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Bucks and Warriors are already the best; Harden and Doncic expand personal branding

The Bucks of Milwaukee and the Golden State Warriors consolidated their position as best teams in the respective Eastern and Western Conferences after a day in which they again exhibited their superiority.

In the individual section, the day of the NBA left as protagonists to the guard James Harden and the Slovenian forward Luka Doncic, who expanded their respective individual brands with two separate wins.
Greek power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 43 points as the Bucks’ leading scorer, who won by 148-129 to the Washington Wizards and added his fifth consecutive victory.

The Bucks improved their mark to 40-13 with their fifth consecutive win and ninth in the last 10 games, which keep them leaders of the Eastern Conference.

The Milwaukee team became the first to reach 40 wins so far this season and consolidate the best record in the league.

The escort Klay Thompson maintained the offensive consistency and with 26 points led the balanced and sweeping attack of the Warriors who won by beating 141-102 to the Spurs of San Antonio.

The Warriors put their mark at 38-15 after two straight wins, which keep them in charge of the Pacific Division and also leaders of the Western Conference.

While forward Kevin Durant was the Warriors’ most complete player when approaching a triple-double after concluding the game with 23 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

Durant and Thompson combined for 20 of 26 field goals, including 7 of 9 triples.

The Spurs (32-24), with two straight losses, after having five consecutive wins, remain second in the Southwest Division, where the Houston Rockets are the leaders.

The Warriors recalled during the game the historic milestone that on February 6, 1960, Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, who as a rookie contributed a double-double of 45 rebounds and 44 points.
Their Warriors team won 129-126 at Syracuse with Chamberlain as the leader who scored 15 of 37 field goals and 14 of 23 from the personnel line.

As part of the celebration of the “Black History Month”, the Olympic exorcist and civil rights activist Tommie Smith received a personalized No. 68 Warriors t-shirt from the former Warriors player, Adonal Foyle.

Smith and John Carlos gained fame and disdain, at the same time, when they raised their left cuffs wearing black gloves on the podium of the medals at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and bowed to the national anthem in protest of the racial tension that I lived in the United States.
Harden had 36 points as leader of the attack of the Rockets that defeated to domicile 101-127 to the Kings of Sacramento, equipment with which also reached an agreement so that it transferred to the escort Ian Shumpert.

James extended to 28 games that scored at least 30 points, the third-best streak in NBA history, second only to the legendary Chamberlain.
Doncic made his third triple-double so far this season and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the inconsistent Charlotte Hornets 99-93.
The Mavericks (25-28), third in the Southwest Division, got their second consecutive victory while making another move in their squad by switching to forward Harrison Barnes.

Doncic, the first teen player in NBA history to win three triple-doubles as a pro, finished the game with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, but he did not have his best cup-making inspiration by failing 15 of the 20 field shots he made, including 8 of 10 triples.

The guard-forward Tim Hardaway Jr., who entered the transfer that the Mavericks got from the New York Knicks along with the Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis, made his debut with the Texan team and contributed 12 points as reserve.

All-Star point guard Kemba Walker got a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, six assists and two turnovers as the Hornets’ leader.
Coach Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points and Australian forward Joe Ingles handed out 11 assists that helped the Utah Jazz win 116-88 to the Phoenix Suns, who had 12 consecutive losses.

The Jazz (31-24), who have won seven of the last 10 games, are second-to-last in the Northwest Division, but they are in seventh place in the Western Conference that gives them the right to play in the playoffs if they keep it or they improve it in what is still missing in the season.

Base D’Angelo Russell had a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets 135-130 and tied for the victory number they achieved last season by leaving their mark at 29-9. 27

Reserve power forward Julius Randle scored 31 points and topped a list of six players from the New Orleans Pelicans with double-digit numbers and helped them win 120-125 visitors to the Chicago Bulls.(USAEFE) .-

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