The duel between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers ends wildly with a game winner, the Orlando Magic defeat the New York Knicks thanks to a strong rookie. Brandon Ingram celebrates the first triple-double of his career.
Also, Kawhi Leonard’s dominant performance leads the LA Clippers to an easy win.
Orlando Magic (31-43) – New York Knicks (42-33) 111:106 (BOXSCORE)
- The course of the game was a bit more one-sided than the result suggests, Orlando was not behind in the last three quarters and even led by 19 points in the meantime. In the closing stages, the Magic took turns hitting crucial three-pointers to nip any comeback attempts by the Knicks in the bud. Paolo Banchero led Orlando with 21 points (7/17 FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
- Franz Wagner (7/12 FG, 6 assists, 2 steals) and Wendell Carter Jr. (7/13 FG, 8 rebounds) scored well and contributed 16 points each, Cole Anthony contributed 18 points coming off the bench at 4 /6 from Downtown. Markelle Fultz (10) distributed 8 assists, Moritz Wagner marked 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in just under 17 minutes. Jalen Suggs continued to miss due to concussion.
- New York also lacked a Jalen backcourt, but Brunson was well replaced by Quentin Grimes (5/10 3P, 6 assists, 3 steals) and Immanuel Quickley (7/17 FG, 7 assists, 2 steals) with 25 points each. RJ Barrett (10, 3/12 FG) and Julius Randle (23, 7/20) scored less well.
- Mitchell Robinson hit his only shot from the field and was otherwise mostly limited to rebounding (6 of 12 on the opposing board) and defending (3 blocks). The Knicks center had complained about his role on the team last week. His substitute Isaiah Hartenstein (6 points, 3 assists), on the other hand, didn’t miss a single shot.
Brooklyn Nets (39-34) – Cleveland Cavaliers (47-28) 114:116 (BOXSCORE)
- Bitter defeat for the newly formed Nets, who were just 1.3 seconds behind in the second half. The Cavs ended the game on a 12-2 run that Isaac Okoro helped with the first game winner of his career put on the icing.
- Donovan Mitchell had gone to the free-throw line two points down after a foul by Spencer Dinwiddie with just under 12 seconds to play and had hit the first try, then things got absolutely wild. Spida’s second attempt was extremely short, but Mitchell reacted quickly and was the first to have his hands on the rebound, but then missed two tip attempts. The ball ended up in Dinwiddie’s hands for an infinitesimally brief moment, then in Caris LeVert’s hands. That was doubled on the right and found Okoro in the left corner for the free hit to victory.
- Okoro was in good spirits with 11 points on 3/4 distance shots, Mitchell had 31 points on 11/24 FG and only one turnover. The best Cavalier, however, was Evan Mobley with 26 points (11/18 FG), 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks, plus he snapped five times on the opposing board, as did Jarrett Allen (12, 10 rebounds).
- The top scorer of the game was Mikal Bridges with 32 points at 11/19 from the field, Dinwiddie (25, 9/15 FG, 12 assists) was also in a good mood. Support came from the bench with Joe Harris (15, 5/8 3P) and Royce O’Neale (12, 8 rebounds), but starting forwards Cameron Johnson (5, 1/6 FG) and Dorian Finney-Smith ( 4, 0/6 FG) were hardly usable in the throw.
- As a result of the defeat, the Nets (39-34) are currently out of direct playoff spots behind Miami (40-34) in the east.
New Orleans Pelicans (36-37) – Charlotte Hornets (23-51) 115:96 (BOXSCORE)
- The Pelicans are back on a play-in spot and Brandon Ingram gets his first triple-double of his career! He played like he would put it on every night. Already in the third quarter he was sure of success, in the end there were 30 points (10/23 FG), 11 rebounds and 10 assists with not a single turnover on his account. New Orleans led from the first goal to the end of the game.
- In addition to Ingram, Jonas Valanciunas (10/16 FG) and CJ McCollum (8/19) were also in good form with 20 points and 3 assists each. The center also besieged the opposing ring for 8 of his 19 rebounds.
- Among other things, the Hornets lacked success from a distance (9/37). Point guard Terry Rozier left the game in the first quarter with a foot injury and Kelly Oubre followed in the second with a pulled shoulder. Charlotte struggled in the end with only 7 players available, PJ Washington went ahead with 18 points (7/29 FG).
- Nick Richards, who just signed a 3-year, $15 million contract extension a few days ago, marked 9 points (3/4 FG) and grabbed 14 rebounds in the absence of Mark Williams.
Los Angeles Clippers (39-35) – Oklahoma City Thunder (36-37) 127:105 (BOXSCORE)
- The Clippers are hot on the heels of the Phoenix Suns (39-34) as they dominated the last 15 minutes. Before that, OKC was even just leading. Kawhi Leonard started off hot and hit every one of his first 7 throws in the first quarter, where he scored 15 of his 32 points. Leonard only missed 2 throws (13/15 FG) in the whole game and also recorded 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.
- When asked about the strong OKC defender Luguentz Dort and his “Dorture Chamber”, Leonard replied after the game in his usual dry manner: “I haven’t heard anything about it, I don’t read it. Only people who don’t play themselves tell that.”
- There did not line up against Leonard – and was also put down by the claw on the other side (3, 1/11 FG). With that, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had another strong showing with 30 points (10/15 FG), 3 assists and 3 blocks only in double figures from Josh Giddey (18, 8/15) and Jalen Williams (16, 7/12). Area.
- Russell Westbrook was also strong for the Clippers with 24 points (8/13) and 7 assists, along with Bones Hyland (16, 4/7 3P, 7 assists), Terance Mann (14) and Nicolas Batum (12, 4/6 3P) coming off the bench very well. LA hit 56 percent from the field and nearly 49 percent from long range (18/37).