Welcome back to another night of NBA basketball. With eight games on the docket, there was no shortage of action.
To start off the night, Nikola Jokic put up a season-high 39 points to lead the Nuggets past the Hornets. Then, the Jazz came back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Pistons.
In the late games, the Trail Blazers put a stop to the Rockets‘ hot streak, while Steph Curry dropped 42 points in the Warriors‘ win over the Kings — a game which set a new NBA record for 3-pointers made with 41.
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Giannis and Kawhi duel in Milwaukee
The first time the Raptors traveled to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks earlier this season, both Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo were out injured. This time, though, they were both in the lineup, and they both came to play. Giannis put up an incredible 43 points and 18 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough. Leonard’s 30 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals led the Raptors to victory.
Steph cooks the Kings for 42 points
The Warriors and Kings played a terrific game on Saturday night, but one man made the difference: Steph Curry. It shouldn’t really be too surprising, but the dynamic point guard led the Warriors to victory by dropping 42 points, including 10 3-pointers.
Warriors and Kings set NBA record for most 3s made in a game
The thrilling game between the Warriors and Kings went down to the wire, and it was so exciting in large part because both teams caught fire from behind the arc. Steph Curry hit 10 3s on his own, and the two teams combined for 41 makes from downtown, which is a new NBA record. Fittingly, Steph was the one who broke the record, and he did so in devastating fashion.
Jokic goes off in Nuggets’ fifth straight win
Nikola Jokic was on one against the Hornets. The big man continued to build his MVP case by going for a season-high 39 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals. His performance was instrumental in the Nuggets’ victory over the Hornets, which extended their winning streak to five games.
Simmons records another triple-double
The Sixers picked up a 106-100 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night and Ben Simmons was one of the biggest reasons why as he stuffed the stat sheet for the home team to help lead the way for Philadelphia.
Harden keeps streak going, but Rockets lose
James Harden continued his strong individual run, but the Rockets’ team hot streak came to an end on Saturday night, when they fell to the Trail Blazers. Harden, though, finished with 38 points, five rebounds and seven assists to extend his streak of 35-point games to 10. He also extended his NBA record streak of games with 35-plus points and five-plus assists.
Jordan sets up Doncic for a slam dunk
DeAndre Jordan has been on the receiving end of a number of assists from Luka Doncic since the rookie entered the league and he returned the favor on Saturday night by setting the Slovenian sensation up for a slam dunk.
Antetokounmpo goes coast-to-coast
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a human highlight machine for the Bucks this season and he kept that trend alive on Saturday night by, in the most casual of possible ways, going from end to end and finishing at the basket in only four dribbles.
DeRozan avoids defender in mid-air for slam dunk
DeMar DeRozan has had quite the week for the Spurs after his first career triple-double against the Raptors on Thursday night and he kept things rolling on Saturday by finishing this one-handed slam dunk in traffic.
Mitchell comes up clutch for the Jazz
Donovan Mitchell has had an up and down year but he got the job done in a big way on Saturday night by erupting in the second half on the offensive end to lead Utah to a win over Detroit.
Davis throws down a massive dunk for Pelicans
Anthony Davis is one of the most dominant players that the NBA has to offer and he put his length and athleticism on display during Saturday night’s showdown with the Cavaliers with this emphatic finish at the rim.
Bledsoe comes out firing for the Bucks
Eric Bledsoe is far from the biggest name on Milwaukee’s roster but he has shown that he can be a difference maker in the early portion of the Bucks’ matchup with the Raptors as he put together an impressive first-quarter performance.