James Harden maintains an offensive regularity out of the ordinary, as for many years nobody got in the NBA. If Houston won and gave a blow of authority in Toronto (95-107) it was largely thanks to the effectiveness of La Barba. He added 35 points despite the good marking to which he was subjected during several phases by Danny Green, with many help from his teammates. Harden, in addition, added soon four fouls and their averages were discreet, with a 12 of 30 in shots of field. But, in short, he was once again the unbalancing player who took the street of bitterness to the defense of the Raptors. He is the top scorer of the championship with an average of 36.7 points. The last to reach a similar average was Michael Jordan, in the 1986-1987 season, with 37.09 points.
Houston added his sixth straight win and reinforces his image as a solid contender to finish among the best in the championship. He opened an important gap before the break (37-55) and then he managed to overcome the partial demolition that Toronto inflicted on him in the third quarter, 34-14. He won comfortably, with outstanding performances by Gerald Green, with 18 points, and Gordon and Rivers, with 13 each, and Capela, with 9 points and 15 assists. The Raptors conceived hopes of triumph in the third quarter of the hand, above all, of Leonard, who finished with 26 points, and of Serge Ibaka, which was key in defense, and added 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Marc Gasol he relieved him for 18 minutes in which he scored eight points and one rebound. It was the second loss followed by the Raptors, after which they added in overtime against Detroit. The Canadian team continues in second place in the East, with 48 wins and 19 defeats.
The Sixers beat Orlando (114-106) despite the absence of Joel Embiid. Redick, with six triples and 26 points, Tobias Harris, 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and Ben Simmons, with 16 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, shared the limelight in the Sixers' victory. The Magic put them in trouble with 24 points and nine rebounds from Aaron Gordon, five triples and 25 points from Eric Fournier, and 12 points and as many rebounds from Nikola Vucevic.
The Sixers are fourth in the East, with 41 wins and 23 losses, a triumph less than Indiana, which beat Chicago (105-96). The Pacers are surpassing better than expected the loss of Victor Oladipo, injured since January 23 and will not be able to reappear this season. Bojan Bogdanovic, with 27 points, and Darren Collison, with 22, were the most outstanding of the match.
Minnesota beat Oklahoma City (131-120). Karl-Anthony Towns put on a splendid performance with 41 points and 14 rebounds, seconded by Derrick Rose, with 19 points, and Wiggins, with 18. The replica of Russell Westbrook, with 38 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and Paul George, with 25 points, was insufficient.