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 James HARDEN
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  Avg: 35.6
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Day 6 (Semi-Finals)

Toronto 61% May.25 Milwaukee
Magic is defeated by Pistons; Pelicans nip Kings - Mar 29, 2019


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The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 12 days. There was no lack of excitement in the last day games. The day ended with defeat of the leader and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last day review presented by ESL.

The most crucial game of the last day was a loss of top-ranked Magic (37-39) in Orlando on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Pistons (38-37) 115-98. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Magic. Pistons looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pistons made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andre Drummond (208-93, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Blake Griffin (208-89, college: Oklahoma) who added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC) with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pistons maintains third position with 38-37 record having eleven points less than leader Toronto R. Magic at the other side dropped to the second place with 39 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Sacramento. Third ranked Pelicans (32-45) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging their close opponent Kings (37-38) 121-118 on Thursday evening. The winners were led by forward Julius Randle (206-94, college: Kentucky) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Christian Wood supported him with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists by guard DeAaron Fox (192-97, college: Kentucky) did not help to save the game for Kings. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Pelicans maintains third position with 32-45 record having fifteen points less than leader Toronto R. Kings at the other side still keep top place with 38 games lost. They share the position with Miami Heat.
Very significant was 76ers' (#2, 48-27) victory against 4th ranked Nets (38-38) 123-110. The best player for the winners was Joel Embiid who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Rondae Hollis-Jefferson who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. 76ers maintains second position with 48-27 record having just one point less than leader Toronto R. Loser Nets keep the fourth place with 38 games lost.
Very significant was Rockets' (#1, 48-28) victory against their close opponent Nuggets (50-24) 112-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a good game for James Harden who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rockets maintains first position with 48-28 record which they share with defeated Nuggets. Nuggets at the other side still keep top place with 24 games lost. Rockets will have a break next day. Nuggets will play on the road against Thunder in Oklahoma City and hope to win that game.
Very significant was Bucks' (#1, 57-19) victory against second-best Clippers (45-31) 128-118. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Clippers. Worth to mention a great performance of Khris Middleton who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bucks have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 57-19 record. Loser Clippers keep the second place with 31 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in day 156: Miami Heat won against Dallas M. on the opponent's court 105-99. Toronto R. outscored New York K. in a home game 117-92. San Antonio S. managed to beat Cleveland C. on the road 116-110.
The most impressive stats of the last day was 25 points and 8 assists by DeMar DeRozan of San Antonio S..



Orlando M. - Detroit P. 98-115

The most crucial game of the last day was a loss of top-ranked Magic (37-39) in Orlando on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Pistons (38-37) 115-98. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Magic. Pistons looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pistons made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andre Drummond (208-93, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Blake Griffin (208-89, college: Oklahoma) who added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC) with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Aaron Gordon (206-95, college: Arizona) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Four Pistons and five Magic players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pistons maintains third position with 38-37 record having eleven points less than leader Toronto R. Magic at the other side dropped to the second place with 39 games lost.
Top scorers:
Orlando M.: A.Gordon 20+3reb+4ast, D.Augustin 18+4reb+4ast, E.Fournier 13+1reb+3ast, N.Vucevic 12+12reb+4ast, J.Isaac 10+8reb, T.Ross 10+2reb+2ast
Detroit P.: W.Ellington 25, B.Griffin 20+10reb+5ast, A.Drummond 18+18reb+4ast, I.Smith 15+4reb+6ast, L.Galloway 12+2ast, T.Maker 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 705933


Brooklyn N. - Philadelphia 76ers 110-123

Very significant was 76ers' (#2, 48-27) victory against 4th ranked Nets (38-38) 123-110. 76ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was Cameroonian center Joel Embiid (213-94, college: Kansas) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Australian point guard Ben Simmons (208-96, college: LSU) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (201-95, college: Arizona) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Joe Harris (198-91, college: Virginia) added 22 points respectively. Four 76ers and five Nets players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. 76ers maintains second position with 48-27 record having just one point less than leader Toronto R. Loser Nets keep the fourth place with 38 games lost.
Top scorers:
Brooklyn N.: J.Harris 22+3reb+1ast, R.Hollis-Jefferson 19+10reb+2ast, C.LeVert 18+4reb+3ast, D.Russell 13+4reb+8ast, S.Dinwiddie 13+2reb+4ast, E.Davis 6+8reb+2ast
Philadelphia 76ers: J.Embiid 39+13reb+6ast, J.Redick 18+3reb+3ast, B.Marjanovic 16+3reb+1ast, B.Simmons 16+4reb+8ast, M.Scott 11+2reb+1ast, J.Butler 9+7reb+3ast
gschID: 705934


Dallas M. - Miami Heat 99-105

Rather expected game in Dallas where 5th ranked Mavericks (29-46) were defeated by second ranked Heat (37-38) 105-99 on Thursday. Heat dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Mavericks' 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian point guard Goran Dragic (190-86) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists and Bam Adebayo (208-97, college: Kentucky) who added 11 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Slovenian guard Luka Doncic (201-99) with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and Canadian forward Dwight Powell (211-91, college: Stanford) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Mavericks' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Heat keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Sacramento K. Loser Mavericks keep the fifth place with 46 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dallas M.: L.Doncic 19+8reb+7ast, J.Jackson 14+4reb+2ast, J.Brunson 13+3reb+4ast, D.Nowitzki 13+3reb+1ast, D.Powell 11+9reb+2ast, R.Broekhoff 9+1reb
Miami Heat: G.Dragic 23+12reb+11ast, D.Waiters 17+2reb+1ast, H.Whiteside 12+9reb+1ast, D.Wade 11+2reb+2ast, B.Adebayo 11+16reb+3ast, J.Johnson 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 705935


Toronto R. - New York K. 117-92

Rather predictable result in Toronto where first ranked Raptors (53-23) smashed 5th ranked Knicks (14-61) 117-92 on Thursday. Raptors made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Knicks' players. Worth to mention a great performance of Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam (206-94, college: N.Mexico St.) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Fred VanVleet (183-94, college: Wichita St.) who added 12 points and 8 assists during the contest. Five Raptors players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Mitchell Robinson (215-98, college: W.Kentucky) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 21 rebounds and guard Kadeem Allen (191-93, college: Arizona) scored 18 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Raptors maintains first position with 53-23 record. Knicks lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 61 games lost.
Top scorers:
New York K.: M.Robinson 19+21reb, K.Allen 18+1reb+2ast, E.Mudiay 11+4reb+1ast, D.Dotson 9+5reb, K.Knox II 9+3reb+1ast, M.Hezonja 8+4reb+2ast
Toronto R.: P.Siakam 31+5reb+5ast, D.Green 15+4reb+2ast, F.VanVleet 12+3reb+8ast, J.Lin 12+5reb+5ast, N.Powell 11+3reb, S.Ibaka 10+10reb+1ast
gschID: 705936


Denver N. - Houston R. 85-112

Very significant was Rockets' (#1, 48-28) victory against their close opponent Nuggets (50-24) 112-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Rockets made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for James Harden (196-89, college: Arizona St.) who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Swiss power forward Clint Capela (208-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Nikola Jokic (209-95, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Canadian swingman Jamal Murray (198-97, college: Kentucky) added 20 points in the effort for Nuggets. 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. Rockets maintains first position with 48-28 record which they share with defeated Nuggets. Nuggets at the other side still keep top place with 24 games lost. Rockets will have a break next day. Nuggets will play on the road against Thunder in Oklahoma City and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Denver N.: J.Murray 20+4reb+3ast, M.Morris 16+3reb+4ast, N.Jokic 16+8reb+6ast, G.Harris 11+2reb+3ast, P.Millsap 8+2reb, M.Plumlee 4+8reb+2ast
Houston R.: J.Harden 38+6reb+6ast, E.Gordon 18+1reb, C.Capela 17+15reb+1ast, A.Rivers 15+1reb+3ast, C.Paul 9+4reb+8ast, I.Shumpert 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 705937


LA Clippers - Milwaukee B. 118-128

Very significant was Bucks' (#1, 57-19) victory against second-best Clippers (45-31) 128-118. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Clippers. Bucks made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Khris Middleton (203-91, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Greek-Nigerian swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Canadian point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (198-98, college: Kentucky) with 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward JaMychal Green (206-90, college: Alabama) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bucks have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 57-19 record. Loser Clippers keep the second place with 31 games lost.
Top scorers:
LA Clippers: S.Gilgeous-Alexander 21+6reb+2ast, J.Green 16+8reb+2ast, W.Chandler 15+2reb+1ast, D.Gallinari 14+8reb+4ast, M.Harrell 13+5reb+3ast, L.Shamet 13+1reb+4ast
Milwaukee B.: K.Middleton 39+9reb+5ast, G.Antetokounmpo 34+9reb+5ast, S.Brown 15+1ast, E.Bledsoe 15+7reb+8ast, B.Lopez 12+9reb+2ast, P.Connaughton 6+5reb
gschID: 705938


Sacramento K. - N.Orleans P. 118-121

Important game to mention about took place in Sacramento. Third ranked Pelicans (32-45) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging their close opponent Kings (37-38) 121-118 on Thursday evening. Pelicans players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The winners were led by forward Julius Randle (206-94, college: Kentucky) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Christian Wood (208-95, college: UNLV, agency: Pensack Sports) supported him with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists by guard DeAaron Fox (192-97, college: Kentucky) did not help to save the game for Kings. Forward Willie Cauley-Stein (213-93, college: Kentucky) added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Pelicans maintains third position with 32-45 record having fifteen points less than leader Toronto R. Kings at the other side still keep top place with 38 games lost. They share the position with Miami Heat.
Top scorers:
Sacramento K.: B.Hield 27+2reb+1ast, D.Fox 25+5reb+12ast, W.Cauley-Stein 18+12reb+4ast, B.Bogdanovic 14+1reb+3ast, M.Bagley III 10+8reb+1ast, H.Barnes 10+3reb
N.Orleans P.: J.Randle 34+10reb+3ast, C.Wood 25+9reb+1ast, E.Payton 16+4reb+9ast, J.Okafor 12+9reb, S.Johnson 10+2reb+4ast, C.Diallo 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 705939


Cleveland C. - San Antonio S. 110-116

Not a big story in a game in Cleveland where 5th ranked Cavaliers (19-57) were defeated by second ranked Spurs (44-32) 116-110 on Thursday. Strangely Cavaliers outrebounded Spurs 49-33 including 35 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman DeMar DeRozan (201-89, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Bryn Forbes (190-93, college: Michigan St.) who added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Collin Sexton (191-99, college: Alabama) with 24 points and forward Larry Nance-Jr (203-93, college: Wyoming) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Spurs maintains second position with 44-32 record having four points less than leader Toronto R. Cavaliers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 57 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cleveland C.: C.Sexton 24+2reb+3ast, K.Love 18+8reb+1ast, B.Knight 14+1reb+2ast, L.Nance Jr. 13+11reb+4ast, D.Nwaba 11+3reb, J.Clarkson 10+6reb+3ast
San Antonio S.: D.DeRozan 25+2reb+8ast, B.Forbes 19+6reb+4ast, M.Belinelli 16+2reb+2ast, L.Aldridge 14+3reb+1ast, R.Gay 12+8reb+1ast, P.Mills 11+4reb+3ast
gschID: 705940
  




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