HORNETS 108 – CAVALIERS 114
Garland (28) and Mitchell (23) served as an offensive-minded outside duo for the Cavaliers without being the only ones who contributed to the Hornets’ home win. Ricky Rubio, from the bench, contributed 11+8 and a positive of +17 with him on the court to be equally decisive. The Spaniard is progressing in small steps to regain his status from last season, in which he was one of those who changed the face of the franchise and made it competitive. It was difficult for the Cleveland team to win this game, they had to force a final quarter of 19-33 to achieve it, but they scored green on the locker and are quarterfinalists in the Eastern Conference with a 43-27 balance.
SPURS 90 – THUNDER 102
The Thunder remain in the fight and are also going for the Lakers, adding 33 victories and keeping their options intact after going through the Spurs process. The locals were missing Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan and Tre Jones and Malaki Branham was injured on the way. Oklahoma won without Shai but with Jalen Williams close to a triple-double and Ousmane Dieng claiming the role for him. There is life in Mark Daigneault’s team.
PELICANS 127 – BLAZERS 110
The Pelicans defined well which of the two teams that were playing this game will continue fighting for a position among the top ten in the West. It will be them. Without Zion or Ingram, but with the others. The result was made up in the last quarter, in which the locals hardly appeared, but it was bulky anyway. The best man of the night was Trey Murphy, with a record 41 points, including nine 3-pointers.
SIXERS 112 – WIZARDS 93
Embiid (34+8+4+4) had Harden (18+14) in the role of second who now does so much good for the Sixers, two players united in a single thought and rowing to make the Philly team winners. Five straight wins and third place in the East close, with the Celtics only two. The course is optimal.
NUGGETS 120 – NETS 122
A monumental display from Jokic wasn’t enough for the Nuggets to beat the Nets in Denver. End of heart attack and visitor victory. Read the chronicle.
LAKERS 108 – KNICKS 112
The Knicks’ triumph, coupled with other results, leaves the Lakers in pain, who misses the opportunity to continue in a position of honor. Read the chronicle.