The Los Angeles Lakers showed a reaction after the 3OT bankruptcy against Sacramento, but against the Detroit Pistons it also had to tremble to the end. The Milwaukee meanwhile drove the seventh victory in a row, while the Boston Celtics did not miss anything in Toronto without Dennis Schröder.
L.A. Clippers (11-9) – Golden State Warriors (18-2) 90:105 (SPIELBERICHT)
Indiana Pacers (9-13) – Milwaukee Bucks (13-8) 100:118 (BOXSCORE)
- The Bucks have grooved themselves in and look more and more like the top team they were last year. The Indiana Pacers achieved their seventh win in a row, and after the false start, the reigning champion is now back in tied fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The gap to Primus Brooklyn is only 1.5 games.
- The third quarter was decisive in the Gainbridge Fieldhouse, this was won by the guests from Wisconsin with 39:27 and set off by up to 22 points. The form-strong Jrue Holiday scored 11 of his 23 points (11/21 FG, 9 assists) in these twelve minutes, and Giannis Antetokounmpo (26, 10/15 FG, 13 rebounds) was once again a model of consistency. Coming from the bank, Pat Connaughton (14) and George Hill (13) knew how to convince.
- The Bucks dominated the zone, making Domantas Sabonis (4, 1/8 FG, 10 rebounds) and Myles Turner (2, 1/4 FG) look old again and again. The guests posted 62 points (31/41 FG) in the zone, while the Pacers only got 36 points in this area. Milwaukee was able to cope with the fact that the threesome did not want to fall that evening (8/35, 23 percent).
- Indiana could only keep up at the beginning when Caris LeVert (23, 9/13 FG) and Malcolm Brogdon (16) scored well. The two guards later got the Bucks under control. With Justin Holiday, Chris Duarte and TJ McConnell (all 10 counters) only three players scored double-digit. As a team, the hosts sank just 41 percent from the field.
Toronto Raptors (9-12) – Boston Celtics (11-10) 97:109 (BOXSCORE)
- Dennis Schröder missed the Celtics due to an ankle injury and that was Boston’s game. The speed was lacking, but in the end it was enough to win a dirty race against unpleasant Raptors, who had to do without three starters (OG Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr. and Khem Birch). Only in the final section did the guests leave. Toronto lacked the offensive weapons, the hosts hit just 37 percent from the field.
- Boston, on the other hand, was able to rely on the breadth of the squad and thus compensated for another weak shooting evening by Jayson Tatum (8, 2/16 FG), who set a season record in terms of assists (10). Instead Josh Richardson (18, 6/11 FG) had a really good day, but the best scorer was Marcus Smart (21, 4/10 threesomes, 8 rebounds). Enes Kanter delivered 9 counters and 10 rebounds from the bench.
- With a 9-0 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the guests gained the first double-digit lead of the evening, which they subsequently no longer gave. In the first half, Boston had just hit 34 percent out of the field, but thanks to 20 free throws they had a +3. As is so often the case, the Raptors fouled far too often and torpedoed their own defense.
- Toronto’s best scorer was Fred VanVleet (27) with five converted three-pointers, rookie Scottie Barnes (21, 7/16 FG, 7 rebounds) scored four for the first time in his career. Pascal Siakam (16, 7/18 FG), on the other hand, had some problems at the ring. With a good 11 minutes, Isaac Bonga received more playing time than ever before this season, but he missed his two throws. At least 1 block was noted in the box score.