The Rockets occupy the longest winning streak in the league with its fifth straight win on Sunday against the Celtics.
Houston took the lead early in Sunday’s contest and never relinquished it in a 115-104 win over Boston.
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies at home, 99-95. The Thunder snapped their 4-game losing streak in one of the most gut-churning ways possible. After trailing to the lottery-bound Grizz for nearly the entire game, vacillating between apathy and incompetence, OKC came to life in the nick of time to get the win and administer some salve to the gaping flesh wound that is their post-ASW stretch.
Adam Silver thought it was obvious. Forty-year-old Dirk Nowitzki is playing his 21st NBA season for the Dallas Mavericks, and he has looked like someone who’s spent two decades playing this rigorous sport. It’s the reason why the NBA commissioner made both Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade special roster additions to the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
Dubs end challenging road trip on winning note
The Golden State Warriors once again had to overcome a double digit deficit and their own malaise to pull off a hard fought and close win against a Joel Embiid-less but dangerous 76er squad in Philly. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 87 points. Compensating for Klay Thompson’s absence, the Warriors received a huge boost of scoring off the bench from Damion Lee with 12. Here are a few observations from the Warriors’ 120-117 over the 76ers.
The Jazz came out slow tonight and fell to an early double-digit deficit as Giannis Antetokounmposcored at will nearly every time down the court. He bullied Rudy Gobert in the paint (with a few favorable no-calls and more than a little leeway on a few clear-outs with his shoulder or forearm). Gobert was frustrated, it affected his play, and tonight ended as arguably his worst game of the season (a team worst -36 tonight).
It took an extra five minutes, but the Milwaukee Bucks prevailed with their ninth straight road win with a 141-140 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat out the last game against the Bulls with knee soreness was pretty quiet tonight by his standards. In what appeared to be a load management game, he finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists in 24 minutes.
The Oklahoma City Thunder put a scare into the Denver Nuggets with a strong fourth quarter spurt, but the Nuggets pulled away late to go to 3-0 on the season against the Thunder with a 121-112 victory. Nikola Jokic just missed a triple double with 36 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds, and both Jamal Murray and Will Barton scored 20+ points with crucial buckets across all four quarters. Denver built an 18 point lead at one point but - reminiscent of times last year - fumbled it away in the fourth.