Nearly every NBA team has now played half their games, and this season’s offensive explosion continues to be evident.
Of the 16 teams in action Wednesday, six scored at least 125 points and three scored 135 points. With 41 points against the Pelicans, Jaylen Brown featured the only 40-point game of the night, and it feels like equally huge individual performances happen every night.
Pistons turn off lights in 135-118 win over Timberwolves
Led by Saddiq Bey (31 points on 10-16 shooting), the Pistons shot a blistering 48-80 (60.0%) from the floor, including 17-32 (53.1%) from three. Bojan Bogdanovic contributed the most to that, shooting 5-8 (62.5%) from three and finishing with 27 points.
Kuzma hits game winner for Wizards over Bulls, 100-97
Milwaukee pulls away from Atlanta late, 114-105
Trailing by two with just over three minutes to play, Milwaukee rode a 10-0 run that included four points from Jrue Holiday and three assists from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Holiday led the Bucks to 27 (10-21 FG) while Giannis struggled to score but still flirted with a triple-double (seven points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists).
This is the seventh loss for Atlanta, which was without Trae Young (non-COVID illness), in its last 10 games, leaving them on the edge of the slots. They now sit 9th in the East, just 1.0 games ahead of 11th place Toronto.
Celtics hold off Pelicans, 125-114
As I’ve noted before, it was a big night for Jaylen Brown (41 points, a season high on 15-21 shooting with 12 rebounds), but Jayson Tatum wouldn’t dare go unnoticed, posting 31 of 10 points. -22 shots with 10 rebounds. of its own.
The Pelicans have struggled to keep up offensively with the Celtics as they continue to deal with the absences of Zion Williamson (out for another few weeks with a hamstring injury) and Brandon Ingram (maybe back in the next game or two). CJ McCollum picked up most of the scoring load with those two players and Wednesday was no different as he finished with 38 points on 15-24 FG for the losing team.
Knicks hang on to beat Pacers, 119-113
Behind Jalen Brunson’s 15 points in the first quarter, New York took a 37-21 lead in the second, where things only got worse for Indiana. The Knicks built their lead to 25 in the third quarter before the Pacers began to close the gap, cutting the deficit to one ball game to one possession within a few points in the final minutes, but never able to overcome the bump.
Brunson finished with 34 points while Julius Randle added 16 rebounds to his 14 points. In the standings, the win means the Knicks position themselves with the Pacers, moving from No. 7 to No. 6, above the play-in picture. Buddy Hield scored 31 points for Indy in the loss.
San Antonio’s comeback falls short in Memphis, 135-129
Down 13 with just under six minutes to play, Spurs warmed up for a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to three before Memphis edged them 5-2 in the final 103 seconds to seal the win. victoire.
Ja Morant (38 points) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (21 points and 12 rebounds) led the Grizzlies in scoring while Steven Adams posted another night of elite rebounding with 18 rebounds to go along with his 11 points; it’s his fifth game with at least 18 rebounds this season. Keldon Johnson and Tre Jones each scored 20+ for San Antonio.
Nuggets hit shorthanded Suns, 126-97
Phoenix is still without many of its best players as injuries pile up, and that was before they had to face Mile High City at the end of a straight streak. In a victory where Denver snagged 70 points from the Suns in the first half alone, Nikola Jokic led the way with a near-triple double to 21 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. The Nuggets continue to lead the West while the Suns lead the West’s play-in picture.
Kings use fruitful fourth-place finish to finish Houston, 135-115
The Rockets held a lead with 8:44 remaining in the contest, but Sacramento closed the game on a 35-14 run, led by Trey Lyles, who had 15 and six of his 20 points and seven rebounds in the fourth. .
The Kings stars also played admirably with De’Aaron Fox posting 24 points and nine assists while Domantas Sabonis finished with a near-triple double at 25 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. It will be interesting to see which star, if any, makes the all-star match after neither appears on early fan voting returns.
Speaking of big men filling out the stat sheet, Alperen Sengun played for the Rockets in this game, posting his first career triple-double with 10/10/10. Jalen Green led them with 26 points, but with less efficiency at 9-25 from the ground and 3-12 from range.