelly Oubre posted a double-double with 25 and 12 rebounds, while DeAndre Ayton had similar stats, 23 and 12.
In other games, Milwaukee defeater Mavericks on the road, 122-107. Giannis had 29 and 17 rebounds. Doncic recorded 20.
Detroit Pistons smashed the sorry Knicks, with 120-103, with a monstrous game of Andre Drummond, 29 points along with 20 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 26.
Brooklyn Nets made the biggest surprise of the night, by allowing the Chicago Bulls to win on their court, 125-106. Lauri Markkanen scored 31 points and grabbed 18 boards, while Zach LaVine added 26.
Washington defeated Cleveland, 119-106, with the newcomer Bobby Portis docking 30 points for the Wizards.