Thursday was another six-game night in the NBA and featured two global games: one in London and the other in Mexico City, a first for the league. It was also a night of massive win margins for a few of the teams.
Nuggets take London
The Denver Nuggets thumped the Indiana Pacers 140-112 in London. Nikola Jokic had a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double, Wilson Chandler had 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Congolese guard Emmanuel Mudiay finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
CJ Miles led the Pacers with 20 points and four rebounds, Jeff Teague and Aaron Brooks combined for 28 with 14 points apiece, while Monta Ellis ended the game with 12 points.
Pelicans rip the Nets
The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Brooklyn Nets 104-95. Tyreke Evans had 29 points, four rebounds and four steals, Terrence Jones had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Jrue Holiday had 21 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Solomon Hill had a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 20 points and six rebounds, Sean Kilpatrick had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Joe Harris finished with 15 points.
Knicks gore Bulls
The New York Knicks pummeled the Chicago Bulls 104-89. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Mindaugas Kuzminskas had 19 points and four rebounds, while Derrick Rose ended the game with 17 points and four rebounds.
The Bulls were led by Dwyane Wade with 22 points, Jerian Grant had 14 points and four assists, and Christiano Felicio finished with 13 points and five rebounds.
Spurs trample Lakers
The San Antonio Spurs tore apart the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 134-94. Kawhi Leonard had 31 points, Pau Gasol had 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Tony Parker had 13 points and six assists.
Julius Randle led the Lakers with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, Jordan Clarkson had 14 points, Lou Williams had 10 points and South Sudanese forward Luol Deng finished with three points, one rebound, two assists and one steal.
Mavs win Mexican showdown
The Dallas Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns 113-108 on the back of Deron Williams’ 23-point, 12-assist double-double, Harrison Barnes had 22 points, four rebounds and five assists, Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and six rebounds, while Tunisian center Salah Mejri had four points and seven rebounds.
The Suns were led by Devin Booker with 39 points, Tyson Chandler had a 14-point, 19-rebound double-double, while Marquese Chriss finished with 13 points and three rebounds.
Warriors ravage Pistons
The Golden State Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 127-107. Kevin Durant had 25 points, six rebounds and nine assists, Stephen Curry had 24 points, six assists and five steals, while Klay Thompson finished with 23 points.
Marcus Morris led the Pistons with 21 points and five rebounds, Tobias Harris had 18 points and four rebounds, while Reggie Jackson ended the game with 14 points, two rebounds and three assists.
By Kaunda Chama