The middle of the week was full of good NBA games, although the results were mixed. Some teams are showing consistency, while others are still looking to find a victory again. Wednesday night’s action saw the Philadelphia 76ers continue performing better under head coach Doc Rivers, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are still struggling.
76ers Appear Unstoppable
The 76ers and Joel Embiid overcame the Charlotte Hornets once again. Embiid managed to score a total of 34 points and pick up 11 rebounds, helping the Sixers beat the Hornets on Wednesday night by a final score of 118-111. The 76ers seem to be unstoppable as they’re now getting their fourth straight win.
On the road to victory, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons scored 26 and 15 points, respectively, moving the 76ers’ winning streak against the Hornets to 14 games. This is considered the longest active streak in the NBA, tied with the LA Clippers, who also have the same record against the Orlando Magic. After Embiid’s great performance last night, the Hornets called him “unguardable” right now.
For the Hornets, LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward both scored 22 points, and they now lost their three-game winning streak. Up next, the 76ers will host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight and the Hornets will host the Utah Jazz tomorrow.
Giannis Dances Around Indiana
Giannis Antetokounmpo had no participation at all in the fourth quarter, however, that didn’t stop him from getting a triple-double while leading Milwaukee Bucks to a victory. The two-time MVP had an amazing night, scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Indiana Pacers were overcome by the Bucks and Antetokounmpo’s performance, including 7 of 8 from the line and 7 of 8 from the floor.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer was very happy with this outstanding performance and said after the game, “I just think he’s in a great place mindset-wise. He’s aggressive and attacking when it’s needed. He’s finding his teammates and finding opportunities for everybody else when it’s needed.” On the other hand, Domantas Sabonis gave it all to try to decrease the Bucks’ lead by scoring a career-high 33 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, showing a good performance once again since he also scored 32 points against the Grizzlies Tuesday.
Clippers Take Down The Cavs
Paul George came back strong after missing the first two games of the LA Clippers’ long road trip. He scored a total of 36 points to help the Clippers claim a victory over the Cavaliers last night, with a final score of 121-99. Kawhi Leonard added 24 points for the Clips, who avoided losing two straight for the first time this season.
George said that the loss against the Nets was a huge motivation for him to improve his performance against the Cavs. Both Leonard and George were sidelined at the beginning of the trip due to COVID-19 protocols. For the Cavaliers, Collin Sexton and Darius Garland scored 27 and 23 points, respectively, and they’re now going back home to face the Boston Celtics next Friday.
Celtics Still Having Issues
The Boston Celtics couldn’t keep it and they lost against the Sacramento Kings 116-111 on Wednesday night. De’Aaron Fox was on fire and contributed to that victory by getting 26 points and 11 assists, while Buddy Hield finished with a total of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Harrison Barnes and Tyrese Haliburton added 24 and 21 points, respectively. The Kings came up with some big stops in the second half and also limited the Celtics to two buckets over the final 2:26.
Boston was missing three of their best ballhandlers due to some injuries; however, Tatum gave it all after scoring a total of 27 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown also contributed with 21 points. They’re visiting the Clippers on Friday night, while the Kings are hosting the Nuggets on Saturday afternoon.