The Toronto Raptors suffered another defeat in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Wednesday (local time). They lost to the Miami Heat in front of their home crowd with 103:112. Jakob Pöltl, in a starting lineup for the Canadians for the 50th time, had to be content with two points at the start of the second quarter of the season in the league. There were also six rebounds, a season high of four blocks and an assist from the 28-year-old Viennese in 27:36 minutes of action.
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The Raptors once again showed comeback qualities by overcoming a 66:80 deficit after a 16:0 run immediately after the break and equalizing to 87:87 in the 39th minute. However, it was no longer possible to catch up with a subsequent 10-0 win by the guests from Florida. Caleb Martin led Miami with 24 points and 12 rebounds. With 30 points, Pascal Siakam was the most successful thrower for the Canadians, who have nine wins and twelve defeats and are visiting the Charlotte Hornets (6:13) on Friday.
50 points from Embiid
The Minnesota Timberwolves struggled against latecomers San Antonio Spurs to a 102:94 lead that was only fixed in the final quarter. The NBA leaders won for the fifth time in a row, while Pöltl’s former club suffered their 15th defeat in a row. The league’s reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP), Joel Embiid, recorded 50 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in the Philadelphia 76ers’ also difficult 131:126 win over the Washington Wizards.
Defending champion Denver Nuggets suffered their eighth defeat of the season with a 102:111 at the LA Clippers. Nikola Jokic’s ninth triple-double (22 points, 15 rebounds, ten assists) of the season didn’t change that. Paul George scored 25 points for the hosts.
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