Welcome to your Daily NBA Fix for Saturday, Jan. 18. On a night when the Miami Heat snapped their first three-game losing streak since 2012, on a night when the Los Angeles Lakers spoiled the return of Boston Celtics’ All-Star Rajon Rondo with a game-closing 11-0 run at TD Garden, on a night when Al Jefferson went for 30 and 16, it was Kevin Durant who stole the show.
Durant erupted for a career-high 54 points, his third career 50-point game, as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 127-121. The lesson to take away from the game—do NOT play against Durant on the middle Friday in January.
On Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, Durant went off for a then-career high 52 points in a 117-114 win over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center in the Big D.
So two years, two middle Fridays in January … 106 points. Someone call the fire department.
On a busy night of NBA action, with 12 games (and, shockingly enough, 24 teams) on the hardwood, the Daily NBA Fix will still deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players, the dreaded Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards, we’ll recap who’s circling the drain, there will be some interesting pieces of relevant (and not-so-relevant) information and we’ll look at today’s daily lines for those people who like to wager a buck or two.
Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).