Eight games were played tonight (Saturday through Sunday) in the NBA, with the Los Angeles Clippers’ fifth straight win over the East Philadelphia lead. The New York Knicks continue their surprising season, defeating Milwaukee without Yannis Endocombo and Chris Middleton. Zion Williamson shelled out 38 points in the New Orleans W over Dallas.
LA Clippers (16:31) – Philadelphia (14:32) 112: 122
Milwaukee (16:29) – New York Knicks (22:24) 102: 96
Minnesota (35:11) – Houston (32:13) 129: 107
San Antonio – (20:23) – Chicago (25:19) 104: 120
New Orleans (25:20) – Dallas (21:23) 103: 112
Oklahoma City (26:19) – Boston (23:23) 111: 94
Utah (11:34) – Memphis (22:21) 110: 126
Sacramento (25:21) – Cleveland (29:17) 98: 100
In their first encounter with their former coach, Doc Rivers, the host players did not give him a chance, especially Kwai Leonard (28 points) and Paul George (24). Leonard, who missed the Clippers’ previous game due to pain in his right leg, was passionate from the start and scored 19 points until the break. Terence Man added a season-high 23 points. It was LA’s fifth straight win and sixth in seven games.
Tobias Harris scored 29 for Philly, who lost for the first time after six away wins in a row. Danny Green contributed 17 and Shake Milton 16. Something bad is going on for Dwight Howard, who was sent off for the second time in a row, this time at the start of the fourth quarter following a second technical. In the previous game, in the game against the former Los Angeles Lakers, the chin was removed already in the first quarter.
The visitors took advantage of the absence of Yannis Endocombo, Chris Middleton, Donta Divicenzo, Jero Holliday and Bobby Fortis, and recorded an important victory in its playoff battles in the East. The Knicks won despite losing the opening chin in the first quarter to Mitchell Robinson, who broke his right leg. Robinson is not too lucky – this was his fourth game overall, after missing a long period following a fracture in his right hand.
Alec Brex and R.J. Barrett led New York with 21 points each. Derrick Rose returned to play after a month following Corona’s affairs and scored 13 points (6 of 15 from the field). Yannis’ brother, Thanasis Endocombo, went up in the top five and finished as the leading scorer Of Milwaukee with 23 points.Jordan Anwara added 21. Second straight loss to the Bucks.
Not forces from the Jump Ball to the Buzzer, so one can sum up tonight’s tackle in Salt Lake City. The Jazz, the team with the best balance in the league, opened with a blitz and led at the end of the first quarter – 19:39. From there the Grizzlies failed to form a worthy opponent.
Donovan Mitchell stood out with 35 points for Utah, which records a 19-game straight win at home. Jordan Clarkson, who is expected to be named the sixth player of the season, came off the bench and scored 28, Rudy Gover added 16 and 14 rebounds and Joe Ingles finished with 15 points. Utah scored no less than 19 threes. Jonas Valencia finished as the loser’s leading scorer with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Ja Morant was in a bad game with 12 points on 4 of 12 from the field, and struggled against the local defense.
The Pelicans took advantage of the fact that Luka Doncic (illness) and Kristaps Forzingis (rest) did not play for the Mavericks, and recovered from the loss to Denver two days ago. Zion Williamson is once again passionate with 38 points (playing 23 in a row with 20 points or more). Nickel Alexander-Walker added 20.
Dallas still led 94:95 with 3:42 minutes left in the game, but then Williamson and Alexander-Walker (two threes) came into action and turned the game around with an 8:18 run to the end. Tim Hardway Jr. led the loser with 30 points, 21 of them in the first half. Jaylen Branson added 24. Josh Richardson was terrible with 4 points on 1 of 11 from the field.
Greg Popovich became the fastest-growing coach to reach 1,300 career wins, and did so after his team stopped a streak of four losses. Jacob Follett stood out with 20, Damar Drusen added 17. Pop’s balance in the 25 seasons he has coached stands, as mentioned, at 1,300 wins alongside 634 losses.
Nikola Wojciech, in his Bulls debut since moving to Orlando, finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Zack Lavine added 18 for the guest who lost for the third time in a row. The Spurs pretty much secured the win in the drop to the break with a 39:65 advantage, delivering no less than 29 assists throughout the game.
The Celtics’ super impressive fourth quarter, in which they won 14:35, led them to an away win. Jason Taitum stood out with 27 points, 20 of them in the second half, Jaylen Brown added 25 for Boston, which recorded its 23rd win overall in a not-so-easy season for it.
Prior to the tackle the Thunder announced that veteran chin Al Horford would no longer take part in team games following a desire to promote young players. Whoever started in his place in the top five was Moses Brown, who recorded a career-high in points with 21, and equaled a club record with no less than 23 rebounds. Brown had 19 rebounds already at the break (club record for the half). Theo Maldon added 22 points.
For tonight’s thriller game. In a 97-98 lead for Cleveland, 1.6 seconds to go, Diaron Fox sent a ball all over the court, Ness Zalgiris style, to Harrison Barnes, who spun around the spot and stitched a crazy three with the buzzer that set up the Kings for a fourth straight win.
Fox was fantastic with 36 points (15 of 24 from the field), Barnes added 16 and 11 rebounds and First Holmes 10, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Colin Sexton scored 26 for the Cubs.