There were six games in the NBA last night and the biggest one was without a doubt in Houston, where Golden State defeated the Rockets. OKC was better than Brooklyn Nets, while Utah Jazz had to break the resistance of the Phoenix Suns in the last quarter.
Champs Victorious in Houston
Throughout the majority of the game in Houston, the Warriors had an advantage which was around 10 points. Still, the home team managed to get a chance for the win in the last 30 seconds, but failed to use it.
During the middle of the final sequence, GSW was leading 102-89. The hosts hit a couple of shots, making a 9-0 run which brought them within only one point 104-103, but Steph Curry’s two free throws eight seconds before the end put an end to this contest.
James Harden hit just one of his two attempts from the line, and Andre Iguodala grabbed a defensive rebound to secure another win of the champs.
Steve Kerr’s boys snapped a nine-game winning streak of the Rockets, and who are currently third in the West and are fighting for that place with OKC and Portland.
Klay Thompson dropped 30 points for the Warriors, making 5 threes and becoming only the second player in history with seven straight seasons in which he made 200 or more downtown shots. The first is of course Curry.
DaMarcus Cousins had 27 buckets. 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while Steph scored 24.
Among the losing side, Harden had 29 and 10 dimes, Chris Paul 24 and Eric Gordon 17.
Oklahoma City Thunder beat Brooklyn with 108-96, and kept its chances for the third place in the Western Conference. It was all about Russell Westbrook last night. No.0 added another triple-double to his account, scoring 31 points, and adding 12 boards and 11 assists. His Thunder won this match because of a 12-0 series in the fourth period, and although having -17 at one moment of the second quarter, 25-42, clawed their way back in and triumphed.
Paul George contributed with 25 points and 9 boards. On the other side, Spencer Dinwiddie had a team-high with 25 buckets.
Utah Late Push Breaks the Suns
Utah Jazz was under the imperative of a win in Arizona. That might have added some extra pressure on them, which is why they played beneath their true capabilities in the first three quarters. But, they rose to the occasion in the final period, and outscored the pesky hosts with 36-22, setting up the final result of 114-97 in their favor.
The most notable moments in that quarter were when the Jazzers made an 11-0 run which eventually decided the whole event.
Donovan Mitchell dropped 26 points on Suns’ defense, Rudy Gobert 18 but with 20 rebounds, 7 in the attack. Derrick Favors also had 18 buckets.
Devin Booker had 27 for the hosts, Kelly Oubre Jr. 18 and the first pick from this year’s draft DeAndre Ayton just 2.
Utah is now seventh in the West fighting for place no.6 with the Spurs and the Clippers.
In other matches, Detroit suffered a huge loss in Florida against the Heat, 108-74, Washington defeated Orlando in DC, 100-90, and Atlanta Hawks trashed the Grizzlies with 132-111.