Weekly Notable: Towns Rising, The Return Of Dame Time And Harden Heroics

Weekly Notable: Towns Rising, The Return Of Dame Time And Harden Heroics News

We’re at the business end of the season. That means all the stars are locked in, trying to help their teams achieve the best possible playoff seedings. That in turn means more spectacular performances and this week is packed to the rafters with them. Once again, we pay homage to the very best on this edition of Weekly Notable (Mar. 13 – Mar. 19).

KAT Around Town

WATCH: Towns big in win

Mar. 13: Karl-Anthony Town is having an amazing second half of the NBA season. KAT has been an absolute beast on the court. Against a confident and surging Washington Wizards team, Towns scored 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, grabbing the game by the scruff when it mattered most. He finished the game with 39 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, on a very efficient 65.4% shooting from the field in the win.

 Dray(conian) Defense Saves Warriors The Blushes

WATCH: Draymond Green with 6 blocks against the 76ers

Mar. 14: Draymond Green is the Warriors’ defensive anchor and it’s on nights like the one against a belligerent Philadelphia 76ers that there is tangible proof of his mean defense. No slouch on offense either, Green ended the game with 20 points, to add to his 9 rebounds and 8 assists. But his biggest impact was the way he completely took over defensively, blocking six shots and making three steals, thereby helping the Warriors sneak a win during a particularly lean patch of form.

Hornets Can’t Handle PG13

WATCH: George erupts for 39 points versus Charlotte

Mar. 15: The Eastern conference race for the playoffs is getting very interesting indeed. With the 6th, 7th and 8th seed still looking like a toss up between six teams, Paul George’s season-high 39 points, to go with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals on an amazing 71.4% shooting, was critical against a direct playoff rival. This was only the Pacers’ second win against the Hornets in seven tries, so it holds even more importance going into the final few games of the season.

Russ Doing Russ Things

WATCH: Westbrook gets his 34th triple-double

Mar. 16: So the season is another week old, and we have another one of Russ’ signature triple-doubles. This was Westbrook’s fourth straight triple-double and the Thunder’s fourth straight win as he put the Toronto Raptors to the sword. Westbrook was not going to let this one slip as he finished the game with 24 points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds for his 34th triple-double and gave us this ridiculous assist. Marvellous.

Carrying The Burden Like A King

WATCH: LeBron scores 33 against Jazz

Mar. 16: Despite the Cavaliers losing Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert to injury during the game, LeBron soldiered on against a very good Utah Jazz team. James went 13-of-20 from the field and finished the game with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and also surpassed Tim Duncan for 13th place in the all-time field goals list.

Harden Heroics

WATCH: Harden’s 40-point triple-double vs the Nuggets

Mar. 18: On the second night of a back-to-back, when the Houston Rockets were unable to execute their bread and butter play of burying teams with three-pointers (Rockets went 5 of 24 from the 3-point line), they leant on The Beard. Harden recorded his 19th triple-double of the season, his seventh 40-point triple-double and the Rockets escaped Denver with a win. Harden finished the game with 40 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 2 steals.

Dame Standard Time Is Back

WATCH: Dame Time was all game: Lillard drops season-high 49 points

Mar. 19: Just like last season, Damian Lillard has found another gear to help the Portland Trail Blazers make that all important push for the final spot in the Western Conference playoff seedings. Lillard was scorching hot in the game, going 9-of-12 on threes and finishing the game with a season-high 49 points while helping the Blazers overcome the Miami Heat.

Kyrie Cooking

WATCH: Kyrie drops 46 on the Lakers

Mar. 19: Kyrie Irving is one of the true entertainers in basketball, his dribble moves drawing ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the crowd. But when it comes to crunch time, Irving is also arguably one of the most offensively gifted players in the league. Irving cooked the Lakers for 46 points to see out a close win as he also finished the game on 15-of-21 shooting.