Show stoppers, DeMar DeRozan and Keldon Johnson combined for a whopping 47 points as the San Antonio Spurs keeps their playoff hopes intact after hammering the Houston Rockets.
DeMar DeRozan and Keldon Johnson did career-high numbers with 23pts and 24 points and 11 rebounds respectively as the Spurs eased into a 123-105 win over the short-handed Houston Rockets in a key NBA seeding game.
San Antonio Spurs are now still in the race to secure postseason qualification as a result of the win against Houston.
Portland, San Antonio, and Phoenix are all behind Memphis, with the team that finishes the restart in ninth place earning a chance to play the eighth-place squad for a berth in the playoffs.
San Antonio, having won three games on the bounce and are 5-2 in the NBA bubble. They led by as much as 17 points at half-time and by as many as 24 in the third quarter on the way to a 98-78 advantage heading into the final period.
Spurs have a lot of players who can add immense input to the team as Jakob Poeltl had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, with Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli scoring 13 each, Lonnie Walker IV hitting for 12 points, and Dejounte Murray contributing 11 points.
Houston, who have already secured a postseason spot and can finish no higher than fourth in the West standings.
Russell Westbrook, however, led the Rockets with 20 points on his return to the fold after missing two games with a bruised right quadriceps. Jeff Green added 17 for Houston while Ben McLemore scored 16. Austin Rivers and Chris Clemons hit for 13 points apiece.
The Rockets leading scorer James Harden (who was held out for rest) did not feature as well as Eric Gordon (ankle).
Brooklyn Nets defeats Orlando Magic 108-96
Brooklyn Nets get the juice flowing as they defeat Orlando Magic with Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Jeremiah Martin each scoring 24 points.
Luwawu-Cabarrot has been in excellent form since the league’s restart and scored his seventh career 20-point game – his third since the season recommenced on July 31.
Luwawu, a week ago scored a career-high 26 in Brooklyn’s stunning win over the Milwaukee Bucks, he also only played in the first and third quarters but made an impression with four three-pointers and seven rebounds.
Jeremiah Martin, on the other hand, scored half of his points in the fourth quarter and assisted 6 times. He is also tied down by Brooklyn in a two-way contract since January.
Dzanan Musa added a career-best 17 points, while Tyler Johnson contributed 14 and Lance Thomas chipped in 12 for Brooklyn, who led by double digits for the final 38-plus minutes.
Markelle Fultz and Wes Iwundu paced Orlando with 18 points apiece but the Magic shot 29.5 percent in the first half and 38.6 percent overall. Nikola Vucevic was held to 12 points and 10 rebounds and shot 5-of-15 from the floor.