On the NBA night, Paolo Banchero’s double-double of 24 points and 11 assists was not enough to give the Magic a victory. Curry leads Warriors in comeback against Pelicans. Boston surprisingly loses to Washington. Toronto wins against Miami and brings its opponents closer in the standings. Despite Trae Young’s negative night, Atlanta returns to victory at home. The Charlotte Hornets’ winning streak stretches further.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS-BOSTON CELTICS 130-111
Washington surprises and overwhelms Boston in a game dominated by Kristaps Porzingis. The long ex Mavs ends the match with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Starring Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma in the pits, absent respectively due to a problem with his left knee and an injury to his right ankle, Dani Avdija takes care of putting on a show. The Israeli recorded his career-high 25 points plus 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Neither Jason Tatum’s 28 and 9 rebounds nor Jaylen Brown’s 18 are enough for the Celtics. With this victory, Washington still leaves open the possibility of catching up with the play-in area, while Boston stops its race for first place in the East.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES-ORLANDO MAGIC 113-108
Ja Morant’s absence is not enough to cause the Grizzlies to fall at home. Coach Jenkins’ men win their seventh consecutive game and move within three hits of the top of the western conference. Memphis dominates the game from the opening minutes, also reaching +23 in the third quarter. The Magic, however, try to comeback in the last minutes of the match with a run of 10-2. They manage to shorten the distances and reach a difference of up to 5 lengths at 38 seconds from the final siren. However, it is Desmond Bane’s free throws that close the game in favor of Memphis. The scoreboard of the class of ’98 reads 31 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Franz Wagner’s 25 and Paolo Banchero’s double-double with 24 scored and 11 rebounds are not enough for the Magic.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS-NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 120-109
Fortieth success of the season for the Warriors, who come from behind to win a game that had also seen them trailing by 20 lengths. It takes a dominant third quarter with 39 scored and 26 conceded to bring Golden State back into the game and an equally profitable last run (35-20) to complete the job. Stephen Curry is the driving force of the reigning champions with 39 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Behind him are Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson with 21 and 17 points. On the other hand, the 26 scored by Brandon Ingram and the 21 by Murphy are not enough in New Orleans.
THE OTHER RACES
ATLANTA HAWKS-CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 120-118
TORONTO RAPTORS-MIAMI HEAT 106-92
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-CHARLOTTE HORNETS 134-137
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