Bing bong! The Knicks are formally the most well liked crew within the NBA, beating the Nets, Heat and the Celtics twice this week to run their win streak to 9 video games. Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson every averaged greater than 27 factors for the week, however the highlight has momentarily shifted towards Immanuel Quickley, who carried the Knicks to a double-overtime win over Boston on Sunday with a career-high 38 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists.
The Nuggets took care of the Rockets earlier than exacting revenge on the Grizzlies for final week’s blowout loss. Jamal Murray averaged 27 factors within the two video games, flattening 9 of his 18 3-point makes an attempt, whereas Denver’s protection allowed simply 107 factors per 100 possessions.
Well, they’ve that saying “you possibly can’t win ’em all” for a purpose, and the Bucks discovered why in an entertaining loss to the 76ers on Saturday. They adopted that up by beginning a brand new profitable streak in opposition to the Wizards on Sunday, so it does not seem like there’s a lot to fret about. The MVP buzz is swelling for Giannis Antetokounmpo, who put up his traditional numbers of 30.3 factors, 11.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists per recreation this week.
In per week of marquee matchups, the 76ers cut up with the Heat earlier than shedding to the Mavericks after which ending the Bucks’ 16-game profitable streak in Milwaukee. The latter was an announcement win, with James Harden going for 19 of his 38 factors within the fourth quarter.
So far, so good within the Ok.D. period, with the Suns beating the Hornets, Bulls and Mavs this week with their new famous person on the ground. Durant averaged 26.7 factors within the three video games, together with 37 and the late go-ahead bounce shot in Sunday’s thrilling win over his former teammate Kyrie Irving and the Mavs. Devin Booker required no adjustment time, averaging 36 factors, 7.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds on 56/50/78 capturing splits thus far with Durant at his aspect.
The Celtics misplaced twice this week to the abruptly unbeatable Knicks (as soon as with out Jalen Brunson), and likewise blew a 28-point lead in an unpleasant loss to the Nets. Their solely win got here in opposition to the Cavs, when issues obtained a bit of too attention-grabbing within the closing minute. It’s not precisely clean crusing in Boston proper now.
A valiant late comeback effort fell quick in a loss to the Celtics, and the Cavs took out their frustrations on the Pistons on Saturday with a 24-point win. Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland mixed for 73 factors in opposition to Boston, however simply two different Cavs scored in double-figures.
The Kings began off the week with wins over the Thunder and Clippers, earlier than working out of gasoline in a barnburner with the Wolves on Saturday. Domantas Sabonis hit the game-winning free throws with seven seconds left in opposition to the Clippers, and averaged 23 factors, 12.3 rebounds and 7 assists per recreation for the week.
The Grizzlies beat the Lakers and Rockets to begin the week earlier than shedding to the Nuggets, after which issues obtained a lot worse. Ja Morant is away from the crew indefinitely after some regarding habits, and Brandon Clarke is misplaced for the yr with a torn Achilles. They did not have both of them or Dillon Brooks (suspended for too many technical fouls) of their loss to the Clippers on Sunday. The subsequent few weeks will definitely require resolve from the Memphis Grizzlies franchise, from prime to backside.
It seemed just like the Nets have been headed for a 3rd straight blowout loss — as an alternative they got here again from 28 factors right down to stun the Celtics on Friday night time. They carried that momentum into Sunday’s win over the Hornets, logging consecutive victories for the primary time because the finish of January. Mikal Bridges has been flourishing because the No. 1 possibility, averaging over 30 factors per recreation this week on 56/53/91 splits. Whew.
Impressive week for the Wolves, who took down three high quality opponents within the Clippers, Lakers and Kings to complete up their West Coast swing. The protection led the way in which within the first two video games earlier than a 138-point explosion in Sacramento, with seven Wolves scoring in double-figures.
The Warriors ran their profitable streak to 5 video games with out Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins, then misplaced to the Lakers in Curry’s first recreation again — go determine. Curry slowly labored his method into his previous type in his return, scoring 19 of his 27 factors within the fourth quarter.
The Heat pulled out a victory within the closing seconds in opposition to the 76ers to begin the week, and later misplaced to the Knicks on Julius Randle’s unbelievable game-winning 3-pointer. They have been additionally blown out within the rematch with the Sixers and completed the week with an enormous win over the Hawks. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo led the way in which, with every averaging over 20 factors per recreation.
The Lakers proceed trudging alongside with out LeBron James, going 2-2 this week with large wins over the Thunder (with out Anthony Davis) and the Warriors, and losses to the Grizzlies and Wolves. Davis was a monster, averaging 35 factors and 11 rebounds on 53 p.c capturing in three video games this week.
After a disappointing loss to the Pacers to begin the week, the Mavericks confirmed their offensive firepower in each a win over the 76ers and an in depth loss to the Suns in what may very well be a playoff preview. Defense continues to be a difficulty because the Kyrie Irving commerce, as Dallas gave up almost 130 factors per 100 possessions within the three video games.
After losses to the Wolves, Warriors and Kings which prompted Ty Lue and the gamers to carry up a scarcity of effort, the Clippers lastly obtained a win with Russell Westbrook in opposition to the extraordinarily short-handed Grizzlies on Sunday. Something simply does not appear proper in L.A., and so they’re working out of time to repair it.
Toronto beat the Bulls to begin the week earlier than splitting two highway video games in opposition to the Wizards. Seven Raptors averaged double-figures for the week, led by Jakob Poeltl’s 17 factors per recreation to associate with seven rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. He’s been a wonderful addition, with Toronto’s defensive score bettering by a large 17 factors with Poeltl on the ground.
The Wizards cut up with the Raptors this week, additionally beating the Hawks and shedding to the Bucks. The trio of Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma and Kristaps Porzingis all averaged 24 factors or extra this week, whereas Delon Wright put up 11 factors, 6.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds per recreation filling in for injured start line guard Monte Morris.
The Hawks misplaced to the Wizards and Heat this week, with a snug win over the Blazers in between. Trae Young shot simply 36 p.c from the sector, whereas deadline acquisition Saddiq Bey averaged 13.7 factors on 42 p.c 3-point capturing.
The Pelicans offense struggled mightily, failing to succeed in 100 factors in losses to the Magic and Warriors. In between, nevertheless, they put up 121 in Portland for his or her solely win of the week, as Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 40 factors.
This simply in: The Pacers are higher when Tyrese Haliburton performs. They beat the Mavs and the Bulls in shut video games with him, and misplaced by double-digits to the Spurs with out him. The All-Star level guard averaged 30.5 factors, 8.5 assists and 5 rebounds on 57/53/81 splits within the two wins.
OKC misplaced to the Kings and Lakers to begin the week, then placed on an offensive clinic in consecutive dwelling wins over the Jazz. The excellent news is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander returned to the lineup on Sunday, and his absence gave further alternative to rookie Jalen Williams, who put up 25.8 factors, six assists and 5 rebounds per recreation on 62/60/78 capturing splits this week.
Portland misplaced three straight video games by double-figures to begin the week, however righted the ship with a stable highway victory over the Magic on Sunday. Damian Lillard did not have any extra 70-point video games, however he did common a humble 35 for the week.
The Magic beat the Pelicans and Hornets this week, shedding to the Bucks and Blazers. Rookie of the Year favourite Paolo Banchero put up almost 24 factors, 6.5 rebounds and 4 assists per recreation on 48 p.c capturing within the 4 video games.
Rough week for the Jazz, who misplaced to the bottom-dwelling Spurs earlier than permitting 259 complete factors in consecutive losses to the Thunder. Kris Dunn has been a stable pickup for Utah, averaging 13 factors, 4 assists and two steals per recreation this week on 57 p.c capturing.
Tough instances proceed for the Bulls, who beat the Pistons this week however misplaced to the Raptors, Suns and Pacers as they fell to the No. 12 spot within the East. Zach LaVine averaged 31.8 factors within the 4 video games, however the Bulls protection merely could not get crucial stops.
Just when it seemed just like the Hornets have been turning a nook, LaMelo Ball suffered a season-ending ankle harm. They’ve misplaced three video games by double-digits since he went down, with Kelly Oubre choosing up the offensive slack by averaging 24 factors.
The Rockets obtained spanked by the Nuggets and Grizzlies to increase their shedding streak to 11 video games, however then they lastly discovered a crew they’ll beat! They swept a back-to-back, home-and-home set with the Spurs, with eight gamers averaging double-figures within the two wins.
They did it! The Spurs snapped their 16-game shedding streak with not one, however two wins over high quality groups within the Jazz and Pacers … then they dropped two straight to the Rockets. Oh properly. Devonte’ Graham is wanting like a stable pickup, as he put up 18 factors per recreation on 46 p.c 3-point capturing for the week.
No wins this week for the Pistons, who misplaced to the Hornets, Bulls and Cavs. The Chicago recreation was inside attain earlier than a Chris Webber second from rookie Jaden Ivey with slightly below 10 seconds left. Ah, rising pains.
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