Friday was another bumper night in the NBA with nine great matchups. The Minnesota Timberwolves look to be getting hot with their fourth consecutive victory as they beat the New York Knicks in Minnesota.
Timberwolves gnaw Knicks
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks 118-108. Karl-Anthony Towns had a 23-point, 15-rebound double-double, Taj Gibson 17 and six rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins finished with 16 and six rebounds.
The Knicks were led by Kristaps Porzingis with a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double, Enes Kanter also had a double-double with 16 and 12 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack ended the night with 18 and eight assists.
Rockets strike Suns
The Houston Rockets defeated the Suns 112-95 in Phoenix. Chris Paul had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson both added 18 and seven rebounds, and Congolese/Angolan-Swiss center Clint Capela had a 17-point, 16-rebound double-double.
Devin Booker led Phoenix with 27 points, six rebounds and nine assists, TJ Warren had 21, Dragan Bender 14 and eight rebounds, while Tyson Chandler finished the game with six and 11 rebounds.
Nuggets hit Grizzlies
The Denver Nuggets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 87-78 on Will Barton’s 17 points and five rebounds, Trey Lyles had 16 and five rebounds, and Nikola Jokic finished with 14 and seven rebounds.
Memphis were led by Marc Gasol with a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double, Janes Ennis III had 12 points and five rebounds, and Tyreke Evans also added 12 with four assists.
Pelicans down Blazers
The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113 on Anthony Davis’ 36 points and nine rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins had a 24-point, 19 rebounds double-double, and Jrue Holiday finished the game with 25 points, four rebounds, six assists and four steals.
CJ McCollum led Portland with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists, Damian Lillard had 23 and eight assists, while Nigerian forward Al-Farouq Aminu ended the night with a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-94 on Kevin Durant’s 26 points; a 30-point game from John Wall helped the Washington Wizards defeat the Orlando Magic 125-119; the Indiana Pacers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95; the Charlotte Hornets gave the Utah Jazz a 99-88 stinging on the back of Kemba Walker’s 22 points, and Spence Dinwiddie’s 20-point, 10-assist double-double sealed the Brooklyn Nets’ 110-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
By Kaunda Chama
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