Sports Writing, Jan 11 (EFE) .- With Kyrie Irving in the starting five and James Harden out due to injury, the Nets lost in Portland, as did the Bucks against the Hornets. Those who did not fail were the Cleveland Cavaliers, who beat the Kings by 1 point, or the Celtics, who could not be stopped by Domantas Sabonis.
HORNETS 103 – BUCKS 99
For the second time in three days, the Hornets beat the NBA champions 103-99 at home thanks to the performance of Terry Rozier, who scored 27 points, and Miles Bridges, with a double-double of 17 points and 11 bounces. LaMelo Ball also stood out for the Hornets with 23 points.
The Bucks’ leading scorer was Khris Middleton, with a double-double of 26 points and 11 assists. Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo stayed close to triple-double with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists.
The Hornets were up 15 points in the second quarter, but the Bucks closed the gap in the fourth quarter and tied twice in the final two minutes of the game. Ball and Bridges decided in the last seconds the fate of the match for the locals.
PISTONS 126 – JAZZ 116
The Pistons needed point guard Cade Cunningham to put out the best performance of his career to beat the Jazz 126-116.
Cunningham scored 29 points, the same as his teammate Saddiq Bey, allowing the second-worst team in the Eastern Conference to claim its ninth win of the season against the third team in the Western Conference.
The game’s top scorer was Donovan Mitchell, with 31 points for the Jazz. His teammate Hassan Whiteside had a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
CELTICS 101 – PACERS 98
Rough and imprecise game at the TD Garden in Boston between the Celtics and the Indiana Pacers, who finally won the locals 101-98 in overtime despite another heroic performance by Domantas Sabonis with a triple-double.
The Pacers center, who at times looked more like a gladiator than a basketball player due to the amount of shots he took, had 23 rebounds, 11 points and 10 assists.
The top scorer of the game was Celtics player Jaylon Brown who made a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds while his teammate Jayson Tatum, with another double-double, scored 24 points and 12 rebounds. But Tatum, who was decisive in his team’s victory even though he had a weak game, was also the leader of the game in losses of balls, with 8 in total.
Center Robert Williams III added another double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, in addition to 3 blocks.
KNICKS 111 – SPURS 96
The New York Knicks managed to get off the ground in the second half of the game and beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-96 in a game in which the New Yorkers managed to get a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter.
The Spurs dominated for much of the first half but in the final minutes before the break, the hosts took control of the game from them and did not lose it again.
The top of the Spurs was Dejounte Murray, with 24 points, while his teammate, center Jakob Poelttl, had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
For the Knicks, RJ Barrett had 31 points while Mitchell Robinson had a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. The top rebounder was Julius Randle with 12 rebounds and 2 points.
ROCKETS 91 – 76ERS 111
The 76es added their seventh consecutive victory with a clear victory at the home of the Houston Rockets by 91-111.
The locals were only ahead on the scoreboard in the opening moments of the game. But the 76ers, led by Joel Embiid, quickly took control and went up 27 points in the fourth quarter.
Embiid was the leading scorer of the game with 31 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks. Andre Drummondnquillo, got a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds that made him the top rebounder of the game.
Christian Wood and Jalen Green were the Rockets’ top scorers, with 14 points each.
BLAZERS 114 – NETS 108
The presence of Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup of the Nets was insufficient to avoid the defeat of the Brooklynites against the Portland Trail Blazers by 114-108.
The Nets, with James Harden injured, dominated by up to 9 points in the central part of the game but in the fourth quarter, the locals managed to keep Iriving and Kevin Durant under control and thwart any attempt by the New Yorkers to get closer on the scoreboard.
The top scorer of the game was Durant despite the fact that in the fourth quarter he only scored 4 points. Durant had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, in addition to 5 assists. Irving scored 22 points and 8 rebounds while Cam Thomas, off the bench, added another 21 points.
In the Trail Blazers Anfernee Simons was the leading scorer and had a double-double of 23 points and 11 assists. Robert Covington had another 21 points.
KINGS 108 – CAVALIERS109
In the last moments, the Cavaliers were about to throw a game out of the window that they dominated for much of the 48 minutes of the game, although they finally won by 1 point, 108-109.
Those from Cleveland came to be 13 points ahead but in the second half of the game the locals were the best team.
The game’s top scorer was Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton, who scored 21 points. Additionally, five other Sacramento players scored more than 10 points.
For the Cavs, center Jarrett Allen finished the night with a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds. Kevin Love also scored 18 points.
1.- Chicago Bulls (26-11)
2.- Brooklyn Nets (25-14)
3.- Miami Heat (25-15)
4.- Milwaukee Bucks (26-17)
5.- Philadelphia 76ers (23-16)
6.- Cleveland Cavaliers (23-18)
7.- Toronto Raptors (20-17)
8.- Charlotte Hornets (22-19)
9.- Washington Wizards (20-20)
10.- Boston Celtics (20-21)
11.- New York Knicks (20-21)
12.- Atlanta Hawks (17-22)
13.- Indiana Pacers (15-26)
14.- Detroit Pistons (9-30)
15.- Orlando Magic (7-34)
1.- Golden State Warriors (30-9)
2.- Phoenix Suns (30-9)
3.- Utah Jazz (28-13)
4.- Memphis Grizzlies (28-14)
5.- Dallas Mavericks (22-18)
6.- Denver Nuggets (20-18)
7.- Los Angeles Lakers (21-20)
8.- Minnesota Timberwolves (20-20)
9.- Los Angeles Clippers (20-21)
10.- Portland Trail Blazers (16-24)
11.- San Antonio Spurs (15-25)
12.- Sacramento Kings (16-27)
13.- New Orleans Pelicans (14-26)
14.- Oklahoma City Thunder (13-26)
15.- Houston Rockets (11-31).