As the week progresses, NBA teams begin to take an incredible rhythm that leads to games with great defensive and offensive actions. Even though Tuesday night only had four games, that was enough for fans to be satisfied after watching the players do everything they could to take home a win.
Suns Fly Over The Hawks
In the final minutes of their game, the Phoenix Suns were able to take the lead and beat the Atlanta Hawks 117-110 on Tuesday night. The players able to help the most were Devin Booker, who scored 21 in total, and Dario Saric, who contributed 20 more points for the victory. So far, the Suns have managed to win six of their last seven games, but the Hawks don’t seem to have the same streak after failing to get a favorable result in four of five games.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led Atlanta with 22 points while Trae Young had 19 points and 13 assists. De’Andre Hunter’s absence has also been felt by the Hawks after he suffered a knee problem. Tonight, the Suns host the Chicago Bulls, while tomorrow the Hawks fly to San Antonio to try to beat the Spurs.
Magic Find Some Magic
The second half of the game was crucial for the Orlando Magic as they overcame the LA Clippers. Chuma Okeke began to show what he was made of for the Magic and, after scoring 18 points, Orlando was able to take away the six-game winning streak that the Clippers were proudly carrying in a game that ended with a 103-96 score in favor of the Magic.
Kawhi Leonard did everything he could to give the Clippers the lead with 2:36 remaining but the Magic scored 11 straight points and that was enough to take a lead the Clippers couldn’t handle. Leonard scored 28 total points, while teammates Luke Kennard and Ivica Zubac added 17 and 14 points, respectively. As part of the teams’ continuing action, both will return to the court tomorrow, with the Magic flying to New Orleans to face the Pelicans, while the Clippers remain at home, preparing to face the Denver Nuggets.
Nuggets Slow Down, But Still Win
Even though the end of the game was not at all beneficial for the Nuggets, the big lead they had from the start gave them the opportunity to stay up and beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-95 on Tuesday night. This victory was achieved thanks to the great performance of Jamal Murray, who scored 30 points, and Michael Porter Jr., who added 27. Nikola Jokic also contributed 21 points and says he was very motivated by the presence of his fans on the court, something that hasn’t happened since a year ago when the pandemic started to strike.
Reserve Tyrese Maxey wanted to try to help his team win and led the Sixers with 13 points, all in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. As part of what’s ahead for both teams, the 76ers visit the Cleveland Cavaliers to wrap up a six-game trip tomorrow night as the Nuggets prepare for their game against the Clippers tomorrow, as well.
Hornets Swoop Over The Wiz
The Charlotte Hornets had an eventful night where they had to bring out their offensive best to defeat the Washington Wizards, 114-104. To contribute to the win, Eric Rozier scored 27 points and Gordon Hayward got 26 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Charlotte has had a good performance lately, as they have managed to win four of five games.
Bradley Beal has remained absent due to a bruised right hip and it seems that the Wizards need him as soon as possible. Rui Hachimura tied his career-high with 30 points for the Wizards, while teammate Russell Westbrook had a great night and had his 17th triple-double of the season and his third straight with 22 points, 15 assists, and 15 rebounds. Both teams leave home for action tomorrow night, the Hornets visit the Brooklyn Nets, while the Wizards travel to Detroit to face the Pistons.