Wednesday night’s NBA games were incredible, so much so that one game went into overtime. The intensity doesn’t seem to be letting up and, as time goes on, the offensive action becomes more impressive. Several stars are already returning to the court and it has been noticed in a big way in the final results.
Holiday Time For Indiana
Aaron Holiday and his brother Justin Holiday showed last night what they were capable of after scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively. With that, the Indiana Pacers managed to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 141-137. It was definitely a game full of points and a lot of offensive action from both teams. Domantas Sabonis was absent on this occasion, but it seems that there was no need for the All-Star to be present, as the Pacers achieved their goal.
On the other hand, Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 32 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists. While his teammate Anthony Edwards got 27 points. Both teams will be on the road tomorrow night. The Timberwolves travel to Boston to face the Celtics, while the Pacers travel to Orlando to try to beat the Magic.
The Boston Celtics kept the right pace throughout the game to beat the New York Knicks 101-99 after a tight game. The victory was due in large part to the 32 points and 10 rebounds that Jaylen Brown put up. Although Jayson Tatum committed eight turnovers, he finished the game with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Smart scored 17 points for the Celtics, who have now won three of four.
For the Knicks, RJ Barrett hit 6-of-6 three-pointers and scored 29 points. However, it wasn’t enough as the team has now lost two straight games. Next, the Knicks stay at home to host the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night, while the Celtics prepare to host Timberwolves on the same night.
Durant Back In Full Form
Kevin Durant returned with a phenomenal performance after missing a total of 23 games due to a left hamstring problem. The Brooklyn Nets were able to overcome the New Orleans Pelicans 139-111 on Wednesday night. Durant entered the game with about seven minutes to play in the second quarter and was explosive. By the end of that period, the Nets were able to score 79 points and take a 20-point lead. The All-Star finished with 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
On the other hand, Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points for the Pelicans before he was ejected in the third quarter. Zion Williamson finished with just 16 points, snapping a 25-game streak of scoring 20+ points. The Pelicans now host the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow night, while the Nets also stay at home to host the LA Lakers the following night.
The game between the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns was so good and tight that it overtime was needed to determine a winner. Devin Booker scored a total of 35 points and Chris Paul finished with 29, giving the Suns a big lift to beat the Jazz 117-113 on Wednesday night.
Donovan Mitchell was on fire last night and led Utah with 41 points. Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points and Rudy Gobert got 16 points and 18 rebounds, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome a strong late performance by the Suns. The Jazz now host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight, while the Suns travel to LA for another intriguing game against the Clippers also today.