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It was a really busy Monday night in the NBA yesterday and we were treated to some truly great matchups. Some of the teams showed once again why they are where they are while others disappointed. So, what went down in the NBA last night?
The first game of the night was in Washington where the home Wizards were hosting the Sacramento Kings. From very early on, it was obvious that this was going to be a career night for John Wall as he dished out 8 assists in the opening quarter, most of them finding their way to Marcin Gortat. By the end of the game, Wall had career-high 19 assists to go along with 12 points. The Wizards won 113-99.
In Boston, we saw the clash between the Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were trying to surprise the Celts in their arena. It didn’t really work out for them. For the Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins had great games but did not have much support from teammates. On the other side, the Celtics put in a joint effort which won them the game, 113-99. No, this is not a typo. Two games had the same end score last night.
The Orlando Magic came to New York to take on the Knicks and they took home the victory, 107-99 (almost 113-99). Vucevic feasted on the inside, scoring 26 points while Tobias Harris added 20 more. For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony had a decent game while Porzingis just could not make a basket, going 3 for 12 from the field. He did have 4 blocks, though.
The Portland Trailblazers went to Atlanta to meet the Hawks without their two best players this season, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. They put in quite an effort, but couldn’t hold on in the end as they lost 106-97. Hawks’ point guard Dennis Schroder lost a tooth during the game.
Last night’s game in Chicago showed that there is something wrong going on with the Bulls. Brooklyn Nets were in town and they managed to win, which is something they haven’t been doing this year. The final score was 105-102. The Houston Rockets hosted the Charlotte Hornets and James Harden managed to win this one for the Rockets all on his own. The Hornets played tough with a number of players finishing in double figures, but it was not enough. They lost 102-95.
The San Antonio Spurs continued doing their thing and they handed the Indiana Pacers a loss, 106-92. Kawhi Leonard had a monster game, both posting up the numbers and taking out Paul George out of the game. George scored season-low seven points. In Salt Lake City, the Utah Jazz played their stingy defense and handed out the Phoenix Suns a 110-89 loss. The Jazz controlled the game from early on and it was never close. Alec Burks had one of the best dunks of the year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers played a fierce game in LA last night and in a star-studded duel, it was the Thunder who prevailed in the end. It was all Kevin Durant late on. He first put up his OKC up 100-99 and then he blocked Chris Paul as the time was running out.