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 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 
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 2 Miami Heat 39-43 
 3 Charlotte H. 39-43 
 4 Washington W. 32-50 
 5 Atlanta H. 29-53 
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 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.
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 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.27.3 
 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 1 (Finals)

Toronto  May 30  Golden S.
Trail Blazers defeat Nuggets; Mavericks edge Grizzlies - Apr 8, 2019


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There are only two more days left in the Regular Season in NBA. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last day. The day ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games 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 Nuggets (53-27) in Denver on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Trail Blazers (51-29) 115-108. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nuggets. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Trail Blazers made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Trail Blazers outrebounded Nuggets 58-42 including a 41-30 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Nuggets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Damian Lillard (190-90, college: Weber St.) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Nigerian-American forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest) contributed with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mason Plumlee (211-90, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for Nuggets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Trail Blazers maintains second position with 51-29 record having just two points less than leader Toronto R. Nuggets at the other side still keep top place with 27 games lost. Trail Blazers are looking forward to face Lakers (#4) in Los Angeles in the next day. Nuggets will play on the road against Jazz in Salt Lake City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Dallas. Fifth ranked Mavericks (32-48) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Grizzlies (32-48) 129-127 in the fight for the fourth place. Tunisian center Salah Mejri (217-86) scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Dorian Finney-Smith chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Mavericks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side guard Delon Wright (196-92, college: Utah) responded with a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Mavericks moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Memphis G. Mavericks will play against Suns (#5) in Phoenix in the next day. Grizzlies will play on the road against Pistons in Detroit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Washington between Knicks and Wizards. Fifth ranked Knicks (16-64) got a very close victory on the road over one of their biggest challengers Wizards (32-49). Knicks managed to escape with a 3-point win 113-110 on Sunday evening. Mario Hezonja notched 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Troy Brown-Jr did not help to save the game for Wizards. Wizards' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Knicks maintains fifth position with 16-64 record. Wizards lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 49 games lost. Knicks will meet higher ranked Bulls (#4) in the next day and it may be quite challenging game. Wizards will play against Celtics and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Pacers (47-34) against fourth ranked Nets (41-40) on Sunday night. Visiting Pacers were defeated by Nets in Brooklyn 108-96. It was a key game for the top position in the league. DAngelo Russell fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nets keep a position of league leader, which they share with Orlando M. Pacers at the other side keep the second place with 34 games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jazz (49-31) against fourth ranked Lakers (37-44) on Sunday night. Host Jazz was defeated by Lakers in a tough game in Salt Lake City 109-113. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Jazz. It was a very good performance for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Lakers maintains fourth position with 37-44 record. Loser Jazz keeps the third place with 31 games lost. Lakers will face league's second-placed Trail Blazers in Portland in the next day and it may be the game of the week. Jazz will play at home against the league's leader Nuggets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in day 166 were not that significant. Golden St.W. smashed LA Clippers on the road 131-104. Charlotte H. won against Detroit P. on its own court 104-91. Milwaukee B. managed to outperform Atlanta H. in a road game 115-107. Miami Heat recorded a loss to Toronto R. at home 109-117. Cleveland C. was crushed by San Antonio S. on the opponent's court 112-90. Phoenix Suns was smashed by Houston R. in a home game 113-149. Boston C. lost to Orlando M. on the road 108-116. Oklah.City T. managed to outperform Minnesota T. on its own court 132-126. Sacramento K. recorded a loss to N.Orleans P. in New Orleans 133-129.



LA Clippers - Golden St.W. 104-131

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Warriors' (56-24) road victory over their biggest opponent Clippers (47-34) in Los Angeles 131-104 on Sunday. Warriors dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Clippers' 56. Warriors forced 20 Clippers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Warriors made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for point guard Stephen Curry (190-88, college: Davidson) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Draymond Green (201-90, college: Michigan St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Guard Landry Shamet (193-97, college: Wichita St.) replied with 17 points and 4 assists and Lou Williams (185-86) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Clippers. Five Warriors and four Clippers 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. Warriors have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 56-24 record. Clippers lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 34 games lost. Warriors will face Pelicans (#3) in New Orleans in the next day, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Golden St.W.: S.Curry 27+5reb+4ast, K.Durant 16+4reb+7ast, K.Looney 14+6reb+2ast, D.Cousins 12+9reb+4ast, K.Thompson 12+1reb, D.Green 10+10reb+9ast
LA Clippers: L.Shamet 17+3reb+4ast, L.Williams 13+5reb+5ast, S.Gilgeous-Alexander 12+1reb+3ast, W.Chandler 11+7reb+3ast, M.Harrell 11+3reb+3ast, J.Robinson 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 706016


Charlotte H. - Detroit P. 104-91

There was a minor upset when their close opponent Pistons (39-41) lost to third ranked Hornets (38-42) in Charlotte 91-104 on Sunday. Hornets made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for point guard Kemba Walker (185-90, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Frank Kaminsky (213-93, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Andre Drummond (208-93, college: Connecticut) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 23 rebounds and point guard Ishmael Smith (183-88, college: Wake Forest) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pistons. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hornets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Miami Heat. Pistons lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 41 games lost. Hornets will face Cavaliers (#5) in Cleveland in the next day. Pistons will play at home against Grizzlies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charlotte H.: K.Walker 31+8reb+7ast, F.Kaminsky 24+5reb+2ast, J.Lamb 17+6reb+3ast, D.Bacon 14+1reb+1ast, M.Bridges 10+5reb+5ast, B.Biyombo 6+9reb+2ast
Detroit P.: I.Smith 20+4reb+4ast, B.Griffin 16+4reb+4ast, A.Drummond 15+23reb+1ast, W.Ellington 14+4reb+3ast, R.Jackson 9+4reb+3ast, L.Kennard 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 706009


Atlanta H. - Milwaukee B. 107-115

Rather predictable result when first ranked Bucks (60-21) won against 5th ranked Hawks (29-52) in Atlanta 115-107 on Sunday. Bucks made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game, while Hawks only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded Hawks 62-48 including a 51-39 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bucks made 10 blocks. Hawks were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Greek-Nigerian swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Khris Middleton (203-91, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ukrainian center Alex Len (216-93, college: Maryland) replied with 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward DeAndre Bembry (198-94, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Pensack Sports) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bucks maintains first position with 60-21 record. Loser Hawks keep the fifth place with 52 games lost.
Top scorers:
Milwaukee B.: G.Antetokounmpo 30+9reb+3ast, K.Middleton 21+5reb+3ast, D.Wilson 10+7reb, S.Brown 10+6reb, G.Hill 9+7reb+2ast, P.Connaughton 8+4reb+3ast
Atlanta H.: A.Len 33+8reb+4ast, D.Bembry 13+8reb+3ast, K.Bazemore 12+2reb+2ast, T.Prince 10+3reb+2ast, K.Huerter 9+4reb+6ast, J.Anderson 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 706012


Denver N. - Portland TB 108-115

The most crucial game of the last day was a loss of top-ranked Nuggets (53-27) in Denver on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Trail Blazers (51-29) 115-108. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nuggets. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Trail Blazers made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Trail Blazers outrebounded Nuggets 58-42 including a 41-30 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Nuggets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Damian Lillard (190-90, college: Weber St.) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Nigerian-American forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mason Plumlee (211-90, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and Canadian swingman Trey Lyles (206-95, college: Kentucky) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Nuggets. Five Nuggets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Trail Blazers maintains second position with 51-29 record having just two points less than leader Toronto R. Nuggets at the other side still keep top place with 27 games lost. Trail Blazers are looking forward to face Lakers (#4) in Los Angeles in the next day. Nuggets will play on the road against Jazz in Salt Lake City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Portland TB: D.Lillard 30+6reb+5ast, A.Aminu 23+11reb, R.Hood 11+3reb+3ast, E.Kanter 11+13reb+1ast, S.Curry 11+2reb, C.McCollum 9+6reb+6ast
Denver N.: G.Harris 18+2reb+1ast, M.Beasley 15+3reb+2ast, T.Lyles 15+9reb+2ast, T.Craig 13+4reb+2ast, I.Thomas 10+3ast, M.Plumlee 10+11reb+6ast
gschID: 706017


Brooklyn N. - Indiana P. 108-96

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Pacers (47-34) against fourth ranked Nets (41-40) on Sunday night. Visiting Pacers were defeated by Nets in Brooklyn 108-96. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Nets made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Nets outrebounded Pacers 52-33 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. DAngelo Russell (196-96, college: Ohio St.) fired 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Joe Harris (198-91, college: Virginia) chipped in 19 points. Lithuanian-American power forward Domantas Sabonis (209-96, college: Gonzaga) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and forward Thaddeus Young (203-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 16 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Five Nets and four Pacers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nets keep a position of league leader, which they share with Orlando M. Pacers at the other side keep the second place with 34 games lost.
Top scorers:
Brooklyn N.: D.Russell 20+6reb+6ast, J.Harris 19+4reb+2ast, C.LeVert 18+5reb+2ast, J.Allen 12+8reb, S.Dinwiddie 12+2reb+6ast, T.Graham 9+5reb+2ast
Indiana P.: D.Sabonis 17+12reb+3ast, T.Young 16+2reb+4ast, B.Bogdanovic 13+4reb+2ast, C.Joseph 12+3reb+4ast, D.McDermott 7+1ast, M.Turner 6+4reb
gschID: 706010


Utah Jazz - LA Lakers 109-113

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jazz (49-31) against fourth ranked Lakers (37-44) on Sunday night. Host Jazz was defeated by Lakers in a tough game in Salt Lake City 109-113. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Jazz. Lakers dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Jazz's 50. They outrebounded Jazz 49-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. Lakers looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. It was a very good performance for guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (196-93, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Javale McGee (213-88, college: Nevada) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. French center Rudy Gobert (216-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Donovan Mitchell (190-96, college: Louisville) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Jazz. Four Lakers and five Jazz players scored in double figures. Lakers maintains fourth position with 37-44 record. Loser Jazz keeps the third place with 31 games lost. Lakers will face league's second-placed Trail Blazers in Portland in the next day and it may be the game of the week. Jazz will play at home against the league's leader Nuggets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LA Lakers: K.Caldwell-Pope 32+6reb+6ast, J.McGee 22+8reb+3ast, A.Caruso 18+11ast, M.Muscala 16+8reb+1ast, J.Williams III 14+8reb, M.Wagner 6+1reb
Utah Jazz: R.Gobert 21+10reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 19+2reb+5ast, G.Niang 16+2reb+1ast, T.Sefolosha 13+4reb+2ast, J.Ingles 12+4reb+8ast, J.Crowder 11+6reb+2ast
gschID: 706019


Miami Heat - Toronto R. 109-117

The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent Heat's (38-42) home loss to first ranked Raptors (57-24) in Miami 109-117 on Sunday. Raptors made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Quite impressive performance for Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam (206-94, college: N.Mexico St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Kawhi Leonard (201-91, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Dwyane Wade (193-82, college: Marquette) replied with 21 points and 5 assists and forward Justise Winslow (198-96, college: Duke) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Heat. Four Raptors and five Heat players scored in double figures. Heat's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Raptors maintains first position with 57-24 record. Heat lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second place with 42 games lost. Raptors will face Timberwolves (#5) in Minnesota in the next day. Heat will play at home against the league's second-placed 76ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toronto R.: N.Powell 23+3reb+1ast, P.Siakam 23+10reb+1ast, K.Leonard 22+4reb+4ast, D.Green 21+3reb+2ast, S.Ibaka 12+5reb, M.Gasol 8+10reb+7ast
Miami Heat: D.Wade 21+3reb+5ast, J.Johnson 18+4reb+5ast, D.Waiters 17+4reb+2ast, J.Winslow 15+7reb+6ast, H.Whiteside 14+9reb, G.Dragic 9+5reb+6ast
gschID: 706006


Washington W. - New York K. 110-113

A very close game took place in Washington between Knicks and Wizards. Fifth ranked Knicks (16-64) got a very close victory on the road over one of their biggest challengers Wizards (32-49). Knicks managed to escape with a 3-point win 113-110 on Sunday evening. Knicks looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Knicks made 9 blocks. Croatian swingman Mario Hezonja (202-95) notched 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Kevin Knox-II (206-99, college: Kentucky) supported him with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by swingman Troy Brown-Jr (201-99, college: Oregon, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Wizards. Forward Thomas Bryant (208-97, college: Indiana) added 17 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Wizards' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Knicks maintains fifth position with 16-64 record. Wizards lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 49 games lost. Knicks will meet higher ranked Bulls (#4) in the next day and it may be quite challenging game. Wizards will play against Celtics and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
New York K.: M.Hezonja 30+6reb+5ast, L.Kornet 17+7reb+1ast, K.Knox II 16+7reb+5ast, D.Smith Jr. 15+2reb+5ast, M.Robinson 11+11reb, H.Ellenson 10+3reb+2ast
Washington W.: J.Green 19+2reb+1ast, T.Bryant 17+7reb, B.Beal 13+3reb+5ast, T.Brown Jr. 13+8reb+5ast, C.Randle 11+1reb+5ast, B.Portis 11+10reb
gschID: 706014


San Antonio S. - Cleveland C. 112-90

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Spurs (47-34) outplayed 5th ranked Cavaliers (19-62) in San Antonio 112-90 on Sunday. Spurs dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Cavaliers' 46 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Cavaliers 49-34 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Spurs looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Quite impressive performance for power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (211-85, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman DeMar DeRozan (201-89, college: USC) contributed with 14 points and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Larry Nance-Jr (203-93, college: Wyoming) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and Croatian power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cavaliers. Four Spurs and five 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. Spurs maintains second position with 47-34 record having five points less than leader Toronto R., which they share with Indiana P. and LA Clippers. Cavaliers lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 62 games lost. Spurs will have a break next day. Cavaliers will play at home against Hornets (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Antonio S.: L.Aldridge 18+13reb+2ast, P.Mills 14+1reb+4ast, D.Bertans 14+2reb, D.DeRozan 14+3reb+9ast, B.Forbes 13+6reb+4ast, D.White 8+4reb+3ast
Cleveland C.: C.Sexton 16+4ast, B.Knight 16+1reb+1ast, A.Zizic 14+6reb+2ast, C.Osman 12+4reb, L.Nance Jr. 11+10reb+5ast, C.Frye 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 706007


Phoenix Suns - Houston R. 113-149

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Suns (19-62) were outleveled by first ranked Rockets (53-28) in Phoenix 149-113 on Sunday. Rockets made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists. Quite impressive performance for James Harden (196-89, college: ASU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. Swiss power forward Clint Capela (208-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Jamal Crawford (196-80, college: Michigan) replied with 27 points and 6 assists and guard Josh Jackson (203-97, college: Kansas) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Suns. Four Rockets and five Suns players scored in double figures. Rockets have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 53-28 record. Loser Suns keep the fifth place with 62 games lost. Rockets will face Thunder (#4) in Oklahoma City in the next day. Suns will play on the road against Mavericks in Dallas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Houston R.: J.Harden 30+13reb+9ast, E.Gordon 26+1reb, C.Capela 22+13reb+4ast, D.House 13+6reb+1ast, P.Tucker 12+2reb+2ast, N.Hilario 10+3reb+3ast
Phoenix Suns: J.Crawford 27+4reb+6ast, M.Bridges 19+6reb+2ast, D.Bender 19+8reb, D.Melton 12+4reb+6ast, E.Okobo 12+3reb+4ast, J.Jackson 12+9reb+6ast
gschID: 706015


Orlando M. - Boston C. 116-108

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Magic (41-40) beat 3rd ranked Celtics (48-33) in Orlando 116-108 on Sunday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Magic made 22-of-22 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Magic made 7 blocks. Quite impressive performance for Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. French Evan Fournier (198-92) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Australian-American guard Kyrie Irving (190-92, college: Duke) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Dominican power forward Alfred Horford (208-86, college: Florida) added 18 points and 7 assists in the effort for Celtics. 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 maintain first position with 41-40 record, which they share with Brooklyn N. Loser Celtics keep the third place with 33 games lost. Magic will have a break next day. Celtics will play on the road against Wizards in Washington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orlando M.: T.Ross 26+3reb+3ast, N.Vucevic 25+12reb+4ast, E.Fournier 24+5reb+3ast, A.Gordon 14+7reb+2ast, D.Augustin 11+7reb+13ast, J.Isaac 6+3reb
Boston C.: K.Irving 23+5reb+6ast, A.Horford 18+4reb+7ast, G.Hayward 16+5reb+4ast, M.Morris 13+8reb+1ast, J.Brown 13+1reb+1ast, T.Rozier 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 706013


Dallas M. - Memphis G. 129-127

Important game to mention about took place in Dallas. Fifth ranked Mavericks (32-48) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Grizzlies (32-48) 129-127 in the fight for the fourth place. Mavericks dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Grizzlies' 46 and made 27-of-34 charity shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Mavericks players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. Grizzlies were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Tunisian center Salah Mejri (217-86) scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dorian Finney-Smith (203-93, college: Florida) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Mavericks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side guard Delon Wright (196-92, college: Utah) responded with a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists and Justin Holiday (198-89, college: Washington) scored 30 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Mavericks moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Memphis G. Mavericks will play against Suns (#5) in Phoenix in the next day. Grizzlies will play on the road against Pistons in Detroit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dallas M.: T.Burke 24+2reb+5ast, S.Mejri 19+9reb+3ast, D.Finney-Smith 16+12reb+3ast, J.Jackson 16+1reb+1ast, D.Powell 15+4reb+1ast, D.Macon 12+7reb+2ast
Memphis G.: J.Holiday 30+5reb+2ast, D.Wright 20+13reb+12ast, T.Dorsey 15+3reb+3ast, T.Zeller 15+5reb, I.Rabb 14+4reb+3ast, B.Caboclo 13+17reb+4ast
gschID: 706011


Oklah.City T. - Minnesota T. 132-126

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Timberwolves' (36-44) road loss to fourth ranked Thunder (47-33) in Oklahoma City 126-132 on Sunday. Thunder made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Thunder outrebounded Timberwolves 46-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Timberwolves were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for point guard Russell Westbrook (190-88, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Swingman Paul George (206-90, college: Fresno St.) contributed with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Dominican-American power forward Karl-Anthony Towns (213-95, college: Kentucky) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Canadian guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Timberwolves. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunder have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 47-33 record. Loser Timberwolves keep the fifth place with 44 games lost. Thunder will face league's leader Rockets in Houston in the next day and it may be the game of the week. Timberwolves will play at home against the league's leader Raptors (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oklah.City T.: R.Westbrook 27+10reb+15ast, P.George 27+7reb+6ast, D.Schroeder 21+2reb+1ast, J.Grant 15+5reb, M.Morris 14+6reb, T.Ferguson 11+4reb+2ast
Minnesota T.: K.Towns 35+7reb+2ast, A.Wiggins 24+5reb+4ast, D.Saric 23+3reb+1ast, G.Dieng 10+4reb+2ast, T.Jones 10+5reb+13ast, J.Okogie 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 706008


N.Orleans P. - Sacramento K. 133-129

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourth ranked Pelicans (33-48) won against one of their biggest challengers Kings (39-42) in New Orleans 133-129 on Sunday. Pelicans looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pelicans made 11 blocks. Quite impressive performance for guard Elfrid Payton (191-94, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists. Center Jahlil Okafor (211-95, college: Duke) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard DeAaron Fox (192-97, college: Kentucky) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists and forward Harrison Barnes (203-92, college: UNC) added 29 points (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Kings. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kings' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pelicans moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Kings. Loser Kings keep the third position with 42 games lost. Pelicans will face league's leader Warriors in Oakland in the next day and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
N.Orleans P.: I.Clark 31+4reb+3ast, E.Payton 26+6reb+14ast, J.Okafor 23+14reb+3ast, C.Wood 14+7reb, S.Hill 13+6reb+1ast, K.Williams 12+5reb+5ast
Sacramento K.: H.Barnes 29+4reb+1ast, D.Fox 24+6reb+11ast, M.Bagley III 19+14reb, B.Bogdanovic 16+5reb+1ast, N.Bjelica 15+2ast, B.Hield 12+5reb+6ast
gschID: 706018
  




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