By Adolfo Lopez
(Game of the Night)
Brooklyn Nets survive New York Knicks 103-101
The Knicks came out slow and have no one to blame, but themselves. If they played with the same energy they showed AFTER the first quarter, they would have won this one easily To the Nets credit, they were without Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert and still found a way to win their third straight game. Spencer Dinwiddie led the way, finishing with 30pts/4asts/4rbs. He sliced and diced the Knicks all night, driving at will every chance he got. Jarrett Allen finished with an 18pt/10rb double-double and Taurean Prince added 14pts/5asts/11rbs.
The Knicks rallied after their slow start. This seems to be a theme for this team. Get into a deficit early, then play hard-nosed and inspire hope at the end before falling short. A flurry of threes helped keep them alive at the end of the game, with the final minutes being some of the most entertaining in the game. Marcus Morris led the way, finishing with 26pts/4rbs, including seven three-pointers. Julius Randle added 15pts/4asts/8rbs and Wayne Ellington came off the bench to the tune of 12pts/3rbs.
Dallas Mavericks beat Houston Rockets 137-123
Defense? Who plays defense nowadays? The Mavericks scored an improbable 45pts in the first quarter. Luka Doncic was masterful once again, continuing to show he’s on the fast track to being one of the best players in the league. He dominated his way to the tune of 41pts/10asts/6rbs. Tim Hardaway Jr had his best game of the season, finishing with 31pts/5asts/4rbs. Kristaps Porzingis chipped in 23pts/3asts/13rbs.
For the Rockets, James Harden finished with 32pts/11asts/9rbs. He was effective, despite only being 2/15 from three. Russell Westbrook added 27pts/6asts/5rbs and Clint Capela had another monster double-double, finishing with 21pts/22rbs.
Sacramento Kings beat Washington Wizards 113-106
Harrison Barnes led the way for the Kings, finishing with 26pts/4rbs. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 21pts/4asts/4rbs off the bench and Richaun Holmes chipped in a 16pt/10rb double-double.
Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards, finishing with 20pts/8asts/3rbs. Isaiah Thomas added 17pts and Moritz Wagner came off the bench to the tune of 12pts/4asts/11rbs.
Denver Nuggets beat Phoenix Suns 116-104
The Nuggets are on a roll, winning their fifth straight game. Meanwhile, the up and coming Suns now fall to .500 on the season. An all around effort carried the Nuggets. Millsap led the way with 23pts/5rbs. Jamal Murray added 22pts/3asts/7rbs and Will Barton chipped in 22pts/4asts/8rbs.
In the Suns defense, they were just too tired. In a rare scheduling instance, they played two back-to-backs in one week. Sunday night was the end of their second back-to-back. The Nuggets continuously harassed Devin Booker all night, holding him to a mere 12pts. Cheick Diallo led the way off the bench, finishing with 22pts/6rbs. Dario Saric added an 18pt/17rb double-double. The Suns surely missed Aron Baynes who has been out with a hip injury.
Los Angeles Clippers beat New Orleans Pelicans 134-109
Montrezl Harrell got it going for the Clips last night. He came off the bench with a monster 34pt/12rb double-double. Kawhi Leonard added 26pts/6asts/4rbs and Paul George finished with 18pts/5rbs.
For the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram finished with 25pts/5asts/8rbs. Jrue Holiday chipped in 18pts/4asts/7rbs and E-Twuan Moore came off the bench to the tune of 17pts/3rbs.
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