New NBA day with 8 games played. The Lakers continue to sink hopelessly, Sabonis prevails over Jokic and the Nets look to extend their streak. Pistons win one game between losing teams and wins for Wizards, Bulls and Warriors, In addition, a controversial ending between the Timberwolves and Pelicans provoked criticism from Russell against Zion, noting that arbitration has been too kind to the New Orleans star. All this and much more, in today’s summary.
Detroit Pistons 121 – 101 Orlando Magic
From the Palace, to Little Caesars Arena, scene of the epic battle between the Pistons and Ron Artest’s Indiana Pacers in 2004. The Pistons-Magic were marked by a hard-fought battle that ended with the ejection of three players, Franz Wagner, visitors, and the Pistons’ Kilian Hayes and Hamadou Diallo, and local technician Dwayne Casey, In a scramble for a splitting ball, Wagner pushed Hayes into the Pistons’ dugout. Hayes reacted and hit Wagner in the head as virtually the entire Magic bench emptied to move closer to the field of the incident.
Washington Wizards 127 – 102 Phoenix Suns
On the day it became known that Devin Booker would be out for at least four weeks due to hamstring problems, the Suns crashed into Washington despite DeAndre Ayton’s 31 points. The Wizards won by forcing a trio formed by Rai Hachimura (28 points), Latvian Kristaps Porzingis (24 points). and Kyle Kuzma (22 points).
Atlanta Hawks 107 – 108 Brooklyn Nets
The Nets earned their tenth consecutive win, led by Kyrie Irving with 28 points, five rebounds and eight assists and a Kevin Durant who signed a double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds. Jacques Vaughan’s team is third in the East with a 23–12 record.While the Hawks, who couldn’t count on Trae Young, suffered their second straight loss despite Dejaunte Murray’s 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Miami Heat 112 – 98 Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers 10th wreck and fed up LeBron scolds. Check out the Chronicle here,
Chicago Bulls 119 – 113 Milwaukee Bucks (OT)
DeMar DeRozan had 42 points and 10 rebounds and overshadowed Antetokounmpo’s 45-point, 22-rebound double-double to lead the Bulls to an overtime win. The Bucks, who could not count on Khris Middleton or Junior Holiday, lost their fourth straight game, while the Bulls finished eleventh (15–22).After winning four of their last five matches.
New Orleans Pelicans 119 – 118 Minnesota Timberwolves
Zion Williamson scored 14 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter and the Pelicans defeated the Wolves without Spain’s Willy Hernángómez, with Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell each scoring 27 points. Pelican caught up with the Nuggets in command of the West, While the Wolves suffered their fourth defeat in a row and were out of the playoff race, At the end of the game, D’Angelo Russell complained about Zion’s permissive refereeing: “play football the rest, for basketball,
Golden State Warriors 112 – 107 Utah Jazz
Sin Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, Warriors overcame 29 points and 16 rebounds from Finn Laurie Markkanen, fell behind by ten points in the third quarter and trailed by 26 points from Jordan Poole. The Warriors improved their record at home to 15–2, best in the NBA, and ranked tenth (18–18) in the West.
Sacramento Kings 127 – 126 Denver Nuggets
Duel at the summit between Sabonis and Jokic. Lithuanian prevailed. Check out the Chronicle here,