NBA roundup: Lillard is cluth again,criticism for the officials intensifies

Portland defeats the Warriors, after another “Dame Time” performance from Lillard

The Trail Blazers won in dramatic fashion last night against the Warriors. The game ended 108-106 for the home team.

In the decisive moments in the match, Damian Lillard proved again why he’s called clutch. Dame scored the go-ahead basket to give Portland the lead. The guard finished the night with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Throughout the season in crunch time, Lillard has shot 61.4% from the field, 60.0% from three, and 100% from the free-throw line.
It’s no wonder why the last few minutes of a game are called “Dame Time” by Trail Blazers fans.

For Steph Curry, this is yet another disappointing loss. The Warriors guard scored 35 points, got 7 rebounds and 5 assists, despite the defeat. Curry has been having an MVP-caliber season, however, the Warriors are still losing games frequently. The team from the Bay is currently sitting at 9th place in the West.

Many NBA fans and commentators have been saying for a few weeks that the Warriors organization ought to make moves and bring help to Steph.

The 76ers defeat the Jazz in overtime, after another controversial ejection

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Utah Jazz, 131-123 in overtime.For the Sixers, Joel Embild, who is having an MVP season was the star of the show. He scored 40 points, had 19 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks while shooting 51% from the field.

However, the match-up produced yet another controversial situation with the NBA referees. After Devin Booker was ejected yesterday, today we got another similar case with Donovan Mitchell. The Utah guard received two technical fouls for arguing against referee calls and couldn’t finish the game.

While he was on the floor, Mitchell was the best player on the Jazz. He scored 33 points and recorded 8 rebounds and 6 assists.After the match, two of the Jazz’s All-Stars – Mitchell and Gobert commented on the officiating in the league.

“I’m never ever one to blame the refereeing, but this is getting out of hand. … We continually get screwed. We won this game in my opinion. … It’s getting fucking ridiculous. I’m sick of it. … It eats at me. It’s really getting out of hand,” was the comment of Donovan Mitchell in his post-game press conference.

Nets win again, Harden is victorious in return to Houston

James Harden returned to Houston with a win. The Brooklyn Nets dealt the Houston Rockets their 13th, winning 132-114.Despite the strong performances from both Oladipo and Wall, the Rockets couldn’t get over the hump.

For the Nets, Harden recorded another triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists. Kyrie Irving also showed up with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.
This is the 10th win for Brooklyn out of the last 11 games and this streak has occurred with Durant not playing due to injury.

During this winning stretch, James Harden has been the leader of the franchise. When asked about how his leadership approach has changed since coming in from the Rockets, he responded: “It’s the same. It’s just I get credit now, and previously I wasn’t getting credit. Same leadership. I’ve been the same person and haven’t changed not one bit.”

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Written by Ivana


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