Hornets hit hard against Bucks, Lakers continue

Portland Trail Blazers @ Indiana Pacers: 99-108
New York Knicks – Toronto Raptors: 112-108
Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia Sixers: 126-112
Brooklyn Nets – New Orleans Pelicans: 108-102
Charlotte Hornets @ Milwaukee Bucks: 138-109
Washington Wizards @ Oklahoma City Thunder: 110-127
Detroit Pistons – San Antonio Spurs: 109-121
Los Angeles Clippers – Minnesota Timberwolves: 115-128
Cleveland Cavaliers – Denver Nuggets: 108-121
Miami Heat @ Phoenix Suns: 104-96

Hornets tie NBA record, humiliate Bucks

– What a great night for the Hornets. Usually on the wrong side of history, Steve Clifford’s players wrote their name into the record books Friday night by scoring 51 points in the first quarter against the Bucks. 51 points is just tied for the NBA record. After this roaring start to the meeting, they made the 2021 NBA champions on their floor in Milwaukee. Terry Rozier scored 39 points. LaMelo Ball 24 with 12 assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 9 minor points in 22 minutes. His lowest score this season. Even though it’s only the regular season, the Bucks still don’t always show reassuring flaws in some weeks.

– This is not a party for the Trail Blazers. The Oregon franchise lost for the seventh time in its last ten games. Damian Lillard (7-for-24 19 points) lost the final quarter against the Pacers, who were dominated by opposing defenses. Indiana held Portland to 17 points over the final 12 minutes, allowing Tyrese Haliburton to control the game on offense. The player finished with 15 points and 12 assists. Myles Turner added 17 points.

LeBron James led the Lakers to their fourth consecutive victory

– After missing the last game due to illness, LeBron James really looked good again. His 25 points and 10 assists led Los Angeles to its fourth straight win. The Lakers beat the Hawks with Russell Westbrook (18 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists), who was close to a triple-double.

– Fourth win in a row for the Knicks. Team Manhattan is definitely heading east. Like almost every night, he relied on Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson to find new success, this time against the Raptors. The first finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the second with 26 points and 8 assists. Also with 10 pawns in the last quarter for Brunson. This is the first time since 2015 that the Knicks have won on Canadian soil. Toronto continues to slide down the Eastern Conference standings and currently sits in twelfth place.

– New triple-double for Nikola Jokic. 28 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and another win for the Nuggets. Denver beat Cleveland without Donovan Mitchell, who was on rest. Jamal Murray (18 points) had his first back-to-back games since returning from injury. The Colorado franchise is first in the West, and Jokic increasingly looks like the favorite for his streak.

– It’s hard to compete with the Bulls when Zach LaVine is this effective. The Chicago All-Star guard made 11 of 13 three-point attempts last night. He scored 41 points overall and Chicago beat Philadelphia in Joel Embiid’s absence. The Bulls, who have been getting better and better for several weeks, surfed this performance to get their next win. Also pay attention to the triple-double of Nikola Vucevic, the author of 19 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

Big double for Rudy Gobert

– It will be good for morale. Rudy Gobert, who has not always been effective offensively and has yet to adjust particularly well to his new team, had a solid performance in the Timberwolves’ win against the Clippers. The French pivot finished with 25 points and 21 rebounds. A dominant game against a California team that was without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Gobert finished with 11 baskets on 15 attempts in 36 minutes. And +31 differential.

– Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant missed 32 shots between them. But even so, the two Nets superstars still led their team to victory on the Pelicans floor. Irving secured the success of his team by scoring 7 points in the last minute. Brooklyn’s defense made the difference, especially in the second half, when opponents under pressure struggled to make shots.

– Not too difficult for Thunder against Wizards. “Oklahoma City” scored 30 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

– Despite a good Killian Hayes 18 points, 7 assists and 5 steals, the Pistons lost at the Spurs. Tyus Jones was strong for San Antonio with 25 points. The Spurs won after losing Keldon Johnson to injury.

– Bam Adebayo (21 points) and Jimmy Butler (20 points) led the way for the Heat. But it was another player, Victor Oladipo, who was Miami’s X-factor against Phoenix. The former All-Star scored 26 points off the bench and Florida won on the road.

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