The Hornets hit hard against the Bucks, the Lakers continue

Portland Trail Blazers @ Indiana Pacers: 99-108
New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors: 112-108
Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia Sixers: 126-112
Brooklyn Nets @ New Orleans Pelicans: 108-102
Charlotte Hornets @ Milwaukee Bucks: 138-109
Washington Wizards @ Oklahoma City Thunder: 110-127
Detroit Pistons @ San Antonio Spurs: 109-121
Los Angeles Clippers @ Minnesota Timberwolves: 115-128
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Denver Nuggets: 108-121
Miami Heat @ Phoenix Suns: 104-96

Hornets tie NBA record, embarrass Bucks

– What a night for the Hornets. Typically on the wrong side of history, Steve Clifford’s players put their names in the record books by scoring 51 points in the first quarter against the Bucks on Friday night. 51 points is pretty much an NBA record equal. It was at the end of the roaring start of this meeting that they ended up correcting the 2021 NBA champions on their floor, in Milwaukee. Terry Rozier scored 39 points. LaMelo Ball 24, with 12 assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 9 minor points in 22 minutes. His lowest total this season. Even though it’s only the regular season, the Bucks still show not-so-reassuring flaws for weeks.

– This is not a party for the Trail Blazers. The Oregon franchise lost for the seventh time in its last ten games. Damian Lillard (19 points on 7 of 24 shots) lost against the Pacers, who were noticeably dominated by the opposing defense in the last quarter. Indiana held Portland to 17 points in the final 12 minutes while letting Tyrese Haliburton control the game on offense. The point guard finished with 15 points and 12 assists. Myles Turner added 17 points.

LeBron James led the Lakers to their fourth straight win

– Back after missing the last game because he was sick, LeBron James really looks like he’s in good shape again. His 25 points and 10 assists led Los Angeles to its fourth straight win. The Lakers defeated the Hawks, with Russell Westbrook close to a triple-double (18 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists).

– Fourth straight victory for the Knicks as well. The Manhattan team was definitely heading east. As he does almost every night, he relies on Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson to find new success, this time against the Raptors. The former compiled 32 points and 11 rebounds while the latter finished with 26 points and 8 assists. There were also 10 pawns in the last quarter for Brunson. It was the first time since 2015 that the Knicks won on Canadian soil. Toronto continues to sink in the Eastern Conference standings and now occupies twelfth place.

– New triple-double for Nikola Jokic. 28 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and another victory for the Nuggets. Denver beat Cleveland, playing without Donovan Mitchell, who was resting. Jamal Murray (18 points) was able to play his first back-to-back since returning from injury. The Colorado franchise is first in the West and Jokic is increasingly acting as a favorite for his own streak.

– It’s hard to compete with the Bulls when Zach LaVine is so good. The Chicago All-Star guard hit 11 of 13 three-point attempts last night. He scored 41 points overall and Chicago beat Philadelphia without Joel Embiid. The Bulls, who have been improving for weeks, rode this performance to clinch yet another victory. Also note the triple-double of Nikola Vucevic, author of 19 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

Big double-double for Rudy Gobert

– It will be good for morale. Not always great offensively, and especially not yet adjusting to his new team, Rudy Gobert turned in a very solid performance in the Timberwolves’ win over the Clippers. The French pivot finished with 25 points and 21 rebounds. A dominant game against a California team playing without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Gobert finished with 11 baskets on 15 attempts in 36 minutes. And a norm of +31.

– Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant missed 32 shots between them. But despite this, the two Nets superstars still guided their team to victory on the floor of the Pelicans. Irving remarkably scored 7 points in the last minute to ensure his team’s victory. Brooklyn’s defense made the difference, especially in the second half when their opponents, under pressure, struggled to get shots off.

– The Thunder don’t have much trouble against the Wizards. Oklahoma City won at home with 30 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

– Despite the good Killian Hayes, who flashed 18 points, 7 assists and 5 steals, the Pistons lost in the Spurs field. Tyus Jones was the strongman for San Antonio with 25 points. The Spurs won after losing Keldon Johnson to injury.

– Bam Adebayo (21 points) and Jimmy Butler (20 points) set an example for the Heat. But it was another player, Victor Oladipo, who became Miami’s X factor against Phoenix. The former All-Star scored 26 points off the bench and the Floridians won.

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