The NBA action today saw the Denver Nuggets losing to the Chicago Bulls who were led by strong performances from potential all-star duo Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol. Jimmy Butler continued to build his case for being the most improved player of the year producing a statline of 26/8/8 while Pau Gasol also flirted with the triple double finishing with 17 points 9 rebounds and an astonishing 9 blocks. For the Nuggets Kenneth Faried continued his strong performances of late with 18 points and a game high 19 rebounds. Sacramento played Minnesota in the only other game today in which the Kings prevailed in a close encounter. No overly dominant performance from Sacramento tonight with an even contribution from all starters reflected by each of them scoring at least 14 points. Andrew Wiggins is now starting to build a gap from the other rookies in the race for the Rookie of the Year Award asserting himself on the game with 27 points and 9 rebounds, continuing to show signs of improvement as he becomes more comfortable within the league.
A thrilling game in the Big Bash tonight with the Hurricanes just managing to eclipse the Brisbane Heat total of 208 with 6 balls to spare. George Bailey won the toss and elected to field which early on looked like a poor decision as Jimmy Peirson and Peter Forrest of the Heat roared along to a 119 run opening stand with each player hitting a fifty. Quick cameos from Dan Christian and Ben Cutting saw the Heat post an extremely imposing total of 208 from their 20 overs – which despite it appearing to be a flat pitch would be difficult for the Hurricanes to chase down. However when the Hurricanes began their innings most fears were quickly dissipated with their opening pair of Ben Dunk and Tim Paine putting on 120 as their opening stand at over 12 runs per over, flaying the bowling to all parts of the ground. Once the opening stand was broken it was already too late and the damage was done with skipper George Bailey applying the finishing touches with a frantic 28* off just 12 balls to seal the deal with an over to spare.
By Adam Stevens
NBA Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Ep2Rv1pFE
Big Bash Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCVWg_yjAho