Warriors defeated Miami after many troubles, 76ers humiliated Lakers, while Kings won their 5th match in last 6. Also, Luka Doncic once again showed why he is a sensation, leading his Mavs to another win.
GSW Reaches 40th Win
There was a lot of controversy in Oakland last night. Miami’s coach Eric Spoelstra was furious at the referees, and he had every right to be. In the crucial moments, the officials were a bit soft towards the hosts, and they made few mistakes which went in their favor. The most obvious one was Kevin Durant’s double dribble when the game was on the line. Anyway, GSW won 120-118 and overcame a 19-point deficit from the first period. The finish of the match was very intense, and the result was set after Cousins made two free throws. Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow missed their chances to win this one.
Kevin Durant scored 39 points, Klay Thompson had 29, while Curry added 25. For the guests, Josh Richardson had a superb game with 37 buckets and 8 threes, Waiters posted 24 and 6 downtown shots, while Winslow finished the night with 22.
Philly Rolls Over Lakers
Philadelphia was ruthless towards Los Angeles Lakers, 143-120. The Sixers were in the mood for destruction last night, and the purple and gold experienced that on their skin. Except for the opening quarter the hosts were dominant in all others. Joel Embiid continued his MVP quest with 37 points and 14 boards. Tobias Harris fits in perfectly, and he proved that by scoring 22 buckets with 6 boards and assists, while JJ Redick added 21.
Kuzma with 39 and McGee with 21 and 13 boards led the Lakers.
The Sacramento Kings are just half a game behind the eight spot and the playoffs. David Joerger and his crew won against Phoenix last night with 117-104. This time they didn’t drop a huge lead they had at the halftime like in the previous contest against the Suns. This is their fifth win in the last six matches, and the central player in it was Marvin Bagley. The No.2 pick from this draft poured 32 points, shooting 10 of 15 from the field. Buddy Hield had 18, and De’Aaron fox 17 with 9 dimes.
On the other side, Devin Booker scored 27, while Bagley’s friend, and the only player in front of him in this draft, DeAndre Ayton had 16 and 9 boards. The Suns now have 14 consecutive losses.
Doncic, Once Again
When things get tough, Luka Doncic steps in. The teenage sensation made two-and-one in the decisive moment of the game against the Trail Blazers, to give his team a three-point lead, 102-99, which turned out to be enough for another win. The final result was 102-101 for the Mavs, who were trailing 15 points at the start of the last quarter. Doncic had 28 points, 9 boards, and 6 assists, and was a central figure of the event. Tim Hardaway Jr. was of great help to him with 24 buckets.
Lillard had 30 for the Blazers.
In the last game of this roundup, Orlando won in Georgia against the Hawks, 108-124. It was a routine job for the Magic who now have three victories in a row. Nikola Vucevic is heating up for the All-Star match. The big man had 19 points and 12 boards, and was the best in his team. Alex Len scored 16 for the Hawks.