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Walker Gets Triple-double As Knicks Beat Hawks 101-87

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Last Updated: December 26, 2021, 09:48 IST

Walker Gets Triple-double As Knicks Beat Hawks 101-87

Kemba Walker became the seventh NBA player with a tripledouble on Christmas, and the New York Knicks beat the depleted Atlanta Hawks 10187 on Saturday for their first win on the holiday in a decade.

PHOENIX: Stephen Curry had 33 points, Otto Porter Jr. scored seven of his 19 during a key late stretch and the Golden State Warriors regained to top spot in the NBA from Phoenix, beating the Suns 116-107 on Saturday.
Golden State arrived in the desert short-handed, missing three of its top four scorers to health and safety protocols: Andrew Wiggins, Damion Lee and Jordan Poole.
Curry carried most of the load, overcoming a mediocre shooting night to crack 20 points for the first time in nine Christmas games. He finished 10 for 27, including 5 for 16 from 3 to help the Warriors end Phoenixs 15-game home winning streak.
Instead of Curry, it was Porter taking over down the stretch, hitting a step-back 3 and a pair of jumpers in a span of 1:02.
Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists for Phoenix. Deandre Ayton finished with 18 points in the Suns third loss in 28 games.
The two teams with the NBAs best records played in just the third Christmas game in which both teams had a winning percentage of at least .800.
NETS 122, LAKERS 115
LOS ANGELES: Nic Claxton threw down a tiebreaking alley-oop over LeBron James with 40.7 seconds left, and James Harden and Brooklyn returned from a week-long COVID-19 hiatus to beat Los Angeles.
Harden had 36 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The last helper was a lob that Claxton caught with two hands while soaring over James, who had just helped Los Angeles erase a 20-point deficit. Claxton posterized the 17-time All-Star, then made a free throw for a three-point play and a 118-115 lead.
Patty Mills added 34 points for the Nets, who had their past three games postponed because they did not have enough players to compete. They were still without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, among others.
James scored 39 points to pass Kobe Bryant for most career points on Christmas Day, but it was not enough to stop the Lakers losing streak from reaching five. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds for his second career holiday triple-double.
BUCKS 117, CELTICS 113
MILWAUKEE: Giannis Antetokounmpo returned from the NBAs healthy and safety protocols to score 36 points, and Wesley Matthews hit a 3-pointer with 30.3 seconds left to give Milwaukee its first lead in the Bucks’ victory over Boston.
Seeing his first action since Dec. 12, Antetokounmpo played 30 minutes and connected on 13 of 23 shots while shooting 10 for 15 from the free-throw line. Milwaukee also got center Bobby Portis and guard Donte DiVincenzo back from COVID-19 protocols.
Boston had just eight players available after putting Dennis Schroder in the protocols earlier Saturday, but took control behind Jaylen Brown, who scored 14 of his 25 points in the opening quarter. Jayson Tatum also scored 25 points for Boston, which led by as many as 19 and went into halftime with a 35-22 advantage.
KNICKS 101, HAWKS 87
NEW YORK: Kemba Walker became the seventh NBA player with a triple-double on Christmas, and New York beat depleted Atlanta for its first victory on the holiday in a decade.
Julius Randle had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks in a matchup of teams that met in the first round of last seasons playoffs. But the Hawks were missing Trae Young among nine players in the NBAs health and safety protocols, so it wasnt much of a rematch of Atlantas five-game victory.
Walker finished with 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the first triple-double on Christmas since Golden States Draymond Green in 2017. John Collins and Delon Wright each scored 20 points for the Hawks.
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first published:December 26, 2021, 01:24 IST
last updated:December 26, 2021, 09:48 IST