Brooklyn Nets superstar James Harden, two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, and LeBron James of the LA Lakers flexed their muscles.
James Harden made history as the Brooklyn Nets earned the bragging rights against the rival New York Knicks after their 117-112 win in the NBA on Monday. (Other sports news)
Harden posted a triple-double of 21 points, 15 assists, and 15 rebounds to fuel the Nets ' fifth straight win.
The former MVP became the first Nets player in franchise history to have 15-plus points, 15-plus assists, and 15-plus assists in a game.
Kyrie Irving scored 34 points for the star-studded Nets, who won for the 13th time in 14 games.
A 33-point and 12-rebound double-double from All-Star Julius Randle wasn't enough for the Knicks in the battle for Boro.
Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his third consecutive triple-double to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the lowly Washington Wizards 133-122.
Two-time reigning MVP Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Bucks extended their winning streak to four games.
Antetokounmpo became the first reigning NBA MVP with three consecutive 20-point triple-doubles since Hall of Famer Michael Jordan in 1988-89, while he is the first Bucks player with three consecutive triple-doubles.
Big plays from Bradley Beal (37 points) and Russell Westbrook (23 points and 17 assists) weren't enough to inspire the Wizards.
LeBron Lifts Lakers, Curry Makes History
LeBron James produced another dominant display as the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors 128-97. James posted his fourth triple-double of the season with 22 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Warriors star Stephen Curry had 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, and three assists. With his second assist of the night, Curry (4,856) surpassed Guy Rogers (4,855) as the franchise's all-time assists leader. He also nailed a three-pointer in his 100th consecutive game, the third three-point streak in at least 100 games in NBA history. Curry holds the record with a 157-game three-point run between 2014 and 2016.
MVP candidate Nikola Jokic put up 32 points and 14 rebounds in the Denver Nuggets ' 121-106 win at home to the Indiana Pacers - his 35th double-double of the season.
Luka Doncic recorded a triple-double of 25 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds, but the Dallas Mavericks lost 109-99 to the Los Angeles Clippers. With his 34th career triple-double, Doncic moved ahead of Bob Coucy for 11th on the all-time list.
Morant and George lack efficiency
Both Ja Morant and Paul George tallied double-digit scorers for their teams, however, this was far from convincing. Morant was four of 12 shooting for 15 points in 29 minutes as the Memphis Grizzlies went down 122-99 to the Phoenix Suns, while Clippers star George had 15 points on five of 18 shooting.
Poetry in motion
James was at his brilliant best against the Warriors, highlighted by a driving run to the basket in the second quarter.
Charlotte Hornets 122-116 Sacramento Kings
Milwaukee Bucks 133-122 Washington Wizards
Brooklyn Nets 117-112 New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs 109-99 Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers 109-99 Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets 121-106 Indiana Pacers
Phoenix Suns 122-99 Memphis Grizzlies
Los Angeles Lakers 128-97 Golden State Warriors
Knicks at 76ers
The Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers (27-12) will put their five-game winning streak on the line when they host the Knicks (20-20) on Tuesday.