Warriors lose four in a row
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 130 – 104. In the blowout win, Kawhi Leonard was the star of the night for the LA team. He scored 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Paul George also put up a decent performance, finishing the night with 17/7/5.
However, the talk of the night was the Golden State Warriors. They were trailing by as many as 39 points, which led to a frustrated sideline speech by Steph Curry who was filmed getting angry at his teammates.
Fresh off a great All-Star game performance and a three-point shooting contest win. Curry himself didn’t have a good night. The guard scored only 14 points, shooting 6 for 16 from the field and 1 of 8 from the three-point line.
Another talking point was Steve Kerr’s decision to bench James Wiseman. The rookie missed a mandatory COVID test over the weekend and couldn’t participate in the team’s practice sessions ahead of the Clippers game.
Wiseman came out to play only in the fourth quarter but ended the game with 14 points and 7 rebounds for only 11 minutes of playing time.
“This is all a part of development.” Commented Kerr after the game. “As a young player, you have to take care of your business.”
The Suns are on the run
The Phoneix Suns are hotter than ever, losing only 2 out of their last 16 games. Last night, they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 127 to 121.
Despite missing the All-Star break due to injury, Devin Booker finished the night as the man of the match, scoring 35 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Dame Lillard also had a good game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists, despite the losing effort of the Trail Blazers.
The whole Suns team had a terrific night, shooting 59% from the field and 54.2% from three. They were especially clutch during the fourth quarter, where they had a whooping 63.2 field goal percentage.
The Rockets struggles continue
The Rockets were defeated by the Sacramento Kings, 105 to 125 for the home team. Despite the good performance from Victor Oladipo, the Houston team couldn’t manage to secure a win in this match-up.
For the Kings, DeAron Fox showed out with 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists. Harrison Barnes also contributed with 20 points.
The major news for the Rockets is the leaving of P.J Tucker, who wants to be traded to a title contender and left the team on Thursday.
“We’re going to try to figure out something that works for him and works for us as far as him not being on the team anymore.” said Houston’s head coach after the game “I was under the assumption that he was going to play tonight and he didn’t. That was disappointing.”
No KD, No Blake – no problem for the Nets
The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics, 121 to 109. This marks their 11th win out of their last 12 games. All of this success for the New York team comes without the presence of Kevin Durant and lies solely on the backs of the other two superstars – Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
Irving was phenomenal against his old team, scoring 40 points, getting 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the winning effort. Harden, on the other hand, finished just short of a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Both Kevin Durant and new acquisition Blake Griffin were not part of the squad for this win against the Celtics.