While many wish the weekend wouldn’t end so quickly, many NBA fans are looking forward to the games that are unveiled Sunday night. Even though only four games were played, all of them were very tight, so much so that one of them had to go into overtime. The back-and-forth is always appreciated by basketball fans.
Suns Topple The Hornets
In a tight game, where overtime was needed to determine the winner, the Phoenix Suns gave their final effort to overcome the Charlotte Hornets 101-97 on Sunday night. Devin Booker had an action-packed night, scoring 35 total points, while teammate Chris Paul added 16 more points to contribute to the win.
The Hornets, who had a chance to be victorious in this game, could not withstand the heat of the Suns. Devonte Graham led the team with 30 points, while Terry Rozier and Miles Bridges scored 22 and 18 points, respectively. As part of what is coming next, both teams can rest today and return to the court tomorrow night. The Suns stay at home to host the Atlanta Hawks, while the Hornets visit Washington to face the Wizards.
Trail Blazers Net The Raptors
The Portland Trail Blazers were able to make a big difference in the third quarter, and this was thanks to the great performance of Damian Lillard, while his teammate CJ McCollum made sure that the game ended with the score in their favor. McCollum, who scored seven of his 23 points in the last two minutes, helped Portland beat the Toronto Raptors 122-117 on Sunday night. Lillard had 22 points and 11 assists, and this was the team’s third straight win.
Pascal Siakam finished with 26 points, while teammate Fred VanVleet added 20 points and eight assists for Toronto, which has lost for the 11th time in 12 games. Coming up next, both teams will face off against the Detroit Pistons, with the Raptors being the first opponent tonight, and the Blazers following on Wednesday.
Gordon Shows Off In Denver Debut
Aaron Gordon made his debut with the Denver Nuggets and it was a special night after a 126-102 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. The new player was able to contribute 13 points, after being acquired from the Orlando Magic. Gordon quickly adapted to the play of his teammates Nikola Jokic, who finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Michael Porter Jr. scored 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hawks started the game on the right foot, but could not maintain that pace and the Nuggets quickly began to overtake them. Trae Young led the Hawks with 21 points, while his teammate, Danilo Gallinari was able to score 14 points against his former team. Both teams will be in action tomorrow night, as the Hawks prepare to visit the Phoenix Suns, while the Nuggets stay home to host the Philadelphia 76ers.
Lakers Find Their Groove
The LA Lakers are starting to look like they are on the mend again, after a win over the Orlando Magic last night, 96-93. This tight score is a testament to the great fight the defending champions had to put up to come out on top. However, Dennis Schröder and Kyle Kuzma were able to score 24 and 21 points, respectively, and that made a big difference. This is already the second in a row that they have won since the absence of Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
Kuzma was able to get his 12th double-double of the season after grabbing 11 rebounds last night. He said the Lakers had great opportunities during the game, but they were taken advantage of when it was almost too late. For the Magic, Dwayne Bacon scored 26 points, while Chuma Okeke added 14 more. Orlando (15-31) has dropped 13 of 15. The Magic face the LA Clippers tomorrow, while the Lakers host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.