The Bulls hold off the Nets
The Chicago Bulls did enough to steal a victory against the Brooklyn Nets, and will be happy with their 111-107 win.
Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan combined for 60 points in the win, with both of them having a good time on the court.
The win will be bittersweet for the Bulls, though, as they saw Alex Caruso go out of the game with a hamstring injury after playing only eight minutes.
Kevin Durant had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the Nets, while LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds. James Harden had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists, but shot 5 of 21 from the field – which was never going to be good enough to carry the Nets to a W.
The Golden State Warriors fell behind big against the San Antonio Spurs, but made a game of it in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors, playing the second game of a back-to-back, couldn’t buy a bucket at the end of the game after almost coming back from a huge deficit.
They started with an 18-4 run, which also saw Draymond Green gave them the 104-103 lead with 2:39 left in the game after being down 22. They pushed that to 106-103 but the Spurs hit back and took a 108-106 lead with jus t over a minute left.
The Spurs then clamped down and played good defense, and with 24.7 seconds left Juan Toscano-Anderson split a pair of free throws to make it 110-107. He was 1 of 4 from the charity stripe. Derrick White then made a pair of free throws to make it 112-107 and the Warriors couldn’t find the bucket anymore.
Steph Curry struggled mightily from the field again, and started off 1 of 15 before finishing the game making only 7 of 28 field goals for 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
White was the Spurs’ key player down the stretch, and he led the Spurs in scoring with 25 points, 3 assists and 3 steals while Dejounte Murray had 23 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.
Nikola Jokic put on a show worthy of Madison Square Garden
A lot of people call Madison Square Garden the Mecca of basketball, and the league’s best players often put up good performances there.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, this was the case again as Nikola Jokic ran roughshod over them.