Curry conquers Madison

The Warriors point guard sentenced the Knicks with 37 points. Atlanta succumbs to the Cavs. Plus wins for the Pistons, Sixers, Bucks and Clippers.

Curry-conquers-Madison
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 112 - 111 ATLANTA HAWKS

Lamar Stevens scored with 4.1 seconds to go and gave the Cavaliers the points that allowed the Hawks to win and end a 10-game losing streak, the worst in the NBA. It was Cleveland's first win since Feb. 1. Stevens, who came off the bench, finished with 8 points after scoring 4 of 5 shots from the field, he also captured 4 rebounds, gave 2 assists and recovered 2 balls. Collin Sexton had 29 points and Darius Garland had 17, with 8 assists, as the Cavs' second-leading scorer. After Trae Young, who was snubbed as an All Star backup, missed with 11 seconds left, Sexton took the ball, passed it to Stevens, who had no one in his path and scored the winning basket. Atlanta had Young as its best scorer, with a spectacular double-double of 28 points and 12 assists. Young was already on the court for the pregame warm-ups when the NBA announced the reserves chosen by the coaches to be part of the All-Star Game to be played on March 7 in Atlanta. All Star last season, Young came in averaging 35.3 points in his last three games, and 26.9 this season, the most of any unselected player. Kevin Huerter had 22 points and power forward John Collins made 13. Collins, only played 13 minutes and came out in the first half with a possible concussion.

ORLANDO MAGIC 93 - 105 DETROIT PISTONS

Rookie Saben Lee scored 21 points, the best score of his career, and was in charge of leading the attack of the Pistons, who beat the Orlando Magic at home. With their victory, the Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak. Detroit, which has a 3-14 road record, the worst in the NBA, won for the first time since Feb. 14. The Pistons built a 15-point lead in the first quarter, dominated the third, and held the lead the rest of the time to secure victory. Josh Jackson, who also came off the bench, contributed 18 points and Jerami Grant, who has lost individual prominence on the team, added another 17 points for the Pistons. Detroit's ninth win of the season ended Orlando's three-game win streak and clouded the selection of Magic center Nikola Vucevic as the Eastern Conference reserve for the NBA All-Star Game, which will be played on next March 7 in Atlanta. On an individual level, Vucevic had 20 points and 9 rebounds as the leader of the Magic, although in the end he could not enjoy the victory. Evan Fournier scored 14 points and Terrence Ross reached 13 as the third-leading scorer for the Magic (13-19), who occupy 12th place in the Eastern Conference, far from the playoff spots.

BROOKLYN NETS 127 - 118 SACRAMENTO KINGS

Another triple-double from Harden gives the Nets their seventh straight victory and sinks the Kings further into a tremendous crisis. Without Durant, Brooklyn borders on the leadership of the East. Check the chronicle here.

NEW YORK KNICKS 106 - 114 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Stephen Curry scored 37 points that allowed the Warriors to win against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, which again had fans. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed the stadiums to be open to fans at 10% capacity, so the stadium today had approximately 2,000 people in its stands. Curry, who has 50 points and a triple-double at the legendary court, scored 26 points in the second half and added 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Kelly Oubre Jr., meanwhile, scored 19 points and Andrew Wiggins added another 16 points that also helped the Warriors win (17-15), who remain eighth in the Western Conference. Once again, Julius Randle, with a double-double of 25 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists, finished leading the Knicks (15-17), but could not avoid the defeat of his team. However, he did have the individual compensation of being called up for the first time for the All Star after being chosen among the seven reserves that will be part of the Eastern Conference team. The Knicks' starting power forward became the first player on the New York team to be selected for the All-Star Game since Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis got it in 2018. The player was sent off in the final seconds of the game after committing his second technical foul. On the point guard, Elfrid Payton added 20 points, while Derrick Rose had another 10 for the Knicks.

TORONTO RAPTORS 102 - 109 PHILADELPHIA SIXER

Tobías Harris emerged as the Sixers' surprise player, scoring 22 points that gave the Raptors a 102-109 victory and took revenge for the loss they suffered last week against the Canadian team. Harris also had 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. With their victory, the Sixers moved to a 21-11 record and were able to stay ahead of the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. Furkan Korkmaz had 19 points and Joel Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Of course, Embiid only scored 3 of 13 in field goals, including the only triple he made, and made up his final contribution thanks to the 11 goals he scored from the personnel line (in 12 shots). The Raptors doubled down on Embiid, just as they did in Sunday night's victory, but this time, however, Doc Rivers' team was able to hold out to secure victory at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Meanwhile, Ben Simmons, who received the good news of being chosen as a reserve to the All-Star Game, had another 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, which also helped to the victory. The Sixers had 50% shooting in the first quarter and 41% at the end of the game, including 45% on 3s. The victory marked the Sixers' first on the road in five games. They had lost 16 straight regular-season road games to Toronto. The Raptors are playing their home games in Tampa this season due to Canadian border restrictions in relation to the coronavirus pandemic and public safety measures in Toronto. The Canadian team is 16-16 and saw a four-game winning streak interrupted. Norman Powell led the Raptors attack by scoring 24 points. Pascal Siakam, meanwhile, had 22 points and Fred VanVleet had another 12 points, with 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

DALLAS MAVERICKS 110 - 107 BOSTON CELTICS

Luka Doncic arranged the end of the game with two triples, the second with a few tenths to go. 31 points and a heroic victory against the Celtics. Check the chronicle here.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS 139 - 112 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVE

The Bucks punished the Timberwolves with their fifth consecutive loss in a game in which the stars of both teams, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Karl-Anthony Towns, maintained a great head-to-head. In the end, Antetokounmpo was the winner by becoming the top scorer of the match, with 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, while Towns had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Ricky Rubio scored 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in a game that in the end the two teams turned into a festival of triples: 96 attempts of those that became 39. Chris Finch's era at the helm of the Timberwolves begins the same The way in which Ryan Saunders (fired after the Wolves' loss to the Kicks) ended the stage with a bulky defeat. The game was always going to be difficult for the team of Ricky Rubio and Juancho Hernángomez. The Wolves are the worst team in the League and they played in the home of the Bucks, one of the three best teams in the East and with a Giannis who is having a great season. The main incentive of the game was to enjoy the confrontation between Antetokounmpo and Towns and neither disappointed. From the start, the Bucks star imposed his dominance under the rim of the Wolves and, despite this, the Minnesotans stood up to the Bucks during the first 12 minutes. The first quarter ended 38-36 for Milwaukee thanks to the high hit percentages of Minneapolis shooters who got 65% on field shots and 66% on triples, figures that were higher than those of the Bucks. From then on, everything Finch tried didn't help bring the Timberwolves to life, a sign of the fragility of the season's youngest team and the worst defense in the league. In the second half he tried to stop Antetokounmpo with Naz Reid and Towns on the track, the two tallest and largest men on the team, but to no avail. In an attempt to close the gap to 29 points, the Wolves launched into a wild 3-point carousel, but to no avail. Faced with the course the game took, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer decided to rest Antetokounmpo, who played 29 minutes in total, 5 less than is usual for him.DENVER NUGGETS 111 - 106 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Campazzo, who played the last quarter almost completely, upset a Lillard who, this time, did not work the miracle. Jokic, with 41 points, gives the victory to the Nuggets. Check the chronicle here.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 135 - 116 WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Kawhi Leonard added 32 points to the Los Angeles Clippers' victory over the Washington Wizards, which ended five straight wins. The Clippers, with their sixth win in the last 10 games, went 23-10 and are the new lone leaders in the Pacific Division and second in the Western Conference. The other big star, Paul George, had 30 points and Reggie Jackson had 17 for the Clippers, who had six players with double-digit numbers, four of them coming off the bench. Serge Ibaka contributed 6 points and 6 rebounds in the 20 minutes he played. In addition, Ibaka scored 3 of 6 shots from the field, missed both attempts he had from outside the perimeter, and did not go to the personnel line. On the part of the Wizards, the attack by Russell Westbrook stood out, which was close to the triple-double with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Bradley Beal, leading scorer in the NBA with an average of 32.9 points per game, had a double-double of 28 points and 10 assists and Moritz Wagner scored 21 points. Raúl Neto scored 11 goals in 20 minutes. The Wizards, who had trailed 18 points on the scoreboard, cut their deficit to five in the fourth quarter, but the Clippes' reserves ensured the victory.



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