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Sacramento Kings  at  Charlotte Hornets
Pre-Game  – January 22, 2018
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Hornets Hold On, Defeat Kings at Home

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Sacramento Kings, 112-107, at Spectrum Center on Monday afternoon. The Hornets (19-26) have been on the upswing of late, and they hung on to their first-half differential to walk away with a hard-worked win against a resilient Kings (13-33) team that dropped their eighth straight contest. Charlotte jumped ahead in the first quarter 35-33, but they established their biggest differential in the second quarter, as a 32-22 score gave the Hornets a 12-point lead at halftime. That advantage increased to 17 points after three, and everything indicated the Hornets were set to cruise their way until the buzzer. But Sacramento fought back, and won the final 12 minutes by a 32-20 score. It wasn't enough, however, and Charlotte ended winning their third game in their last four. Meanwhile, the Kings now have the worst record in the entire Association. Kemba Walker might be one of the hottest names in the trade market, and he proved his value with an enormous performance in this game since he finished with 26 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and two blocks. Jeremy Lamb delivered a strong effort off the bench as well, as he contributed 18 points in just 26 minutes. Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard and Marvin Williams all ended with 14 points. Six Sacramento players scored in double figures, although the two top scorers came from the bench in Skal Labissiere (23 points in 29 minutes) and Buddy Hield (18 points). De'Aaron Fox chipped in with 16 points and seven assists, Willie Cauley-Stein contributed a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 10 points with seven assists.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 10:10 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 12:56 AM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

Kemba Walker might be one of the hottest names in the trade market, and he proved his value with an enormous performance in this game since he finished with 26 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and two blocks. Jeremy Lamb delivered a strong effort off the bench as well, as he contributed 18 points in just 26 minutes. Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard and Marvin Williams all ended with 14 points. Six Sacramento players scored in double figures, although the two top scorers came from the bench in Skal Labissiere (23 points in 29 minutes) and Buddy Hield (18 points). De'Aaron Fox chipped in with 16 points and seven assists, Willie Cauley-Stein contributed a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 10 points with seven assists. Kosta Koufos also scored 10 points.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 10:10 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 12:56 AM ET

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Utah Jazz  at  Atlanta Hawks
Pre-Game  – January 22, 2018
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Hawks Use Second-Half Surge, Defeat Jazz at Home

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Utah Jazz, 104-90, at Philips Arena on Monday evening. The Hawks (14-32) delivered a strong performance on both ends of the court and as a result, they defeated a talented -- yet inconsistent -- Jazz (19-28) that did not have enough answers to fight back against an Atlanta team that seems to be on the rise. The first half showed both teams going back and forth, but the Hawks held a one-point lead (42-41) at the break. Atlanta increased their lead the rest of the way, winning the remaining two quarters by a combined 13-point differential. The Hawks had four players scoring in double digits in this game and, as it has been the trend all season long, Dennis Schroder was the star thanks to his 20-point performance. Taurean Prince had 17 points, three assists and three steals, while Kent Bazemore added 11 points of his own. Marco Belinelli also added 11 points off the bench. Ersan Ilyasova had five points and 11 boards. The Jazz registered five players scoring in double digits, although they featured an unsung hero coming off the bench since Alec Burks had 17 points. Donovan Mitchell had 13 points, but he only made five of his 13 shot attempts. Derrick Favors and Raul Neto had 11 points, while Royce O'Neale filled the stat sheet with 10 points, five boards, and four dimes.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:27 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 12:57 AM ET

By Juan Pablo Aravena  

The Hawks had four players scoring in double digits in this game and, as it has been the trend all season long, Dennis Schroder was the star thanks to his 20-point performance. Taurean Prince had 17 points, three assists and three steals, while Kent Bazemore added 11 points of his own. Marco Belinelli also added 11 points off the bench. Ersan Ilyasova only had five points, but he managed to add 11 boards. The Jazz registered five players scoring in double digits, although they featured an unsung hero coming off the bench since Alec Burks had 17 points. Donovan Mitchell had 13 points, but he only made five of his 13 shot attempts. Derrick Favors and Raul Neto had 11 points, while Royce O'Neale filled the stat sheet with 10 points, five boards, and four dimes.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:28 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 12:57 AM ET

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Phoenix Suns  at  Milwaukee Bucks
Pre-Game  – January 22, 2018
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Bucks Hold Off Suns 109-105

By Nick Brazzoni  

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns 109-105 on Monday at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Despite the Bucks (24-22) firing their head coach Jason Kidd earlier Monday afternoon and being without their superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee), they were able to maintain focus and earn a comeback victory over the Suns (17-30). The team rode the coattails of Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton, who were absolutely on fire all game. Khris Middleton led the way, shooting 13-of-19 from the field en route to scoring a team-high 35 points, while Brogdon wasn't too far behind, scoring 32 points on a scorching 11-of-13 from the field. That impressive shooting was contagious too, as Milwaukee as a team 53.5 percent from the field overall. As for the Suns, their star in the backcourt, Devin Booker, was unable to find the same success from the field, as he shot 1-of-6 from behind the arc and 2-of-14 from the field overall and finished with just 14 points in 36 minutes. Rather, it was T.J. Warren who led the way for Phoenix, scoring a team-high 23 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field. Greg Monroe, who played significant minutes for the first time since mid-December, had a very efficient night against his former team, scoring 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds as a starter. In the end, it was the turnovers that cost the Suns Monday's contest, as they committed a total of 21 as a team.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 10:59 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:02 AM ET

By Nick Brazzoni  

Monday night's game was all about the young stars for both teams, with one shining and the other falling flat. For the Bucks, last season's Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon not only had his best offensive performance of the season, but his best of his young career. Brogdon finished with a career-high 32 points in 34 minutes on a scorching 11-of-14 shooting from the field. It was the first time since Nov. 25 that he was able to shoot over 75 percent. On the other side of the floor, Devin Booker had a night to forget. Booker shot just 1-of-6 from behind the arc and 2-of-14 from the field overall. He finished with 14 points thanks to nine made free throws, but it was still a shockingly poor performance from the 21-year-old, especially since he had scored 73 total points over his last two contests.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:19 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:03 AM ET

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Philadelphia 76ers  at  Memphis Grizzlies
Pre-Game  – January 22, 2018
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Grizzlies Complete Come Back at Home

By Dan Bruno  

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, 105-101, at FedEx Forum The Sixers got out to a great start on the road, with a 30-19 lead after the first quarter. They kept the pressure on beginning the second quarter, but the Grizzlies clawed back to cut the deficit to six by halftime. The Grizzlies made it a four-point game early in the third, but the 76ers pulled away again, carrying a double-digit lead for much of the quarter, before going into the fourth up, 83-74. The Grizzlies started their comeback quickly in the fourth quarter, as they tied it up at 91 with 6:57 left in the game. The teams traded buckets for a few minutes, before Memphis pulled ahead by five, with three minutes to go. The Grizz were able to stay a couple steps ahead down the stretch and close out the win. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 19 points, six rebounds and one steal, in 37 minutes. Tyreke Evans followed up with 18 points, eight assists, four rebounds and one steal, in 35 minutes. Mario Chalmers chipped in 17 points, three rebounds and three steals, in 21 minutes off the bench. The Grizzlies shot 42 percent from the field, including 10-of-26 from long range. Meanwhile, Dario Saric was the high-point man for the 76ers, with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, along with 10 rebounds, two assists and a block, in 34 minutes. Joel Embiid tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting, in 29 minutes. The 76ers shot 45 percent from the field, including 14-of-31 from long range. The Sixers (22-21) will look to bounce back as they play host to the Bulls on Wednesday. The Grizzlies (17-29) play host to the Spurs on Wednesday.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:05 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 12:59 AM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting, six rebounds and one steal, in 37 minutes. Tyreke Evans followed up with 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting, eight assists, four rebounds and one steal, in 35 minutes. Mario Chalmers chipped in 17 points, three rebounds and three steals, in 21 minutes off the bench. Jarell Martin added 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist, in 31 minutes. Meanwhile, Dario Saric led the 76ers, with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists and a block, in 34 minutes. Joel Embiid tallied 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, 14 rebounds and one assist, in 31 minutes, while Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting, in 29 minutes. Robert Covington tallied 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and one block, in 34 minutes.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:10 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:00 AM ET

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Miami Heat  at  Houston Rockets
Pre-Game  – January 22, 2018
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Rockets Get Past Heat, 99-90

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Houston Rockets defeated the Miami Heat, 99-90, at Toyota Center on Monday evening. The Heat (27-20) came into the contest sporting a stellar 9-2 record over their previous 11 games, a stretch made even more impressive by the fact that they've dealt with several key backcourt injuries at different points. However, the Rockets (33-12) came in surging as well, with a 5-1 record over their prior six contests despite a recent multi-game absence by James Harden due to a hamstring injury. Houston was the healthier team Monday, however, and that may have been the difference in what turned out to be a hard-fought affair. Miami actually used a 33-point first quarter to vault to a 50-46 halftime lead. The home squad got things turned around in the second half, collecting 53 points while limiting their visitors to 40 over the final 24 minutes. Houston also played some stingy defense, eliciting a total of 16 turnovers and limiting the Heat to an unsightly 23.3 percent (7-for-30) success rate from long distance. The Rockets' top backcourt trio of Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon -- finally at full health -- were key, as they combined for 60 of the team's 99 points. Hassan Whiteside paced the Heat with a 22-point, 13-rebound double-double that also included two assists and three steals. Wayne Ellington provided 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. Josh Richardson followed with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. James Johnson contributed 10 points, four assists and three rebounds. Kelly Olynyk matched Johnson's scoring total to lead the bench and also supplied two boards, one assist and one steal. Harden led the way for the Rockets with 28 points, a total he supplemented with five assists, two rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Paul followed with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Gordon poured in 16 of his own to lead the second unit and also posted a pair of rebounds and assists apiece. Clint Capela tallied 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal. Ryan Anderson pitched in nine points, two rebounds and two assists. Trevor Ariza returned from his two-game suspension and played 28 minutes, but he only registered three points, five rebounds and two steals. The Heat heads back to South Florida to await a Thursday night visit from the Sacramento Kings, while the Rockets make the short trip to tangle with the intrastate rival Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday evening.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 10:40 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:01 AM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Heat's impressive 33-point first quarter helped vault them to a 50-46 halftime lead. The Rockets struck back in the second half, however, outscoring the visitors 53-40 over the final 24 minutes. Houston's defense also elicited a total of 16 turnovers and limited Miami to an unsightly 23.3 percent (7-for-30) success rate from long distance. The Rockets' top backcourt trio of Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon -- finally at full health -- combined for 60 of the team's 99 points. Hassan Whiteside's 22-point, 13-rebound double-double, which also included two assists and three steals, paced the Heat. Wayne Ellington provided 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. Josh Richardson's line included 12 points and three rebounds. James Johnson contributed 10 points, four assists and three rebounds. Kelly Olynyk matched Johnson's scoring total to lead the bench. Harden's 28 points, a total he supplemented with five assists, two rebounds, two blocks and two steals, led the Rockets. Paul followed with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Gordon poured in 16 of his own to lead the second unit. Clint Capela tallied 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal. Ryan Anderson's contributions included nine points, while Trevor Ariza only registered three points, five rebounds and two steals over 28 minutes in his return from a two-game suspension.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 10:45 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:02 AM ET

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Chicago Bulls  at  New Orleans Pelicans
Pre-Game  – January 22, 2018
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Pelicans Defeat Bulls, 132-128, in 2OT

By Joel Bartilotta

The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Chicago Bulls in double-overtime, 132-128, at Smoothie King Center on Monday. Chicago looked in control halfway through the fourth quarter, but New Orleans rode a 23-6 run to end regulation to send the game into overtime. It was a game of runs though, as it took 12 ties and 13 lead changes to determine a winner. Three-point shooting was the difference, with New Orleans hitting 14-of-40 and Chicago going just 8-of-26. Turnovers really killed the Bulls too, as they committed 19 of them while forcing just 11 from the Pelicans. The Bulls (18-29) were led by Robin Lopez, as he tallied 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. Jerian Grant matched those 22 points, as he also provided five rebounds, 13 assists and two steals on 6-of-7 from the field. Zach LaVine put in 19 points, five rebounds and two assists. Lauri Markkanen had a 14-point 17-rebound double-double. The Pelicans (25-21) got a historical performance out of DeMarcus Cousins, as he accumulated 44 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists and four steals. Anthony Davis fouled out in the first overtime, but still totaled 34 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. E'Twaun Moore amassed 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Jrue Holiday accrued 12 points, four rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Both teams return to action on Wednesday, with Chicago traveling to face the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans playing the Charlotte Hornets on the road as well.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:19 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:04 AM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

12 ties and 13 lead changes show just how competitive this game was, as it took two overtime sessions to determine a winner. In fact, New Orleans finished regulation on a 23-6 run to get the game into overtime. Turnovers really killed the Bulls, as they committed 19 of them while forcing just 11 from the Pelicans. Robin Lopez totaled 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. Jerian Grant totaled 22 points, five rebounds, 13 assists and two steals. Lauri Markkanen accrued 14 points and 17 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins had a historical triple-double, as he collected 44 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists and four steals. Anthony Davis accumulated 34 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals before fouling out. E'Twaun Moore provided 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Jrue Holiday finished with 12 points, four rebounds and eight assists.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:27 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:04 AM ET

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Washington Wizards  at  Dallas Mavericks
Pre-Game  – January 22, 2018
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Mavericks Obliterate Wizards, 98-75

By Joel Bartilotta

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Washington Wizards, 98-75, at American Airlines Center on Monday. Despite a competitive first quarter, Dallas really dominated from there. In fact, the Mavericks outscored the Wizards in the second quarter, 31-15, as Dallas held a double-digit lead for the rest of the game from there. The Mavericks defense was elite, as they held Washington to 31 percent from the field and 22 percent from three-point range. Defensive rebounding was also a decisive statistic, as Dallas won that battle, 43-29. They also did damage scoring down low, winning the points in the paint differential, 42-20. The Wizards (26-21) had only two starters in double figures, as Bradley Beal led them with 18 points, three rebounds and three assists. John Wall was the other, as he accrued 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Marcin Gortat totaled six points and 10 rebounds. The Mavericks (16-31) were led by Harrison Barnes, as he amassed 20 points and 10 rebounds. Dennis Smith Jr. accumulated 17 points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals. Wesley Matthews finished with 14 points, three rebounds and two steals. Yogi Ferrell led the bench, as he provided 14 points, five rebounds and two assists. On deck for Dallas is a home matchup versus the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. As for Washington, they travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday for their next fixture.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 10:58 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:05 AM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

Five ties and five lead changes in the first quarter made this look like it would be a competitive game, but Dallas dominated after that. In fact, they rode a 31-15 second quarter, as they held a double-digit lead from then on. The Dallas defense was dominant, as they held Washington to 31 percent from the field and 22 percent from three-point range. The Mavericks did damage down low, outscoring Washington in the paint, 42-20. Bradley Beal led Washinton with 18 points, three rebounds and three assists. John Wall was the only other Wizard in double figures, as he tallied 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Harrison Barnes was the player of the game, as he totaled 20 points and 10 boards. Dennis Smith Jr. collected 17 points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals. Wesley Matthews and Yogi Ferrell each scored 14 points apiece.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:09 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:05 AM ET

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Portland Trail Blazers  at  Denver Nuggets
Pre-Game  – January 22, 2018
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Nuggets Edge Out Trail Blazers in Nail Biter, 104-101

By Oscar Heanue

The host Denver Nuggets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 104-101, in a late-game thriller at Pepsi Center on Monday. The game was tight throughout, with the largest lead of the game being just eight for Denver early in the first quarter. The teams traded buckets back and forth for the majority of the contest, culminating in a tense final minute that decided the outcome. After an and-one from Jamal Murray gave Denver the lead, Portland held possession with 31 seconds remaining and a one-point deficit. Both C.J. McCollum and Evan Turner missed potential go-ahead jumpers, as multiple offensive rebounds were unable to save the possession for Portland. Four free-throws from Will Barton in the final seconds helped seal the win for the Nuggets. For Denver (24-23), Jamal Murray's go-ahead bucket was just one of many in the win. Murray scored a whopping 38 points on 14-of-19 shooting. His offense was sorely needed in what was generally a poor shooting night for Denver. The team as a whole shot just 41 percent from the field, and the Nuggets starters outside of Murray and Mason Plumlee combined to shoot just 9-of-38. Portland (25-22), meanwhile, snapped a three-game winning streak with Monday's heartbreaking loss. While Damian Lillard excelled, scoring a team-high 25 points and dishing eight assists, Portland's other star guard did not. C.J. McCollum shot just 3-of-14, including a miss on an ill-advised mid-range jumper on one of Portland's final possessions. The Blazers as a whole shot only 42.4 percent in the game. Portland will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Denver, meanwhile, will see the New York Knicks on Thursday.

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 11:55 PM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:07 AM ET

By Oscar Heanue

It was a terrific night for Jamal Murray in the Nuggets' win over Portland on Monday. Murray scored a team-high 38 points on 14-of-19 shooting and dished out six assists. His impeccable efficiency was also much appreciated, as the Nuggets shot just 41 percent on the night. The Nuggets starters outside of Murray and Mason Plumlee were particularly poor, combining to shoot just 9-of-38. Portland, meanwhile, saw a slightly more balanced scoring distribution. Four starters scored in double figures, including star point guard Damian Lillard, who led the team with 25 points. Lillard also dished out eight assists. Though he was very successful in the game, his co-star, C.J. McCollum, had a tough night. McCollum shot 3-of-14 from the field and did not hit a three-pointer. He also committed two turnovers.

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 12:09 AM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:07 AM ET

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Minnesota Timberwolves  at  Los Angeles Clippers
Pre-Game  – January 22, 2018
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Timberwolves Defeat Clippers, 126-118, in High-Scoring Thriller

By Oscar Heanue

The Minnesota Timerwolves defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, 126-118. Minnesota (31-18) was without All-Star wing Jimmy Butler on Monday, but a strong performance from Andrew Wiggins helped make up for his absence. Wiggins followed up a season-high 29 points in the Wolves' last win with 40 on Monday. Despite struggling with efficiency all season, Wiggins shot an impressive 16-of-28 from the field. His performance made up for a rough 1-of-7 shooting night from co-star Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns, though, was instrumental in crashing the offensive glass for Minnesota. He came away with six offensive boards on the night. Another area where Minnesota excelled was at the free-throw line, thanks largely to point guard Jeff Teague. Minnesota went 33-of-39 from the line, while Teague alone shot a whopping 16-of-17 en route to 30 points. Los Angeles (24-22) flexed its own star power on Monday, as Blake Griffin finished the game with a massive triple-double. Griffin led the team with 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists. Off the bench, Lou Williams scored 20 points to go with seven assists. One notable absence from LA's lineup, though, was All-Star center DeAndre Jordan. The Wolves will visit Portland on Wednesday, while Los Angeles will host the Boston Celtics.

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 1:18 AM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:26 AM ET

By Oscar Heanue

Andrew Wiggins followed up Saturday's season-high performance with another one on Monday. The fourth-year wing had a game-high 40 points on 16-of-18 shooting, helping the Timberwolves enjoy a relatively efficient 47.8 percent shooting night as a team. Jeff Teague, meanwhile, was a huge force around the rim, earning 17 free-throw attempts and making 16 of them. Karl-Anthony Towns struggled a bit on offense, going just 1-of-7 from the field, but came away with 17 rebounds. For the Clippers, it was the Blake Griffin show. Griffin led his team in scoring, rebounds, and assists, posting a massive 32-points triple-double. Griffin pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out 12 dimes, as he shone in the absence of frontcourt partner DeAndre Jordan. Off the bench, breakout sixth man Lou Williams scored 20 points and dished out seven assists.

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 1:25 AM ET      Updated on January 23, 2018 at 1:27 AM ET