As the regular season approaches its close and the MVP race heats up, triple-doubles continue to rain in. Last night James Harden recorded his sixth 40-point triple of the season, the most in a single period in NBA history.
Pelicans down Rockets
The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Houston Rockets 128-112 on the back of Solomon Hill’s 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists, Anthony Davis had a 24-point, 15-rebound double-double, and Jrue Holiday finished with 19 points and six assists.
James Harden led the Rockets with a 41-point, 14-rebound, and 11-assist triple-double, Lou Williams had 14 points and Montrezl Harrell had 13 points and six rebounds.
Bucks trample Lakers
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-103. Khris Middleton had 30 points, Nigerian-Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Greg Monroe had 12 points and six rebounds.
Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 21 points and five rebounds, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Nick Young finished with 16 points.
Magic dazzle Suns
The Orlando Magic beat the Suns 109-103 in Phoenix. Algerian-French guard Evan Fournier had 25 points, Nikola Vucevic had an 18-point, 17-rebound double-double, and Aaron Gordon had 17 points, four rebounds and four blocks. Congolese center Bismack Biyombo had four points and three rebounds.
The Suns were led by TJ Warren with 26 points and five rebounds, Tyler Ulis had 19 points, four rebounds and eight assists, and Marquese Chriss had 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Heat burns Timberwolves
The Miami Heat defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-105. Hassan Whiteside had a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double, Tyler Johnson also had 23 points and Goran Dragic had a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a 31-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins had 26 points, Ricky Rubio had 20 points and six assists, and Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng finished with five rebounds.
The Detroit Pistons are now on a three-game slide after losing 75-87 to the Toronto Raptors. Serge Ibaka had 17 points and nine rebounds, DeMar DeRozan had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Pistons were led by Reggie Jackson with 20 points and six assists, Andre Drummond had 22 rebounds and eight points, and Tobias Harris had 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 98-95 on Jae Crowder’s 24-point, 12-rebound double-double, John Wall’s career-high 20-assists helped the Washington Wizards defeat the Chicago Bulls 112-107, and a good team effort aided the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-74.
By Kaunda Chama