The previous night in the NBA will be remembered because of Brooklyn Nets’ fantastic win over the Sacramento Kings. The Nets entered the history after this one, and became just the fourth team who erased a 25-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Pacers, and both Warriors and 76ers were confident on the road.
Russell drops 44 on Kings
D’Angelo Russell began splashing from all positions in the fourth quarter and delivered 27 of his 44 points in that period. The 23-year old was simply unstoppable, and he pushed his team towards one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the league. Sacramento led 103-78 at the beginning of the final period, but eventually lost 123-121.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a layup to seal the win with 0.8 seconds to go. The Nets’ big man was supposed to hand over the ball to Russell who was double-teamed, which forced him to take the responsibility and win this game by himself.
Besides 44 points, Russell had 12 dimes, Hollis-Jefferson added 14, while Jarrett Allen scored 13. Among the losers, Marvin Bagley dropped 28, Buddy Hield 27.
Clippers Are Hot
LAC won their eighth game in the last 10, and jumped in the race for the fifth spot in the West. Lou Williams and the boys are just a half a game behind the Spurs who are sitting in that position, but if everything goes well, the Clippers could even reach No.4. Clippers defeated Indiana Pacers, 115-109, after a tough match in which they had a lead constantly but weren’t able to pull away.
Danilo Gallinari had 24 points, Montrezl Harrell 20 and 12 rebounds, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 17. For the Pacers who are now endangered by the Boston Celtics at place No.4 in the East, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points, Tyreke Evans the same, while Domantas Sabonis posted a double-double with 13 buckets and 16 boards.
Both Philly and GSW Confident on the Road
The Timberwolves couldn’t compete with the champions. Although Karl Anthony Towns had a magnificent show, his 26 points and 21 rebounds weren’t enough for a surprise. Andrew Wiggins scored 20 with 8 boards and 6 dimes, but that was no match for the Splash Brothers. Steph Curry had 36, Klay Thompson 28 for the 48th win of the champs.
Meanwhile, the 76ers had to put a lot of effort in order to reach the win in North Carolina against the Hornets. It was only in the last period that they crushed the home team and clinched a huge 118-114 victory, which will increase the distance between them and Indiana in the standings. At the moment Philly is 3rd in the East.
Four players had 20 or more points. Simmons 28, JJ Redick 27 and 10 dimes, Jimmy Butler 23, and Tobias Harris 22 with 11 boards.
Jeremy Lamb delivered 26 for the hosts and grabbed 11 boards, while Kemba Walker stopped at 21.
In two other games, Houston had no troubles in Georgia against the Hawks, 121-105, with James Harden becoming the first player in the history to score 30 points against all teams in one season. The Beard reached 31 last night.
Milwaukee without Giannis defeated Lakers without LeBron 115-101 in Wisconsin. Khris Middleton led the way with 30 points, and Brook Lopes had 28.