The NBA match results and comments are as follows.
The Brooklyn Nets can’t get out of their lows even against the worst team in the league – instead they collect over 120 points again! The Utah Jazz and Donovan Mitchell cannot be stopped by the Boston Celtics (click here for the highlights!), The Philadelphia 76ers are also celebrating a success. Carmelo Anthony makes a jump in the all-time scorer ranking.
The Pelicans continue their triumphant advance and dominate the zone against Houston. Miami wins a defensive battle in Derrick Rose’s Knicks debut.
Detroit Pistons (6-18) – Brooklyn Nets (14-12) 122: 111
- Nets coach Steve Nash was visibly pissed off after the game: “It’s about our personal pride. We have to decide what kind of team we want to be in the future.” The clear words came after the fourth bankruptcy from the past five games, once again against a team with a negative balance and once again due to a disastrous defensive performance.
- Against the league table kids, Brooklyn is now 7-11, and the Pistons, the worst team in the NBA, couldn’t stop the Nets. Jerami Grant set his career best with 32 points (11/19 FG), Delon Wright contributed 22 points and rookie Saddiq Bey had a perfect evening (15, 6/6 FG, 3/3 threesome).
- The home side, who were in the meantime with up to 20 points in the front, sank 56 percent of their field throw attempts and 44.8 percent from a distance against the often indisposed Nets Defense. A 7-0 run at the beginning of the final section brought Detroit some distance again after a comeback attempt by the Nets. Then the pistons had no problems scoring further and thus bringing the victory to a dry sheet.
- Brooklyn has allowed more than 120 opposing points in seven consecutive games. The 27 points (12/28 FG, 2/9 threesomes and 7 assists) of returning Kyrie Irving, who was still limited after his finger injury, didn’t help much. James Harden had 24 points (8/14 FG), 12 assists, 5 blocks, but also 7 turnover, Kevin Durant (Corona protocol) was not there again.
- Even during the game there was some discussion among the Nets players due to their own extremely weak defense. Afterwards, Irving was also stunned. “We look very average,” was his conclusion.
Harden was trying to coach his new team after trailing early vs. Detroit. pic.twitter.com/mSpVQo17oo— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 10, 2021
Miami Heat (10-14) – New York Knicks (11-15) 98:96
- Basketball like from the 90s. “There weren’t many open throws in the last 14 or 16 minutes,” summed up Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra. “You had to fight hard for this victory.” So did Miami, which, led by the star duo Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, secured their third success in a row.
- In a second half without much scoring (both teams hit less than 35 percent from the field after the break) it was Butler and Bam who took the heat on their shoulders. Together they scored 31 of the 41 heat points in the second half. A minute or more before the end, Tyler Herro threw in a hugely important threesome that gave Miami the lead. A final layup by R.J. Barrett (13, 5/14 FG) danced across the ring to compensate, but fell out a few seconds before the end.
- Jimmy Buckets finished the game with 26 points (6/15 FG, 13/15 FT), 10 assists and a plus / minus rating of +25. Adebayo had 19 points, Herro 15 (plus 7 rebounds and 4 assists). Kelly Olynyk drew attention to himself with 20 points and 6/8 threes, but 17 of them came in half one.
- At the Knicks, Derrick Rose made a successful debut after the trade from the Pistons. The point guard put up 14 points (5/9 FG) in 20 minutes from the bench. The top scorer of the guests was Elfrid Payton, who was allowed to continue to start with 18 points. Julius Randle, meanwhile, remained pale with 12 points at 4/18 from the field and 1/7 threesomes.
New Orleans Pelicans (11-12) – Houston Rockets (11-13) 130: 101
- The pelicans continue on their wave of victory. Against the Rockets, Zion Williamson and Co. had their fourth success in a row, with the number 1 pick of 2019 struggling with foul problems for a long time. But Josh Hart was there with a strong performance, the 25-year-old put on 20 points and a career high with 17 rebounds.
- Hart also had a large part in a 17-0 run towards the end of the first half, which put NOLA at a distance for the first time – the Guard was responsible for 10 of these 17 points. After the break, the Pelicans lead grew to 20 points before Houston made it exciting again with a 14-2 run. But they couldn’t turn the game any more. Instead, the home side pressed the accelerator again in the last round and quickly nailed it with a 38:20 final section.
- The pelicans dominated especially in the zone. Zion and Co. scored 60 zone points (HOU: 48), grabbed 15 offensive rebounds for 18 second chance points (HOU: 10) and were not closed by the last strong, but by no means elitist Rockets defense that evening to stop. Williamson put on 20 points (6/10 FG, 8/10 FT), 7 assists and 5 rebounds in just 20 minutes, Brandon Ingram got 22 points. Lonzo Ball contributed 15 points on 3/6 from downtown and 6 rebounds.
- The Rockets missed Christian Wood, who was still injured, while DeMarcus Cousins remained pale (7 points, 7 rebounds at 1/8 FG). The best man among the guests was John Wall (25, 6 assists), Eric Gordon also made a solid scoring game with 23 points – but at the same time was at -40! Houston has now lost three games in a row.
Kemba Walker ‘s return paves the way for the irregular Celtics
Boston thus won the second of the consecutive games played between both teams. The Hawks won the first, which they played on Wednesday.
The Celtics have taken the win in two of their last three games, since they tied the worst stretch of the season, losing five of seven.
Kemba Walker was left out in Wednesday’s loss as he tries to improve the load on his left knee.
Power forward Jayson Tatum had 25 points and eight rebounds, while center Tristan Thompson, along with guard Jaylen Brown, scored 17 points each for the Celtics (15-14).
Another point guard, Trae Young, led Atlanta with a double-double of 31 points and 11 assists, but this time he couldn’t avoid defeat.
Swiss center Clint Capela added a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds and reserve forward Solomon Hill, for his part, scored 12 points.
The Hawks (12-17), who got 40 points from Young and made 57 percent of their field goals in Wednesday’s season-high win, this time struggled to keep up with Boston’s pace of play.
Kemba getting after it tonight pic.twitter.com/ru5zFUSBqE— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 20, 2021