NBA Games Recap & Summary – January 26, 2022 – The Nets lose third straight, Doncic records another triple-double

NBA Games Recap for January 26, 2022

What went down in the Eastern Conference

The top two teams in the Eastern Conference the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls won last night. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks and are now third in the conference skipping the Brooklyn Nets who lost their third straight game.

The Heat led from tip-off defeating the New York Knicks 110-96 as Jimmy Butler scored 22 points.

DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 29 points to a 111-105 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Kevin Love showed that he has much basketball left in the tank as the veteran forward recorded 25 points and 9 rebounds in a 115-99 cavs win over the Bucks.

  • The Heat defeated the Knicks 110-96 to stay on top of the Eastern Conference
  • The Charlotte Hornets scored team record 158 points in a win over the Indiana Pacers

What went down in the Western Conference

Luka Doncic recorded 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists in a 132-112 Dallas win in Portland.

Devin Booker led the Phoenix Suns with 43 points in a 105-97 win in Utah as the leading Suns go 3.5 games ahead of the Golden State Warriors.

Ja Morant was also hot last night scoring 41 points in a 118-110 Memphis win over the San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies are now comfortable at the third spot in the West ready to attack the very top of the conference.

  • Dallas defeats Portland 132-112 as Luka Doncic records his sixth triple-double of the season
  • The Clippers win back-to-back road games

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Noteworthy Games from the Night

Denver Nuggets vs Brooklyn Nets 124-118

The Brooklyn Nets dropped to fourth place in the Eastern Conference as they lost their third straight game, this time to the Denver Nuggets 124-118.

Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic had another brilliant night recording 26 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.

Austin Rivers was the guy who made the difference as he scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half. Brooklyn led by 11 at the break but Rivers and Jokic took over the charge in the second half for the Nuggets' third straight win. Will Burton also had a night to remember as the forward recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

“We haven't played maybe perfect basketball, but we're winning games,” Denver's coach Mike Malone said. “Ultimately that's all that matters. A lot of the NBA is like winning the games you're supposed to and that's no disrespect to a team like Detroit or these Brooklyn Nets — obviously all the guys they have out.”

The Nets coach decided to rest James Harden who played 38 minutes the previous night against the Lakers so Brooklyn was without all three superstars. Kevin Durant missed his seventh straight game with sprained left knee ligament. Kyrie Irving is still not allowed to play in home games due to his vaccination status.

Rookie Cam Thomas led the scorers for the Nets with 25 points, followed by Patty Mills who dropped 21.

The Nuggets are continuing their round trip with a visit to New Orleans while the Nets will try to put an end to their losing streak when they visit the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers 132-112

Luka Doncic recorded his sixth triple-double of the season leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 132-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Slovenian guard finished the game with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Doncic took only 11 shots in 37 minutes of play. It was Doncic's franchise-leading 42nd career triple-double. He's one away from matching Fat Lever for 10th on the NBA all-time list.

The Mavs scored 40 points in the first quarter building up a 15-point lead which was enough to control the rest of the game. Jason Kidd's team shot 54.5% from the field and 44.4% from deep.

Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavs with 22 points and 5 rebounds.

“Everything starts with Luka Doncic,” said Porzingis. “Everything becomes much easier with him on the court. We just wanted to make sure we were the ones to come out and punch, and that’s what we did early on and it kind of set the tone for the rest of the game.”

Jalen Brunson had 20 points and 11 assists for Dallas, which led by as many as 23 points and had seven different players finish in double figures.

Anfernee Simons led the Blazers with 23 points on only 14 shots. CJ McCollum added 20 points and 6 assists on 4-of-10 shooting from the three-point range.

The Mavs are 5th in the Western Conference with a 28-21 record while the Blazers are 10th with 20-28.

Dallas is hosting the Indiana Pacers in their next game while the Blazers are traveling to Houston.

Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz 105-97

The Phoenix Suns have won their 8th straight game as they defeated the Utah Jazz 105-97.

Devin Booker had an amazing night scoring 43 points and recording a career-high 12 rebounds. The 25-year-old shot 16-28 from the field including 2-of-6 from deep.

“It's a good feeling now, but it came with a learning curve,” Booker said. “There was a lot of trial and error, but now we've been in enough situations where we know what to expect.”

Veteran point guard Chris Paul scored 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. Bismack Biyombo was the only other Sun to score in double figures with 12 points. The Suns played without two regular starters – Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder.

The Jazz were without their top-two players Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Mitchell missed the game due to a concussion while the French center was out because of a left calf strain.

Jordan Clarkson led the home team with 26 points, 16 of which he scored in the fourth quarter.

Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Mi e Conley also scored 16 points and added 10 assists for the Jazz, who lost their ninth game in the last 11.

The Suns went on to a 21-point lead in the first quarter but the Jazz came back in the second winning that period by 19.

Phoenix is hosting Minnesota on Friday while the Jazz are going to Memphis.

All Results

Milwaukee Bucks – Cleveland Cavaliers 99-115

Charlotte Hornets – Indiana Pacers 158-126

Los Angeles Clippers – Orlando Magic 111-102

Sacramento Kings – Atlanta Hawks 104-121

New York Knicks – Miami Heat 94-110

Denver Nuggets – Brooklyn Nets 124-118

Toronto Raptors – Chicago Bulls 105-111

Memphis Grizzlies – San Antonio Spurs 118-110

Phoenix Suns – Utah Jazz 105-97

Dallas Mavericks – Portland Trail Blazers 132-112

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