At Madison Square Garden, Luka Doncic did a new recital, pushing the Dallas Mavericks to their third successive win, now against the New York Knicks (86-99). The Slovenian managed 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, well accompanied by Jalen Brunson (15 points) and Kristaps Porzingis (14 points and eight rebounds). Alec Burks, with 20 points, and Julius Randle, with 14, were still balancing the match for the New Yorkers, who added the third defeat in a row. The Texans did not count on coach Rick Carlisle on the bench, due to a positive Covid-19 test, having been replaced by assistant Jamahl Mosley.
Without the injured Steph Curry and Draymond Green, the Golden State Warriors were run over by the Toronto Raptors (130-77) in Tampa, the American city that Canadians have been using as their home this season. For the San Francisco set, the 53 points difference is worth the third worst defeat in its history. Before, in 1972 and 1973 they had lost against the Lakers by 61 and 56 points. The Raptors, on the other hand, achieved the biggest victory in history and just after a terrible month of March, with a triumph in 14 meetings. With Kyle Lowry absent, Pascal Siakam was the best scorer of the match, with 36 points, in addition to seven rebounds and five assists.
Still without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 115-94, responding in the best way to Wednesday’s defeat by the Milwaukee Bucks. As their game was based on the success of three-point throws, Kyle Kuzma stood out with 30 points. Dennis Schroder (17 points and eight assists), Talen Horton-Tucker (15 points), Markieff Morris (14 points and eight rebounds) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13 points and ten rebounds) were also great. Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and was the best of the Kings.
The Boston Celtics returned to winning ways against the Houston Rockets 118-102. Jaylen Brown managed 22 points and 11 rebounds, but the best scorer was Jayson Tatum, who reached 26 points. Reinforcement guaranteed in the last trading window, Evan Fournier contributed 23 points. Christian Wood had a double-double of 19 points and ten rebounds and led the Texans’ resistance.
Karl Anthony Towns tried well, with 30 points and 16 rebounds, but the Minnesota Timberwolves remain the worst team in the NBA. This Friday they were defeated at home by the Memphis Grizzlies 120-108. On the side of the winners, Jonas Valanciunas stood out with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds
The Charlotte Hornets consolidated fourth place in the Eastern Conference by defeating the Indiana Pacers 114-97. Even missing the rookie LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges took on the responsibility of leading the North Carolina team, with 23 points and ten rebounds. Caris LeVert, with 16 points, and Doug McDermott, with 13, did not avoid the third consecutive defeat of Indiana.
The Phoenix Suns are still on the rise. The Arizona team received the Oklahoma City Thunder and finished off with a clear 140-103. Devin Booker (32 points) and Chris Paul (17 points and 12 assists) were the highlights of the vice-leader of the West, while the rookie Theo Maledon (33 points) was the most unhappy in Oklahoma.
The Utah Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls (113-106), in a good game by Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, and have 37 wins and 11 losses at the top of the Eastern Conference. The whole of the city of the wind still follows inside places that give right to play-in, in 10th place.
Finally, Bogdan Bogdanovic shone in the Atlanta Hawks’ triumph over the New Orleans Pelicans 126-103. Six three-point throws were converted into 11 attempts and a total of 26 points for the Serbian.
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