New NBA day with up to 9 games ahead and many interesting things: Lakers and Mavs skid, Celtics seek leadership of the Eastern Conference and the Thunder get an important victory in a West that continues to tighten. The Warriors, for their part, also fall, in their case against the Timberwolves. And they win Raptors, Grizzlies, Cavaliers and Magic. All this and much more, in the summary of the day:
CHARLOTTE HORNETS 110 – 104 DALLAS MAVERICKS
Desolate defeat of some Mavs in the midst of a crisis. Check the chronicle here.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS 108 – 118 CHICAGO BULLS
Huge skid by the Lakers, who lose at home to the Bulls. Check the chronicle here.
ATLANTA HAWKS 119 – 123 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
Morant returned to the Grizzlies starting five and sealed the sixth consecutive victory for the Grizzlies, second in the West and already qualified for the playoffs, with 27 points. The Hawks dropped to ninth in the East with a margin win over the Bulls.despite Trae Young’s 28 points and 10 assists.
BOSTON CELTICS 137 – 93 SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Without Jayson Tatum, who missed the sixth game of his season with a physical problem, Jaylen Brown led the Celtics’ resounding win over the Spurs with 41 points and 13 rebounds. Boston, second in the East behind the Bucks, had 57% shooting accuracy, with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 three-pointers from Derrick White.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 108 – 91 HOUSTON ROCKETS
The Cavaliers easily beat the Rockets, last in the West, with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds from Jarrett Allen and 22 points from Donovan Mitchell. The Spanish Ricky Rubio contributed 2 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists in more than 15 minutes on the court.
ORLANDO MAGIC 119 – 106 BROOKLYN NETS
After achieving a great victory on Saturday in Miami, the Nets fell in their visit to the Magic despite the 44 points of a stellar Mikal Bridges. Eight Magic players finished above 10 points, led by Cole Anthony’s 21 and Franz Wagner’s 19 with 10 rebounds.
TORONTO RAPTORS 114 – 104 WASHINGTON WIZARDS
The Raptors achieved a momentous victory at home against the Wizards in a direct clash for the ‘play-in’ positions, driven by 29 points from OG Anunoby and 28 from Fred VanVleet. The Canadiens are eighth in the East, while the Wizards lost their fifth game of the last six and they are three victories behind the Bulls, tenth, with one more game.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 112 – 118 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
After seeing their options to play the postseason fade, the Blazers, without Damian Lillard, Neither Anfernee Simons nor Jusuf Nurkic lost their eighth game in the last nine, surrendering against the Thunder who are ninth, tied with the Lakers. Shai Gilgeous Alexander led again with 31 points and Josh Giddey contributed a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 96 – 99 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Curry falls short and the Warriors fall into an important result in the West. Check the chronicle here.