Hornets 107 – Grizzlies 131
Fourth win in a row for the Memphis Grizzlies, who are tied with the Denver Nuggets at the top of the Eastern Conference. He did it in South Carolina, 90 kilometers from Jay Morant’s hometown. The point guard, who went to see family and friends, celebrated with 23 points and 8 assists. The Hornets, formerly last, were no match for some Coral Grizzlies: Desmon Bain (19 points and 10 rebounds), Dillon Brooks (18 points), Jaren Jackson (17 and 9 rebounds), Steven Adams (15 rebounds). Santi Aldama had 8 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes of play.
Wolves 113 – Blazers 106
The Wolves held their heads up a bit with their second win in a row after adding six losses. This is especially due to Antoni Edwards, who made 13 of his 32 in the final quarter, and to the Blazers’ loss of 18, which ended in 22 points for the Minneapolis team. The hosts jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first half, as Damian Lillard and Anferni Simmons combined for only 3 points. Both finished the game with 43 and the visitors came from behind in the third quarter, but the Wolves were able to preserve the win, this time with a fine job from Rudy Gobert (17+12).
Pelican 119 – Rocket 108
The Pelicans don’t lose the train to head west, despite suffering significant casualties. Zion Williamson is prominent among them. It was the first game after learning that his star would be out for at least three weeks. CJ McCollum was in charge of leading the team by scoring 28 points and defeating some Rockets that once again didn’t measure up. Jonas Valaniunas also showed up (17 with 16 rebounds), now with more work in the paint in Zion’s absence. Same case as Willy Hernangomez. The Spaniard is making the most of the opportunities he is being given and he signed 14 points and 7 rebounds in 16 minutes tonight. In contrast, Osman Garuba was released on 2+5 in 10 minutes.
Warriors 119 – Pistons 122
Sadiq Bey silenced Chase Arena with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that snapped the Warriors’ five-game winning streak. The very young Pistons player found himself with the ball in his hands on a play designed for Bojan Bogdanovic and without thinking, he shot and the ball went in. Right before, Klay Thompson (30 points) hit a triple with 2.3 seconds left to tie the game. Bey hit another 3-pointer shortly before and Bogdanovic, his team’s leading scorer with 29 points, would go on to hit his fifth 3-pointer of the night with an extra shot with 3:42 to go. This is the 10th game for the Warriors without Stephen Curry, who will be reevaluated this Saturday and could return next week.
Lakers 112 – Heat 109
Dennis Schroder became the hero of a night that looked pretty ugly for the Lakers and ended in a big party. In the already known absence of Anthony Davis and Lonnie Walker due to injury, LeBron James was added due to the flu. All three of the team’s leading scorers were sidelined, and the Heat led by 6 in the fourth quarter. But the German point guard would go on to score 14 of his 32 points in that set, 9 of them in the last 2:35 minutes, along with a perfect 9/9 from the line of scrimmages, to tie up a victory that would give the Angelenos Excludes play-in away matches. Thomas Bryant (21+9) and Russell Westbrook (21+8+9) were also very good.