The excellence of James Harden and Luka Doncic yields to Toronto and Detroit | sports

The excellence of James Harden and Luka Doncic yields to Toronto and Detroit | sports

James Harden and Luka Doncic remain installed in excellence. La Barba scored 35 points and was decisive for Houston's triumph against such a demanding opponent as Toronto (121-119) and Doncic led Dallas with 32 points against Detroit (106-101).

Harden's streak is exceptional. It has 22 matches exceeding 30 points and overcomes a similar streak of Michael Jordan. Only the legendary scorer Wilt Chamberlain managed to link more games with such figures. Against the Raptors, second in the Eastern Conference, Harden slightly lowered the exceptional production that allowed him to average 52 points in the last five games. In any case, it remained in its remarkable offensive performance, but also shone several companions beginning with the newly incorporated Kenneth Faried, who came from the Nets to fill the absence of the injured Clint Capela, and added 21 points and 14 rebounds against the Raptors . Eric Gordon added 24 points, PJ Tucker, 18, and Austin Rivers, the relief of also injured Chris Paul, 13.

The Rockets dominated by 11 points with 74 seconds left until the end, but the Raptors came up with one last shot to win, but Kawhi Leonard he did not score. One way, Leonard was the top scorer of his team with 32 points, backed by Danny Green and Siakam, with 22 points each, and Serge Ibaka, with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

The fame of Luka Doncic as an annotator he continues to increase. His 32 points against the Pistons equals his second best record this season behind the 34 he scored against New Orleans on December 28. Doncic grazed the triple double with eight rebounds and eight assists. Dennis Smith, with 19 points, and DeAndre Jordan, with 13 points and 11 rebounds, contributed to the Mavericks' triumph. The Pistons failed to capitalize on the strength of their inner partner with 35 points and seven from Blake Griffin and 23 points and 15 rebounds from Drummond. Jose Manuel Calderon only played 12 minutes, in which he did not score and gave two assists.

Utah beat Minnesota (106-102). Donovan Mitchell had 24 points and 11 assists, Gobert, 18 points and 16 rebounds, Korver, four triples and 16 points, and Ricky Rubio, bad in shooting percentage, six points and four assists. For the Timberwolves highlighted Towns, with 33 points and 10 rebounds, and Wiggins, with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Denver beat Phoenix (132-99). The Nuggets benefited from a remarkable score by many of their players: 20 points from Millsap, 19 from Beasley, 17 from Morris, 16 from Plumlee, 14 from Barton. Juancho Hernangómez scored two points and captured 10 rebounds in 22 minutes.

Milwaukee beat Charlotte (108-99). Giannis Antetokounmpo he had 34 points and 14 rebounds, helped by Borgdon, with 19 points, and Bledsoe, with 18. Batum, with 19 points, was the top scorer of the Hornets and Willy Hernangómez got seven points and three rebounds in just eight minutes of play.

Memphis added one more loss in his disappointing season, this time against Sacramento (96-99). Marc Gasol added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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