Wall continues Wizards hot streak, LeBron helps Cavs

By Alec Brzezinski 20 January 2017
Wall continues Wizards hot streak, LeBron helps Cavs

John Wall helped the Washington Wizards edge past the New York Knicks, while LeBron James inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wall posted back-to-back double-doubles as the Wizards overcame the Knicks 113-110 in the NBA on Thursday.

The battle between Eastern Conference playoff contenders was hard-fought on both ends of the floor, but Wall scored 29 points with 13 assists and five rebounds to help Washington earn their fourth consecutive win.

James scored 21 points and dished out 15 assists in Cleveland's 118-103 win against the Phoenix Suns.

Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard led the San Antonio Spurs past the Denver Nuggets 118-104.

 

WIZARDS REMAIN HOT WITH WIN AGAINST KNICKS

With the win, the Wizards are now 16-6 since December 8, which is the best record in the east.

Wall was helped by Otto Porter Jr, who scored 23 points with six rebounds. Porter also drained six of his 10 three-point attempts, which makes him the first player in Wizards franchise history to have back-to-back games with six three-pointers.

Carmelo Anthony did all he could to help the Knicks pull off the win.

The wily veteran scored 34 points with 10 rebounds, but the referees missed a double dribble from Wall late in the game that ultimately sunk the Knicks.

 

JAMES FLIRTS WITH TRIPLE-DOUBLE

In addition to his 21 points and 15 assists, James also hauled in nine rebounds.

James has just three triple-doubles all season.

 

LEONARD STILL UNDERRATED DESPITE TERRIFIC RESULTS

The Spurs star - including the NBA All-Star starting line-up - scored 34 points with five rebounds and four assists in a win against Denver. 

Leonard had to carry the load with Tony Parker out, and centre Pau Gasol surprisingly out after breaking a bone in his hand during warm-ups.

Dejounte Murray started in place of Parker and scored 24 points on seven-of-11 shooting with two assists and two rebounds.

 

DID WALL DOUBLE-DRIBBLE ON THIS CRUCIAL BUCKET?

 

CLIPPERS LOSE, HEAT WIN

The Los Angeles Clippers were stunned 104-101 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Miami Heat overcame the Dallas Mavericks 99-95.

 

WARRIORS SET TO TAKE ON ROCKETS

The Golden State Warriors have been unstoppable lately — just ask the Cavaliers — as Kevin Durant finally seems to have found his stride in Oakland as they prepare to face James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Friday. 

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