Nobody can with the Nets

Kyrie and Harden display against the Knicks. Hornets, Bucks and Spurs add up. The Suns sink the Grizzlies. Important victory for the Nuggets.

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CHARLOTTE HORNETS 122 - 116 SACRAMENTO KINGS

Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward scored 26 and 25 points respectively, and the Hornets beat the Kings for their fourth straight win. The Hornets (20-18), who are second in the Southeast Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference, were losing all the way until Hayward made the decisive play with 1:33 minutes remaining in regulation time. Hayward forced a steal, took a forward-facing pass from Rozier and made a dominant two-handed dunk on De'Aaron Fox, putting the pandemic-restricted crowd of approximately 3,000 to their feet in the Spectrum Center bleachers. by Charlotte. The franchise player was also fouled on the play and made the free throw to give Charlotte her first lead of the game with a 113-111 run. Buddy Hield quickly tied the game with the Kings' basket, but Rozier responded with a massive triple from the left wing to put the Hornets ahead definitively with 54 seconds to go. Three seconds later, the Kings (15-24) missed reserve center Bismack Biyombo and he missed both free throws. But Biyombo quickly redeemed himself at the other end of the court by blocking Fox on a drive to the basket with 34 seconds left. Rozier and Hayward secured victory with a pair of free throws each that they scored. LaMelo Ball had 16 points and 4 assists, while the Hornets' reserves outscored the Sacramento team 42-22. Fox led the Kings with 29 points, while Richaun Holmes had a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds, which put him in front of the Sacramento team's inside game. The Kings had 56% on field goals and scored 68 points in the paint, but in the end they could not get the decisive goals or make their best defense.WASHINGTON WIZARDS 122 - 133 MILWAUKEE BUCKS

New singles display from Giannis Antetokounmpo who added his third straight triple-double and led the Milwaukee Bucks to a win over the Wizards. Antetokounmpo's contribution of 31 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists allowed the Bucks (25-14) to win the fourth consecutive game and remain third in the Eastern Conference, a game and a half behind the Nets (27-13). which are seconds. The Bucks walked away late after letting a 26-point lead in the third quarter be reduced to five in the middle of the fourth quarter. When the Wizards drew within seven in the final minutes, Antetokounmpo scored four points to make it again a game with a final 10-plus lead. Antetokounmpo combined for 64 points, 26 rebounds and 21 assists in the two-game series played in Washington. He also had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the first triple-double of a streak of three in a row when the Bucks faced the Knicks last week. Antetokounmpo became the third player this season with a triple-double in three straight games, joining Russell Westbrook and Jimmy Butler. His seventh career 30-point triple-double outpointed the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by the most in team history, and he is the first Bucks player to have three triple-doubles in a row. Kris Middelton rebounded from a five-shot start of just one basket, finishing with 23 points, while Brook Lopez added 22 points, as the other two Bucks players broke the 20s barrier. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 37 points after sitting down on Saturday to rest his left knee where he felt discomfort. Westbrook had 23 points and 17 assists, a season-high in that facet of the game, but the Wizards lost the fourth straight game. In addition, Raúl Neto played 20 minutes as a reserve for the Wizards and contributed 6 points.

DETROIT PISTONS 99 - 109 SAN ANTONIO SPUR

The old formula was present again in the Spurs game by providing a balanced attack, led by Dejounte Murray. Then it would be the defense that ensured the victory on the road against the Pistons, in Detroit. Murray contributed a double-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Jakob Poeltl also posted another double-double as the leader of the inside game with 14 points and 12 rebounds (best of the season), which put him within the Spurs list of six players who finished with double-digit numbers. The Spurs (20-16) got back on track after losing three of the previous four games, including a 35-point beating loss (134-99) last night to the Sixers. The San Antonio team, with its triumph and combined with the defeat (99-109) of the Mavericks, are once again alone in the leadership of the Southwest Division. The Texans had 59% shooting from the field in the first half to build a 50-60 lead, then fell to 14 early in the third quarter. Murray topped a 35-point quarter for the Spurs with a long 3-pointer before the horn sounded at the end of the period, which left the quarter 75-95. Detroit's leading scorer Jeremi Grant, who had left the game in the third quarter after landing hard on his right hip as he tried to penetrate between Spurs power forward Drew Eubanks and Rudy Gay. Josh Jackson with 15 points was the leader of the attack of the Pistons (10-29), who suffered the fourth consecutive defeat and have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the second in the NBA, only surpassed by the Minnesota Timberwolves (9 -30). As a curiosity, the Spurs only took five free throws, the lowest mark of the season next to that of the Mavericks, which has reached the same in this day.BROOKLYN NETS 117 - 112 NEW YORK KNICKS

Once again, the combination of Kyrie Irving and James Harden made the difference in favor of the Brooklyn Nets, who beat the Knicks in the New York derby. Irving was responsible for leading scorer with 34 points, while Harden posted his 10th triple-double of the season with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists. Harden's presence on the Nets, who has only been with the Brooklyn team for two months, has already made them one of the best in the league. The victory left the Nets 7-6, two months later, since Harden arrived, they are 20-7, including 19-4 when at least two of the three stars that the team has assembled play, which now meets Kevin Durant out due to injury. Jeff Green scored 20 points and the Nets won for the thirteenth time in the last 14 games they have played, 12 of them without the presence of Durant, who suffers a left hamstring strain. Nets coach Steve Nash presented Harden with the February Eastern Conference Player of the Month award before the game. The Nets had 63% shooting from the field during the first half, the highest so far this season. While the Brooklyn team continues to prepare for Blake Griffin, their latest acquisition during the All-Star Weekend break. Nash said that there is no rush for Griffin to start playing and instead they want him to do so when he is fully fit and under injury protocol after a serious injury to his left knee. Julius Randle, with a double-double of 33 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, finished again in front of the Knicks attack (20-20), who since they returned from the All-Star Game have faced Bucks and Nets (with individual losses) and the Sixers await them as their next rival. RJ Barrett reached 23 points, while Immanuel Quickley, who started for the first time as a starter, stood out with 21 points, which were not enough to avoid defeat. The Nets held an 18-point lead late in the third quarter, but the Knicks dropped to 115-112 after a Randle dunk and then recovered the ball when New York team coach Tom Thibodeau successfully challenged a foul. Barrett with 7.7 seconds left. The Knicks won the jump by two, but Randle was whistled for steps and Harden closed it with two free throws. An irate Randle tried to approach the umpires after the game was over, and several Knicks players had to come off the bench to stop the All-Star.DALLAS MAVERICKS 99 - 109 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

The Mavericks only five free throws in the loss to the Clippers and Luka Doncic was very critical at a press conference: "I'm not going to say anything." Check the chronicle here.

DENVER NUGGETS 121 - 106 INDIANA PACERS

Nothing changes in the game for the Nuggets, who, thanks to another new double-double from Nikola Jokic, managed to get back on track to win by beating the Pacers. Jokic imposed his class in all facets of the game and showed it by getting his thirty-fifth double-double of the season, with 34 points and 14 rebounds, in addition to giving 5 assists, recovering 4 balls and putting 1 block in 34 minutes that he was in the countryside. Michael Porter Jr. also consolidates his offensive game and together with forward Will Barton they scored 20 points each for Denver, who completed a great fourth period that opened the way to victory. Jamal Murray still hasn't gotten his best wrist touch back, but he finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists that also helped the victory that allowed the Nuggets to go 23-16, the second best in the Northwest Division and fifth of the Western Conference by beating the Portland Trail Blazers (22-16), who rested. Facundo Campazzo was left without scoring, despite the fact that he played 22 minutes in which he missed all three shots from the field he made, without going to the personnel line. But, yes, he captured 3 rebounds, gave 6 assists and stole 2 balls. Malcom Brogdon led Indiana with 24 points and Justin Holiday had 19, but this time they failed to score the decisive goals in the fourth quarter when they ran out of strength after playing last night against the Suns. Domantas Sabonis was one rebound from having achieved a triple-double after contributing 10 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. The start of the game was delayed an hour because the Pacers were unable to fly from Phoenix to Denver until Monday afternoon. A snowstorm that officially dropped 70 centimeters at Denver International Airport closed the runways late Sunday morning. Four runways reopened by mid-afternoon on Monday.

PHOENIX SUNS 122 - 99 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

The good chemistry and production of Devin Booker and Chris Paul was the key that allowed the Suns to easily beat the Grizzlies and recover from last night's surprise loss to the Pacers. This time it was the Suns who reached 122 points thanks to the 27 goals that Booker scored and the 18 that Paul contributed to win the series (2-1) of three games that this season they have played against the Grizzlies. The Suns have won six of their last seven games and cut the Jazz's lead (28-10) to two games as leaders of the Western Conference and the NBA. While they remained leaders of the Pacific Division with a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers (25-13), who also won. Booker hit 10 of 19 shots from the field and beat his season average of 25 points per game, despite falling out of the fourth quarter as the game was already decided in favor of the Suns. Paul finished as the most effective player in the Suns attack, scoring 9 of 11 shots from the field and also dished out 7 assists. Deandre Ayton added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks, which left him as the leader in the inside game, while Jae Crowder scored 14 points. The game was tight for most of the first half, but the Suns pulled away in the third quarter. Crowder hit a 3-pointer with seconds to go and gave Phoenix a 96-77 lead going into the fourth period, which left it all doomed. Memphis was never able to close the gap and set its record at 17-19, despite Jonas Valanciunas adding a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds. In addition, Grayson Allen added 15 points as a reserve and Ja Morant also obtained the same score, but not enough to avoid defeat, the third in a row and the fourth in the last five games played.GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 97 - 128 LOS ANGELES LAKERS

LeBron James got out in the beating of the Lakers, who ran over a dominated Warriors from start to finish. Harrell, with 27 points, key. Check the chronicle here.



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