One of the most exciting games on the NBA’s Sunday night schedule was the New York Knicks–Atlanta Hawks matchup which kept fans on the edge of their seats as it stretched to a fourth overtime.
Hawks outlast Knicks
The Atlanta Hawks beat the New York Knicks 142-139 at the end of four overtimes. Paul Millsap had a 37-point, 19-rebound double-double, Kent Bazemore had 24 points and nine rebounds, while Gambian-German guard Dennis Schroder finished with a 23-point, 15-assist double-double.
Carmelo, who had his highest scoring game in over two years, got 45 points, six rebounds and four assists, Brandon Jennings had an 18-point, 11-assist double-double and Courtney Lee had 17 points and nine rebounds.
Russell Westbrook’s 23rd triple-double could not stop the Cleveland Cavaliers’ onslaught as they beat OKC 107-91. Kyrie Irving had a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James had a 25-point, 14-rebound double-double and Tristan Thompson also finished with a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The Thunder were led by Russell Westbrook who had a 20-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist triple-double, Nigerian-American guard Victor Oladipo had 17 points and seven rebounds, while Joffrey Lauvergne finished with 13 points and six rebounds.
The Indiana Pacers defeated the Houston Rockets 120-101 on the back of Paul George’s 33 points and nine rebounds, Myles Turner had an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Jeff Teague also had a double-double with 17 points and 15 assists.
Ryan Anderson led the Rockets with 27 points and seven rebounds, James Harden had 15 points, five rebounds and eight assists, and Eric Gordon had 14 points and three assists.
Magic stun Raptors
The Orlando Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 114-113. Nikola Vucevic had a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, DJ Augustin had 21 points, Jeff Green had 16 points, Congolese forward Serge Ibaka had 12 points and seven rebounds, while DRC-born center Bismack Biyombo finished with four points and five rebounds.
The Raptors were led by Kyle Lowry with 33 points, five rebounds and eight assists, DeMar DeRozan had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Terrence Jones finished with 17 points and three steals.
Bulls trample Sixers
The Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 121-108. Jimmy Butler had 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Robin Lopez had a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Dwyane Wade had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Ersan Ilyasova led the Sixers with a 31-point, 11-rebound double-double, Robert Covington also had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Nik Stauskas finished with 15 points and three assists.
John Wall’s 18-point, 19-assist double-double helped the Washington Wizards beat the New Orleans Pelicans 107-94, some great all-round play and a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double from Seth Curry helped the Dallas Mavericks defeat the San Antonio Spurs 105-101, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 113-111 on the back of Kevin Durant’s 33-point, 10-rebound double-double.
By Kaunda Chama