With only one more day until the Final Four, basketball fans cannot keep their excitement in check. However, while we wait for that, here is a look at how the Wildcats did in last night’s NBA action.
MURRAY AND NUGGETS HANDLE CLIPPERS
In a close 101-94 victory over Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers, Jamal Murray added 23 points along with eight rebounds to help the Nuggets into a tie with the Lakers for the fourth-best record in the West. Right behind Murray was third-year forward Michael Porter Jr. scoring 20 points with two blocks. Jokic was close to another triple-double with 14 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
Denver takes down the Clippers for its fourth straight W.
The Nuggets and Lakers are now tied for the 4th-best record in the West ? pic.twitter.com/Gjir7Xcyy9
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 2, 2021
For the Clippers, the game was all about poor shooting, and missed opportunities, as they shot 10-34 from beyond the arc, below 30 percent. They did open up the fourth quarter with a 13-3 run, which left them down one, but Jokic and Murray outscored them until the final buzzer. Murray’s clutch shooting at the end helped the Nuggets pull away, and it closes the gap between them and the 3rd seeded Clippers, as Denver is now only a game behind them.
JAMAL MURRAY AGAIN pic.twitter.com/1keywJGMLa
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 2, 2021
NETS BLOW OUT HORNETS IN ALDRIDGE DEBUT
Outscored by Jeff Green himself 12-11 to start the first quarter, the Charlotte Hornets never stood a chance against the #1 team in the East. Even without James Harden and Kevin Durant, the Nets had no problems against the up-and-coming Charlotte Hornets, winning 111-89. Green finished the game leading the Nets with 21 points and eight rebounds while Landry Shamet finished with 17, second on the team. Irving in a low-scoring night almost notched a triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists, which included this deadly crossover and floater.
Kyrie is unfair. ??
Nets bench couldn’t believe it.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 2, 2021
Missing rookie LaMelo Ball, who is out with a broken right wrist, the Hornets could never get into a rhythm, shooting below 35 percent from both the field and beyond the 3-point line. Gordon Hayward and Devonte’ Graham led the way in scoring with only 13, while Malik Monk added 11 points in 22 minutes of action before suffering a right ankle sprain. For the Nets, they continue to add stars as they look to capture the #1 record in the NBA, jumping the Utah Jazz.
The Nets have 3 of the 4 best midrange shooters this season (min 100 attempts).
55.3% — Kyrie Irving
52.4% — Nikola Jokic
52.3% — Kevin Durant
52.1% — LaMarcus Aldridge
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 2, 2021
ADEBAYO, HERRO HELP PROPEL HEAT PAST CURRY’S WARRIORS
With a 116-109 win over the Golden State Warriors, Miami finally sits above the .500 mark at 25-24, increasing their winning streak to three. In Victor Oladipo’s debut game, he managed to log 23 minutes of action, scoring six points to go along with five rebounds and two steals. Leading the way for Miami in scoring were Jimmy Butler with 22 and Duncan Robinson with 21. Tyler Herro managed to get two steals while adding 20 points off the bench, shooting over 60 percent from the field.
I'm impressed w/ the Heat playing Herro and Robinson together combining for 41 points tonight! With Dragic and Oladipo they have the 3rd best group of guards in the league… pic.twitter.com/NzC1aQXfbj
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 2, 2021
As for the former superteam, only three players scored in double digits for the Warriors. Steph Curry was the main offensive focus scoring 36 points with 11 rebounds while former #1 pick Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and blocking three shots on the defensive end. Former DPOY Draymond Green was the last player with double digit points adding 16, while almost notching another triple-double with 10 rebounds and eight assists, plus four steals.
Here are the full stats from last night:
|Jamal Murray||101-94 W vs Clippers||23||9-18 (3-6)||8||2||0||0||1||+4||39|
|Tyler Herro||116-110 W vs Warriors||20||8-13 (2-5)||4||3||2||1||0||+8||35|
|Bam Adebayo||116-110 W vs Warriors||19||5-13 (0-0)||8||6||0||1||3||+9||30|
|Eric Bledsoe||110-115 L vs Magic||14||5-13 (3-6)||5||6||2||2||4||-5||46|
|Malik Monk||89-111 L vs Nets||11||4-11 (3-5)||3||4||1||0||2||+9||22|
|P.J. Washington||89-111 L vs Nets||8||3-11 (1-4)||8||1||1||2||2||-16||26|
|Tyrese Maxey||114-94 W vs Cavaliers||6||2-8 (0-3)||2||4||0||1||2||+11||22|
|Keldon Johnson||129-134 L vs Hawks||5||2-8 (1-5)||7||1||0||0||0||+3||27|
|Patrick Patterson||94-101 L vs Nuggets||4||1-4 (0-3)||1||0||0||1||0||-2||13|
|Nick Richards||89-111 L vs Nets||0||0-0 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||0||-1||4|
|Mychal Mulder||109-116 L vs Heat||0||0-0 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||0||-1||2|
|Rajon Rondo||94-101 L vs Nuggets||DNP - Right Adductor|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00 PM – Warriors at Raptors
7:30 PM – Rockets at Celtics
7:30 PM – Mavericks at Knicks
8:00 PM – Hornets at Pacers
8:00 PM – Timberwolves at Grizzlies
9:00 PM – Hawks at Pelicans
9:00 PM – Bulls at Jazz
10:00 PM – Thunder at Suns
10:00 PM – Bucks at Trail Blazers
10:00 PM – Lakers at Kings