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NETS MOVE TO .500 IN ANOTHER WIN
After a casual start to the season, the Brooklyn Nets are starting to return.
The Nets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers comfortably 111-97 on Monday for their fourth win in their last six games.
Kevin Durant maintained his brilliant form and had 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists on 12/20 shooting.
Brooklyn kept the Blazers up to 17 points in the fourth quarter and forced 13 turnovers.
Kyrie Irving added 22 points and Ben Simmons posted an odd two-point streak in just three field tries with 12 rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
Curry and Simmons’ improved play are arguably the most positive signs for Brooklyn, as things started to tickle on Jacque Vaughn’s side, which went 10-11 to close to .500.
«We continued to use the word ‘aggressive’,» said Nets coach Jacque Vaughn. “In any break or get together, we were ‘aggressively’ using the world. We want to be offensive in every position.”
Jerami Grant led the way with 29 points, and Damian Lillard rose again as he was sidelined by a calf strain as he dropped to 11-9 between the teams in the Western Conference.
WARRIERS CRUSH WOLDS TO CONTINUE THE RISE
Speaking of teams finding form, the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 137-113 for their third straight and fifth of their last seven wins.
This was decided in the first quarter, when the scorching-hot Warriors were 47 points behind by a burst from Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins.
Curry finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists, while Klay Thompson had 21 points, 5 three pointers and Jordan Poole 24 points from the bench.
Golden State is currently 11-10 on aggregate and ninth in the West, coming back from a 6-9 record.
Anthony Edwards scored 26 points for the Wolves, who lost their second game in a row.
The Warriors will try to gain more away momentum as they head to Dallas for the Western Conference finals rematch on Wednesday.
«These are good doubles for us against good teams, playoff teams,» Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the fight.
ZUBAC COLLECTS 31 ISSUES, 29 BOARDS TO JOIN THE NBA MAJORS
The LA Clippers defeated the Indiana Pacers 114-110 with Ivica Zubac’s stunning 31-point, 29-round, three-block performance.
With that, Zubac became the third player to score at least 31 points, 29 tables, and three swats in a single game since 1973-74 (when blocked shots were the first record), and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the last player to do so. success in 1978.
Zubac fouled with 3:40 to play and missed his 30th rebound, but his epic streak still left the NBA world in awe.
Despite playing without Kawhi Leonard (ankle) and Paul George (hamstring), the Clippers came close to the win and advanced to 12-9 on the season.
Jalen Smith led the Pacers with 23 points, while Tyrese Haliburton had 15 points and 11 assists.
Rick Carlisle’s team is currently 11-8 on the season and currently fifth in the East.
TRAIL BLAZER 97 NETWORKS 111
WARRIERS 137 WOOD WOLF 114
SPEED 100 CUTTING MACHINE 114
HEAT – HAWKS
WIZARDS – CELTICS
KNIGHTS – PISTONS
THE GRIZZLER – KNICKS
SIXES – MAGIC
MAVERICKS – DOLLAR
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