Many games with unexpected results were played on Sunday night, which is proof enough that the NBA continues to make it clear that nothing is set in stone and that anyone could win the current season’s title. Several starters continue to be absent, and that undoubtedly has also affected the results we have been seeing in the last few nights.
Celtics Too Much For The Hornets
The Boston Celtics received huge assistance from Jayson Tatum, who, after scoring 22 points and eight rebounds, helped his team easily beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-86 on Sunday night. Evan Fournier also did not want to be left behind in contributing to this victory, as he scored four 3-pointers and 17 points, his teammate Robert Williams finished with 16 points to help Boston, who now have their second consecutive victory.
On the other hand, Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 22 points and seven assists but that did not help his team at all, as after being defeated by 30 points, they got the worst loss of the whole season. The Celtics stay at home preparing to host the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow night, while the Hornets travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunders the following night.
Lakers Continue Skid
Two great LA teams met on Sunday night, and Marcus Morris had a good performance, scoring 22 points, which helped the LA Clippers defeat the short-handed LA Lakers 104-86 and to end a two-game skid. In addition, Kawhi Leonard, who came close to a triple-double, got 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Paul George finished with 16 points for the Clippers.
The Lakers’ poor performance meant they were unable to get back on the positive side, which remains elusive in the absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Montrezl Harrell led the Lakers with 19 points against his old team. Next up, the Lakers now visit the Toronto Raptors tomorrow night, while the Clippers prepare to host the Portland Trail Blazers.
Bulls Pick Up Surprise Win
The Chicago Bulls did not allow the Brooklyn Nets’ power to take over the game last night, and Zach LaVine’s 25 points were enough for the Bulls to take home a victory, with a final score of 115-107. With this, the team managed to snap a six-game losing streak. Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and this is the first time Chicago won a game since the acquisition of this player. Tomas Satoransky also did not want to be left behind and had a season-high 19 points and 11 assists.
For Brooklyn, Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 15 assists to lead the team, who played without Kevin Durant and James Harden once again. Coming up next, the Nets now prepare to host the neighboring New York Knicks tonight, while the Bulls visit the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night.
Memphis Roars Against Philadelphia
The third quarter was definitely a key period for the Memphis Grizzlies, as Grayson Allen had 11 of his 15 points in the period. That turned the game around, and the Grizzlies were able to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 116-100 on Sunday night. It looks like Memphis had an excellent night, the team had seven players in double-figures and totaled 30 assists. Among them Dillon Brooks, who scored 17 points, and Jonas Valanciunas, who managed to score 16 points and 12 rebounds.
“It’s a beautiful stat sheet, for sure,” head coach Taylor Jenkins said. The Grizzlies had the advantage for most of the first half without any problems, and throughout the game, they tried to keep their foot on the gas in order to expand the margin. Tobias Harris did his part to help the 76ers, after scoring a total of 21 points. This team has had to play 11 of its last 12 games with the absence of Joel Embiid. Now, both teams will be in action again tomorrow night, the Grizzlies travel to Miami to face the Heat, while the 76ers start a four-game road trip against the Boston Celtics.