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Harden Proves To Be Too Much For The Pacers Wednesday

The intensity of the NBA games last night was incredible.  Fans were given nothing but thrills, although some sports gamblers may not be as happy.  The lineup also produced a couple of unexpected results.

Raptors Take Another Loss

Even when Norman Powell put all of his effort yesterday, after scoring a total of 43 points, the Toronto Raptors couldn’t manage the Detroit Pistons’ performance, losing 116-112 on Wednesday night. Saddiq Bey had a great night and helped his team achieve this victory after leading the Pistons with 28 points and 12 rebounds.

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Bey has demonstrated to be the best of all rookies when it comes to 3-pointers since he currently has 85 in total.  Currently, the young player has played 38 of Detroit’s 40 games but isn’t worried about hitting a rookie wall.  Teammates Jerami Grant and Delon Wright scored 23 and 18 points, respectively.  Coming up next, the Raptors will Host Utah Jazz in Tampa tomorrow night, while the Pistons are going to visit the Houston Rockets on the same night.

Harden Too Hot To Handle

James Harden has demonstrated once again that he has all that it takes to take the control of a game and Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash, has expressed that he’ll never take that for granted again. Harden was definitely on fire as he scored 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, getting his 11th triple-double of the season as the Nets rolled past the Indiana Pacers 124-115 last night.

Nash said after the game, “All the other guys played their part, but James was the main guy, as we’ve come to expect.” This victory was achieved even when 3 All-Stars were out due to different injuries. Kevin Durant (hamstring), Kyrie Irving (groin) and newcomer Blake Griffin (knee) all missed out on the excitement.

For Indiana, Malcolm Brogdon led the scoring after getting 24 points, while his teammate Domantas Sabonis had a triple-double after scoring a total of 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. The Pacers started just right as they scored a season-high 40 points in the first quarter to take a 15-point lead, but couldn’t keep it that way. Both teams have some Florida action tomorrow.  The Nets are going to fly to Orlando to face the Magic, while the Pacers visit the Miami Heat.

Bucks Edge Out The Sixers

Giannis Antetokounmpo came up big in overtime after scoring 10 of his 32 points in that extra session, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 109-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. It was definitely a great night, when two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams went into a tight game. Antetokounmpo finished with 15 rebounds and five assists, snapping a streak of three straight triple-doubles.

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For the Sixers, Tobias Harris and Danny Green scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, but it didn’t make a difference as the team has now broken its six-game winning streak. The Bucks will host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, while the 76ers are going to host the Sacramento Kings on the same day.

Cavaliers Outpace The Celtics

Over the past two seasons, Collin Sexton and Darius Garland have had plenty of frustrating moments, but that wasn’t the case on Wednesday night as they made big plays down the stretch. Sexton and Garland scored 29 and 25 points, respectively, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers to overcome the Boston Celtics 117-110, ending a four game losing streak at the same time. Both players basically did it all, combining for 54 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.  Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and Jaylen Brown 28 for the Celtics, who lost for the third time in four games.

Luka Doncic thrilled the crowd after scoring a total of 42 points helping the Dallas Mavericks to beat the short-handed LA Clippers 105-89 on Wednesday night. Doncic, who got a great start in the first half with 22 points, also took a lead role in the fourth quarter after assisting on a 3-pointer for Jalen Brunson’s first points of the game.  For the Clippers, Paul George got a total of 28 points, including two 3-pointers in the final minute of the third quarter that cut a 12-point deficit in half. The Clippers will have a couple of days off before facing the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night and the Mavs will face the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow.

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Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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