Penalties were issued to players involved in a minor brawl during the Kings’ victory over the Rockets on Friday night, but players who left the bench received larger fines.
Houston Garrison Matthews was fined $35,000 for inciting an incident by facing Malik Monk, who at the time became outraged and was fined $25,000 for “continuing to quarrel and mock Matthews.” Houston Tari Eason received a $30,000 fine for being the third person and “escalating an altercation and making unintentional contact with a game official”.
Jalen Green and Jay Sean Tate were suspended for one match for leaving the bench area during an on-court altercation.
Here is the game that happened during the Rockets-Kings game on Friday night:pic.twitter.com/kff27upYdn
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 15, 2023
Following the incident (and video review), Monk, Matthews, Eason, and Kings were ejected to center by officials. Then tap Metawho did not receive a fine or suspension from the league.
Jalen Green: $65,116
Jay Sean Tate: $48,726
Taree Eason ($30,000) and Garrison Matthews ($35,000) are being fined more than if either player were suspended for the game. https://t.co/Rsg6BfXpxU
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) January 15, 2023
Green and Tate will serve their suspension on Sunday when Houston visits the Los Angeles Clippers.
This is what Nikola Jokic does.
On a night when the Nuggets were sloppy in the second half and nearly succumbed to a 15-point lead, Nikola Jokic bailed them out by winning 3 games in a losing game.
NIKOLA JOKIC NAMED THE GAME 😱 pic.twitter.com/5zu0ALNLn4
— NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2023
It’s good to have Jokic on your team.
Michael Malone: ”Aren’t you having fun? …. (and then whispers) oh god*.”
This is the beginning of the press conference.
— Mike Singer (@msinger) January 16, 2023
Jokic finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists for a league-leading 12th triple-double of the season. Aaron Gordon led the Nuggets with 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Markell Fultz led a balanced Magic attack with 20 points and went against his former team Was Was there were 17 points on the bench.
ANGELS – Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been in this rarefied air.
On the 20-foot straight jump with 5:43 left in the first quarter, LeBron James became the second player in NBA history to score 38,000 points.
HISTORY MADE 👑
LeBron James became the second player in NBA history to score 38,000 career points. pic.twitter.com/uqLckZ9LY0
— NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2023
That bucket leaves LeBron just 387 points short of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, once held as the all-time all-time NBA all-time record holder. LeBron is close to breaking the record just before the All-Star break in February, but if he misses a couple of games in a row — he has a sore ankle and is 38 — he could play at home against the Warriors in the first game after the break.
In any case, this is part of the story.
“I think he’s going to have the greatest career of all time,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said of LeBron. “I think he already had it, you know, and I think Michaels is the greatest of all time. But that doesn’t detract from LeBron. LeBron had the best career.”
DETROIT (AP) – Julius Randle scored 42 points and 15 rebounds as the New York Knicks extended their winning streak against the Detroit Pistons to 11 games with a 117–104 win on Sunday.
Randle, who went 40-15 in the Knicks’ first game since Patrick Ewing on January 19, 1996, averaged 28.5 points in four games against the Pistons this year.
“I’m not sure it has anything to do with Detroit,” he said. “I feel like I can bounce back against any team.”
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Julius Randle is the first Nick to drop 40+ PTS and 15+ REB since Patrick Ewing in 1996 💪 pic.twitter.com/1BTGrkpnC6
— NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2023
Detroit hasn’t defeated the Knicks since November 6, 2019, when its eight-game winning streak ended.
“If he has a tie in first place, that’s good, because now he has something to work on,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It tells me that you are sacrificing yourself for the team – sometimes it is taking charge, setting up a screen or being the first player on the court. All of this goes to win.”
Immanuel Quickly added 17 points.
“Today Fast was Fast,” Thibodeau said. “He’s irreplaceable.”
“We fought the whole game, but we had to start better,” Ivey said. “We’re back in the game, but we’d love to bring back some of those late games.”
Isaiah Leavers moved to Detroit’s starting lineup and scored 11 points in 39 minutes, but the focus was on his defense.
“He sets the tone for us,” Pistons coach Dwayne Casey said. “He did a good job hitting the ball. Brunson had 27 people, but he had to work for them because of Isaiah’s size and height.”
New York led seven at halftime and extended their lead to 90-80 thanks to Randle’s stunning tip late in the third.
The Knicks started fourth at 10-2, including five from Quickley who went up 100-82 with 9:43 left.
Detroit closed the gap to 105–98 thanks to a three-pointer by the Livers, but the game was delayed several minutes by a faulty shot clock. Randle’s three-pointer returned the difference to double figures, and he called Bey’s basket with his own.
Randle helped the Knicks win the game from the line.
“We’re trying to build ourselves as a team, so when the playoffs happen, we’ll be ready for it,” he said.
The Pistons’ next home game won’t be at the Little Caesars Arena, they will host the Bulls on Thursday at the Accor Arena in Paris.
“I’ve been out of the country a few times and been in London, but I’m very excited about it,” Ivey said. “I want to see a change of scenery, explore the world, do a little…