MADRID – The Nets consolidated their leadership in the Eastern Conference with a long-suffering victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phoenis Suns beat the Washington Wizards more comfortably and the Pistons continue with their particular ordeal by adding his thirteenth consecutive defeat.
The New York team had a great collective performance and won away from home by 116 to 103. Quickley (24), Fournier (23) and Randle (21), the most outstanding in scoring. At Houston, Theis finished with a double-double (22 points and 10 rebounds).
ROCKETS 103 – KNICKS 116
The New York Knicks defeated the Houston Rockets 103-116 thanks to the performance of the New Yorkers’ bench that scored 63 points, more than half of the total team.
By comparison, the Rockets bench only made 36 points.
Three of the four reserves who played, Mitchell Robinson, Miles McBride and Immanuel Quickley, each had 15 or more points. In addition, Quickley was the leading scorer of the game with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
Knicks guard Evan Fournier also had a good night with 23 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists.
The Rockets’ best player was insider Daniel Theis who had a double-double of 22 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks.
McGee stood out again with 17 points, in a team that had eight players in double digits. On the Washington side, Beal was the top exponent with 26.
SUNS 118 – WIZARDS 98
The victory of the Suns allows the Phoenix tie for the Western Conference lead with the Golden State Warriors. Although those of San Francisco occupy the first place, both teams now have 23 wins and 5 losses.
After a faltering start, the party leadership changed five times in the first quarter, the Suns took over the game in the second quarter and gave Washington no choice.. Phoenix’s men were 26 points ahead in the fourth quarter.
The top scorer of the game was the Washington shooting guard Bradley Beal, who had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal.
In the Suns, 8 players finished the game with 10 or more points. Center Deandre Ayton had a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block. The The Suns’ top scorer was JaValee McGee with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
PACERS 122 – PISTONS 113
The Pacers took advantage of the worst team in the NBA this season, the Detroit Pistons, to break a 2-game losing streak.
Defeat at home condemns Detroit to their thirteenth consecutive loss and sinks them further into last place in the Eastern Conference with 23 games lost. and only 4 wins since the season started.
The top scorer was the Indiana player Caris LaVert, who scored 31 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. In addition to LaVert, five other Pacers players had 10 or more points.
The best player for the Pistons was Saddiq Bey, with a double-double of 28 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
With another spectacular night from Kevin Durant (34 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists), the Brooklyn team celebrated 114-105. Embiid finished with 32 on the rival.
NETS 114 – 76ERS 105
Kevin Durant once again established himself as the bulwark of some Brooklyn Nets that could only have nine players and against a Philadelphia 76ers who arrived in New York relaxed.
Durant finished the game as the leading scorer and on the verge of a new triple-double with 34 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 block. KD only made 2 triples (of 3 attempts) but the last one, taken 1.46 minutes from the end of the game when the score reflected a tie at 103-103, was essential for the Nets victory.
Durant scored the triple and also an additional free throw when receiving a personal from his defender, Tobias Harris, which turned KD’s shot into a 4-point play that separated the Brooklyn team at 107-103.
Joel Embiid, the 76ers center, had a total of 32 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal while his teammate Seth Curry posted 29 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.
After Thursday’s victory, the Nets establish themselves as leaders of the Eastern Conference.
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Nets solidify their lead, Suns equalize Warriors