There was no shortage of NBA action on Sunday as nine games populated the league’s schedule.
To start the day, the Cavaliers beat the Bulls in a game that both teams probably would have preferred to lose, while the Clippers secured a nice victory over the Kings.
Later on, James Harden extended his 30-point streak to 23 games by dropping 40 on the Magic, while Luka Doncic made triple-double history in the Mavericks’ loss to the Raptors.
Also, the LeBron James-less Lakers finally got back in the win column with a victory over the Suns. James has been sidelined since Christmas Day because of a groin injury that he suffered against the Golden State Warriors, and the Lakers have slipped down to ninth in the West’s playoff picture during that time.
NBA schedule for Sunday, Jan. 27
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Beasley denies Booker at the rim
Devin Booker has a knack for scoring in a variety of ways. Booker attempted to the drive to the basket, but Michael Beasley wasn’t having it as he emphatically blocked Booker at the rim.
George stars in Thunder’s win over Bucks
Paul George continued his strong season on Sunday evening with another impressive performance in the Thunder’s big win over the visiting Bucks. George went for 36 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals, but more importantly he came up big in the clutch. After the Bucks worked their way back in to the game, George threw down a huge dunk, then drained a 3 to seal the win for the Thunder.
Doncic gets career-high, makes triple-double history
Just a few days after recording the first triple-double of his career, Luka Doncic got another one on Sunday evening. Plus, he put up a new career-high in the process. He finished with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first teenager in NBA history to record multiple triple-doubles. He also became the first teenager with a 30-point triple-double. Once again, however, the Mavericks were unable to secure the victory.
Harden drops 40 on the Magic to extend scoring streak
Chris Paul was back in action for the Rockets, but once again it was all James Harden. The reigning MVP extended his 30-point streak to 23 games, finishing with 40 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the Rockets’ narrow victory over the Magic. This is the eighth time this month Harden has scored at least 40 points, and the 18th time this season.
Aldridge has big night in Spurs win
The Spurs picked up a high-scoring victory over the Wizards on Sunday, and LaMarcus Aldridge was the main reason why. With DeMar DeRozan out, Aldridge stepped up in a big way, going for 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Doncic tosses it up top to Smith
Dennis Smith is back in the Mavericks‘ lineup, and they’ll be glad to have him back if he keeps making plays like this. Early on against the Raptors he climbed the ladder to finish an alley-oop from Luka Doncic.
MSG crowd gives Carmelo an ovation
The Rockets were playing the Magic on Sunday night, but even though Carmelo Anthony is technically still on the roster, he was at a different game. Melo was back at Madison Square Garden for Knicks vs. Heat to see his good buddy Dwyane Wade, and got a nice reception from the Knicks crowd.
Adams hits the Eurostep
The Eurostep is becoming so popular around the league that even lumbering big men like Steven Adams are breaking it out now.
Harrell slams it with authority x2
Montrezl Harrell has made a name for himself with the Clippers this season, and plays like this are a big reason why. Rolling to the rim, he finished with authority. Later in the game, he did the same out in transition.
LaVine beats the buzzer in style
Williams throws in crazy shot, but it doesn’t count
Lou Williams is an expert shotmaker, as he proved in the second quarter against the Kings. He got fouled while driving down the sideline, and after the whistle flung up a wild shot. It didn’t count, but it was still pretty cool.
Noel finishes an alley-oop in transition in style
Nerlens Noel has been a great addition to the Thunder’s frontcourt rotation this season and he continued his strong play on Sunday with this impressive finish against the Bucks.