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 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 35.6
 1. Harden Houston R.35.6 
 2. George Oklah.City28.1 
 3. Leonard Toronto R27.7 
 4. Curry Golden S27.5 
 5. James LA Lakers27.4 
 6. Antetokounmpo Milw.27.3 
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 Andre DRUMMOND
  Detroit
  (208-C-93)
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 1. Drummond Detroit15.5 
 2. Jordan Dallas M.13.7 
 3. Embiid Philadelphia13.1 
 4. Gobert Utah Jazz12.7 
 5. Antetokounmpo Milw.12.5 
 6. Towns Minnesota T12.4 
 7. Capela Houston R.12.3 
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 9. Vucevic Orlando M11.8 
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 Russell WESTBROOK
  Okla.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 10.7
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 2. Wall Washington W8.7 
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 6. Lowry Toronto R.8.1 
 7. Rondo LA Lakers8.0 
 8. Paul Houston R.7.7 
 9. Holiday N.Orleans7.7 
 10. Payton N.Orleans7.6 
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 Robert COVINGTON
  Minnesota
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Covington Minnesota2.3 
 2. George Oklah.City2.2 
 3. Harden Houston R.2.1 
 4. Paul Houston R.2.0 
 5. Westbrook Okla.1.9 
 6. Smart Boston C.1.8 
 7. Drummond Detroit1.7 
 8. Leonard Toronto R1.7 
 9. Oladipo Indiana P1.7 
 10. Butler Philadelphia1.7 
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 Myles TURNER
  Indiana P.
  (211-C/F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Turner Indiana P.2.6 
 2. Robinson New Y2.4 
 3. Davis N.Orleans P2.4 
 4. Gobert Utah Jazz2.3 
 5. Lopez Milwaukee B2.2 
 6. Embiid Philadelphia2.0 
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 9. Drummond Detroit1.7 
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Nuggets beat Mavericks by one - Mar 15, 2019


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The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. Coincidentally all visitors won their games. Here is the last day review presented by ESL.

Fifth-ranked Mavericks (27-41) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Nuggets (45-22) in Dallas on Thursday. The visitors from Denver managed to secure only one-point victory 100-99. However their fans expected much easier game. Nuggets looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nuggets made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Paul Millsap (203-85, college: Louisiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Serbian center Nikola Jokic (209-95, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Slovenian guard Luka Doncic (201-99) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for Mavericks. Mavericks' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nuggets maintains first position with 45-22 record. Mavericks lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 41 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Oklahoma City. Second ranked Pacers (44-25) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging their close opponent Thunder (42-27) 108-106 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thunder. Lithuanian-American power forward Domantas Sabonis (209-96, college: Gonzaga) scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side swingman Paul George (206-90, college: Fresno St.) responded with 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Pacers maintains second position with 44-25 record behind leader Toronto R. which they share with defeated Thunder. Thunder at the other side keeps the second place with 27 games lost. They share the position with Boston C..
An interesting game for Celtics (42-27) which played road game in Sacramento against their close opponent Kings (33-34). Third ranked Celtics managed to get a 6-point victory 126-120. Kyrie Irving notched a triple-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the effort. Even 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists by Buddy Hield did not help to save the game for Kings. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Celtics moved-up to second place, which they share with Oklah.City T. Loser Kings keep the third position with 34 games lost. Celtics will have a break next day, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kings will play against the league's second-placed 76ers in Philadelphia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Raptors (49-20) which played road game in Los Angeles against 4th ranked Lakers (31-37). First ranked Raptors managed to get a 13-point victory 111-98. Kawhi Leonard fired 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Raptors maintains first position with 49-20 record. Lakers at the other side keep the fourth place with 37 games lost. Raptors will have a break next day. Lakers will play on the road against Pistons (#3) in Detroit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Cleveland supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Magic (32-38) played at the court of 5th ranked Cavaliers (17-52). Magic smashed Cavaliers 120-91 on Thursday. It was a very good performance for Nikola Vucevic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Magic maintains second position with 32-38 record having ten points less than leader Toronto R. Loser Cavaliers keep the fifth place with 52 games lost.

In the last game of day 142 Utah Jazz smashed Minnesota T. on the road 120-100.



Oklah.City T. - Indiana P. 106-108

Important game to mention about took place in Oklahoma City. Second ranked Pacers (44-25) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging their close opponent Thunder (42-27) 108-106 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thunder. Pacers made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Thunder was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian-American power forward Domantas Sabonis (209-96, college: Gonzaga) scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Pacers players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Paul George (206-90, college: Fresno St.) responded with 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Russell Westbrook (190-88, college: UCLA) produced a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. Pacers maintains second position with 44-25 record behind leader Toronto R. which they share with defeated Thunder. Thunder at the other side keeps the second place with 27 games lost. They share the position with Boston C..
Top scorers:
Oklah.City T.: P.George 36+6reb+5ast, R.Westbrook 19+14reb+11ast, S.Adams 17+8reb+1ast, A.Nader 10+1reb, M.Morris 8+3reb, D.Schroeder 7+5reb+5ast
Indiana P.: D.Sabonis 26+7reb+4ast, B.Bogdanovic 23+4reb+5ast, D.Collison 17+6reb+7ast, W.Matthews 16+7reb+2ast, T.Young 11+4reb+2ast, M.Turner 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 705831


Cleveland C. - Orlando M. 91-120

The game in Cleveland supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Magic (32-38) played at the court of 5th ranked Cavaliers (17-52). Magic smashed Cavaliers 120-91 on Thursday. Magic made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Cavaliers' players. It was a very good performance for Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Aaron Gordon (206-95, college: Arizona) contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Collin Sexton (191-99, college: Alabama) replied with 23 points and American-Filipino guard Jordan Clarkson (196-92, college: Missouri) added 15 points in the effort for Cavaliers. Five Magic and four Cavaliers players 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. Magic maintains second position with 32-38 record having ten points less than leader Toronto R. Loser Cavaliers keep the fifth place with 52 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cleveland C.: C.Sexton 23+4reb+3ast, J.Clarkson 15+4reb+2ast, B.Knight 12+1reb+1ast, A.Zizic 11+8reb+1ast, K.Love 10+8reb+1ast, N.Stauskas 8+2reb+1ast
Orlando M.: A.Gordon 21+6reb+4ast, D.Augustin 20+3reb+7ast, N.Vucevic 19+11reb+2ast, T.Ross 14+4reb+4ast, K.Birch 13+11reb+1ast, J.Isaac 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 705832


Sacramento K. - Boston C. 120-126

An interesting game for Celtics (42-27) which played road game in Sacramento against their close opponent Kings (33-34). Third ranked Celtics managed to get a 6-point victory 126-120. Celtics looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. Australian-American guard Kyrie Irving (190-92, college: Duke) notched a triple-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the effort and forward Marcus Morris (206-89, college: Kansas) supported him with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Even 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists by Bahamas guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma) did not help to save the game for Kings. Guard DeAaron Fox (192-97, college: Kentucky) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Celtics moved-up to second place, which they share with Oklah.City T. Loser Kings keep the third position with 34 games lost. Celtics will have a break next day, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kings will play against the league's second-placed 76ers in Philadelphia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sacramento K.: B.Hield 34+4reb+7ast, H.Barnes 20+5reb+4ast, D.Fox 19+7reb+9ast, M.Bagley III 14+6reb, W.Cauley-Stein 10+13reb+4ast, N.Bjelica 9+6reb
Boston C.: K.Irving 31+10reb+12ast, J.Brown 22+1reb, M.Morris 21+13reb+2ast, J.Tatum 15+4reb+3ast, A.Horford 12+5reb+6ast, G.Hayward 10+3reb+4ast
gschID: 705833


LA Lakers - Toronto R. 98-111

An interesting game for Raptors (49-20) which played road game in Los Angeles against 4th ranked Lakers (31-37). First ranked Raptors managed to get a 13-point victory 111-98. Raptors made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Lakers turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Forward Kawhi Leonard (201-91, college: San Diego St.) fired 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Norman Powell (193-93, college: UCLA) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four Raptors players scored in double figures. LeBron James (203-84) produced 29 points and 6 assists and point guard Rajon Rondo (185-86, college: Kentucky) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Raptors maintains first position with 49-20 record. Lakers at the other side keep the fourth place with 37 games lost. Raptors will have a break next day. Lakers will play on the road against Pistons (#3) in Detroit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LA Lakers: L.James 29+4reb+6ast, A.Caruso 16+5reb+5ast, R.Rondo 13+5reb+8ast, K.Caldwell-Pope 9+5reb+2ast, J.McGee 9+9reb, J.Hart 8+1reb
Toronto R.: K.Leonard 25+8reb+4ast, N.Powell 20+8reb+2ast, P.Siakam 16+5reb+6ast, M.Gasol 15+7reb+4ast, J.Lin 9+7reb+1ast, O.Anunoby 7+4reb
gschID: 705834


Minnesota T. - Utah Jazz 100-120

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Jazz's (39-29) road victory over 5th ranked Timberwolves (32-37) in Minnesota 120-100 on Thursday. They outrebounded Timberwolves 49-38 including 36 on the defensive glass. Jazz looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Jazz made 8 blocks. Quite impressive performance for guard Donovan Mitchell (190-96, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 assists. Forward Derrick Favors (208-91, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Jazz players scored in double figures. Dominican-American power forward Karl-Anthony Towns (213-95, college: Kentucky) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Tyus Jones (185-96, college: Duke) added 12 points and 9 assists in the effort for Timberwolves. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Jazz moved-up to second place, which they share with San Antonio S. Loser Timberwolves keep the fifth position with 37 games lost.
Top scorers:
Minnesota T.: K.Towns 26+12reb+4ast, A.Wiggins 14+3reb, T.Jones 12+3reb+9ast, D.Saric 10+1reb+1ast, J.Bayless 8+3reb+4ast, G.Dieng 8+2reb+1ast
Utah Jazz: D.Mitchell 24+3reb+6ast, J.Crowder 18+3reb+2ast, D.Favors 17+11reb, J.Ingles 12+5reb+8ast, K.Korver 11+2reb+2ast, R.Gobert 10+13reb+1ast
gschID: 705835


Dallas M. - Denver N. 99-100

Fifth-ranked Mavericks (27-41) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Nuggets (45-22) in Dallas on Thursday. The visitors from Denver managed to secure only one-point victory 100-99. However their fans expected much easier game. Nuggets looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nuggets made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Paul Millsap (203-85, college: Louisiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Serbian center Nikola Jokic (209-95, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Slovenian guard Luka Doncic (201-99) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Jalen Brunson (190-96, college: Villanova) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Mavericks. Four Nuggets and five Mavericks players scored in double figures. Mavericks' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nuggets maintains first position with 45-22 record. Mavericks lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 41 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dallas M.: L.Doncic 24+11reb+9ast, J.Brunson 20+5reb+4ast, T.Hardaway Jr. 17+1reb+3ast, D.Powell 16+10reb, M.Kleber 11+11reb+1ast, D.Nowitzki 9+1ast
Denver N.: P.Millsap 33+8reb+3ast, M.Beasley 12+1reb, J.Murray 12+5reb+7ast, N.Jokic 11+14reb+8ast, W.Barton 11+2reb+1ast, G.Harris 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 705836
  




Julius
Randle
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