NBA

Irving and Harden lead Nets to eighth straight win, Westbrook and Beal fire for Wizards

By Sports Desk February 26, 2021

Kyrie Irving and James Harden combined for 47 points as the Brooklyn Nets proved irresistible in their 129-92 triumph against the Orlando Magic.

Irving led the way with 27 points and nine assists, shooting 11 of 18 from the field and Harden dropped five threes from his 10 attempts from downtown to power Brooklyn to an eighth straight win.

The All-Star duo were supported by Joe Harris, who sank four of six threes for 14 points, while Landry Shamet came off the bench to score 19 points, tying Harden with five from distance. 

After the Magic opened up a 10-point lead during the first quarter, the Nets went 41-19 in the second quarter and never looked back, with Nikola Vucevic finishing with 28 points for Orlando.

Still waiting on Kevin Durant to return from a hamstring injury, the 22-12 Nets are second only to the Philadelphia 76ers (22-11) in the Eastern Conference.

Close on their tails are the third-placed Milwaukee Bucks, who beat the New Orleans Pelicans 129-125 to go 20-13, with Giannis Antetokounmpo (38 points) outshining Zion Williamson (34).

 

Beal and Westbrook chemistry continues for Wizards

The Washington Wizards made it a 3-1 road trip, following up on wins against the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers with a 112-110 victory against the Denver Nuggets.

The NBA's leading scorer Bradley Beal buried 33 points while Russell Westbrook made it three triple-doubles in five games with his 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

George comes up short for Clippers

Tyus Jones was the game's top scorer in the Memphis Grizzlies' 122-94 win against the Los Angeles Clippers despite only spending 15 minutes on court.

Jones was the only player in the game to make 20 points, as Clippers guard Paul George only dropped three of his 12 field-goal attempts for his 13 points.

 

Zion producing coast-to-coast

Williamson may have come out on the losing side but the 20-year-old not only matched Antetokounmpo almost blow-for-blow, but he also showcased some razor-sharp defensive skills. 

Thursday's results

Philadelphia 76ers 111-97 Dallas Mavericks
New York Knicks 140-121 Sacramento Kings
Brooklyn Nets 129-92 Orlando Magic
Memphis Grizzlies 122-94 Los Angeles Clippers
Washington Wizards 112-110 Denver Nuggets
Milwaukee Bucks 129-125 New Orleans Pelicans

 

Jazz at Heat

The NBA-leading Utah Jazz looked untouchable during a blowout win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Miami Heat have also recently knocked off the defending champions and are on a four-win stretch.

Related items

  • Pogba: Playing with Fernandes at Man Utd is a joy Pogba: Playing with Fernandes at Man Utd is a joy

    Paul Pogba says it is "a joy" to play with Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United.

    The World Cup winner has made an impressive return from injury in the past five weeks, scoring in the win over Milan and registering assists against Brighton and Hove Albion, Tottenham and Granada.

    Playing alongside Fernandes for United has been a particular thrill for Pogba since the Portugal international joined him at Old Trafford last year.

    Pogba says Fernandes can do everything and is delighted with how their understanding has developed on the pitch.

    "I enjoy playing with Bruno," Pogba said to MUTV. "He is someone who understands the game and understands the movement that can give you a beautiful pass.

    "He can finish too. He is all over the place, he can do everything really... except defending!

    "But really, it is always a joy to play him, to understand him. 

    "He understands me as well, he can take my position, I can take his position as well. I think he suits the team, he is a very dominant influence in our team."

    No United midfielder has played more times in all competitions than Fernandes since the former Sporting CP playmaker made his debut, with the 26-year-old making 71 appearances. 

    Pogba (48) ranks fourth on that list, behind Fred and Scott McTominay (both 58), while he has only started 34 times, mainly due to injuries.

    While he may no longer be the main man at United, Pogba was asked about his role in keeping up the dressing room morale and his dancing skills.

    Ahead of the Premier League match at home to Burnley on Sunday, Pogba said: "I'm just myself with the guys and if it can help them to be relaxed and be happy and have a good performance, then I will keep doing it obviously.

    "It is important to have a group that gel well together because football is teamwork and you have to be with everyone, you have to be connected, that is how you win.

    "When you are connected like this, it is easier to win."

    Asked if he or defender Eric Bailly had the best dance moves, Pogba replied: "It depends - Eric is the best African dancer, I'm more e-pop and American dance and stuff like this. 

    "We complete each other I will say!"

    Pogba and Fernandes are both expected to start against Burnley, against whom the France star scored the winner in a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor the last time the two teams met in January.

    United are therefore looking to complete their first league double over Burnley since the 1975-76 campaign.

    They are also bidding to win five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since they won their first six under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in January 2019.

  • Embiid backed for MVP honours by Simmons: 'I don't know how to stop him!' Embiid backed for MVP honours by Simmons: 'I don't know how to stop him!'

    Joel Embiid was backed for MVP honours by teammate Ben Simmons after a stellar display led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Embiid posted 36 points and 14 rebounds as the 76ers extended their winning streak to four games, while ending the Clippers' seven-game run.

    It made him the first 76ers player with at least 36 points and seven rebounds in three consecutive games since Charles Barkley in 1990, while Embiid is also the first Philadelphia player with at least 35 points in three straight games since Allen Iverson in 2006.

    According to Simmons, rival players are becoming clueless about how to handle the 76ers star.

    "I don't think teams really know what to do when guarding him," Simmons said. "I think he's clearly the MVP this season.

    "He's been so dominant and consistent this whole year and he's been healthy which has been great for us. So I don't know how to stop him!"

    With Philadelphia (39-17) leading the way in the Eastern Conference, the admiration is mutual between Embiid and Simmons.

    Embiid, who spoke about having two or three men on his case each time he had the ball, suggested Simmons also merits award consideration.

    "We've got someone in Ben who should be defensive player of the year," Embiid said in his post-game news conference.

    "He's been dominant all season on that end of the floor. That's something he wants so much and he deserves it.

    "That's an award, when I got to the league, that I always wanted to win. At some point in my career that's something I want to win, but this year he's been a master, he deserves it.

    "The way he guards every player on the floor. He's been bringing it, so I really do think he should be the defensive player of the year."

  • Dodgers roll on as Padres showdown lives up to the hype in Tatis' return Dodgers roll on as Padres showdown lives up to the hype in Tatis' return

    The Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the San Diego Padres 11-6 after 12 innings in an enthralling MLB showdown between the National League West rivals.

    Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr returned from a shoulder injury to face World Series champions the Dodgers in the series opener and he hit a home run in the fifth inning – a 410-foot bomb – to mark his comeback on Friday.

    The Padres tied the game in the bottom of the ninth after Eric Hosmer's single allowed Manny Machado to score in San Diego.

    Tensions threatened to boil over after benches cleared in the 10th when Dodgers pitcher Dennis Santana struck Jorge Mateo.

    San Diego and Los Angeles could not be separated until Corey Seager's two-run homer sparked a Dodgers onslaught in the top of the 12th inning, which finished with five runs.

    The red-hot Dodgers extended their winning streak to seven games, while improving to an MLB-best 12-2.

     

    Reds stay hot

    The Cincinnati Reds eased past the Cleveland Indians 10-3. Cincinnati are now 6-1 at home this season with 67 runs scored (9.6 per game). Per Stats Perform, it is the most runs by a team in their first seven home games of a season since the 1900 Boston Beaneaters (Braves franchise) had 71. The Reds' plus-38 run differential (67-29) at Great American Ball Park is the highest by any National League squad through seven home games since the 1894 Cleveland Spiders (plus-44).

    Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer surpassed Cy Young for the 22nd most strikeouts (2,807) of all-time. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Scherzer struck out the side in the seventh inning, finishing with 10 and 2,808 for his career. The Nationals edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0.

    Justin Upton smashed a grand slam as the Los Angeles Angels crushed the Minnesota Twins 10-3.

     

    Yankees continue to underwhelm

    The star-studded New York Yankees dropped to an American League (AL) East-worst 5-8 following an 8-2 loss to rivals the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees walked seven Rays batters, had just three hits, struck out 14 times and tallied three errors that led to three unearned runs. Yankees fans made their feelings known after throwing balls onto the field, which led to a stoppage.

     

    Schwarber lifts Nationals

    Kyle Schwarber's walk-off homer saw the Nationals beat the Diamondbacks. His 463-foot shot was Schwarber's first home run for Washington.

     

    Friday's results

    Atlanta Braves 5-2 Chicago Cubs
    Washington Nationals 1-0 Arizona Diamondbacks
    Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 St Louis Cardinals
    Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 New York Yankees
    Cincinnati Reds 10-3 Cleveland Indians
    Miami Marlins 4-1 San Francisco Giants
    Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Texas Rangers
    Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Milwaukee Brewers
    Los Angeles Angels 10-3 Minnesota Twins
    Oakland Athletics 3-0 Detroit Tigers
    Los Angeles Dodgers 11-6 San Diego Padres
    Seattle Mariners 6-5 Houston Astros
    Chicago White Sox-Boston Red Sox (postponed)
    Toronto Blue Jays-Kansas City Royals (postponed)
    New York Mets-Colorado Rockies (postponed)

     

    Blue Jays at Royals

    After Friday's game was postponed, the Toronto Blue Jays (6-7) and Kansas City Royals (7-4) will contest a doubleheader on Saturday. Steven Matz will start game one for the Blue Jays as the Royals counter with Mike Minor. Toronto's Tommy Milone will take to the mound in the game two, with Ervin Santana handed a Kansas City start.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.