Party atmosphere in Milwaukee, bad hangover in Orlando. The Bucks tore the Magic around Franz and Moritz Wagner using all the tricks from the book and set a new franchise record in the process. Meanwhile, the Suns stay hot, the Grizzlies shock the Jazz in a thriller, and the Bulls take a dip.
Cleveland Cavaliers (9-9) vs. Brooklyn Nets (13-5) 112: 117 (BOXSCORE)
- Against the Magic, the absence of Kevin Durant (shoulder) was still bearable for the Nets, but in Cleveland the guests were urgently dependent on the superstar’s return. And KD delivered! In a critical period, he led the Nets to victory with large buckets before putting the lid on the Nets’ third straight win from the free throw line and finished the game with 27 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks.
- But Durant was not alone. Cleveland – initially the most aggressive and focused team – had an advantage on the scoreboard for long stretches, but rookie Cameron Thomas brought the Nets back in the third quarter. With a total of 11 points and his best NBA appearance so far, he boosted a 13-2 streak from the guests Brooklyn returned with.
- It remained exciting until the final minutes, but then the Cavs made too many expensive turnovers. And Durant was too strong. With a good three minutes to go, he carried his colors in front with two important goals, a little later the strong LaMarcus Aldridge increased by tip-in and KD served James Johnson for the lay-up at +5 a minute before the end. Cleveland couldn’t get over it.
- Aldridge scored his first double-double for the Nets (21 and 11 rebounds), Patty Mills was also able to convince (17, 5/9 lines and +20). James Harden held back scoring (14), but was responsible for 14 assists (season high). At the Cavs, Darius Garland was the top scorer (24 and 11 assists, but 9/27 FG), the returnees Lauri Markkanen obtained 22 points, Jarrett Allen obtained 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Washington Wizards (11-6) – Charlotte Hornets (11-8) 103: 109 (BOXSCORE)
- “I just need more days like today,” said Terry Rozier after the Hornets’ sixth victory in the last seven games, and has probably spoken to all Charlotte fans about the soul. In the last few games, the Guard have been going through a drought from the city center, from which they have now freed themselves with 8 successful trebles, including the Dagger.
- The guests seemed to be the sure winner for much of the second half. In the third quarter, Charlotte fell to 17 points, but the Wizards fell back. A 7-0 run in the final minutes made it really exciting (103: 105), then Miles Bridges even put an alley-oop in the ring. But the Hornets got the offensive rebound, Rozier got the ball back and 13 seconds before the siren he made the decision downtown.
- In the end, Rozier collected 32 points with 11/19 from the field and 8/11 from distance. His backcourt colleague LaMelo Ball also had a solid game (28, 13 rebounds and 7 assists). The duo were responsible for 11 of the Hornets’ 15 lines, if not only Gordon Hayward made it in double digits (16).
- The Wizards, on the other hand, were unlucky to throw from a distance (9/36 threes at 15/31 at Charlotte), so even the glaring advantage over the boards (65:36 rebounds and 20: 6 offensive rebounds) was not enough for the win. Montrezl Harrell (24 and 18 rebounds, season record – in just 27 minutes) shone with his commitment, Bradley Beal came off the field with 18 and 9 assists at 5/18.
Atlanta Hawks (9-9) – Oklahoma City Thunder (6-11) 113: 101 (BOXSCORE)
- Much like Boston against the Rockets, Atlanta didn’t really live up to its favorite status against OKC until the second half. But then with Karacho. Trae Young scored 21 of his 30 points after the break, leading the Hawks to their fifth straight win.
- Thanks to the duo Josh Giddey (8 assists and 7 rebounds) and Luguentz Dort with 15 points each, OKC held up very well in the first half. After the break there was a lack of offensive power without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) beaten. The Thunder got just 11 points on the stats sheet in the third quarter and Atlanta took a decisive lead.
- This is also when Young got started. The playmaker led his team with 12 points for a section of 27:11 and a solid lead of 22 points. In the last round, the home team, which is now 8-1 in front of its own home crowd, left nothing to burn. Clint Capela sprinkled a double-double (10 and 14 rebounds), Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter each supported with 13 points.