- ORlando 107 – 89 New york
After an inconclusive four-game road trip (1 win for 3 losses), the Orlando Magic were playing at home against an affordable team: the New York Knicks. In a rather tight meeting, the two teams do not let go until the end of the third quarter. Orlando finished the third period with a bang and finally took a 13 point lead before entering the last twelve minutes. With a lot of effort provided during the game and also with a lot of clumsiness, the Knicks of Tom Thibodeau will not be able to come back. The gap will be maintained throughout the fourth quarter despite the 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists Julius Randle. The New York interior was a little too lonely that night. Only two other Knicks players exceed the ten points: Elfrid Payton (13 points) and RJ Barrett (15 points).
Opposite, this victory is good for the Magic. With a record now of 11 wins for 18 losses, the Magic hooks up the right car for the play-in at the end of the season. Nikola Vucevic paid a tribute to Kobe Bryant with his 8/24 on shots. The pivot ends the game with 16 points and 16 rebounds in addition to his 5 assists. At his side, Evan Fournier is invaluable with 19 points while Terrence is a hit coming off the bench. The former Toronto player ends this match with 30 10/16 points on shoots including a nice 5/6 three points.
Orlando will have to confirm this success in the next game against Golden State. For their part, the New York players will challenge the San Antonio Spurs.
- Atlanta 122 – 116 Boston
Atlanta and Boston faced off last night and the least we can say is that the two teams are in trouble at the moment. Four losses in five games for the Hawks, same thing for the Celtics. At home, Brad Stevens’ players will never find the key to maneuver this Atlanta team. The fault of a very big Trae Young. The star leader of the Hawks ends with a new monstrous copy: 40 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds. Behind him, we also find the good performances of Clint Capela (24 points and 13 rebounds) and John Collins (20 points and 6 rebounds). Off the bench, Danilo Gallinari is completely torn with a horrible 3/13 on shots. Fortunately for the Italian, on the other side, Jaylen Brown has also made a dirty copy. Indeed, the Boston player finished with a 6/20 on shots and only 22 points. Privs of Kemba Walker, left to rest, the Celtics could therefore only count on their young duo of the future: Jaylen Brown – Jayson Tatum. We saw the performance of the first, let’s now take a look at the performance of the second. Tatum, who recently admitted that he was still feeling the effects of the Covid in his game, has tried everything. He finished with 35 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Insufficient to avoid the defeat of his family. Brad Stevens and his family had the opportunity to recover against a team from Atlanta which alternates the bad and the less good since the start of the season, it’s a failure.
The two teams meet in two days for the rematch and it will always be at TD Garden.
- Philadelphia 118 – 113 Houston
The number 1 East had to work tonight to overcome the Houston Rockets. Everything was off to a good start at the start of the meeting, with Doc Rivers’ men quickly taking the lead. With accuracy and application, the Sixers will even increase the +20 gap a few minutes before halftime. Back from the locker room, Philadelphia continues on its spear and we tell ourselves that the match will quickly end, that the coaches will be able to open their bench. Nay! That was without counting on John Wall and his gang. The former Washington player revolted in the fourth quarter. The Rockets stick to the score and give themselves the right to believe it. Income -4 one minute from the end of the game, the Rockets will finally lose this game on the free throw line. No Philly player goes crazy when he’s sent over the line. It is therefore another defeat, the seventh consecutive for Houston. Too bad because John Wall had really tried everything. Author of 28 points, 7 assists but also 7 losses of ball, Wall finishes top scorer of his team. DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 8 rebounds while off the bench, Ben McLemore planted 11 points.
All this Texan collective will therefore have given Joel Embiid a hard time. The interior once again performs a top flight. Twelfth consecutive game over 25 points. He is the third player to achieve this performance in Celtics history after Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain. With 31 points, 9 assists and 11 rebounds, Embiid even comes close to the triple-double. Seth Curry added 25 points while Tobias Harris was once again in efficiency with 24 8/17 points on shots. A victory that allows the Sixers to consolidate their first place in the Eastern Conference before facing Chicago and Toronto in quick succession.
Orlando 107 – 89 New York
Atlanta 122 – 114 Boston
Philadelphia 118 – 113 Houston
Chicago 105 – 102 Detroit
Washington 130 – 128 Denver