The Los Angeles Lakers have also won the seventh away game of the season, setting a new franchise record. Damian Lillard is hot in Sacramento and Kevin Durant is unstoppable by the New York Knicks in the Battle of New York.
The Nets have won the first duel against their rivals from New York – thanks to Kevin Durant. Minnesota plays an incredibly weak final quarter against Memphis.
Charlotte Hornets (6-6) – Dallas Mavericks (6-4) 93:104
You can find the detailed match report here.
Detroit Pistons (2-9) – Milwaukee Bucks (8-4) 101:110
- The bucks seem to have found their rhythm. In Detroit, the team of coach Mike Budenholzer celebrated the sixth win in the seventh game and shot out the lights again with 19 converted three-pointers in 43 attempts. With the win, the Bucks jump to second place in the east, only the Celtics, who still have two games up their sleeves, have a better record.
- The best man of the guests was once again Giannis Antetokounmpo, who achieved the 20th triple double of his career with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Jrue Holiday contributed 21 points to the success, while Khris Middleton (12, 5/12 FG, 6 assists) was not as accurate this time as usual. Coming from the bank, Bobby Portis (11) and Bryn Forbes (13, 5/8 FG) were able to convince.
- The Bucks led for the entire 48 minutes and showed early who the boss in the ring is. In the first quarter they approved only 13 points, in the first half the guests were still leading with up to 23 points. In the meantime, the Bucks had hit more threesomes (11) than Detroit field goals (9).
- After all, the hosts reared up again, but the victory for the favorite was never in danger. Jerami Grant (22, 7/19 FG) collected the most points for his team, Svi Mykhailiuk got 18 points. Blake Griffin (12, 4/9 FG, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) delivered a bit of everything, but his athleticism of days gone by has completely disappeared.
Washington Wizards – Utah Jazz: Canceled
Moritz Wagner and Rui Hachimura from the Wizards were included in the corona protocol. Since the tracking was not yet complete and the wizards could not muster eight players, the game was canceled prematurely.
Boston Celtics – Orlando Magic Abgesagt
For the Celtics it is now the third rejection in a row. There are still seven players in the corona protocol, which is why Boston does not have enough players available.
New York Knicks (5-7) – Brooklyn Nets (7-6) 109:116
- James Harden is on his way to Brooklyn, but even without the new star, a decimated Nets team was able to win the duel against local rivals from Manhattan. Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince and Rodions Kurucs, all of whom were traded for Harden, were no longer in the roster. That didn’t matter, though, as Kevin Durant put in another strong performance in his first back-to-back after his Achilles tendon tear.
- The 32-year-old scored 26 points (10/18 FG) and received sufficient support from Joe Harris (15), Bruce Brown (15, 14 rebounds) or Landry Shamet (13). DeAndre Jordan (9, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks) also played a really good game again. Nobody wanted to comment on the upcoming Harden trade, even if KD stated that he had a lot of fun with Harden during the OKC days.
- The Nets were leading by 16 points after three quarters before the Knicks made it interesting again, even if Durant was already on the bench at that point. Mitchell Robinson (10, 12 rebounds) shortened 17 seconds before the end to 5 points, but Landry Shamet showed no nerves at the free-throw line and finally put the lid on.
- For the Knicks, Julius Randle was the best man with 30 points (13/25 FG) and 7 rebounds, RJ Barrett posted 20 points. Coming from the bench, Immanuel Quickley (19) was able to convince, while number 8 pick Obi Toppin made a one-minute comeback at the start of the season after suffering a calf injury.
Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8) – Memphis Grizzlies (5-6) 107:118
- Minnesota could soon get uncomfortable, the Wolves remain the worst team in the west. The hosts were still leading with ten points after 36 minutes, but then the Timberwolves fell apart like a house of cards. Memphis, which had to do without its two stars Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., won the final section with 38:17.
- Defense was particularly problematic for the Wolves. Memphis scored an unheard-of 80 points in the zone, something you don’t really see in the NBA. Jonas Valanciunas put on 24 points (11/19 FG) and 16 rebounds, the Lithuanian mainly got help from Brandon Clarke (19, 9 boards) and Grayson Allen (20).
- Minnesota had three 20-point scorers in Karl-Anthony Towns (25, 14 rebounds), Malik Beasley (28, 11/23 FG) and D’Angelo Russell (25, 10/21 FG, 8 assists), but the one The rest of the team was only able to scrape together 29 points (10/29 FG). Top pick Anthony Edwards (2, 1/6 FG) wasn’t a factor at all.
- The disaster for the hosts began when Towns took a seat on the bench at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies scored 14 points in a row and took the lead that they no longer gave up. Valanciunas then did what he wanted, the Grizzlies met one floater after the other and thus kidnapped victory in a duel between the two youngest teams in the league.