Post Up: Professional Scorers

Anthony Davis, Giannis and Jokic all score 40 or more, plus Draymond Green gets a historic triple-double.
by February 11, 2017
Anthony Davis

Heat 108 (24-30), Nets 99 (9-45)

With tonight’s win, the Heat are on a 13-game winning streak, their longest since the LeBron era. Miami made their run in the third, holding the Nets to 19 points. James Johnson scored a season-best 26 for the Heat. The Nets have lost 12 straight.

Nuggets 131 (24-29), Knicks 123 (22-33)

Nikola Jokic put in 40 points for the first time in his career. He shot 17-23 from the floor and also had 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Five other Nuggets scored at least 13 points. Denver made their run in the third, outscoring the Knicks 36-22. After the game, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek blasted his squad, calling them “terrible” on defense.

Spurs 103 (41-12), Pistons 92 (25-29)

Dewane Dedmon had 17 points and 17 boards tonight. The Pistons continually lost him and the rest of the Spurs. The silver & black led for the whole game, and thanks to Dedmon, outrebounded Detroit 52-39. Kawhi Leonard put in 32, his sixteenth game of 30 or more this season.

Lakers 122 (19-37), Bucks 114 (22-30)

The Lakers scored 47 in the first quarter, the most in any quarter by any team this season. They rode that to 76 in the first half, then held off the Bucks’ late charge, despite a career-best 41 from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Nick Young had 26 for the Lakers and Lou Williams came off the bench for 21 points in 19 minutes.

Warriors 122 (45-8), Grizzlies 107 (33-23)

While Klay Thompson’s 36 points and 8 three’s handled the scoring, this game belonged to Draymond Green. Green made sure the Dubs wouldn’t lose to the Grizzlies for a third time this season. He had 4 points, 5 blocks, 10 steals, 10 assists and 12 rebounds . It’s the first triple-double ever where a player didn’t score at least 10 points. The Dubs led for the whole game. It’s Green’s fourth triple-double of the season.

Wizards 112 (32-21), Pacers 107 (29-24)

John Wall put in 26 points and 14 assists, Markieff Morris had a season-best 26 and Marcin Gortat went for 14 points and 16 rebounds. The Wizards held off the Paul George’s 31 points with Wall’s clutch play. The All-Star scored or assisted on 8 of Washington’s final 9 points.

Pelicans 122 (21-33), Wolves 106 (20-34)

The Pelicans used big games from Anthony Davis (42 points and 13 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (25 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals) to outlast 36 from Karl-Anthony Towns and 29 from Andrew Wiggins. Things went back and forth until the second half, when the Pels built a 21-point lead. Before then, there were 16 lead changes and seven ties. But New Orleans’ 60% shooting from the field was too much for Minny to overcome.

Suns 115 (17-37), Bulls 97 (26-28)

Devin Booker had 27 points and Eric Bledsoe put in 23 and 8 assists, helping the Suns overcome Tyson Chandler’s first half ankle injury. After overcoming a 9-point deficit in the first half, Phoenix opened up a 20-point lead. Jimmy Butler had 20 in the loss. Chicago’s dropped three of their last four.

Kings 108 (22-32), Hawks 107 (31-23)

Sacramento trailed almost the entire game and didn’t take their first lead until Matt Barnes scored on an offensive rebound to put the Kings up 102-101 with 1:14 left. The teams then traded the lead five times before Darren Collison’s banked in the game-winner. Collison, Ben McLemore and DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 for Sac and Tim Hardaway had 28. The Kings fought back from a 22-point disadvantage.