NBA Games Recap & Summary – February 10, 2022 – The Suns defeat the Bucks 131-107, Doncic scores 51 for the Mavs

What went down in the Eastern Conference

The top story of the night is the deal between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers who swap James Harden and Ben Simmons. Harden along with Paul Millsap is going to the Sixers in exchange for Simmons, Andre Drummond, Seth Curry and two first-round draft picks.

The Boston Celtics were also active before the trade deadline as they sent Dennis Schroder to the Houston Rockets for another German player, Daniel Theiss. The Celtics also moved Josh Richardson and a first-round pick to Spurs for Derrick White.

The Charlotte Hornets acquired center Montrezl Harrell from the Washington Wizards in exchange for center Vernon Carey Jr., guard Ish Smith and the Boston Celtics’ 2023 second-round pick, which is top-45 protected.

  • Kyle Kuzma recorded a triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in Washington's 113-112 win over the Brooklyn Nets who lost 10 in a row
  • Kyle Lowry had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Miami's 112-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans

What went down in the Western Conference

The Dallas Mavericks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.

The Sacramento Kings traded former No. 2 pick Marvin Bagley III to the Pistons in a four-team deal. The Kings got Donte DiVicenzo, Josh Jackson, Trey Liles, the Bucks got Serge Ibaka, two draft picks and cash consideration and the Clippers received Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye.

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Noteworthy Games from the Night

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns 107-131

The Phoenix Suns were waiting for months for payback against the Milwaukee Bucks for last season’s NBA Finals loss and when the chance came, they were ready.

The Suns defeated the reigning champions 131-107 making a statement that they are the best team in the league at the moment. It was the first meeting between the teams since July 20, when the Bucks beat the Suns 105-98 in Milwaukee to win Game 6 and secure an NBA title.

The Suns proved that they can defeat anybody even when their top scorer Devin Booker is not on his level. Booker shot only 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points.

Center Deandre Ayton led all scorers with 27 points on 12-of-14 from the field adding 7 rebounds to his stats sheet.

Chris Paul had another classy night recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 19 assists.

“I'm grateful that I still get a chance to play,” Paul said. “And not just play, but I feel like I play at a high level every night. It's cool.”

Mikal Bridges added 18 points, Cam Johnson 15 and JaVale McGee 12 for the Suns.

The Suns have won 15 of their last 16 games and their 45-10 record remains the best in the NBA.

Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 21 points each and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

This was the Bucks’ first loss in the last five games. They are now fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 35-22 record.

Both teams were active before the trade deadline.

The Bucks acquired center Serge Ibaka in a multi-team deal that sent Donte DiVincenzo to the Kings and forwards Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye were sent to the Clippers.

The Suns added forward Torrey Craig and guard Aaron Holiday and sent Jalen Smith to the Pacers.

The Bucks host the Blazers on Monday in their next game and the Suns are expecting Orlando on Saturday.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks 105-112

Luka Doncic scored a career-high 51 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Slovenian guard shot 17-of-26 from the field and 7-of-14 from the three-point line.

Doncic who is averaging 26.2 points per game this season started this one perfectly scoring 28 points in the first quarter including seven three-pointers.

“It was a really fun thing to watch,” coach Jason Kidd said. “Didn't have to do much. Just tried to stay out of the way. It was incredible.”

The Clippers eliminated the Mavericks in the last two playoffs which obviously motivated Doncic to go for a historic night.

Seven of Doncic’s 42+ points games have come against the Clippers.

“I just felt great the first quarter obviously,” Doncic said. “Everything was going in. When you feel like that, you just don't want it to stop.”

Dorian Finney-Smith who agreed on a 4-year, $52 million contract before the game, scored 12 points. Reggie Bullocks and Jalen Brunson added 11 points each.

Prior to the game, the Mavericks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.

“We were building something great, although obviously, it didn't work out,” Doncic said on Porzingis’ departure. “I wish him the best.”

Marcus Morris Sr. led the Clippers with 21 points. Norman Powell, who arrived from Portland last week, added 19 and Reggie Jackson had 18 points.

The Mavericks are fifth in the Western Conference with a 33-23 while the Clippers are eighth with 27-30.

These two teams will face each other again on Sunday.

New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors 116-114

The New York Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 116-114 win over the Golden State Warriors. The Knicks won the third quarter by 31-20 which proved to be the key in handing the Warriors their fifth home loss of the season.

Julius Randle scored 28 points and tied a season-high 16 rebounds adding 7 assists for the Knicks.

Evan Fournier had 22 points on 5-of-13 from the three-point line. Alec Burks had 12 points off the bench and Cam Reddish 12.

“I thought we played really well today. Each day we've just got to put everything we have into it. We can't look too far ahead,” said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau.

The Warriors lost their second straight game after winning 9 in a row.

Steph Curry had 35 points and 10 assists on 5-of-16 from deep. Klay Thompson and Johnatan Kumminga both added 17 points each. Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points and Jordan Poole 11 off the bench.

The Warriors are now 4.5 games behind the leading Phoenix Suns with a 41-15 record. The Knicks are still far from the playoff picture as they stand 12th in the East with a 25-31 record.

The Knicks are finishing their six-game road trip in Portland on Saturday when the Warriors host the Lakers.

All scores

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Detroit Pistons 132-107

Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards 112-113

Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans 112-97

Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets 139-120

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks 105-112

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns 107-131

New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors 116-114

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