The Portland Trail Blazers recorded a huge win in Los Angeles against the Clippers. Nuggets jumped back into the saddle after a few bad performances, while the Lakers finally won. Bucks posted another road triumph, this time in New Orleans.
Blazers Use Clippers Fatigue
The Clippers didn’t have enough energy to stand up to the fresh Blazers. Doc Rivers’ team played the night before against the Celtics, which left them without power in this one. The Blazers routinely won 125-104, outscoring the hosts 40-20 in the last period when their freshness made the difference. CJ McCollum ran the show, and in the moments when guests made a 21-5 run in the final period, he alone scored 13 straight points.
McCollum finished the night with 35 buckets, playing one of the best games since the start of the New Year. Damian Lillard was more of a playmaker, and along with 20 points, he added 12 assists. Jusuf Nurkic had the same number of points, with 12 rebounds, most of them in the attack.
On the other side, Harrell had 22 and 11 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 19.
The Denver Nuggets lost four of their previous five contests, and they were in a tough position entering the game against the Timberwolves. But the guests came to Colorado massacred with injuries, which made things a lot easier for the home team. Without Rose, Wiggins, and Teague, they had nothing to hope for, and the Nuggets won 133-107.
Jamal Murray had 30 points, Paul Millsap 23, while Jokic had 18 and 8 boards with 7 dimes also. For the guests, Karl-Antony Towns posted 34 points and 10 rebounds, and his performances this season should earn him an All-NBA spot, despite the fact that Minnesota isn’t displaying some notable results.
KAT is one of the best players in the league, and if he played in some playoff team, there is no doubt that his performances would make him a playoff contender.
After five losses in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers posted a triumph. The purple and gold were better than Chicago Bulls in Illinois, 123-107. The hosts were a better team until the end of the third quarter, but the Lakers took over the wheel then and snapped their bad run. LeBron scored 36 points and had 10 boards. Caldwell-Pope had 24 points, and Kyle Kuzma added 21.
Robin Lopez was the best among the hosts with 20 points, Otto Porter had 19.
Milwaukee Rushing Towards the No.1
The Milwaukee Bucks are continuing their rampage, and the latest victims were the New Orleans Pelicans, 130-113. This was their 51st win of the season, and it looks that the Bucks are really close to clinching the best record in the league. They have a good schedule, and their form is at a high level, which could secure them the home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs.
Elfrid Payton recorded a triple-double for the Pelicans with 14 points, 15 boards and 11 dimes. Anthony Davis scored 21 points in 21 minutes, while Julius Randle had 23.
On the other side, Giannis dropped 24 points, Middleton 23, and Malcolm Brogdon 18.
In other matches, the Spurs defeated Dallas on the road, 112-105, Indiana beat Knicks in Indianapolis, 103-98, while 76ers defeated Cavaliers, 106-99.