Jazz 117 – Sixers 118
Embiid (31) hit the winning basket to give the Sixers victory at Vivint Arena, which will be renamed the Delta Center next summer. A two-on-two play with Harden (30) on the right side of the field, followed by a pass behind point guard to center, which he took advantage of in the low post with a backward suspension against Lori Markkanen, cost the win. Jordan Clarkson, despite his 38 points, failed to respond afterwards. The Jazz came back from a very poor first quarter and tied with the Phillies to compete in the finals, but they did not finish the job.
Hornets 106 – Celtics 122
Tatum (33) was the mainstay for the Celtics without Brown as an assistant. Brogdon (30) helped them, having been successful in recent games, secure a crucial win at home to some weak Hornets this season. LaMelo Ball scored 31 runs from that side. Green again links six in a row.
Raptors 103 – Hawks 114
This duality has given good moments in this season. In Toronto, Atlanta came out with the win. Only at last did any pride appear in Nick Nurse’s outfit. Young (29) and Murray (27) formed the pairing that was expected of them. The Hawks have played five of their last six games and won four, raising their head a bit in the standings.
Timberwolves 110 – Cavaliers 102
Edwards (26) was the Wolves’ supporting point at home, with a returning Ricky Rubio already recovering from his last injury. The Spaniard had 3 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 13 minutes. Anthony did better and guided his team in the last quarter where victory was the key.
Blazers 136 – Mavericks 119
The Mavericks did not enjoy a pleasant night in Portland and fell clearly because of Doncic’s poor 15 points. Read the Chronicle.
Pacers 112 – Grizzlies 130
The Grizzlies maintained a good tone in Indiana. Collective play and, moreover, fireworks paid for by Ja Morant. Nice performance by Santi Aldama. Read the Chronicle.
Heat 111 – Bucks 95
The Heat beat the Bucks with Gabe Vincent’s 27 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo missed his second straight game in Miami. Read the Chronicle.