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NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1 Toronto R. 43-16 
 2 Boston C. 37-21 
 3 Philadelphia 76ers 37-21 
 4 Brooklyn N. 30-29 
 5 New York K. 11-47 
Central Div.
 1 Milwaukee B. 43-14 
 2 Indiana P. 38-20 
 3 Detroit P. 26-30 
 4 Chicago B. 14-44 
 5 Cleveland C. 12-46 
Southeast Div.
 1 Charlotte H. 27-30 
 2 Orlando M. 27-32 
 3 Miami Heat 26-30 
 4 Washington W. 24-34 
 5 Atlanta H. 19-39 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1 Denver N. 39-18 
 2 Oklah.City T. 37-20 
 3 Portland TB 34-23 
 4 Utah Jazz 32-25 
 5 Minnesota T. 27-30 
Pacific Div.
 1 Golden St.W. 41-16 
 2 LA Clippers 32-27 
 3 Sacramento K. 30-27 
 4 LA Lakers 28-29 
 5 Phoenix Suns 11-48 
Southwest Div.
 1 Houston R. 33-24 
 2 San Antonio S. 33-26 
 3 Dallas M. 26-31 
 4 N.Orleans P. 26-33 
 5 Memphis G. 23-36 
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 36.6
 1. J.Harden Houston R.36.6 
 2. P.George Oklah.Ci28.7 
 3. S.Curry Golden S28.6 
 4. A.Davis N.Orlean28.1 
 5. K.Durant Golden S27.6 
 6. J.Embiid Philadel27.3 
 7. G.Antetokounmpo Milwauke27.2 
 8. K.Leonard Toron27.0 
 9. L.James LA Lakers26.8 
 10. B.Griffin Detro26.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre DRUMMOND
  Detro
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. A.Drummond Detro15.1 
 2. D.Jordan Dallas M.13.7 
 3. J.Embiid Philadel13.5 
 4. A.Davis N.Orlean12.9 
 5. R.Gobert Utah Jazz12.8 
 6. G.Antetokounmpo Milwauke12.7 
 7. C.Capela Houston R.12.5 
 8. H.Whiteside Miami H12.4 
 9. N.Vucevic Orlan12.1 
 10. K.Towns Minnesot12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. R.Westbrook Oklah.Ci11.2 
 2. K.Lowry Toronto R.9.2 
 3. J.Wall Washingt8.7 
 4. J.Teague Minnesot8.1 
 5. C.Paul Houston R.8.0 
 6. J.Holiday N.Orlean7.9 
 7. B.Simmons Philadel7.9 
 8. N.Jokic Denver N.7.8 
 9. J.Harden Houston R.7.7 
 10. L.James LA Lakers7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Paul GEORGE
  Oklah.Ci
  (206-G/F-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. P.George Oklah.Ci2.3 
 2. J.Harden Houston R.2.2 
 3. R.Westbrook Oklah.Ci2.2 
 4. C.Paul Houston R.2.1 
 5. J.Butler Philadel1.9 
 6. K.Leonard Toron1.9 
 7. K.Irving Boston C.1.7 
 8. J.Holiday Chica1.7 
 9. M.Smart Boston C.1.7 
 10. V.Oladipo India1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Myles TURNER
  India
  (211-C/F-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. M.Turner India2.7 
 2. A.Davis N.Orlean2.5 
 3. M.Robinson New Y2.1 
 4. B.Lopez Milwauke2.1 
 5. H.Whiteside Miami H2.1 
 6. R.Gobert Utah Jazz2.1 
 7. J.McGee LA2.0 
 8. J.Embiid Philadel1.9 
 9. K.Towns Minnesot1.8 
 10. C.Capela Houston R.1.8 
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Day 121 (Regular Season)

Cleveland C 71% Feb.21 Phoenix Suns
Philadelphia 58% Feb.21 Miami Heat
Brooklyn N. 55% Feb.21 Portland TB
Milwaukee B 59% Feb.21 Boston C.
Golden St.W 66% Feb.21 Sacramento K
LA Lakers Feb.21 Houston R. 60%
Warriors defeat Heat; 76ers roll past Lakers - Feb 11, 2019


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Here is the last day review presented by ESL.

Second-ranked Heat (25-29) gave a tough game to first ranked Warriors (40-15) in Miami on Sunday. The visitors from Oakland managed to secure only two-point victory 120-118. However their fans expected easier game. Strangely Heat outrebounded Warriors 52-36 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Kevin Durant (206-88, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Bahamas-American guard Klay Thompson (201-90, college: Washington St.) who added 29 points during the contest. Warriors' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Josh Richardson (198-93, college: Tennessee) responded with 37 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Warriors have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 40-15 record. Heat at the other side keeps the second place with 29 games lost. They share the position with Detroit P.. Warriors will have a break next day, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Heat will play on the road against the league's leader Nuggets in Denver and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Portland. Third ranked Mavericks (26-29) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their close opponent Trail Blazers (33-22) 102-101 in the fight for the third place. The winners were led by Slovenian guard Luka Doncic (201-99) who scored that evening 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Tim Hardaway-Jr supported him with 24 points. Even 30 points and 5 assists by point guard Damian Lillard (190-90, college: Weber St.) did not help to save the game for Trail Blazers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mavericks maintains third position with 26-29 record behind leader Toronto R. which they share with defeated Trail Blazers. Trail Blazers at the other side keep the third place with 22 games lost. Mavericks will play against league's leader Rockets in Houston in the next day and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trail Blazers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Thunder in Oklahoma City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was 76ers' (#2, 36-20) victory against 4th ranked Lakers (28-28) 143-120. The best player for the winners was Joel Embiid who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma produced 39 points (!!!) for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. 76ers maintains second position with 36-20 record having just ten point less than leader Toronto R. Loser Lakers keep the fourth place with 28 games lost.
The game in Phoenix was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Kings (30-26) played at the court of 5th ranked Suns (11-47). Kings defeated Suns 117-104. Marvin Bagley-III orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings maintains third position with 30-26 record having just four point less than leader Toronto R. Suns lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 47 games lost.

In the last game of day 116 Atlanta H. lost to Orlando M. on the opponent's court 108-124.



Portland TB - Dallas M. 101-102

Important game to mention about took place in Portland. Third ranked Mavericks (26-29) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their close opponent Trail Blazers (33-22) 102-101 in the fight for the third place. Mavericks made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Trail Blazers turnovers. Trail Blazers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Slovenian guard Luka Doncic (201-99) who scored that evening 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Tim Hardaway-Jr (198-92, college: Michigan) supported him with 24 points. Four Mavericks players scored in double figures. Even 30 points and 5 assists by point guard Damian Lillard (190-90, college: Weber St.) did not help to save the game for Trail Blazers. Bosnian-Slovenian center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94) added 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mavericks maintains third position with 26-29 record behind leader Toronto R. which they share with defeated Trail Blazers. Trail Blazers at the other side keep the third place with 22 games lost. Mavericks will play against league's leader Rockets in Houston in the next day and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trail Blazers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Thunder in Oklahoma City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dallas M.: L.Doncic 28+9reb+6ast, T.Hardaway Jr. 24+4reb+3ast, D.Powell 13+8reb+2ast, D.Finney-Smith 11+6reb+1ast, M.Kleber 9+4reb, T.Burke 8+1reb+1ast
Portland TB: D.Lillard 30+3reb+5ast, J.Nurkic 18+10reb+1ast, C.McCollum 14+5reb+5ast, J.Layman 9+2reb+1ast, R.Hood 8+1reb+1ast, Z.Collins 7+9reb+1ast
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Phoenix Suns - Sacramento K. 104-117

The game in Phoenix was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Kings (30-26) played at the court of 5th ranked Suns (11-47). Kings defeated Suns 117-104. Kings players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. 31 personal fouls committed by Suns helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Marvin Bagley-III (211-99, college: Duke) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 7 rebounds. Guard DeAaron Fox (192-97, college: Kentucky) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Devin Booker (198-96, college: Kentucky) replied with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Bahamas center DeAndre Ayton (216-98, college: Arizona) added 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Suns. Five Kings and four Suns players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings maintains third position with 30-26 record having just four point less than leader Toronto R. Suns lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 47 games lost.
Top scorers:
Sacramento K.: M.Bagley III 32+7reb+1ast, B.Hield 18+6reb, D.Fox 17+6reb+9ast, B.Bogdanovic 14+5reb+5ast, N.Bjelica 10+8reb+2ast, W.Cauley-Stein 10+8reb+2ast
Phoenix Suns: D.Booker 27+8reb+6ast, J.Jackson 18+5reb+1ast, D.Ayton 16+9reb, R.Holmes 10+9reb+1ast, T.Johnson 9+5reb+3ast, M.Bridges 9+6reb+4ast
gschID: 705647


Miami Heat - Golden St.W. 118-120

Second-ranked Heat (25-29) gave a tough game to first ranked Warriors (40-15) in Miami on Sunday. The visitors from Oakland managed to secure only two-point victory 120-118. However their fans expected easier game. Strangely Heat outrebounded Warriors 52-36 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Kevin Durant (206-88, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Bahamas-American guard Klay Thompson (201-90, college: Washington St.) who added 29 points during the contest. Warriors' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Josh Richardson (198-93, college: Tennessee) responded with 37 points (!!!) and 5 assists and forward Justise Winslow (198-96, college: Duke) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Heat players scored in double figures. Warriors have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 40-15 record. Heat at the other side keeps the second place with 29 games lost. They share the position with Detroit P.. Warriors will have a break next day, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Heat will play on the road against the league's leader Nuggets in Denver and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Golden St.W.: K.Durant 39+6reb+4ast, K.Thompson 29+3reb+2ast, S.Curry 25+4reb+2ast, J.Jerebko 7+2reb+1ast, D.Cousins 7+3reb+1ast, D.Green 5+7reb+14ast
Miami Heat: J.Richardson 37+1reb+5ast, D.Waiters 24+3reb+4ast, J.Winslow 22+6reb+4ast, H.Whiteside 13+14reb+3ast, D.Wade 10+6reb+9ast, B.Adebayo 8+11reb+3ast
gschID: 705649


LA Lakers - Philadelphia 76ers 120-143

Very significant was 76ers' (#2, 36-20) victory against 4th ranked Lakers (28-28) 143-120. 76ers made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. The best player for the winners was Cameroonian center Joel Embiid (213-94, college: Kansas) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Forward Tobias Harris (206-92, college: Tennessee) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Kyle Kuzma (206-95, college: Utah) produced 39 points (!!!) and LeBron James (203-84) added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. 76ers maintains second position with 36-20 record having just ten point less than leader Toronto R. Loser Lakers keep the fourth place with 28 games lost.
Top scorers:
Philadelphia 76ers: J.Embiid 37+14reb+3ast, T.Harris 22+6reb+6ast, J.Redick 21+2reb+5ast, J.Butler 15+4reb+3ast, T.McConnell 13+1reb+3ast, B.Marjanovic 10+1reb+1ast
LA Lakers: K.Kuzma 39+3reb+1ast, J.McGee 21+13reb+1ast, B.Ingram 19+4reb+4ast, L.James 18+10reb+9ast, M.Muscala 8+1reb+2ast, K.Caldwell-Pope 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 705646


Orlando M. - Atlanta H. 124-108

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Hawks' (18-38) road loss to fourth ranked Magic (25-32) 108-124. They made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Magic outrebounded Hawks 49-33 including 38 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Magic brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. French Evan Fournier (198-92) contributed with 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Trae Young (188-98, college: Oklahoma) replied with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and U.S. Virgin Islands-American John Collins (208-97, college: Wake Forest) added 15 points in the effort for Hawks. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Magic have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with N.Orleans P. Hawks lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 38 games lost.
Top scorers:
Orlando M.: N.Vucevic 19+12reb+3ast, T.Ross 18+6reb+2ast, J.Isaac 17+3reb, E.Fournier 17+3reb+7ast, D.Augustin 14+3reb+10ast, A.Gordon 12+3reb+3ast
Atlanta H.: A.Len 16+2reb+1ast, J.Collins 15+4reb+2ast, K.Huerter 15+3reb+2ast, T.Young 13+5reb+7ast, J.Lin 12+3reb+4ast, O.Spellman 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 705648
  




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