Grizzlies 136 – Suns 106
The Grizzlies’ 10th consecutive win. And the franchise’s record eleventh spot, achieved last season, is something they seem to achieve with more pleasure than danger. The team works and Desmond Bane returns to the strength he showed before his injury. The shooting guard with 28 points served as the perfect dance partner for Ja Morant, who scored 29 points to finish off the Suns’ already shimmering beach bar. After a poor first quarter, especially on defense, they scored 107 over the next three to remove any doubts. Paul was out and Bridges, at the age of 21, was the leading scorer for the Phoenix. Taylor Jenkins’ men tie the thirties of this 2022/23 with a slightly more demure Santi Aldama than last night.
Knicks 121 – Raptors 123
The Raptors bring a storm to the Garden. Team Canada, by far, took the day’s game to the final, which was decided in overtime. In a coming and going match, Nurse’s team came out strong on the rebound to ensure a victory that promises to change the dynamic. Toronto started well, attacking the spaces left by the New Yorkers for Scottie Barnes and taking advantage of VanVleet’s good play on the outside (one of the few this season). From the locals, Brunson and Barrett were most outstanding in a first half that could not have been more. The Canadian guard, despite finishing with a poor percentage (10/23 from the field, 2/9 from 3-pointers), had one of his best games of the season. With everything tight in the end, Scottie Barnes got the gold off an offensive rebound, putting some Knicks against the ropes who overtook in the last stretch. RJ Barrett sent it to overtime with a dunk, reminding his fans of a game to remember. The nurse looked at the victory slipping into the palm of her hand. But, later on, he’ll get it. The Raptors were very solid in overtime, thus ending the streak of seven wins in the last nine games for the Knicks. Juancho Hernángómez’s team entered the table on one of the toughest pitches of the season.
Hawks 121 – Heat 113
Hawks claim victory against direct opponent. Atlanta needed a win and a good image, and it got both this Martin Luther King Day. A complete game of the main and secondary games by the Georgian to motivate the team for the second half of the season. The match started evenly in the first two quarters, how could it be otherwise. The Young-Murray duo, which had such a poor start, were the heroes. The former Spurs finisher finished the game with 28 points, 7 assists and an impressive 5/8 from 3-point range. The team needed him, and he has responded. Jimmy Butler responded to hometown crimes, but he seemed very lonely at times. The Heat guard, aided by an Adebayo who dominated the paint at will (20+13), took the game down to the last breath. Already in the final minutes, with good baskets from Young and Hunter, the Hawks won a golden victory against an opponent who may be fighting for his position in the East. Great game by AJ Griffin, ex-Duke rookie and old college roommate of Bunchero’s, who went for 12 points.
Bucks 132 – Pacers 119
Both the teams arrived without their stars for the clash. To the loss of Halliburton in Indiana was added the loss of Giannis (and Middleton) in Milwaukee. The match was decided in the last minute. The Bucks snapped their two-game losing streak by winning at home against an Indianapolis team that fought to the end. The match began with an exchange of baskets, with both teams focused on attack. Maturin, who was starting because of an injury to point guard, got off to a good start. The visitors were in the lead at the end of the first ten minutes (38–32) with Mike Budenholzer’s defense warning of a headache. Breakthrough in triple will start in the second quarter. With Myles Turner and McConnell taking over from an erratic Maturin, the Pacers tore apart the Bucks’ non-existent defense. The Wisconsinites were unable to stop the center, one of the most coveted pieces in this transfer market. Milwaukee could not reach assists on outside shots, and along with Beauchamp, the rookie and former Ignite player, a defensive specialist, were on the bench. Under the leadership of Bobby Portis, the other side will be for the local people. The superiority in the paint and the outdoor success of Holliday who had not entered the game on the right foot. The Pacers led going into the fourth quarter (98–92), but the Milwaukee side would have the last word. Three-pointers from Allen, Hill and Matthews would seal the game (119–132) and give the Bucks their first win in the last three games.
Timberwolves 125 – Jazz 126
Walker Kreisler returned to his home for two weeks in July. The center, known for his defensive work at Auburn University, came to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade on draft night. Shortly thereafter, he was included in a package the Wolves sent to Utah in exchange for Rudy Gobert. And today, in the time of Martin Luther King and the absence of Lauri Markenen, this rookie has become essential for the Jazz to win. In addition to scoring 20, he grabbed 21 rebounds and was a wall for rivals in the field. He is the first rookie with those numbers and shoots over 65% from the field since 1993. Gobert, the player he had to leave Minneapolis for, withdrew from the game early with back problems. The Jazz came back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. D’Angelo Russell put the table again with 13 seconds remaining, but Jordan Clarkson’s (his team’s top scorer with 21 goals) free kick was the final blow. Jaden McDaniels hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the win but missed.
Hornets 118 – Celtics 130
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum tied Gilbert Arenas for the league’s third-highest scoring mark on Martin Luther King Day. Read the Chronicle.
Wizard 118 – Warrior 127
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry ended a dreadful game with an explosive finish that was too much for Porzingis and the Wizards. Read the Chronicle.
Cavaliers 113 – Pelicans 103
Ricky Rubio’s team won against the Pelicans (103–113) in a game that was decided in the last quarter. Read the Chronicle.
Lakers 140 – Rockets 132
LeBron James’ extraordinary game against the Houston Rockets after complaining about his team’s arbitration treatment. The negative streak has ended. Read the Chronicle.