The Memphis Grizzlies notched their eleventh straight win by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Golden State Warriors suffered a record first-half deficit in a heavy loss against the Milwaukee Bucks. Briefing on Thursday night’s NBA action…
Golden State Warriors 99-118 Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo notched his third hat-trick of the season when the Milwaukee Bucks beat the guest Golden State Warriors 118-99 for a two-game losing streak.
The five-time All-Star notched 30 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and shot 11 of 17 to earn Milwaukee their second win in just six games. Khris Middleton scored five three-pointers and added 23 points, Bobby Portis scored 20 points and seven rebounds and Grayson Allen scored 15 points.
Andrew Wiggins scored the Warriors’ footsteps with 16 points on 6 of 11 shots. Jonathan Kominga scored 15 points and had seven rebounds, and Stephen Curry scored 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Clay Thompson scored 11 points.
Things quickly got out of hand for the Warriors, who entered the first half late 77-38. The 39-point deficit was the Warriors’ biggest since the franchise moved to the Bay Area prior to the 1962-63 season.
Results – Thursday January 13th
- Warriors $99-118
- Timberwolves 108-116 Grizzlies
- Clippers 89-113 Pelicans
- Thunder 130-109 nets
- Blazer 108-140 Nuggets
Minnesota Timberwolves 108-116 Memphis Grizzlies
Desmond scored between 21 points, and Garen Jackson Jr. added 20 points and five blocks to lift the rookie Memphis Grizzlies to a 116-108 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.
John Konchar collected 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and Brandon Clark added 14 and 8 to extend the Grizzlies’ winning streak to 11 games. Memphis, who has won 21 of their last 25 games, avenged their 138-95 bombing by Minnesota in November.
Ja Morant scored 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, despite suffering a back injury. He left the competition after making his third mistake late in the second quarter but came back to start the third.
Anthony Edwards scored 30 points and D’Angelo Russell made six three-pointers to highlight his 29-point performance with the Timberwolves, who lost two points in a row.
Los Angeles Clippers 89-113 New Orleans Pelicans
Jonas Valanciunas had two doubles and five teammates and scored in double digits as hosts the New Orleans Pelicans never lag behind during the 113-89 defeat of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Valancionas finished 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Brandon Ingram scored 24 points in the game, Herbert Jones added 14 points, Jackson Hayes and Graham Defonte 13 points, and Josh Hart 12 points.
The Pelicans led by 13 points at the end of the first quarter and by 19 points at the end of the first half. They didn’t lose control of the Clippers, who overcame a 25-point deficit in the third quarter by defeating guest Denver 87-85 on Tuesday.
New Orleans improved to 3-0 against Los Angeles this season, winning for the seventh time in its last nine games at home. Terence Man scored 15 points for the Clippers, and Marcus Morris Sr. added 12 points to be the first and only player to score in double digits for the visitors.
Oklahoma City Thunder 130-109 Brooklyn Nets
Shay Gilgus Alexander scored 33 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to control in the first quarter and seal a five-game losing streak with a 130-109 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in New York.
Gilgeos Alexander scored 11 of 18 shots and scored his second consecutive game with at least 30 points. Loggins added 27 and hit six of the top 20 three-pointers in Oklahoma City. Rookie Josh Giddey added 19 for Thunder’s best 51.6 percent of the season.
Darius Bazley contributed 16 points and Mike Moskala reduced 14 times to make Oklahoma City his fourth consecutive game in Brooklyn one night when he scored the season’s highest for points, first quarter points (38) and first half points (70).
Playing a fourth game on five nights and in a third different time zone, the Nets lost for the sixth time in seven home games, dropping to 11-11 in Brooklyn as Kevin Durant and Patty Mills rested.
Portland Trail Blazers 108-140 Denver Nuggets
Will Barton scored 21 points, Nikola Jokic 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 140-108 on Thursday evening.
Jeff Green scored 19 points, Facundo Campazzo scored 18 points and made 12 assists, Bones Hyland added 17 points and Zeke Nnagy 16 points and nine rebounds for Denver, who scored the highest level in the season in points and made 3 throws (21).
Barton suffered a neck strain in the third quarter when he hit his head first into Josef Nurkic’s knee. He remained on the field for several minutes before walking into the locker room. He returned to the bench at the end of the third quarter but did not play again.
Ben McLemore scored 18 points and Dennis Smith Jr. has 17 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers. Nasser Little scored 14 goals, Trendon Watford finished 11, and Robert Covington and Norkic scored 10 each. Norkic added eight rebounds and six assists.