Paul George and Stephen Curry gave brightness to the day with two formidable performances that underpinned the triumphs of their teams. George's 47 points, 24 of them in the fourth quarter, led to Oklahoma City's win in Brooklyn (112-114); and the 42 of Curry, the Golden State in Cleveland (105-129).
The Thunder needed to come back 23 points to beat the Nets. Paul George, in addition to those 47 points, captured 15 and scored a decisive triple with three seconds left before the end.
The fourth triple trip of the season was also providential Russell Westbrook and the partial in the last quarter was devastating: 19-39. Westbrook's triple double was 21 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists. He's already 108 in his career and surpasses those that Jason Kidd won in his successful player stage. Now, Westbrook is third on a list that Oscar Robertson leads with 181 and Magic Johnson with 138.
The New Zealander pivot Steven Adams contributed 15 points and eight rebounds to the triumph of the Thunder. Álex Abrines played 19 minutes, did not score and added three steals, a rebound and an assist. The Nets lost a great chance to claim 22 points from Crabbe, 19 from Harris, 17 from Russell and Dinwiddie and 15 from Allen, but in the last part of the game they deflated.
Stephen Curry he demonstrated in Cleveland that he is approaching his best form when he only has three games since he reappeared after the injury that prevented him from playing from November 10 until December 1.
Curry absorbed the Warriors' attack game with seven triples, 42 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Durant He flanked and touched the triple triple: 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Klay Thompson was in third plane, with 16 points. Cleveland resisted in the first half, but after the third quarter he could not stop the Warriors offense. Tristan Thompson was noted, with 14 points and 19 rebounds. Collin Sexton was the top scorer of the Cavaliers with 21 points, ahead of Clarkson, with 17 and Turkish Cedi Osman, with 16.
Denver successfully defended its leadership in the Western Conference by winning in Orlando (118-124). It was necessary to dispute an extension. Jamal Murray, with 31 points and eight assists, was instrumental in the Nuggets' triumph. Although one of the great virtues of the team is the important contribution of almost all its players, with 18 points and eight rebounds of Millsap, 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal of Juancho Hernangómez, 13 points from Morris, 12 from Lyles.
In the expected duel between the pivots, Serbian Nuggets, Nikola Jokic, contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists. While the Montenegrin of the Magic, Nikola Vucevic, got 24 points, 15 rebounds and four assists. In his team also highlighted the French forward Fournier, with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Aaron Gordon, with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Toronto beat the Sixers (113-102) and becomes strong as the Eastern leader and is the team with the best balance of the NBA with 21 wins and five losses. Kawhi Leonard, with 36 points and nine rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas, with 26 points and eight rebounds, and Serge Ibaka, with 18 points and eight rebounds, propelled his team.
Butler had an interesting battle with Leonard, and ended with similar numbers: 38 points and 10 rebounds. Redick added 25 points. But the Sixers accused the bad game in attack of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The Cameroonian center missed the four triples he threw and only scored 10 points, although he added 12 rebounds and five assists. The Australian base was not lavished on the pitches and remained at eight points, plus 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
Memphis beat the Clippers (96-86) in an atypical game. French center Joakim Noah debuted with the Grizzlies. The newly inducted former Knicks player had not played for a year. Arrives in Memphis to supply Marc Gasol when it needs to be dosed or can be absent. The Spanish center played its worst match in attack this season with only four points. He missed the five triples he tried and only scored one of the 13 field goals he threw. He grabbed eight rebounds and gave four assists. Mike Conley, with 22 points, JaMychal Green, with 19, and Jaren Jackson, with 13, were the offensive leaders of the Grizzlies.
Dallas lost in New Orleans (132-106). Luka Doncic, after his extraordinary performance against Portland, lowered the bar and left a statistic with eight points, four rebounds and six assists, although he only played 22 minutes. The Pelicans could not count on Nikola Mirotic, sick. But they also asserted the strength in the interior of the zone with 27 points, four rebounds and seven assists from Anthony Davis and 27 points and 18 rebounds from Julius Randle.
Milwaukee overwhelmed Detroit (115-92). The Bucks could be dosed and Giannis Antetokounmpo he only played 26 minutes in which he had 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Bledsoe, with 27 points, was the top scorer of his team. In the Pistons, Blake Griffin stood out with 31 points and seven rebounds. But Andre Drummond was discreet, with 10 points and eight rebounds. José Manuel Calderón played nine minutes, did not score and gave two assists.