Stephen Curry scored 33 points, while Otto Porter Jr. scored seven of his 19 points. Golden State Warriors They defeated the Suns 116-107 on Saturday to regain the top spot in the NBA from Phoenix.
Golden State reached the desert with short arms, missing three of its top four scorers for health and safety ethics: Andrew Wiggins, Damien Lee and Jordan Poole.
To crack 20 points for the first time in nine Christmas games, a normal shooting night passed and the curry carried most of the load. He finished with 10 for 27, including 5 for 3 from 16, which helped put an end to the Warriors Phoenix’s 15-game victory.
Instead of curry, Porter hit a step-back three and a pair of jumpers at 1:02.
Chris Paul scored 21 points and eight assists for the Phoenix team. Deandre Ayton finished with 28 points in the Suns’ third defeat in 28 games.
Both teams with the best records in the NBA played in the third Christmas game, in which both teams had at least .800 win percentages.
Playing at Christmas is nothing new to the Warriors. This is their ninth Christmas Day game and the 11th game in 12 seasons. The Suns, once a regular at the Christmas table, were for the first time since 2009.
Both teams conduct a post-the-present offensive attack that sends Ohos and Ax across the footprint center with each dunk and 3-pointer at the timeline center.
Curry had 11 points in the first quarter and Gary Baton II was a big rebound slam because the Warriors made an early 10-point lead. The Suns regained it in the second quarter, going 15-3, taking a 62-58 half-time lead in Paul’s last-second three-pointer.
Teams continued to trade in the change of threes and baskets, and were unable to gain any division until the Golden State 107-99.
The Suns pulled into two, but Porter continued to hit jumpers to extend Golden State’s lead to 9.
Brooklyn Nets 122-115 Los Angeles Lakers
Nick Cloxton threw a tiebreaking all-over to LeBron James with 40.7 seconds left, and James Horton and Brooklyn dropped Los Angeles from a week-long Govt-19 break.
Horton had 36 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Cloxton was the last assistant to catch a lap with both hands as he climbed over James, who helped the Los Angeles team clear a 20-point deficit. Cloxton posterized the All-Star 17-times, then made a free-throw to play three-point and took an 118-115 lead.
Grandma Mills added 34 points for the Nets, whose last three games were postponed due to a lack of players to compete with. They were still without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
James scored 39 points, surpassing Cope Bryant on Christmas Day, scoring the most life points. Russell Westbrook triple-doubled his second career vacation with 13 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds.
Atlanta Hawks 87-101 New York Knicks
Kemba Walker became the seventh NBA player to triple-double on Christmas, and New York beat Atlanta for its first win in a decade.
Knicks had 25 points and 12 rebounds from Julius Rand in the team that met in the first round of the playoffs last season. But the Hawks did not see Trey Young in nine of the NBA’s health and safety protocols, so it was not a rematch of Atlanta’s five-game win.
Walker finished with 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. This is the first triple-double at Christmas since Golden State’s Tremond Green in 2017. John Collins and Delen Wright each scored 20 points for the Hawks.
It was the first triple-double at Christmas after Golden State’s Tremond Green in 2017, following Walker’s strong stretch from retreating from the starting line-up when the Nix was short-handed.
Fans in the sold-out crowd shouted “Kemba Walker! Kemba Walker! ” To New York, who lost to Washington on Thursday and scored 44 points.
Boston Celtics 113-117 Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to score 36 points from the NBA’s healthy and safe protocol, and Wesley Mathews hit a three-pointer in 30.3 seconds to take the lead in the Bucks’ win over Boston for Milwaukee.
Seeing his first action after December 12, Antetocounbo played 30 minutes and added 13 of 23 shots while scoring 15 for 10 from the free-throw line. The Milwaukee center also received Bobby Portis and guard Donde Divincenzo from the Covit-19 protocol.
Boston only had eight players after adding tennis schroeder to the protocol early Saturday, but took control behind Jaylan Brown, who scored 14 of his 25 points in the opening quarter. Jason Todd scored 25 points for Boston, which led to 19 and went into the break with a 35-22 advantage.
Milwaukee reduced the deficit to one when Middleton dropped three with a score of 3:39. But the Celtics responded with five straight runs and opened the fourth innings 8-0, including Parker’s six, who played 10:15 to turn the three – point game 102-90.
With eight minutes left, Portis ‘boot-pack was the start of the Bucks’ payoff, tying the game at 111 for 1:26 with a foul on the left when AntodoCounbo scored. He missed a free throw and Brown made a pair at the other end, putting Boston back in front.
But Matthews buried his trio in the 114-113 lead, and Bucks retained.