Stephen Curry has confirmed his status as the best scorer in the NBA (31.2 pts on average). He added 37 points to his credit and contributed to Golden State’s 31st win of the season, 117-113 over Sacramento. The League’s most skillful long-distance shooter broke the record for 3pts shots in one month of competition, bringing it to 85, including 7 on Sunday. At the end of this 4th consecutive success of the Warriors at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Golden State (31-30) is 10th in the West and still in the race for the playoffs.
After missing three new games due to injury, KD had a strong presence in Brooklyn’s victory over Phoenix 128-119 on Sunday in the NBA Basketball Championship. Durant, who was not titular, lined up 33 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists in 28 minutes. Kyrie Irving for his part scored 34 points and delivered 12 assists while Blake Griffin, also off the bench, returned 16 points (6/9). Brooklyn consolidates its 1st place in the East.
Phoenix recorded a second straight loss in the East after losing to Boston. The young stars of the Suns were not unworthy: Devin Booker was the best scorer of the match (36 pts) and Deandre Ayton also succeeded in his match (20 pts, 13 rebs) just like the substitute Torrey Craig (20 pts, 14 rebs). Phoenix (42-18) remains 2nd in the West. Washington extended their winning streak to eight.
Led by the second best scorer in the League (31.1 pts on average), Bradley Beal (33 pts), the Wizards badly embarked at the start of the 4th quarter (87-95) finally emerged against Celeveland 119-110. It’s been twenty years since the franchise had not known such a series. Now tenth in the East (27-33), Washington can once again dream of the playoffs. Russell Westbrook who remained on four triple-double had to “settle” with 14 points, 11 assists and 5 rebounds.
Atlanta defeated Milwaukee 111-104 despite the absence of its top player, injured young point guard Trae Young. A 4th period overflown 41-26, marked by an insolent 8/11 behind the arc, allowed the Hawks to take the best of the Bucks still very dependent on Giannis Antetokounmpo (31 pts, 14 rebs, 4 ast). Lou Williams scored his 15 points in the last quarter (4/4 to 3 pts) and Bogdan Bogdanovic finished the match with 32 points on the clock. Milwaukee (37-23) retains its 3rd place in the East, Atlanta (34-27) is tied for 5th with New York.
Charlotte – Boston 125 – 104
Orlando – Indiana 112 – 131
Portland – Memphis 113 – 120