NBA saw 9 games last night. Russell Westbrook set a new triple-double record, in OKC’s win over Portland, Kawhi Leonard decided the contest against Brooklyn, while Denver Nuggets came back home and edged out Miami Heat. Houston was better than Dallas in the derby of Texas.
Westbrook Sets a New Record
OKC defeated Portland routinely 120-111, without any problems, and denied Blazers’ intentions to reach them in the Western Conference standings. For the moment Thunder is 4 games in front of them and the Rockets. Russell Westbrook got his 10th consecutive triple-double and broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 61-year old record. The explosive guard recorded 21 points, 14 boards, and 11 assists, clinching 127th TD of career and 23rd this season. Paul George also posted a TD with 47 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. PG is averaging 35.4 points in the last 10 matches.
For the Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard dropped 31 points.
Leonard Pushes Raptors
Kawhi Leonard scored a game-winner 4.2 second before the end, and his Raptors defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 127-125, after many troubles. The guests were leading throughout the first half, but Toronto came back and took the lead in the last sequence. Nets responded, and the game entered a dramatic finish. Luckily for the fans at Scotiabank Arena, their team had Leonard. D’Angelo Russell had a three-point attempt for the win, but it was no good.
Kawhi ended the night with 30 points and 8 boards, Ibaka had a double-double with 18 and 12 boards, while Siakam helped with 17. For the guests, Russell scored 28 and had 14 dimes, Joe Harris was behind him with 24 points, from which seven threes, while Allen Crabbe added 22 and 6 downtown shots.
Denver got back home and finally won after three straight losses on their Eastern conference tour. The victim was Miami, 103-87. Nikola Jokic was glad to see his fans, and the Serb scored a team-high 23 points, with 12 rebounds, leading the Nuggets to their 38th win. In general, the home team controlled the result from the beginning until the end. Malik Beasley had the same number of points, while Monte Morris added 17.
The tired Heat couldn’t do better as they had several exhausting matches in the recent days, all of them away from home. Winslow had a team-high for them 15 buckets.
Houston and Harden Rolling Steady
James Harden made a late push to continue his 30+ series, which he succeeded. The Beard ended the day with 31 points against the state rivals Mavs, and his Rockets triumphed 120-104. The distribution of scoring was well done in Houston. Green, 19, Gordon 18, Faried and Paul 17. They are getting the shape of the team whose intentions are to take a shot at the title. The Mavs are preparing for the next season. Luka Doncic continued his domination since he joined the league, and last night he was two assists short of reaching the fourth triple-double. The teenager posted 21 points, 10 boards, and 8 dimes.
In other matches, Indiana defeated Charlotte, 99-90, the Pistons were better than the Washington Wizards, 121-112.
Minnesota beat the Clippers who are slowly starting to go down, 130-120, and the Bucks continued their terror in East, this time with a win in Chicago, 112-99.
And for the end, Knicks lost their 17th straight game The Cavs defeated them in Ohio 107-104.