Forward Tobías Harris had 27 points and eight rebounds as the leader of the Philadelphia Sixers, who beat the Indiana Pacers 110-119 at home.
The Sixers trailed by 16 points at the start of the fourth quarter, but closed with a 31-6 run to earn their sixth win in seven games, this time without Cameroonian center Joel Embiid, who was left out with a sore back.
Australian point guard Ben Simmons contributed 21 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four ball recoveries to be another of the key players in the triumph of the Sixers (15-6), who are consolidated as leaders of the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.
The reserve forward, the Turkish Furkan Korkmaz, contributed 17 points as the sixth player. Korkmaz added the lead baskets in the fourth quarter.
While veteran center Dwight Howard, who came out as a backup, imposed his power inside the paint with a double-double of 11 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks, which made him another winning factor for the Sixers.
The base Malcolm Brogdon, with 25 points, was once again the leader of the Pacers attack (11-9), who lost the second consecutive game.
Lithuanian power forward Domantas Sabonis added 21 points and eight rebounds and backup guard Aaron Holiday had 17 for the Pacers, who remain second in the Central Division and dropped to fifth in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers have lost five of eight games and this time they could not add their fourth consecutive victory in the series between both teams.
RAPTORS 115-102 MAGIC
Power forward Pascal Siakam contributed a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 115-102, in a duel of teams with losing records in the Eastern Conference.
The Raptors (8-12) snapped a three-game losing streak.
Point guard Kyle Lowry added a double-double of 12 points with 15 assists, and starting guard Terrence Davis along with backup forward Deandre Bembry each had 12 points.
The Raptors led 58-44 after a first half in which Orlando made just 36 percent of his shots from the field and Montenegrin Swiss center Nikola Vucevic was left with three points.
Rookie point guard Cole Anthony scored 16 points as the Magic’s best scorer (8-13), who lost the third consecutive game and the fifth in the last six games.
Vucevic had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds, which could not be a winning factor, but he surpassed former point guard Scoott Skiles with the most shooting in team history in eighth place.
While power forward Aaron Gordon scored 14 points before he was injured.
Gordon had to leave the game in the third period after suffering an ankle injury, without the team giving more information about his physical condition.
The Orlando team, which started the league 4-0 and was the last NBA team to lose undefeated, has suffered 11 losses in the last 13 games.
NBA match reports : LeBron James saves the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime – strong Giannis is not enough for the Bucks – Bulls shoot out all the lights
NBA match reports: The Los Angeles Lakers have to go into overtime for the third year in a row and tremble to victory thanks to LeBron James. The Phoenix Suns defy a 47-point performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls shut out all the lights. And: The Brooklyn Nets can defend.
The Raptors kill the Wizards with a strong final spurt. Brooklyn shows a strong reaction after three defeats in a row – and that in defense!
Washington Wizards (6-16) – Toronto Raptors (12-13) 115: 137
- NBA match reports: The Raptors are slowly but surely climbing back towards a balanced record. After the horror start to the season, the Canadians in Washington have now achieved their fifth win from the last six games, primarily thanks to an excellent evening shooting.
- Against the well-known weak Wizards defense, the Raptors sank 52.7 percent from the field and an outstanding 19/32 from a distance (59.4 percent). In the first quarter, Toronto with 40 points gave an impression of the direction in which this game should go, after which they did not give up the lead.
- After all, the home side kept it more or less exciting for a long time. Russell Westbrook, who was weak in first half, thawed a bit after the break (19 of 23 points in the second half, plus 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 turnovers at 9/20 FG). His two three-pointers only put Washington at -5 with eight and a half minutes before the end – but then the Raptors ended the game with a 26: 9 run.
- The Canadians’ shoot was just too much, Kyle Lowry sank 5/8 threes on the way to 21 points, but the best scorer was Norman Powell (28, 10/18 FG). Pascal Siakam (26) or Chris Boucher (17 and 16 rebounds) also showed good performances, while Bradley Beal on the other side did not go beyond 24 points (8/20 FG, 1/6 threesome). That made him the top scorer of the Wizards. Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga were not used.
Brooklyn Nets (15-12) – Indiana Pacers (12-13) 104: 94
- NBA match reports: The evening before, the mood in Brooklyn was a bit depressed after the Nets conceded 122 points against the Pistons and the third bankruptcy in a row. But the star ensemble showed a strong reaction and ended the series of defeats against the Pacers. And this time the defense was right too.
- Indiana scored 30 points in the entire first half with a miserable field throw rate of 25.6 percent (11/43 FG) on the scoreboard. Led by Kyrie Irving (35 points and 8 assists at 8/17 FG and 17/17 FT), the Nets rolled over the guests to a 62:30 halftime lead – a Nets record since the franchise moved to Brooklyn in 2012.
- “We didn’t play such a defense the entire season. It was good to see,” said Joe Harris, who contributed 17 points to the success. James Harden got 19 points (4/13 FG), 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 turns, DeAndre Jordan made a positive impression with a double-double (12 and 13 rebounds) and a cracking alley-oop after a nice Irving pass attentive. Kevin Durant (Corona Protocol) is not expected back until Friday.
- The game was in fact already decided at half-time, the relatively tight final result said little about the course of the game. Indiana set the season low for points and the throwing rate (39.1 percent), Domantas Sabonis was still the best man with 18 points (7/20 FG) and 9 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon had 15 points, but needed 17 throws (5 hits). After all, Caris LeVert experienced a nice return to his old place of work, who received a video tribute from his ex-team.
Kyrie with the handles and the lob to DJ 😳 pic.twitter.com/47FjEwnWPH— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 11, 2021