NBA Wrap January 28th
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HARRIS’ GO-AHEAD JUMPER EDGES 76ERS PAST LAKERS
Tobias Harris’s shot was consistently falling in, but Philadelphia needed one more shot to win the game.
And the consistent forward came up trumps.
Harris scored 24 points, while Joel Embiid had 28 points and 6 rebounds and Aussie star Ben Simmons posted his third triple-double this season with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the 76ers squeezed out the Los Angeles Lakers 107-106.
Superstar LeBron James posted 34 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while Anthony Davis had 23 points and 8 rebounds for the Lakers who had their unbeaten best ten game road start in franchise history snapped.
Philadelphia got off to a blazing start getting out to a 34-18 lead, before LA led by LeBron and Davis made their mark to close into intermission trailing 55-51.
The 76ers threatened to pull away going on a 13-4 run to begin the second half, when Embiid got to the hoop of Harris’s feed, the Lakers would trim the deficit to seven heading into the fourth.
Repeating the same starts in the previous two quarters, Philadelphia stretched its lead back out to 13, 94-81 with 7:01 on Embiid’s floating jumper. Then the Lakers would rally conjuring a 24-7 run with Dennis Schroder sinking a three to trail by only four.
On the Lakers’ next possession, LeBron kicked the ball out to the corner for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who nailed a contest triple to make it a one point game.
The Lakers would complete the comeback when LeBron assisted Davis for a short layup with 11.2 seconds left.
After Philadelphia used a timeout, the ball would be in the hands of Tobias Harris. Matched at the top of the arc by the dogged Alex Caruso, Harris drove to his left, before pulling up creating separation to land home the jumper and ultimately the game-winner.
NETS PUSH OVER HAWKS BEHIND ITS BIG THREE
Bringing James Harden in the mega-trade a fortnight ago, was the reason for Brooklyn having the luxury of a big three and a closer with the game on the line.
The Nets big three combined for 89 points and the Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks in Overtime 132-128.
Kevin Durant finished with 32 points, while James Harden posted 31 points, 15 assists and Kyrie Irving delivered 26 points for Brooklyn who have won three straight after two successive defeats to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Trae Young coming off a 38 point performance yesterday against the Los Angeles Clippers scored 28 points along with 14 assists, while Cam Reddish scored 24 off the bench.
Most of the night, there was hardly a major differential as the game went deep into regulation.
In the last two minutes, Irving made a tough contested pull-up to tie proceedings at 114, before Jeff Green gave Brooklyn the lead on a layup, then Atlanta hit back when Reddish drove for a tough hard left-hand layup over Durant to tie the contest with 28.6 seconds left.
On the final possession, Harden guarded one-on-one went to his patterned step back which sailed long bouncing off the rim onto the top of the backboard and back down to go into Overtime.
The big three took over in the extra frame, with the contest capped off by a waltzing Durant who breezed by Reddish to flush home the dunk.
In other results around the Association:
Laser shooter Doug McDermott had a team-high 28 points for Indiana including 16 in the fourth quarter as the Pacers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 116-106.
Domantas Sabonis played through a bruised left knee to put up 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season, while Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 for Indiana.
Collin Sexton had 29 points, while rebounding monster Andre Drummond posted 23 points and 16 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers pushed through the Detroit Pistons 122-107.
Sharpshooter Buddy Hield scored a season-high 29 and savvy veteran Harrison Barnes had 21 as the Sacramento Kings pulled away midway through the opening half to beat the Orlando Magic 122-107.
Superstar Nikola Jokic posted 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets breezed by the short-handed Miami Heat 109-82.
2-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 24 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists, while All-Star teammate Khris Middleton also had 24 as the Milwaukee Bucks made two clutch jumpers down the stretch to top the Toronto Raptors 115-108.
DeMar DeRozan had 21 points and 7 assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 as the veterans helped the San Antonio Spurs edge the Boston Celtics 110-106 after Marcus Smart missed the chance to tie the game with with 2.4 seconds left.
New Orleans’ cornerstones Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson each scored 32 points for the Pelicans offsetting a mammoth 47 point effort from Bradley Beal to defeat the Washington Wizards 124-106.
Al Horford returned after a six-game absence due to personal reasons to score 21 points and 11 rebounds, while young star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also posted 21 as the Oklahoma City Thunder helped ruin former teammate Chris Paul’s 32 point night 102-97.
2-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert posted 29 points and 20 rebounds, while Aussie Joe Ingles had 21 points, landing seven threes as the Utah Jazz won its 10th straight game comfortably defeating the Dallas Mavericks 116-104.
Rookie James Wiseman posted 25 points, while Kelly Oubre Jr scored 20 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves to complete a two-game mini series 123-111
By Juri Bilcich