The Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks became protagonists of the NBA day thanks to their respective comebacks, while the Philadelphia Sixers exhibited themselves against the undervalued Los Angeles Lakers. Forward Kevin Durant scored 39 points that left him as the leading scorer for the Warriors who lived the suspense until the end before securing a 120-118 victory over the Miami Heat.
Nice role of Damian Lillard
The Trail Blazers (33-22), third in the Northwest Division, had Damian Lillard as their best scorer, with 30 points. Lillard scored 21 of his 30 points in the last half of the third quarter to help the Trail Blazers lead (96-81) before the Mavericks comeback (102-101). Jusuf Nurkic achieved a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, which also did not prevent the defeat of the Trail Blazers. Cameroonian center Joel Embiid had a double-double of 37 points and 14 rebounds for the Sixers' 143-120 win over the undervalued Lakers.
The Sixers (36-20), with two consecutive victories after the one achieved against the Lakers this last day clearly (143-120), remain second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference. Forward Tobias Harris, one of the Sixers' new acquisitions, scored 22 points in just his second game for the Philadelphia team. Meanwhile, J.J. Redick added 21 points for the Sixers, who have won two straight games after seizing Harris and four other players at the trade deadline.
The Lakers, in crisis
The Lakers (28-28), penultimate in the Pacific Division, had power forward Kyle Kuzma as their leading scorer, who scored 39 points. Backup center Javale McGee added a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds and forward Brandon Ingram scored 19 for the Lakers. Lebron James approached the triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, in what was his first game against the Sixers since this team, last summer, tried unsuccessfully to sign him as a free agent.El ala-pívot novato Marvin Bagley salió del banquillo y consiguió 32 puntos y seis rebotes para los Kings de Sacramento, que batieron por 117-104 a los Suns de Phoenix, que acumulan 14 derrotas seguidas. Con su victoria, los Kings pusieron su marca en 30-26 y marchan terceros en la División Pacífico y novenos en la Conferencia Oeste, medio juego por detrás de Los Ángeles Clippers que ocupan el octavo puesto, el último que da derecho a estar en los 'playoffs'.
El pívot montenegrino suizo Nikola Vucevic aportó un doble-doble de 19 puntos y 12 rebotes como líder de los Magic de Orlando que ganaron a domicilio (108-124) a los Hawks de Atlanta y consiguieron el segundo triunfo consecutivo.