There were only five games last night in the NBA, but they were enough to give fans an amazing NBA Thursday night. The lineup was full of awesome performances and spectacular offensive moves, including Semi Ojeleye hitting six three-pointers and Stephen Curry knocking down ten 3-pointers.
Celtics Get Back To Work
The Boston Celtics didn’t play the way they were hoping, but they came back strong to redeem themselves after beating the Toronto Raptors 120-106. Ojeleye had a lot to do with this victory, as he scored a career-high 24 points and six 3-pointers, while rookie Payton Pritchard added 20 points and had a career-high six 3s. That helped the Celtics snap a two-game losing streak. Ojeleye, who had a great night, said he’s feeling better this season and added, “I really try to focus on the process of the shooting and not the result.”
For the Raptors, Kyle Lowry led the scoring after getting 24 points and six assists, and Pascal Siakam finished with a total of 23 points. Toronto was coming off a win at Washington on Wednesday night, but couldn’t keep the momentum going. As part of what’s coming next for these teams, the Celtics will host the Detroit Pistons today, while the Raptors will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in Tampa, Florida, where their home games will take place during the rest of the season.
Pacers End A Bad Run
The Indiana Pacers finally snapped a four-game losing streak after beating the Detroit Pistons 111-95 on Thursday night. Domantas Sabonis showed an awesome performance by scoring a total of 26 points, getting 8 rebounds, and adding 8 assists. Teammates Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb added 18 and 17 points, respectively.
On the other side, Josh Jack led Detroit after finishing with 18 points, while the rookie Isaiah Stewart, who got his first start at center, scored a total of 17 points. Due to a right elbow issue, Mason Plumlee was sidelined on this occasion. The Pacers are visiting the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, while the Pistons will visit the Boston Celtics today.
Curry Gets Spicy For The Warriors
Stephen Curry went crazy once with his 3-point skills again for the Golden State Warriors. He picked up ten last night, ultimately scoring a total of 40 points, and added eight rebounds and five assists. This made the Warriors’ 111-105 victory against the Orlando Magic very easy.
Steve Clifford, the Warriors’ head coach, was amazed by Curry’s performance last night, saying after the game, “I just told him he looks great, he looks quick, he looks healthy, he looks like he’s loving it. He’s playing as well or better than he was before.” By now, the two-time MVP has made at least four 3-pointers in a career-best 13 straight games, demonstrating he’s a beast when it comes to shooting from beyond the paint.
The Magic wasn’t having a good time, as four key players were already missed when later, Frank Mason III got out of the game due to a strained right groin. Coming up next, the Magic will complete a back-to-back at the Kings today, and the Warriors are hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Portland Blazing A New Trail
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers was already expecting an on-fire Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night and well, Carmelo reminded him he was right. He scored a season-high 24 points and helped the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Sixers 118-114.
As part of the contribution for this victory, Damian Lillard got 30 points, and the Blazers now got their fourth victory in five games. For the Sixers, Joel Embiid tried to give it all and had 35 points and nine rebounds, while Ben Simmons added 23 points and 11 boards. But, it wasn’t enough, as Philadelphia now snapped a four-game road winning streak. The 76ers will visit the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, while the Trail Blazers will host the Cleveland Cavaliers today.