Good evening, fellow Vinglers!I was unable to make cards yesterday night, so today we will be doing a double issue of VSNA! Let's start with yesterday's action.
February 25 Scores: Warriors 130-114 Magic ; Celtics 112-107 Bucks ; Pelicans 123-119 Thunder ; Nets 116-106 Suns ; Rockets 119-105 Trailblazers ; Spurs 96-78 Jazz
A night after scoring 42 in a six-point victory at Miami, Curry made 20 of 27 shots, including 10 of 15 3-pointers. The Warriors pulled away in the closing minutes of the third quarter, with his bank shot putting the defending NBA champions up 99-91. Curry topped 50 points for the third time this season, the first player to do it that many times since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2008-09. Curry surpassed Kyle Korver's mark of 127 straight games with a 3, which he tied while making six 3s at Miami on Wednesday night. The Warriors improved to 52-5, the best 57-game start in league history. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls won 51 of their first 57 on the way to finishing 72-10. Curry scored 24 in the third quarter. He sat out the first six minutes of the fourth, added a 3 and a layup down the stretch and also finished with eight assists and seven rebounds as the Warriors weathered a quiet night from backcourt mate Klay Thompson, who had nine points on 4-of-10 shooting.
Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, and the Celtics recorded their ninth straight home victory, 112-107 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. Jae Crowder added 20 points and eight rebounds. Avery Bradley finished with 18 points. All five Boston starters were in double figures.
Anthony Davis scored 30 points and blocked four shots, three Pelicans reserves combined for 60 points, and New Orleans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 123-119 on Thursday night. Ryan Anderson scored 26 points in a little less than 26 minutes off the bench, while guard Jrue Holiday added 22 points, also in fewer than 26 minutes. Reserve guard Toney Douglas scored 12 points in 14 minutes, with 10 points coming in the fourth quarter.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 24 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 116-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night in a game between two of the NBA's worst teams.
James Harden scored 46 points and the Rockets overcame a 21-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Trail Blazers 119-105 on Thursday night, snapping Portland's six-game winning streak. Dwight Howard added 19 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which had lost four of five. But the Rockets proved resilient, rallying to tie it at 95 on Harden's layup with 7:40 left, then taking the lead on Howard's dunk. The Rockets pushed with lead to 106-98 with 2:59 left and Portland couldn't catch up. Harden's layup and a pair of free throws stretched the lead to 112-102 and out of reach. Harden scored 19 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and the Spurs shut down the Jazz 96-78 for their fourth straight road victory. The Jazz led by seven in the first quarter, but the No. 1-ranked scoring defense in the NBA cranked it up in the second quarter and held Utah to its lowest point total of the season. The Jazz had scored 110-plus points in their three previous games. Tim Duncan had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Tony Parker finished with 16 points. Derrick Favors scored 25 for the Jazz, who remained a half-game behind Houston for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Now for tonight's scores: Hornets 96-95 Pacers ; Wizards 103-94 76ers ; Knicks 108-95 Magic ; Raptors 99-97 Cavaliers ; Hawks 103-88 Bulls ; Mavericks 122-116 Nuggets ; Clippers 117-107 Kings ; Grizzlies 112-95 Lakers
Kemba Walker scored 22 points and hit the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left to lead the Charlotte Hornets over the Indiana Pacers 96-95 tonight. Marvin Williams had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who began the night with a one-game lead over Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They won for the second time this month at Indiana after dropping 12 straight on the Pacers' home court.
Walker, who also had 10 assists, scored nine points in the final 5:08 to help Charlotte fend off a late Pacers charge. Indiana native Cody Zeller finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Rookie center Myles Turner scored 15 for Indiana. Ellis finished with 14, and George Hill added 10 points and seven assists.
John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists to lead the Wizards to a 103-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. Jared Dudley scored 14 points and Ramon Sessions added 12 for the Wizards. Wall finished two rebounds short of a triple-double. Washington snapped a three-game road losing streak while winning for the eighth time in nine games against Philadelphia. The Wizards began play three games behind Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the New York Knicks quickly jumped on an Orlando team that appeared to still be staggered by Stephen Curry, beating the Magic 108-95 tonight. A night after yielding 51 points and 10 3-pointers to Curry in a 130-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Magic were barely in a game after the first 10 minutes that their coach said they needed to win. Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points for the Knicks, who won for only the third time in 16 games. Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo all finished with 14. Nikola Vucevic scored 18 for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon had 17 points and eight rebounds.
Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 43 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers 99-97 tonight. Terrence Ross added 15 points for Toronto, which won its 10th straight at home to tie a franchise record previously set between March 24 and Nov. 4, 2002. LeBron James had 25 points and Kevin Love added 20 for the Cavaliers, who had their lead over Atlantic Division-leading Toronto in the East cut to two games. Lowry tied the score at 97-all with a hook shot with 51.9 seconds remaining. After J.R. Smith's miss gave the Raptors back the ball with 28.9 seconds left, Lowry took his time before firing a pull-up jumper with 3.8 seconds left to put Toronto back in front. Following a Cleveland timeout, James unleashed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer, but it missed the rim completely as time expired.
Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 103-88 victory over the short-handed Chicago Bulls tonight. Paul Millsap had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who ended a four-game home skid -- their longest since April 2007. Chicago, which had won three straight, played without its top three scorers because Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Nikola Mirotic were nursing injuries. A sore right hamstring sidelined Rose for the second straight game. Doug McDermott finished with 20 points and Paul Gasol had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls.
Raymond Felton tied the score late in regulation and then had eight of his 16 points in overtime as the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 23 points down to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-116 on Friday night. Chandler Parsons led the Mavericks with 27 points, including 15 in the third quarter when Dallas took a 67-66 lead with 5:15 to play -- coming all the way back from a 55-32 deficit late in the second quarter. Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks. David Lee, playing his second game for Dallas, had 14 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes. Will Barton led the Nuggets with 22 points. Kenneth Faried had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and D.J. Augustin also scored 20 points.
Chris Paul scored a season-high 40 points and added 13 assists with eight rebounds to propel the Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. Sparked by the scoring and playmaking of Paul, and considerable hustle at the defensive end, the Clippers ran off 20 consecutive points in the third quarter to break the game open. The lead remained in double digits the rest of the way. DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for the Kings. Rudy Gay scored 23, Seth Curry had a career-high 19 and Darren Collison 18. Jeff Green scored 22 points, Jamal Crawford had 21 and J.J. Redick added 16 for Los Angeles. The Clippers, who had dropped three of five, have beaten the Kings seven straight games in Sacramento and 19 of 23 overall.
That's all for tonight, folks! Let me know in the comments if you want to be tagged in future VSNA cards. See ya tomorrow!