Basketball

Result: Golden State ride hot start to thrash Nuggets

The Golden State Warriors set an NBA record of 51 points in the first quarter to earn a 142-111 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ran riot in the Warriors’ fifth straight win, each producing 31 points on the way to clinching the Western Conference top spot. Steal it & slam it, Klay 🔥 📺 @NBCSAuthentic pic.twitter.com/aDtpxtd5Ok — Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 16, 2019 Kevin Durant added 27 points as his side produced 21 three-pointers – including 10 in the opening quarter for a franchise record. As well as breaking the 50-point barrier held by several teams, the monster win at Pepsi Center snapped Denver’s 12-game home winning run, and put the Warriors half a game ahead of their conference rivals. Klay threw down four dunks tonight. FOUR pic.tw...

Result: Harden stars again with 57-point haul as Rockets defeat Grizzlies

James Harden continued his stunning form with a season-high 57 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 112-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The reigning NBA MVP reached at least 30 points for the 17th successive game – the best such run since Wilt Chamberlain  in 1964 – and had done so by half-time at Toyota Center. He had 36 points on the board by the end of the second quarter and continued his onslaught after the resumption before finishing with his best haul of the campaign to date. James Harden has now scored 30+ points in 17 consecutive games; passing Kobe Bryant’s record of 16. pic.twitter.com/PqzrjBdCCG — Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 15, 2019 And in another piece of history-making, Harden broke a franchise record by scoring more than 40 points for the 14th t...

Result: Steph Curry stars for Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry racked up 48 points in a dominant display to lift the Golden State Warriors to a 119-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The two-time MVP was once again the key man for the Warriors, adding six rebounds and five assists to his performance as his side took their record for the season to 29-14 to sit second in the Western Conference. Top of that pile are the Denver Nuggets who edged a tight contest against the Portland Trail Blazers 116-113. Nikola’s Jogic’s 40-point performance proved crucial for Denver, who held on in the closing stages as Damian Lillard’s ambitious three-point effort was off target. Steph Curry pours in 11 triples, 48 PTS, helping the @warriors come away victorious on the road! #SAPStatLineOfTheNight pic.twitter.com/fmUtHIzJpe — NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) Ja...

Result: Harden triple-double fires Rockets to big win over Cavaliers

James Harden recorded his third 40-point triple-double in six games as the Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 141-113. The reigning MVP scored 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as the Rockets ran riot from the start, surging to a 28-point lead in the first half. On the way to victory, Harden hit 30 points before the beginning of the third quarter, made eight three-pointers and finished with his sixth triple-double of the season. .@JHarden13 TRIPLE-DOUBLE ✔️ 🏀 43PTS👊 12AST💪 10REB Vote ⭐️ ➡️ https://t.co/SKZdoKpYvl pic.twitter.com/aFiapAJhno — Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 12, 2019 Ante Zizic top scored for Cleveland with 18 points but his side’s torrid run continued as they fell to their 12th loss in a row. Steph Curry moved into third place on the NBA’...

Result: James Harden shines again as Houston Rockets overcome New Orleans Pelicans

There were also wins for the Nuggets and Bucks. James Harden scored 40-plus points for the third straight game as he led the Houston Rockets to a 108-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Harden, who leads the league with a points average of 32.7, had 26 in the first half and finished with 41, nine rebounds and six assists. A big road WIN in NOLA! #RunAsOne 🚀 pic.twitter.com/ke2YFVWS5d — Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 30, 2018 Julius Randle top scored for the Pelicans with 23, while Antonio Davis hit 22. The Denver Nuggets, leaders of the Western Conference, overcame the Phoenix Suns 122-118 with Jamal Murray scoring 46 and adding eight assists. Nikola Jokic added 23 in the victory, as the Nuggets’ opened up a one-game lead over Oklahoma City Thunder in the Northwest Division....

Result: In-form James Harden stars as Rockets beat Celtics

There were also wins for the Bucks, Kings and Sixers. James Harden poured in 45 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Boston Celtics 127-113. Harden, who has not scored less than 35 in each of his last five games, added six assists, while Clint Capela got 24 points in the win. Huge WIN in H-Town! #RunAsOne 🚀 pic.twitter.com/z0kXO9w1Vw — Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 28, 2018 Kyrie Irving top scored for the Celtics with 23 points and 11 assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks see off the New York Knicks, with 31 points and 14 rebounds in a 112-96 victory. Four straight games against the Knicks with 30+ points!!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/zruL3kj10h — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 28, 2018 New York have now lost six games in a row. Elsewhere the Los Angel...

Result: Kawhi Leonard leads the way as Toronto continue to impress

The Toronto Raptors came through a dramatic fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat 106-104 and improve their NBA-best record. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 30 points, eight rebounds and two steals, while Danny Green hit a three-pointer to put the Raptors ahead with just over 20 seconds remaining. The final quarter saw the lead change hands 12 times, with Miami missing the chance to take the win on the game’s final possession. Toronto now stand on 26 wins and 10 losses for the season. Helluva finish. @TangerineHoops Game Highlights 📺: https://t.co/lpwfYGkUxl pic.twitter.com/pCNjFYDjm2 — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 27, 2018 Joe Harris scored the game-winner with 3.4 seconds left in the second period of overtime to clinch a 134-132 win for the Brooklyn Nets over the Charlotte Hornets....

Result: Los Angeles Lakers suffer LeBron James injury blow in Golden State Warriors win

All-Star forward LeBron James suffered a groin strain in the third quarter. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 127-101 on the road but were dealt a blow when LeBron James left the court injured in the third quarter. With 7.51 seconds remaining on the clock, the All-Star forward sustained a groin strain, finishing the Christmas game with 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Steph Curry hit back-to-back three-pointers and the Warriors got to within two points before the end of third, but the Lakers maintained control, completing the victory thanks to 19 points from Kyle Kuzma and 18 from Ivica Zubac. 🎥 LeBron James finished tonight’s game with 17 points, 13 boards, and 5 assists in 21 minutes of action #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/yZi0LQ7LTD — Los Angeles Lakers (@...

Result: Steph Curry strikes late to snatch victory for Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry nailed a last-gasp lay-up to give the Golden State Warriors a narrow 129-127 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers’ Avery Bradley tied the game at 127-127 with 20.6 seconds left on the clock, having seen the Warriors grasp a 103-94 lead going into the fourth. After a big third quarter which saw Curry contribute 11 points, it was then left to the point guard to salvage the victory, finding the basket with 0.5 seconds left on the clock and walking away with a night’s total of 42 points, six rebounds and two assists. Relive the down-to-the-wire win in tonight’s game rewind, presented by @Verizon ⏮ pic.twitter.com/oVO5hPWwUV — Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 24, 2018 The Boston Celtics surprised the Charlotte Hornets to snap a three-game losing streak...

Result: Kevin Durant shines as Golden State Warriors beat Dallas Mavericks

Kevin Durant contributed 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Golden State Warriors held off a late rally from the Dallas Mavericks to prevail 120-116. The Warriors seemed to be cruising when they pulled away from their opponents in the final quarter, stretching their lead into double figures by the halfway point. Dallas came charging back and brought the deficit down to a single point, but a clutch three-pointer from Durant with around 15 seconds remaining settled matters. KEVIN 💀 There’s something about that spot… 📺 @NBCSAuthentic pic.twitter.com/p4sN4v3ldO — Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 23, 2018 Jonas Jerebko and Steph Curry poured in 23 and 22 points respectively at Oracle Arena, while Wesley Matthews’ 25-point haul was in vain for the Maveric...

Result: Leonard matches season-high 37 points as Raptors defeat Cavs

Kawhi Leonard matched a season-high 37 points to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 126-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 27-year-old added six rebounds and was backed up by team-mate OG Anunoby, who tied his career best to score 21 points. Toronto, still without injured All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, improved to 25-9 for the season as the Cavs fell to their fourth loss in five games. GET OUT THE WAY! pic.twitter.com/DQ9r9vdM1q — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 22, 2018 In Brooklyn, the Nets’ seven-game winning streak ended when the Indiana Pacers produced a late charge to win 114-106 at the Barclays Centre. Victor Oladipo scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with a total of 26, to put the game away for good and put the Pacers back on a winning foot after dropping...

Result: Heat bring Rockets’ hot streak to end with narrow victory

Houston were on a five-game winning run before the defeat. The Houston Rockets’ five-game winning streak was brought to an end by the Miami Heat a night after breaking the NBA three-point record. After sinking 26 three-pointers in Wednesday night’s 136-118 victory over the Washington Wizards, the Rockets were edged 101-99 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Rockets fall to the Heat. pic.twitter.com/ehgSWbfFuq — Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 21, 2018 James Harden had another big night, putting 35 points on the board, but a narrowly missed three-pointer from Eric Gordon on the buzzer saw the Heat clinch victory. Josh Richardson scored 22 points and Tyler Johnson put 19 on the board for Miami, who claimed their first three-game winning run of the season. ALL GAS NO BRAKES pic.twitter....

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