The NBA is racking up records this year
The star, Towns, author of 32 points in the third quarter alone, also distinguished himself in three points, with a nice 7/11, reminding that he had not by chance won the contest of the specialty during the last All-Star Game.
Towns had never scored so many points in a season, and his career record of points -which is also a record for the team- allowed the Wolves to win 149-139 in Texas, and keep a chance to qualify directly for the next play-offs : with 40 wins and 30 losses, they are just behind the sixth and last place in the West, offering a direct ticket to the end of the season.
“Great game, great team win,” commented after the game the 26-year-old hero of the night, who also grabbed 17 rebounds. “I told everyone in the locker room, +None of this would have happened if my teammates hadn’t said +We want you to have a chance to make history.”
Stephen Curry, who is used to scoring records, celebrated his birthday – he turned 34 on Monday, March 14 – by scoring 47 points with Golden State against Washington, for a 126-112 victory – his seventh game with 40 points or more of the season.
Still third in the West, tied with Memphis with a record of 47 wins and 22 losses, the Warriors were especially able to align together on the court Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the three pillars of the winning epics of the last decade, for the first time since … 2019.
The third player above 40 points Monday night, March 14, the Atlanta point guard Trae Young, author of 46 points and 12 assists in the victory of his 122-113 at home against Portland. Young, 23, had already scored 47 points on Sunday, March 13 in a win against the Pacers.
Ninth in the East with a balanced record (34 v. – 34 d.), the Hawks are struggling this season to confirm the great run they made last year in the play-offs (finalists in the East).
Among the other games of the evening, the much awaited duel between the reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and one of his possible successors, Joel Embiid, turned to the advantage of the Denver pivot.
With 22 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists, the Serbian brought his team, still sixth in the West, to victory 114-110 on the floor of the Sixers. On the other side, Embiid scored 34 points and James Harden 24.
Second in the East, just ahead of Philadelphia, the Milwaukee Bucks went to Utah for their first win since … 2001. The “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and took 15 rebounds. For the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley both scored 29 points, and French pivot Rudy Gobert had a nice double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds, all performances that weren’t enough against the defending champions.
Note also, the continuation of the ordeal of the Lakers of LeBron James (30 points, 9 rebounds), again defeated at home against Toronto 114-103. Ninth in the West (29 v. – 39 d.), the Angelenos were up to 28 points behind against the Raptors.