Nearly every team in the NBA is now playing half of its games, and the offensive explosion this season continues to be evident.
Of the 16 teams that played Wednesday, six scored at least 125 points and three scored 135 points. Jaylen Brown, who scored his 41 points against the Pelicans, made his 40 points his game for the only time that night.
Pistons beat Timberwolves 135-118
Led by Sadiq Bey (31 points on 10-16 shooting), the Pistons shot ferociously 48-80 (60.0%) from the floor. Bojan Bogdanovic contributed the most among the Pistons, scoring 5-8-of-3 (62.5%) and scoring 27 points.
Kuzma hits Wizards to win 100-97 over Bulls
Milwaukee trails Atlanta 114-105
Trailing by two with just over three minutes remaining, Milwaukee posted a 10-0 run that included four points from Drue Holiday and three assists from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Holiday led the Bucks with his 27 points (10-21 FG) and Giannis struggled to score but still had a triple-double (7 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists).
It was the seventh loss for Atlanta, who have not had Trae Young (a non-COVID illness) in their last 10 contests, leaving them on the brink of a play-in slot. They now sit in his 9th place in the East, with him 1.0 games behind 11th-ranked Toronto.
Celtics beat Pelicans 125-114
As I said before, it was a big night for Jaylen Brown (15-21 shooting, 12 rebounds and a season-high 41 points), but Jayson Tatum dared not go unnoticed, going 10-22 shooting, 10 rebounds. Scored 31 points. his own.
The Pelicans have Zion Williamson (who will be out a few more weeks with a hamstring injury) and Brandon Ingram (Maybe back for the next game or two). CJ McCollum has scored most points in his two outs this time and Wednesday was no different as he finished 15-24 with his 38 points for a team he lost on FG.
Knicks hold out to beat Pacers 119-113
Behind Jalen Brunson’s 15 first quarter points, New York took a 37-21 lead in the second quarter, and things only got worse for Indiana. The Knicks extended their lead to 25 in the third quarter before the Pacers started to close the gap, and by a few points in the final minutes he cut it down to a one-possession ball game, but they got over the hump. I couldn’t.
Branson finished with 34 points and Julius Randle added 14 points and 16 rebounds. On the standings, the win meant the Knicks flipped positions with the Pacers, going from 7th to 6th on the play-in picture. Buddy Hield scored 31 points for the losing Indy.
San Antonio comeback falls short in Memphis, 135-129
Trailing 13 points with just under six minutes remaining, the Spurs heated up with a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to three before Memphis sealed the win with a 5-2 score in the final 103 seconds. I was allowed to.
Ja Morant (38 points) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (21 points and 12 rebounds) led the Grizzlies in scoring, while Stephen Adams scored another elite rebounding night with 18 rebounds and scored 11 points. It’s at least his fifth game this season that he’s had 18 rebounds. Keldon Johnson and Tre Jones each scored 20 or more in San Antonio.
Nuggets beat short-handed Suns, 126-97
Phoenix is still missing a number of top players due to injuries piling up. That was before having to deal with the Mile High City on the back end. In Denver’s 70-multiply victory over the Suns in the first half alone, Nikolajokic led the way with a nearly triple double for 21 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. The Nuggets continue to lead the West while the Suns lead the West play-in picture.
Kings finish Houston 135-115 for fruitful fourth place
The Rockets held the lead until 8:44 left in the contest, but Sacramento closed the game with a 35-14 run led by Trey Lyles, who had 15 of 20 points, 6 points and 7 rebounds in the fourth. Finished.
The Kings star also had an impressive performance with De’Aaron Fox, who had 24 points and 9 assists, and Domantas Sabonis, who nearly tripled the double with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists. It will be interesting to see which stars make the All-Star Game after failing to show up in early fan voting returns.
Speaking of big men filling the stat sheet, Alperen Seguin was with the Rockets in this game, achieving his first career triple-double on 10/10/10. Jalen Green scored with 26 points despite below-average efficiency of his 9-25 shooting from the floor and his 3-12 shooting from distance.