Embiid dominates under the basket (with 36 points and 13 rebounds) in the Sixers’ success against Washington, while there is another super performance by Jokic, which drags Denver to victory against the Clippers. Chicago finds LaVine and beats Indiana, while Cleveland overwhelms Toronto (reworked due to Covid), while San Antonio overtakes Detroit without difficulty. Bad night for Sacramento defeated by Memphis, while OKC mock New Orleans. Finally, all easy for Miami beating Orlando.
Here are all the results of the night:
- HEAT vs. MAGIC (93-83). All easy for Miami, which takes its third win in a row, overtaking Orlando thanks to the performance (in his first match as a starter) of an Omer Yurtseven excellent under the basket and author of 16 points and 15 rebounds, in addition to the 17 of the returning Jimmy Butler, who do not make you feel the absence of Kyle Lowry. Orlando, on the other hand, does not go beyond Gary Harris’ 20 points. With the record of 7-27, is the worst start in the history of the franchise.
- CAVS vs. RAPTORS (144-99). Kevin Love and Darius Garland put 22 points each, dragging the Cavaliers in a match dominated from the start. In the third quarter Cleveland puts 46 points (deductible record), also touching a +47 advantage and hitting 22 triples out of 52 attempts (also a record). In Toronto, on the other hand, without 10 players stopped by Covid, Yuta Watanabe’s 26 points and 13 rebounds are not enough (both career highs).
- GRIZZLIES vs. KINGS (127-102). Back to Memphis success after three losses in a row, beating (for the second time in 10 days) the Kings, thanks to Desmond Bane’s 28 points, plus Ja Morant’s 18 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds and John Konchar’s first career double (from 11 points and 14 rebounds). “Embarrassing” performance instead (as coach Gentry says) that of the Kings, who recover Fox and Bagley, but fail to avoid the tenth consecutive defeat in 17 home games.
- SIXERS vs. WIZARDS (117-96). After 4 defeats in the last 5 games, Philadelphia overtakes Washington in a head to head that anticipates the playoffs, between two teams aiming for the first places in the East. The Wizards, mocked in their home for two bad (central) quarters, do not go beyond Spencer Dinwiddie’s 17 points and 15 (coming off the bench) of Montrezl Harrell. Rui Hachimura instead, present on the bench, did not enter the field, still postponing his seasonal debut. The victory instead is signed by Embolite, dominant under the basket e author of 36 points with 12/17 shooting, 2/5 from the bow, 13 rebounds and a couple of blocks that change the game. To the center it is 31 minutes and a +25 plus / minus. Yet another show of strength for a player who reaches the 7,000 points scored in less than 300 games. Only Allen Iverson had succeeded with Philadelphia.
- OKC vs. PELS (117-112). The streak of consecutive Pelicans hits ends at 4, despite a Josh Hart with 29 points and 10 rebounds and 22 points (coming off the bench) of Garrett Temple. At 17-3 at the start, New Orleans was then able to respond and move forward after 3 quarters, then being bypassed again in a final all of the Thunder. Brandon Ingram, who was released after 9 minutes with a heel problem, is also of concern. OKC instead enjoys the 31 points of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (which surpasses Harden on the all-time Thunder filmmaker chart), to which are added the 24 of Aaron Wiggins (career high) and Josh Giddey’s performance from 0 points, 0/8 shooting, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (double double without points with which by now he has become familiar).
- SPURS vs. PISTONS (144-109). There is no match between the two teams, with San Antonio playing its best offensive match thanks to a 27-point Keldon Johnson, with five players in double figures and taking advantage of the many Pistons absences, which do not go beyond the 28 points of Hamidou Diallo (with 13/19 from the field). The best way not to be influenced by Dejounte Murray’s absence (stopped in the past few hours due to Covid).
- BULLS vs. PACERS (113-105). A double-digit quintet, led by the Pacers, is not enough 27 points and 9 assists by Caris LeVert, a Domantas Sabonis in double doubles with 14 points and 16 rebounds and a 19-point Myles Turner. The guests remain in 13th place (last team in the East, which fails to have the strength and continuity of results for a place in the playoffs). Instead, we celebrate the return of Zach LaVine after days of isolation, author of 32 points with 12/18 shooting, 5/9 from the bow, and 5 assists arming a 24-point DeMar DeRozan and a Nikola Vucevic double-double 16 points and 15 rebounds, with 7/10 from the field. The Bulls, forced to give up Lonzo Ball due to Covid, they continue their race to the summit in the East.
- NUGGETS vs. CLIPPERS (103-100). After wasting a +17 lead, the Nuggets manage to find a way to win over the Clippers, thanks to a dominant performance of a Nikola Jokic authored 26 points, 22 rebounds and 8 assists (figures not seen since the days of Charles Barkley). He is the one who finally hits LA, forced to give up the injured Paul George and unable to go further the 18 points each by Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Boston Jr.