(ANSA) – LOS ANGELES, DEC 04 – Andrew Wiggins largely contributed to the Warriors’ victory against the Rockets (120-101) in the last round of the NBA, while Anfernee Simons scored 45 points in Portland’s victory over Utah (116 – 111). Slowly but surely, Golden State continues its rise in the standings and is now seventh after the victory over Houston. The Californians (without ;;rested Klay Thompson) got off to a very strong start, reaching a 25-point lead before the break, pushed by Wiggins who finished with 36 points. Then they slowed down and this allowed Houston to move within 4 with 7′ to go. Stephen Curry took care of it to extinguish all ambitions, planting two three-pointers in a row, for a total of 30 points, plus 10 assists. Bad performance by Paolo Banchero’s Orlando Magic (9 points), defeated 121-108 in Toronto. In the absence of leader Damian Lillard (calf), Portland was able to count on Simons’ 45 points to climb up to 9th place, behind the Jazz (8th) and ahead of the Mavericks (10th), winners (121-100) on the Knicks. Luka Doncic, top scorer in the league, scored 30 points, well assisted by Tim Hardaway Jr (28). New York sank in the 3rd quarter, suffering a ruinous 41-15. Sacramento, one of the revelation teams of the first quarter of the season, had no problem beating the Clippers (123-96), while in Minnesota it was the Thunder who won (135-128), thanks to a remarkable performance by Shai Gilgeous- Alexander (33 points). Finally, in the East, Milwaukee consolidates its second place by winning in Charlotte (105-96), without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday or Khris Middleton, who rested the day after the setback at home against the Lakers. Bobby Portis (20 points) led the Wisconsin team to its 16th hit of the season. (HANDLE).