James Harden, with 40 points, and Luka Doncic, with 35, seasoned with 12 rebounds and 10 assists in what was his second triple this season, are unstoppable. The big difference is that while Harden's records often come together with their team's victories, as was the case at Houston-Orlando (103-98), Doncic's runs run parallel with the Dallas defeats, as it was the case against Toronto (120-123).
Luka Doncic exceeded its best scoring mark of the season. His 35 points against the Raptors exceed his 34 points against New Orleans on December 28 in another game that Dallas also lost. The triple double that he got against the Raptors, is the second he gets, after which he reached against Milwaukee on January 21, with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Raptors won despite the bravado of Doncic and the 14 points of Barnes and the 13 of Dennis Smith and Finney. Kawhi Leonard he got his way after adding 33 points and 10 rebounds, well accompanied by Lowry, with 19 points and nine assists, Siakam, with 14 points, and Serge Ibaka, with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Orlando was the last victim of another offensive Harden recital, which at 40 points, added 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Their actions, moreover, were crucial in the final stages of the game.
Of the tie at 93 to 95-100 the seven points of the Rockets scored James Harden. There were 30 seconds left. Luck was cast. And in addition, Harden ended his performance with a stopper to Fournier. Chris Paul, who reappeared after 17 games of absence because of an injury, and Harden himself closed the scoring from the free throw line.
Harden has 23 games over 30 points and in 12 of the last 17 has reached at least 40 points. Paul scored 12 points and six assists, and Faried, a substitute in the starting lineup for the injured Clint Capela, added 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Paul George and Rusell Wesbrook they made a difference in the duel between Oklahoma City and Milwaukee (118-112). George had 36 points and 13 rebounds. Westbrook reached a new triple double, the 16th this season and the 120th in his career, with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, although he certified that this season his aim is not as fine as in the previous ones and he only scored five of the 20 field launches that he executed. The Thunder had good contributions from Grant, with 16 points, Adams and Schroder, with 14 each. Abtrines did not play. In the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo got 27 points and 18 rebounds, Middleton, 22 points, Lopez 19, and Brogdon, 18.
San Antonio beat Washington (132-129). LaMarcus Aldirdge, with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Bertans, with 21 points, led the Spurs' triumph. Pau Gasol he only played nine minutes and contributed five points and seven rebounds. Beal and Satoransky, with 21 points each, carried the offensive weight of the Wizards, who note the absence of John Wall, low for the entire season after the injury suffered in December in the left heel.
Utah won in Minnesota (111-125). The Jazz have won nine of their last 10 games and that has allowed them to recover playoff positions. Ricky Rubio He showed that he has left behind his last injury and has recovered his best level. He added 18 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. Donovan Mitchell has also returned to his usual level, with 29 points, while Rudy Gobert, contributed 17, and Crowder and English, 15 each.