James Harden proved that it is increasingly difficult to stop him with a new demonstration of his tremendous scoring ability and he championed the victory of Houston against Memphis (112-96). The MVP of last season and top scorer of last season reaffirms strongly on the same path. He scored 57 points despite the fact that the Grizzlies defense focused on his marking and that he could face the duel with some doubt after scoring just one of the 17 triples he threw in the previous match against Orlando. Nothing disturbed the effectiveness of Harden, not even the rosary of important casualties with which the Rockets faced the game, especially those of three regular starters as Chris Paul, Clint Capela and Eric Gordon.
J.B. Bickerstaff, the Grizzlies coach who worked as an assistant in the Rockets from 2011 to 2016, explained that his team tried to keep Harden away from the ball. They did not get it because he moved with great success and because the Rockets worked offensively to give him the necessary space so he could score 17 of the 33 shots he made, with 6 of 15 in 3-pointers, and also 17 of the 18 free throws. those who had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Nothing very different from what has been achieved in a phenomenal streak.
He has 17 games scoring more than 30 points – he was already 36 in the rest of the games against the Grizzlies – and it is the best streak of this type since Wilt Chamberlain He added 20 straight games with scoring more than 30 points in 1964. La Barba also has 14 games over 40 points this season, the third time he has more than 50 games this season and 12th in his career. His record and that of the franchise got them with 60 points in the game against Orlando in January of last year. "You have to give him all the credit for his talent and for the impact he has on the game," Bickerstaff says.
House, with 15 points, and Gerald Green, with 14, were the ones that best accompanied Harden. The Grizzlies did not have a sufficient response, with 14 points, seven points and seven assists from Mike Conley, and also 14 Temple points. Marc Gasol, who suffered a blow to his right hand, played 25 minutes and threw five field goals to finish with five points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Grizzlies occupy the penultimate place in the West, each time further away from the playoff squares. The border marks the Utah, that adds 24 triumphs after which obtained before Detroit (100-94). Three players stood out in particular: Donovan Mitchell, with 28 points, the French Rudy Gobert, with 18 points and 25 rebounds, and Kyle Korver, with 19 points. Ricky Rubio, injured, he did not play. Blake Griffin, with 19 points, and Andre Drummond, with 15 points and 13 rebounds, were the best in the Pistons. Nor did José Manuel Calderón play.
Willy Hernangómez He scored eight points, three rebounds and two assists in Charlotte's victory in San Antonio (93-108). Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 33 points and Tony Parker, cheered on his return, now as a rival, to the court where he triumphed, finished with eight points and four assists. Pau Gasol He started in the Spurs but he only played 11 minutes and added two points and three rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge led the offensive weight of his team with 28 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Derrick White added 18 points and DeRozan, 14.
New Orleans, with 46 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and three steals by Anthony Davis, won on the Clippers' court (117-122). Julius Randle contributed 27 points and Nikola Mirotic did not score in the 17 minutes he was on the court.
The Celtics lost to Brooklyn (102-109). D'Angello Russell, with 34 points and seven assists, and Jarrett Allen, with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and former Barcelona player Kurucs, also with 19 points, led the Nets to victory despite Jayson's 34 points Tatum and the 22 of Jaylen Brown.