In the Western Conference, several teams could make the argument to be considered the best team in the West.
In the Eastern Conference, there is one clear choice: The Milwaukee Bucks.
Led by reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks took care of business at home, defeating the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers 119-110 to mark their tenth straight victory and 14th win in the past 15 contests.
Antetokounmpo was unstoppable once again with 33 points and 12 rebounds for his twelfth 30+ point/10+ rebound game of the season.
The Bucks also received an offensive push from George Hill, who added 18 points on the night while shooting 4-6 from the three-point line.
Cleveland fought back valiantly from a 22-point deficit with a comeback led by rookie guard Darius Garland, who dropped 21 points and 6 assists to go along with his 5 three-point makes, but ultimately didn’t possess enough offensive firepower to steal the victory.
Small forward Cedi Osman also contributed with 20 points on an efficient 8-13 shooting from the field as the Cavaliers drop to a 5-14 record on the year.
Standing at a 16-3 record, the Bucks have dominated this season, with Antetokounmpo once again playing at an MVP level. With the franchise showing no signs of slowing down, Milwaukee is looking like the clear frontrunner to make the NBA Finals out of the East.
Dallas Mavericks Guard Luka Doncic Suffers Moderate Ankle Sprain
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has taken the league by storm, becoming one of the frontrunners for the NBA MVP award this season.
However, Doncic’s MVP campaign will be halted after suffering a right ankle sprain during the Mavericks’ 122-118 loss to the Miami Heat.
Doncic landed on Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn’s foot just two minutes into Saturday’s contest and immediately left the game.
The reigning Rookie of the Year leads the NBA with 8 triple-doubles this season while averaging 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game.
The Mavericks have won 11 out of their last 13 games, and hope to continue their hot streak while their leader recovered on the sidelines.
Harden Records Second Straight Game Of 50+ Points, 10+ Threes As Rockets Rout The Magic
Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been on fire all season and shows no signs of slowing down.
Harden had his second straight game of 50+ points and 10+ three-pointers as the Rockets blowout the Orlando Magic 130-107 on Friday’s contest.
Harden, who leads the NBA in scoring at 39.3 points per game, scorched the Magic’s defense with 55 points and 10-15 shooting from the three-point arc.
The scoring outburst comes just two days after Harden scored 54 points on 10 three-pointers in Wednesday’s win over the Cavaliers.
The Rockets also shot 22-39 from three as a team, setting a franchise record for the most three-point makes by an Orlando opponent.
The Magic never had a chance in the contest and were unable to close the gap after a 10-point halftime deficit.
Orlando guard Evan Fournier was the lone bright spot, leading the team with 27 points.
With massive scoring efforts night after night, Harden has once again returned himself to the MVP conversation, hoping to win the award for the second time since 2018.
Lebron James, Anthony Davis Lead Lakers Over Heat
With the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat being two of the NBA’s hottest teams this season, their matchup had all the makings of a heavyweight fight.
The results were anything but disappointing.
On Friday night, All-NBA forwards Lebron James and Anthony Davis cooled off the Heat in the Lakers’ 113-110 road victory, snapping Miami’s home winning streak at 11.
James flirted with a triple-double, recording 28 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds, while Davis provided 33 points and 10 rebounds.
The duo was vital down the stretch, each making critical plays to stunt Miami’s comeback efforts.
Heat forward Jimmy Butler’s three-point attempt to tie narrowly missed in the final seconds. However, the NBA would announce after the game Butler was fouled twice on the play.
Butler lead Miami in scoring with 23 points, while Derrick Jones Jr. added 17 points and some high-flying dunks.
The Lakers are now tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the overall record in the NBA at 23-3.
With the combination of James and Davis being nearly unstoppable this season, the Lakers have become the favorite for this year’s NBA title.
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