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Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1 Toronto R. 58-24 
 2 Philadelphia 76ers 51-31 
 3 Boston C. 49-33 
 4 Brooklyn N. 42-40 
 5 New York K. 17-65 
Central Div.
 1 Milwaukee B. 60-22 
 2 Indiana P. 48-34 
 3 Detroit P. 41-41 
 4 Chicago B. 22-60 
 5 Cleveland C. 19-63 
Southeast Div.
 1 Orlando M. 42-40 
 2 Miami Heat 39-43 
 3 Charlotte H. 39-43 
 4 Washington W. 32-50 
 5 Atlanta H. 29-53 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1 Denver N. 54-28 
 2 Portland TB 53-29 
 3 Utah Jazz 50-32 
 4 Oklah.City T. 49-33 
 5 Minnesota T. 36-46 
Pacific Div.
 1 Golden St.W. 57-25 
 2 LA Clippers 48-34 
 3 Sacramento K. 39-43 
 4 LA Lakers 37-45 
 5 Phoenix Suns 19-63 
Southwest Div.
 1 Houston R. 53-29 
 2 San Antonio S. 48-34 
 3 Dallas M. 33-49 
 4 Memphis G. 33-49 
 5 N.Orleans P. 33-49 
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Points Per Game
 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. James LA Lakers27.4 
 5. Antetokounmpo Milw.27.4 
 6. Curry Golden S27.3 
 7. Durant Golden S27.0 
 8. Booker Phoenix S26.6 
 9. Embiid Philadelphia26.4 
 10. Lillard Portland26.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre DRUMMOND
  Detroit
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 15.5
 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 
 8. Davis N.Orleans P12.0 
 9. Vucevic Orlando M11.8 
 10. Whiteside Miami H11.4 
Assists Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Okla.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Westbrook Okla.10.7 
 2. Wall Washington W8.7 
 3. James LA Lakers8.3 
 4. Teague Minnesota8.2 
 5. Lowry Toronto R.8.2 
 6. Young Atlanta H.8.1 
 7. Rondo LA Lakers8.0 
 8. Holiday N.Orleans7.7 
 9. Paul Houston R.7.7 
 10. Payton N.Orleans7.6 
Steals Per Game
 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. Oladipo Indiana P1.7 
 8. Leonard Toronto R1.7 
 9. Butler Philadelphia1.7 
 10. Drummond Detroit1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 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. McGee LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Embiid Philadelphia2.0 
 8. Whiteside Miami H1.9 
 9. Drummond Detroit1.7 
 10. Towns Minnesota T1.6 
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Day 6 (Semi-Finals)

Toronto 61% May.25 Milwaukee
Raptors lose to Hornets; Lakers topple Clippers in derby - Apr 6, 2019


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The Regular Season in NBA is almost over. There are only 4 days left. There were many interesting games last day. The day ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games. Here is the last day review presented by ESL.

Top ranked Raptors (56-24) recorded its twenty fourth loss in Toronto on Friday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Hornets (37-42) 113-111. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Raptors. Hornets looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Kemba Walker (185-90, college: Connecticut) who scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Frank Kaminsky (213-93, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 22 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Kawhi Leonard (201-91, college: San Diego St.) produced 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hornets maintains third position with 37-42 record having sixteen points less than leader Toronto R. Raptors at the other side still keep top place with 24 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Miami. Fifth ranked Timberwolves (36-43) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Heat (38-41) 111-109 on Friday evening. Croatian Dario Saric (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Karl-Anthony Towns contributed with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Timberwolves' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Slovenian point guard Goran Dragic (190-86) replied with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for Heat. Timberwolves maintains fifth position with 36-43 record. Heat lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 41 games lost.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Los Angeles: Lakers (#4) and Clippers (#2). Lakers (36-44) won against visiting Clippers (47-33) 122-117. Worth to mention a great performance of Alex Caruso who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Danilo Gallinari responded with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Clippers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lakers maintains fourth position with 36-44 record. Loser Clippers keep the second place with 33 games lost. They share the position with Indiana P..
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Pistons (39-40) against fourth ranked Thunder (46-33) on Friday night. Host Pistons unexpectedly were defeated by in Detroit 110-123. The winners were led by Paul George who scored that evening 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunder maintains fourth position with 46-33 record. Pistons lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 40 games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Pelicans (32-48) against fifth ranked Suns (19-61) on Friday night. Host Pelicans were defeated by Suns in a tough game in New Orleans 126-133. The best player for the winners was Josh Jackson who scored 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Suns maintains fifth position with 19-61 record, which they share with Cleveland C. Pelicans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 48 games lost.

Rest of the games of day 164 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Denver N. defeated Portland TB in a road game 119-110. Atlanta H. was smashed by Orlando M. at home 113-149. Golden St.W. won against Cleveland C. on the opponent's court 120-114. Boston C. outscored Indiana P. in a home game 117-97. Dallas M. recorded a loss to Memphis G. on the road 122-112. San Antonio S. defeated Washington W. on its own court 129-112. Houston R. smashed New York K. in a road game 120-96. Sacramento K. was destroyed by Utah Jazz at home 98-119.



Miami Heat - Minnesota T. 109-111

Important game to mention about took place in Miami. Fifth ranked Timberwolves (36-43) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Heat (38-41) 111-109 on Friday evening. Timberwolves made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Croatian Dario Saric (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Dominican-American power forward Karl-Anthony Towns (213-95, college: Kentucky) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Timberwolves' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Slovenian point guard Goran Dragic (190-86) replied with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and guard Dwyane Wade (193-82, college: Marquette) added 24 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Heat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Timberwolves maintains fifth position with 36-43 record. Heat lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 41 games lost.
Top scorers:
Miami Heat: D.Wade 24+3reb+3ast, D.Waiters 22, J.Johnson 15+2reb+5ast, G.Dragic 15+7reb+9ast, J.Winslow 13+7reb+4ast, B.Adebayo 8+4reb
Minnesota T.: D.Saric 19+7reb+5ast, G.Dieng 19+4reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 18+2reb+1ast, K.Towns 13+12reb+4ast, T.Jones 12+6reb+4ast, K.Bates-Diop 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 705996


Portland TB - Denver N. 110-119

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Trail Blazers' (50-29) home loss to first ranked Nuggets (53-26) 110-119 on Friday. They made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. Nuggets looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Nikola Jokic (209-95, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Paul Millsap (203-85, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds. Turkish center Enes Kanter (211-92, college: Kentucky) produced 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest) added 12 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Nuggets and five Trail Blazers players scored in double figures. Trail Blazers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nuggets maintains first position with 53-26 record. Loser Trail Blazers keep the second place with 29 games lost.
Top scorers:
Portland TB: E.Kanter 24+7reb+4ast, R.Hood 17+2reb+1ast, E.Turner 15+1reb+3ast, J.Layman 15+2reb+2ast, D.Lillard 14+4reb+8ast, A.Aminu 12+14reb+3ast
Denver N.: P.Millsap 25+7reb+2ast, J.Murray 23+4reb+6ast, N.Jokic 22+13reb+9ast, T.Craig 18+7reb+1ast, M.Beasley 9+2ast, M.Morris 8+2ast
gschID: 706001


Detroit P. - Oklah.City T. 110-123

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Pistons (39-40) against fourth ranked Thunder (46-33) on Friday night. Host Pistons unexpectedly were defeated by in Detroit 110-123. Thunder dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Pistons' 40. They outrebounded Pistons 59-32 including a 21-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Thunder players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. The winners were led by swingman Paul George (206-90, college: Fresno St.) who scored that evening 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Russell Westbrook (190-88, college: UCLA) supported him with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 15 assists. Even 45 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by forward Blake Griffin (208-89, college: Oklahoma) did not help to save the game for Pistons. Point guard Ishmael Smith (183-88, college: Wake Forest) added 12 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Five Thunder and four Pistons players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunder maintains fourth position with 46-33 record. Pistons lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 40 games lost.
Top scorers:
Detroit P.: B.Griffin 45+7reb+3ast, I.Smith 12+3reb+4ast, L.Galloway 11+2reb+1ast, R.Jackson 10+1reb+3ast, W.Ellington 8+4reb+3ast, T.Maker 8+1reb+1ast
Oklah.City T.: P.George 30+8reb+4ast, J.Grant 19+7reb, R.Westbrook 19+8reb+15ast, S.Adams 14+14reb, D.Schroeder 14+7reb+10ast, M.Morris 12+5reb+1ast
gschID: 705997


Toronto R. - Charlotte H. 111-113

Top ranked Raptors (56-24) recorded its twenty fourth loss in Toronto on Friday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Hornets (37-42) 113-111. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Raptors. Hornets looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Kemba Walker (185-90, college: Connecticut) who scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Frank Kaminsky (213-93, college: Wisconsin) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Kawhi Leonard (201-91, college: San Diego St.) produced 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Congolese-Spanish power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89) added 20 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Raptors players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hornets maintains third position with 37-42 record having sixteen points less than leader Toronto R. Raptors at the other side still keep top place with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
Toronto R.: K.Leonard 29+6reb+4ast, S.Ibaka 20+12reb+1ast, K.Lowry 16+5reb+11ast, P.Siakam 14+5reb+3ast, F.VanVleet 12+3reb+5ast, D.Green 8+3reb
Charlotte H.: K.Walker 29+6reb+8ast, F.Kaminsky 22+13reb+2ast, J.Lamb 22+5reb+4ast, M.Monk 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kidd-Gilchrist 10+2reb+3ast, D.Bacon 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 705991


Atlanta H. - Orlando M. 113-149

No shocking result in a game in Atlanta where first ranked Magic (40-40) smashed 5th ranked Hawks (29-51) 149-113 on Friday. Magic shot 60.9 percent from the field and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Magic outrebounded Hawks 54-38 including a 45-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 21 passes made by Hawks' players. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. French Evan Fournier (198-92) chipped in 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Trae Young (188-98, college: Oklahoma) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward DeAndre Bembry (198-94, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Pensack Sports) added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Magic and four Hawks 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 first position with 40-40 record. Loser Hawks keep the fifth place with 51 games lost.
Top scorers:
Atlanta H.: T.Young 22+7reb+6ast, J.Collins 20+6reb+1ast, T.Prince 15+1reb+1ast, D.Bembry 14+10reb+4ast, V.Carter 11+1ast, A.Len 9+4reb+2ast
Orlando M.: T.Ross 25+2reb+2ast, E.Fournier 25+4reb+1ast, N.Vucevic 25+11reb+4ast, J.Isaac 18+6reb+2ast, D.Augustin 13+3reb+7ast, A.Gordon 10+11reb+7ast
gschID: 705992


Cleveland C. - Golden St.W. 114-120

Very expected game in Cleveland where 5th ranked Cavaliers (19-61) were defeated by first ranked Warriors (55-24) 120-114 on Friday. Warriors shot the lights out from three sinking 20 long-distance shots on high 54.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Warriors made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Stephen Curry (190-88, college: Davidson) who scored 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Draymond Green (201-90, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Collin Sexton (191-99, college: Alabama) produced 27 points and 4 assists and forward Larry Nance-Jr (203-93, college: Wyoming) added 13 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Warriors have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 55-24 record. Cavaliers lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 61 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cleveland C.: C.Sexton 27+1reb+4ast, C.Osman 15+6reb+2ast, D.Nwaba 13+7reb+3ast, L.Nance Jr. 13+14reb+3ast, A.Zizic 12+6reb, T.Thompson 12+6reb+1ast
Golden St.W.: S.Curry 40+6reb+7ast, D.Green 20+8reb+5ast, K.Durant 15+5reb+8ast, Q.Cook 14+1reb+2ast, K.Thompson 11+4reb+3ast, J.Jerebko 6+1reb
gschID: 706002


Boston C. - Indiana P. 117-97

Everything could happen in Boston at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Celtics and second-ranked Pacers had identical 47-32 record. This time Celtics used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Indianapolis 117-97 on Friday night. Celtics dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Pacers' 56. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Jayson Tatum (203-98, college: Duke) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Gordon Hayward (203-90, college: Butler) chipped in 21 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Power forward Myles Turner (211-96, college: Texas) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Lithuanian-American power forward Domantas Sabonis (209-96, college: Gonzaga) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Celtics and four Pacers players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Celtics have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 48-32 record having four points less than leader Toronto R. Loser Pacers keep the second place with 33 games lost.
Top scorers:
Indiana P.: M.Turner 15+7reb+1ast, D.Sabonis 12+6reb+3ast, T.Evans 12+7reb+1ast, D.McDermott 11+1reb+1ast, A.Holiday 11+3reb+1ast, T.Young 10+5reb+3ast
Boston C.: J.Tatum 22+7reb+2ast, G.Hayward 21+4reb+2ast, K.Irving 17+3reb+6ast, M.Morris 11+6reb+3ast, A.Horford 11+7reb+2ast, A.Baynes 11+11reb+2ast
gschID: 705994


Memphis G. - Dallas M. 122-112

Everything could happen in Memphis at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Grizzlies and one of their biggest challengers Mavericks had identical 31-47 record. This time Grizzlies used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Dallas 122-112 on Friday night. Grizzlies looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Delon Wright (196-92, college: Utah) who had a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists. Greek-American Tyler Dorsey (193-96, college: Oregon) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Courtney Lee (196-85, college: WKU) produced 21 points and 7 assists and forward Justin Jackson (203-95, college: UNC) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Grizzlies and five Mavericks players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Grizzlies (32-47) moved-up to third place. Loser Mavericks dropped to the fifth position with 48 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dallas M.: C.Lee 21+4reb+7ast, J.Jackson 19+6reb+3ast, T.Burke 13+3ast, D.Nowitzki 12+7reb+1ast, S.Mejri 12+5reb+5ast, D.Macon 11+2reb+1ast
Memphis G.: D.Wright 26+10reb+14ast, J.Holiday 20+1reb+2ast, T.Dorsey 17+9reb+1ast, I.Rabb 12+8reb+2ast, C.Parsons 11+4reb+2ast, J.Carter 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 705998


LA Lakers - LA Clippers 122-117

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Los Angeles: Lakers (#4) and Clippers (#2). Lakers (36-44) won against visiting Clippers (47-33) 122-117. Lakers made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lakers made 11 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Alex Caruso (196-94, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (196-93, college: Georgia) who added 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Italian Danilo Gallinari (208-88) responded with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Canadian point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (198-98, college: Kentucky) scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Clippers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lakers maintains fourth position with 36-44 record. Loser Clippers keep the second place with 33 games lost. They share the position with Indiana P..
Top scorers:
LA Clippers: D.Gallinari 27+6reb+8ast, S.Gilgeous-Alexander 20+8reb+6ast, L.Williams 18+4reb+8ast, G.Temple 16+6reb+1ast, M.Harrell 14+8reb+4ast, I.Zubac 11+8reb
LA Lakers: A.Caruso 32+10reb+5ast, K.Caldwell-Pope 25+6reb+4ast, J.McGee 18+10reb, R.Rondo 15+6reb+12ast, J.Williams III 12+5reb+2ast, M.Muscala 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 706003


N.Orleans P. - Phoenix Suns 126-133

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Pelicans (32-48) against fifth ranked Suns (19-61) on Friday night. Host Pelicans were defeated by Suns in a tough game in New Orleans 126-133. Suns made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Suns made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Josh Jackson (203-97, college: Kansas) who scored 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Jamal Crawford (196-80, college: Michigan) chipped in 28 points and 7 assists. Forward Julius Randle (206-94, college: Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds and guard Ian Clark (190-91, college: Belmont) added 24 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Suns and five Pelicans players scored in double figures. Suns maintains fifth position with 19-61 record, which they share with Cleveland C. Pelicans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with 48 games lost.
Top scorers:
N.Orleans P.: J.Randle 31+14reb+3ast, I.Clark 24+4reb+4ast, C.Wood 17+5reb, E.Payton 14+5reb+12ast, C.Diallo 12+11reb, J.Okafor 11+6reb+3ast
Phoenix Suns: J.Jackson 35+9reb+5ast, J.Crawford 28+2reb+7ast, R.Spalding 21+13reb, T.Daniels 14+2reb, D.Bender 11+10reb+6ast, M.Bridges 9+4reb+4ast
gschID: 706000


San Antonio S. - Washington W. 129-112

Everything went according to plan in San Antonio where second ranked Spurs (46-34) won against 4th ranked Wizards (32-48) 129-112 on Friday. Spurs made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (211-85, college: Texas) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Rudy Gay (203-86, college: Connecticut) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Bradley Beal (196-93, college: Florida) produced 25 points and 5 assists and forward Thomas Bryant (208-97, college: Indiana) added 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. 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 46-34 record having six points less than leader Toronto R. Loser Wizards keep the fourth place with 48 games lost.
Top scorers:
Washington W.: B.Beal 25+2reb+5ast, T.Bryant 19+7reb+2ast, B.Portis 16+9reb+2ast, J.Green 14+3reb, T.Brown Jr. 13+4reb+3ast, J.McRae 7+2reb+3ast
San Antonio S.: L.Aldridge 24+7reb+2ast, R.Gay 18+6reb+4ast, P.Mills 17+2reb+3ast, B.Forbes 17+1reb+4ast, D.DeRozan 16+5reb+4ast, J.Poeltl 13+7reb+3ast
gschID: 705993


New York K. - Houston R. 96-120

There was no surprise in New York City where 5th ranked Knicks (15-64) were crushed by first ranked Rockets (52-28) 120-96 on Friday. Rockets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was James Harden (196-89, college: ASU) who scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Swiss power forward Clint Capela (208-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Rockets' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian swingman Mario Hezonja (202-95) produced a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists and center Henry Ellenson (208-97, college: Marquette) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Rockets and four Knicks players scored in double figures. Rockets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 52-28 record. Loser Knicks keep the fifth place with 64 games lost.
Top scorers:
New York K.: H.Ellenson 16+7reb, M.Hezonja 16+16reb+11ast, K.Knox II 13+5reb, M.Robinson 12+9reb+1ast, L.Thomas 10+4reb, B.Garrett 8+1reb+2ast
Houston R.: J.Harden 26+8reb+8ast, E.Gordon 13+2reb+1ast, K.Faried 13+5reb, C.Capela 12+15reb, P.Tucker 11+3reb+1ast, C.Paul 11+4reb+10ast
gschID: 705995


Sacramento K. - Utah Jazz 98-119

There was a small surprise in Sacramento where third ranked Jazz (49-30) smashed their close opponent Kings (39-41) 119-98 on Friday. Jazz looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Kings' players. The best player for the winners was guard Donovan Mitchell (190-96, college: Louisville) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. French center Rudy Gobert (216-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Marvin Bagley-III (211-99, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and Bahamas guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma) added 17 points 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. Jazz have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Philadelphia 76ers. Loser Kings keep the third position with 41 games lost.
Top scorers:
Sacramento K.: B.Hield 17+3reb, Y.Ferrell 13+1reb+5ast, M.Bagley III 13+12reb+2ast, N.Bjelica 10+3reb, B.Bogdanovic 10+3reb+4ast, F.Mason III 8+3reb
Utah Jazz: G.Allen 23+2ast, D.Mitchell 23+5reb+9ast, R.Gobert 17+11reb+1ast, J.Ingles 17+4reb+7ast, G.Niang 8+4reb+4ast, E.Udoh 7+8reb+1ast
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