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Six takeaways from NBA’s weekend action

If you’re a fan of college basketball, you might have missed this weekend’s NBA action. But don’t worry, here are six takeaways from the weekend that was in the NBA.

Mavericks at a crossroads

Dallas dropped to .500 for the first time since Nov. 13 after losing 112-105 to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. The Mavericks have lost five straight games and don’t see a team currently with a losing record again until Sacramento on March 27.

“We’re a .500 team,” said Wesley Matthews, via the Associated Press. “We deserve to be a .500 team and we’re at that crossroads. Where do we want to go? What do we want to do about it?”

Dallas has a two-game trip to Charlotte and Cleveland before a home game against Golden State.

Hornets keep it rolling

The Hornets beat the Rockets 125-109 on Saturday for their seventh straight victory. Charlotte has won 13 of its last 15 games and pulled within a half-game of the Miami Heat for the fourth-best record in the East.

“We’ve got to keep it rolling,” said Kemba Walker, via the Associated Press. The Hornets are 5-0 on their current seven-game homestand. Charlotte hosts Dallas and Orlando before a road game against Miami.

The Hornets are hoping to open a playoff series at home for the first time since 2002.

Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps turning heads

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-100 on Sunday for their third straight win. Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for his fourth triple-double in the last 11 games. He became the first Bucks player with four triple-doubles in a season.

“Sometimes it doesn’t look like he’s sweating, or breathing hard and that just shows how talented he is,” said Bucks coach Jason Kidd, via the Associated Press.

Antetokounmpo’s four triple-doubles in a season are tied for the third-most by a player before turning 22, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Spurs beat Thunder for 41st straight home victory, the third-longest streak in NBA history

Only Golden State, which has won 48 in a row, and the Chicago Bulls team that won 44 straight in 1995-96 had longer home-winning streaks than San Antonio. The Spurs haven’t lost at home in the regular season since last March.

“We’re a humble ballclub,” said Kawhi Leonard, via the Associated Press. “We just want to get better as each game goes as the season goes on. So, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing. It’s just about us and are we going to execute, are we going to go out and have energy and play defense.”

The Spurs are 2-0 on their current five-game homestand against potentially playoff-bound teams. San Antonio hosts Los Angeles (Clippers) and Portland before a Saturday prime-time game against Golden State.

Cavaliers getting into form

The Cavaliers won easily against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, 114-90, for their third straight win. Cleveland has won six of its last seven games after losing three of four in a week last month.

“We’re getting into form right now,” said LeBron James, via the Associated Press. “We’ve got a great rotation going right now. The guys are healthy and we’re just trying to play the game the right way.”

Cleveland is getting it together after nearly falling apart last month.

DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl still have issues to work through

The Sacramento Kings suspended Cousins for one game for conduct detrimental to the team, general manager Vlade Divac announced on Thursday. Cousins returned to the lineup Sunday against the Utah Jazz and said after the game it was coach George Karl who got him suspended, not Divac.

“That was no suspension from the organization. That was one from the head coach. There’s a difference,” Cousins said, via the Associated Press. “There’s been so much extra stuff this season. Extra, unnecessary stuff. There are a lot of battles between guys that should be on your side.”

Cousins’ suspension on Friday was discipline for directing a tirade at Karl during a timeout in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Cleveland that continued after the game.

“In general I think, professionally, I’ve done my job,” Karl said before Sunday’s game. “There will be an opportunity to talk with Cousins. We’ve exchanged pleasantries, but nothing in depth. I am not going to communicate how we evolve in this. The best thing for everybody, for Cousins, for me, the team, is to get a win.”

Following Sunday’s 108-99 home loss to Utah, the Kings have lost nine of the last 10 games and five straight.

Marcelo Villa

About Marcelo Villa

Marcelo is an associate editor at The Sports Daily, and has covered the San Diego Chargers for Bleacher Report. He also writes for Sportsdirect Inc.

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