The day brought a handful of surprises with the defeats of the leaders of both conferences, Denver and Toronto, in Charlotte (113-107) and Brooklyn (106-105), and the second place in the West, Oklahoma City, in Chicago (114-112). Also the Lakers fell, in San Antonio (133-120), and New Orleans, before Memphis (103-107).
Charlotte broke the streak of seven consecutive victories. Kemba Walker and Tony Parker took the street of bitterness to the defense of the Nuggets. The two bases go through an excellent moment of form and for many minutes they shared the court. Kemba Walker had 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Tony Parker, 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Hornets scored huge differences in the second quarter (40-28) and completed a great team effort with 16 Monk points, 14 points and 10 rebounds from Marvin Williams and 11 points and six rebounds from Kaminsky. The errors in the triples condemned the Nuggets. They added only eight hits in 35 shots from the maximum distance. Juancho Hernangómez was one of the most outstanding with 15 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Nikola Jokic missed the six triples he threw and finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Murray added 20 points and Beasley Millsap, 16 each.
Toronto lost in extra time it was necessary to play in Brooklyn. D'Angelo Russell was the most surprising to the defense of the Raptors, with 29 points, plus five rebounds and five assists. Dinwiddie added 17 points and eight assists, J. Allen, 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Crabbe and Hollis-Jefferson, 11 points apiece. The Raptors, who had won nine of their last ten games, succumbed despite 32 points Kawhi Leonard, the 24 points and eight rebounds of the Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas and the 16 points of Pascal Siakam. Serge Ibaka he only played 20 minutes and contributed eight points, six rebounds and two blocks. Kyle Lowry was very faint in the shot and stayed in three points, plus 11 assists.
The Grizzlies came back in the second half and won the New Orleans victory. JaMychal Green occupied the foreground of his team's triumph with 24 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Anderson also had 19 points and 11 rebounds. The figures of the Grizzlies were this time in the background, with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks of Marc Gasol and nine points and 10 assists from Mike Conley. The inner pair led the way in the Pelicans, with 25 points and 11 rebounds from Anthony Davis and 26 points and 13 rebounds from Julius Randle. Base Jrue Holiday added 20 points and 11 assists and Nikola Mirotic, coming off the bench, played only 20 minutes and could only contribute four points and two rebounds.
LeBron James touched the triple double, with 35 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and Kuzma helped him with 27 points and eight rebounds, but it was not enough against the Spurs. The team of Gregg Popovich was much more compact and marked differences in the last quarter (44-21). DeRozan led the triumph with 36 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Three of his teammates scored 14 points each, Poeltl, Aldridge and Mills, Bertans, 13, and Belinelli and Forbes, 11 each. Pau Gasol witnessed the game but did not change the short because of the fracture suffered in the left foot and that does not allow him to play for more than a month.
The Bulls, with Jim Boylen at the head of the technical direction after replacing the dismissed Fred Hoiberg, gave another bell of the day to overcome Oklahoma City. It was not enough the fifth double triple of the season Russell Westbrook, with 24 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists. Neither the 21 points and 10 rebounds of Steven Adams, nor the 19 points of Paul George. Y Álex Abrines he contributed three points and three rebounds in 14 minutes.
Paul George had one last triple, but he missed it and the Bulls sang victory thanks to LaVine's 25 points and seven assists, Markkanen's 24 points and seven rebounds, Holiday's 20 points and six rebounds and 16 points and seven rebounds by Jabari Parker.
The Sixers won in Detroit (111-117). Jimmy Butler was the best finisher in the Philadelphia attack with 38 points even though he only hit one of the six triples he threw. Ben Simmons seconded him with 18 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
The inner pair monopolized the game of the Pistons, with 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists from Blake Griffin and 19 points and nine rebounds from Andre Drummond. José Manuel Calderón He contributed seven points and two steals in 14 minutes.