The Milwaukee Bucks defeated Houston in Texas, and stopped high-flying Rockets. Celtics demolished Pacers in the derby of the East, while Washington avenged for the last night defeat in Philly.
Milwaukee Stops Houston
James Harden scored 42 points and had 11 rebounds, along with 9 turnovers. It was his 13th game in a row with 30+ points. Still, he didn’t have the strength to lead his team to another win, despite Rockets’ big push in the final quarter. It was 116-109 for the Bucks, who got away with this one after Giannis’ five points in a row, during the last few minutes. He was the one who denied Houston’s comeback. The Greek Freak posted 27 points and unbelievable 21 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon had 24, shooting 9 of 12 from the field.
Meanwhile, Clint Capela didn’t play well after his career-high night against the Nuggets. The Swiss had 18 points, but an awful field goal percentage, 4 of 16. He posted 13 boards beside that.
Strong Celtics Beat Pacers
The Celtics blew out Indiana 135-108 at their TD Garden. The home team won each of the four quarters and dictated the tempo throughout the whole event. Practically, they didn’t have any problems against one of the contenders for the first four places in the Eastern Conference. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris had 22 points apiece, Tatum 20, while on the other side, Sabonis dropped 20.
Washington fully avenged their loss in Philly the night before. Wizards were in command of the game against the 76ers right from the start. In the end, it was 123-108 for the hosts who were led by Bradley Beal with 34 points. The Wizards had 15 points difference already at the halftime. Joel Embiid continued his MVP run with 35 points and 14 rebounds, and for quite some time, the big man from Cameroon is posting performances which need to be acknowledged.
Lakers Win Again
The Los Angeles Lakers won another game without LeBron James. Although this time, they had Kyle Kuzma on board, which was essential. The purple and gold won against the Pistons 113-100, with Kuzma delivering 41 points, annihilating Detroit. Michael Beasley finished the night with 19. Blake Griffin had a team-high for the guests, 16 buckets.
Grizzlies surprised San Antonio and won, 96-86, snapping a solid run of Gregg Popovich boys. Memphis was pretty confident during the whole match, and once they got the lead, there was no turning back. Marc Gasol dominated the floor with 26 points, his brother Pau had twice as less.
The New Orleans Pelicans scored 140 points against the sorry Cleveland Cavaliers who reached 124. Anthony Davis had one of his usual performances with 28 points and 13 boards. For most of the players in the league, such statistic is unreachable, but for the Eyebrow, it is just one routine day.
Doncic Ignites the Mavs
In other games, Dallas Mavericks defeated Phoenix Suns 104-94, after a comeback, sparked with Luka Doncic’s creativity. The youngster had 30 points and was unstoppable for the Suns. Harrison Barnes added 17.
Utah Jazz defeated the Orlando Magic 106-93, who had +17 in the second quarter. In the end, even that wasn’t enough for the guests from Florida. Mitchel had a game-high with 33 points, D.J. Augustin added 23.
Brooklyn won against the Hawks, 116-100, Blazers did the same against Chicago, 124-112.