Houston (USA), Jan 23 (EFE) .- The NBA day kept the Los Angeles Clippers on the winning path, after achieving their sixth consecutive victory, in a day in which Trae Young contributed 43 points , his highest record of the season, and became the star of the Atlanta Hawks’ triumph.
Forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scored 31 and 29 points, respectively, and the Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-106 for their sixth straight victory.
Spanish nationalized Congolese player Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Clippers improve to 12-4, tying the Lakers for the best record in the NBA.
When it comes to leaders, the Philadelphia Sixers (11-5) also consolidated theirs in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference by beating the Boston Celtics 122-110 for the second consecutive game.
Cameroonian center Joel Embiid contributed a double-double of 38 points and 11 rebounds, while forward Tobías Harris scored 23 points and Australian point guard Ben Simmons had a double-double of 15 points and distributed 11 assists.
Young, who scored 25 points in the first half, posted his season-best 43 points and led the Hawks to 98-116 past the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road.
Swiss center Clint Capela contributed a triple-double of 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Capela had six blocks in the first half and the Hawks players on the bench stood up and applauded when he made the 10th in the fourth quarter.
The European player became the third in Hawks history with 10 blocks in a game, joining center Dikembe Mutombo and power forward Josh Smith.
Guard Zach LaVine had 25 points and nine assists for the Chicago Bulls, who beat the Charlotte Hornets at home and got their third consecutive win after also receiving the support of Finnish power forward Lauri Markkanen (23 points) and point guard. Coby White (18 points).
The Hornets led forward Gordon Hayward who contributed 34 points, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a fourth straight loss.
Slovenian guard Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are learning to stay calm when the game escalates, and that was significant against the San Antonio Spurs.
Doncic continued with his complete basketball that was reflected in the double-double of 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds with which he helped the Mavericks withstand a late attack to beat 117-122 and achieved their second consecutive win after a streak. of three defeats in a row.
Point guard Collin Sexton had 25 points and nine assists for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who beat the Brooklyn Nets 125-113 for the second straight game in three days.
The pivots, Andre Drummond, who had a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds, and reserve Jarret Allen, acquired from the Nets in the trade agreement of guard James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, on January 14, he had 19 points and six rebounds.
The Nets were led by point guard Kyrie Irving, with 38 points, while Harden contributed a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists, which were not enough to compensate for the absence of forward Kevin Durant, who had rest.
Serbian center Nikola Jokic had 31 points and 10 rebounds as the best scorer for the Denver Nuggets, who in overtime beat the Phoenix Suns 126-130 at home and achieved the third victory in the last four games to reach the mark of 8-7
The Toronto Raptors took revenge and defeated the Miami Heat 101-81 after guard-forward Norman Powell, who started for the injured Kyle Lowry, contributed 23 points and Cameroonian power forward Pascal Siakam scored a double-double. of 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Canadian franchise prevailed from start to finish and ended up staying for the victory that they had not been able to achieve last Wednesday when they lost 102-111.
The Heat led reserve point guard Kendrick Nunn, who scored 22 points, but the injury-plagued defending champions of the Eastern Conference made just seven of 31 3-pointers and lost for the fourth time in six games.
Point guard DeAaron Fox contributed 22 points and the Sacramento Kings defeated the New York Knicks 103-94 and snapped a four-game losing streak.
Point guard Malcolm Brogdon, who contributed 23 points, scored a decisive 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in overtime and the Indiana Pacers defeated the Orlando Magic 120-118.
Guard Eric Gordon led the attack with 20 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Detroit Pistons 102-103 on the road, in a losing team duel to break a three-game losing streak.
The day also left the postponements of the games that Milwaukee should have played against Washington and Portland against Memphis, reaching 20 those that could not be played due to the health and safety protocols covid-19 of the NBA. EFE