Tatum, the king of MLK Day, carries the Curry Warriors

Posted by Aurélie Sacchelli, Media365 on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:40 pm.

Jayson Tatum scored 51 points to lead Boston to a Martin Luther King Day opener at Charlotte. Jrue Holiday and Stephen Curry, meanwhile, shined in respective wins for Milwaukee and Golden State.

Who says the third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Day in the US! And this holiday features at least nine NBA games across the Atlantic. The first of them, starting at 13:00 local time, Charlotte faced Boston. The Celtics, the best team in the league, won their seventh consecutive victory and strengthened their logic against the red light: 118-130. Facing these Hornets, they lost (106-122) two days ago. The C’s were led almost from start to finish by the exceptional Jayson Tatum, who finished with 51 points, 15 of 23 (7/12 from 3-point range) and 14 of 14 free throws, along with nine rebounds and five . passes In the absence of his friend Jaylen Brown, the Celtics superstar had a great time, especially in the last quarter, when he scored 17 points, and Charlotte came back to 98-100 with 9 minutes left. Boston is more than ever on top of the Eastern Conference, ahead of Brooklyn by six wins!

Milwaukee and Cleveland won

Milwaukee, seeded third in the tournament, was looking to get back to winning ways after losing two straight without Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks, still without Greek, who took a knee, were successful, defeating Indiana 132-119. Pacers duo Myles Tuner (30 points) – TJ McConnell (29 points) led by twelve points midway through the third quarter, but completely fell apart in the final quarter, outscored 39-21. Jrue Holiday contributed a lot to this success with 35 points and 11 assists. It’s Indiana’s fourth straight loss. Cleveland, ranked fifth, faced New Orleans, ranked third in the West and still without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, and the Cavs won 113-103. However, they led in the second and third quarters, the latter going 35-22. Darius Garland had 30 points and 11 assists, while Donovan Mitchell didn’t have a great night with just 11 points in 22 minutes. Miami, the winner of the last three games, fell to Atlanta after leading from start to finish and trailing by 26 points: 121-113. Jimmy Butler’s 34 points were not enough for the Heat.

The Curry Warriors are having a blast in the Garden

Capable of showing the best and worst of this season, Golden State traveled to the capital to face the Wizards this holiday ahead of their trip to the White House. And the Warriors had a good day, winning 118-127 after a very tight game. Still trailing 106-98 with 9’30, the Californians finished the match 29-12, including 12 points from Stephen Curry, who finished in 41! Meanwhile, Jordan Poole scored 32 and grabbed 7 rebounds (32 points for Porzingis on the Wizards side). In the end, the only game that ended in overtime in the first half of this Martin Luther King Dy saw Toronto win 121-123 in New York. Neither team led by more than ten points, and the Knicks, who led comfortably in the final quarter, allowed the Raptors to come back. While RJ Barrett (32 points) capped overtime with a spectacular full-court dunk, New York suffered in overtime, especially on two long-range shots by OG Anunoby. Jalen Brunson (26 points) could have given the Knicks the win, but instead of hitting a two-pointer to go into the second overtime, he missed a 3-pointer. Fred VanVleet finishes with 33 points.

Monday, January 16, 2023 (Martin Luther King Day)
Charlotte Hornets – Boston Celtics : 118-130
Sent to the G-League, Theo Maledon (CHA) did not play

New York Knicks – Toronto Raptors : 121-123 years
Evan Fournier (NYK) did not play by coach’s decision

Milwaukee Bucks – Indiana Pacers: 132-119
Cleveland Cavaliers – New Orleans Pelicans: 113-103
Washington Wizards – Golden State Warriors : 118-127
Atlanta Hawks – Miami Heat: 121-113

Minnesota Timberwolves – Utah Jazz: 0-0
Memphis Grizzlies – Phoenix Suns: 0-0
Los Angeles Lakers-Houston Rockets: 0-0

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