NBA results, March 10, 2018
Detroit Pistons 99 – Chicago Bulls 83
Indiana Pacers 112 – Atlanta Hawks 87
Toronto Raptors 108 – Houston Rockets 105
Utah Jazz 95 – Memphis Grizzlies 78
Milwaukee Bucks 120 – New York Knicks 112
Washington Wizards 116 – New Orleans Pelicans 97
Denver Nuggets 125 – LA Lakers 116
Portland Trail Blazers 125 – Golden State Warriors 108
Sacramento Kings 94 – Orlando Magic 88
LA Clippers 116 – Cleveland Cavaliers 102
Three things that happened in the NBA today
1. Raptors end the Rockets streak
“And by the looks of it tonight, this win streak is over so let’s go get it yeah!”
These were the bold words of Toronto’s most popular son, Drake, midway through the first quarter of the game between the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets.
The Rockets were the hottest team in the league, riding a 17-game win streak. They’ve basically looked unstoppable for a month and a half. They were going up against the hottest team in the East, the Raptors, winners of six straight.
This could have ended badly for Toronto. It’s never a good idea to call a win. Especially in the middle of the game. Against the front-runner for the MVP. But the Raptors weren’t fazed by any of that. They played well for most of the game and executed in the clutch.
James Harden hit a big three-pointer to tie the game with less than two minutes left in the game. The Raptors came right back. Their All-Star shooting guard, DeMar DeRozan hit a clutch fadeaway jumper to give Toronto the lead. Jonas Valanciunas came up with a big defensive stop and the Raptors iced the game with free throws.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 30 points, seven treys and six assists. James Harden dropped another cool 40 in the losing effort.
The Raptors continue to lead the East. The Rockets still hold the top spot in the league because…
2. The Warriors fall to the Blazers
Kevin Durant continued to play well to lead the Golden State Warriors with Steph Curry out. He dropped 40 points to try and tow the Warriors to a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. But his scoring wasn’t enough (Klay Thompson did help with 25 points).
The Blazers had a much more balanced offensive attack to offset Durant’s explosion. Seven players scored in double figures as the Blazers shot a clean 49%. Portland also had more three-pointers than Golden State, 16 to 12.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum led the Blazers as they combined for 58 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. McCollum scored a team high 30 points while Lillard wasn’t far behind with 28.
The Warriors stay half a game behind the Rockets while the Blazers increase their lead on the third seed to 1.5 games.
3. Jordan > James
DeAndre Jordan had a monster 20-20 game to lead the LA Clippers to a big win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jordan had 20 points and 23 rebounds to dominate the paint.
James had 25 points and 10 rebounds on 55% shooting. His performance was just overpowered by Jordan and the other Clippers. Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 23 points. Montrezl Harrell added 20 off the bench. Lou Williams and Austin Rivers combined for 30 points.
Did an NBA superstar get ejected today?
No. But a superstar got someone ejected from the game.
In the second quarter of the Warriors-Blazers game, Kevin Durant got into a verbal altercation with a fan courtside. The fan was asked to leave the game and Durant blew him some kisses as he was being ushered out.
Photo from USA Today