The Golden State Warriors had more than just the win over the Houston Rockets to celebrate last night: they also became the fifth team in NBA history to win 60 games for three consecutive seasons, the first since the Chicago Bulls from 1995-98.

Warriors drop Rockets

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Rockets 113-106 in Houston. Stephen Curry had a 32-point, 10-rebound double-double, Klay Thompson had 25 points and five rebounds, while Draymond Green finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

James Harden recorded his 20th triple-double of the season for Houston with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, Clint Capela had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Lou Williams ended the game with 17 points.

Heat beat Pistons and boost postseason hopes

The Miami Heat are still in the running for a playoffs spot after beating the Detroit Pistons 97-96. Goran Dragic had 28 points, four rebounds and four assists, Hassan Whiteside 17 points and nine rebounds, and James Johnson 16 points and six rebounds.

Kentavious Coldwell-Pope had 25 points and five rebounds for Detroit, Ish Smith 19 points and six assists, and Tobias Harris also finished with 19 points and six rebounds.

Wizards astound Lakers

The Washington Wizards clinched the Southeast Division for the first time since the 1978/79 season after defeating the Lost Angeles Lakers 119-108. John Wall had a 34-point, 14-assist double-double, Otto Porter Jr 16 points and four rebounds, and Bradley Beal also had 16 points.

Los Angeles were led by D‘Angelo Russell with 28 points, six rebounds and nine assists, Jordan Clarkson had 22 points and four rebounds, and Tyler Ennis finished with 11 points.

Blazers scorch Nuggets

The Portland Trail Blazers held on to eighth spot in the West last night following their 122-113 win over the Denver Nuggets. CJ McCollum had 39 points and five rebounds, Jusuf Nurkic a 33-point, 16-rebound double-double, and Damian Lillard ended the game with 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Jameer Nelson had 23 points and four assists for Denver, Garry Harris had 19 points, and Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic combined for 34 with 17 points apiece.

Hawks shade Suns

The Atlanta Hawks beat the Phoenix Suns 95-91. Gambian-German guard Dennis Schroder had 27 points, six rebounds and nine assists, Ersan Ilyasova an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double, and Dwight Howard also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Phoenix were led by TJ Warren with 24 points and eight rebounds, Tyler Ulis had a 15-point, 10-assist double-double and Derrick Jones Jr finished with 13 points.

The Rest

Nigerian-Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 20 points and eight rebounds helped the Milwaukee Bucs past the Charlotte Hornets 118-108, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Indiana Pacers 115-114 on the back of Karl-Anthony Town’s 37-point, 12-rebound double-double, and the 23-point game from Dario Saric helped the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-101.

By Kaunda Chama


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