Good evening, fellow Vinglers! Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to upload the card for the 22nd of February on time, so here it is now. Look for the card for today as it will be uploaded in a little while. I apologize for the inconvenience.
Let's start with the scores: Pistons 96-88 Cavaliers ; Heat 101-93 Pacers ; Raptors 122-95 Knicks ; Warriors 102-92 Hawks ; Bucks 108-101 Lakers ; Timberwolves 124-122 Celtics ; Clippers 124-84 Suns
Reggie Jackson scored 23 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 19 and Detroit withstood Cleveland's late comeback for a 96-88 win Monday night to snap a five-game losing streak. One day after allowing New Orleans center Anthony Davis to score 59 points with 20 rebounds, the Pistons beat the Eastern Conference's top team for the second time this season and earned their first win since Feb. 4.
Goran Dragic scored 24 points, Hassan Whiteside finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds, and the Heat won their third consecutive game since the All-Star break, rallying from 14 points down to beat the Pacers 101-93 in overtime.
Lowry had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double of the season, DeRozan also scored 22 while becoming the winningest player in Raptors history, and Toronto beat New York 122-95.
With their eyes on more than regular-season records, the Warriors improved to 50-5 as Stephen Curry scored 36 points and Golden State bounced back after squandering a 23-point lead to beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-92 on Monday night. The Warriors eclipsed the mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who needed one more game to win their 50th. Of course, that's the team Golden State is chasing, moving another step closer to the record 72-10 mark put up by Michael Jordan & Co. at the height of their six-titles-in-eight-years dynasty.
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a show against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, reeling off the kinds of plays that Kobe Bryant used to make effortlessly in his prime. Then Bryant visited Antetokounmpo in the Milwaukee locker room after the Bucks' 108-101 victory, the retiring star imparting wisdom to one of the league's up-and-coming players. Antetokounmpo earned his first career triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, making an impression on the Lakers' Bryant in his final visit to the Bradley Center.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves hung on to beat the Celtics 124-122 when Marcus Smart's 3-pointer at the buzzer went off the back iron.
J.J. Redick scored 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Phoenix 124-84 Monday night, handing the Suns their 12th consecutive loss overall and 15th in a row on the road.
DeAndre Jordan added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Chris Paul had 16 points and 14 assists for the Clippers, who split their previous two games against the West's top two teams, the Warriors and Spurs. Los Angeles had its way with the conference's second-worst team, earning its most lopsided win of the season while improving to 20-6 without injured Blake Griffin.
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