NBA Action: Celtics, Suns, Mavericks, and More Secure Victories
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Nov 16, 2023, 08:25
The return of Devin Booker after missing five games, with 31 points, led the Phoenix Suns to victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Meanwhile, Jayson Tatum scored 29 points to secure a win for the Boston Celtics in Philadelphia. Additionally, Damian Lillard contributed 37 points to guide the Milwaukee Bucks to victory without their star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo. These remarkable performances highlighted the action-packed day in the NBA.
The Sacramento Kings handed the Los Angeles Lakers their first home loss of the season, despite a triple-double from LeBron James. The Dallas Mavericks, led by Luka Doncic, also showcased their dominance against the Washington Wizards.
76ERS 107-117 CELTICS
Despite missing key players Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porzingis, the Celtics emerged victorious in a clash between two teams with 8-2 records. Tatum’s 29 points, Derrick White’s 27 points, and Jrue Holiday’s double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds contributed to Boston’s win. The 76ers, previously undefeated at home, suffered their second consecutive loss, making the Celtics the only team in the East with an undefeated home record.
SUNS 133-115 WOLVES
Devin Booker’s return after a five-game absence due to injury proved crucial as he scored 31 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 133-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Booker received support from Kevin Durant, who also scored 31 points, in the Suns’ triumph at the Foorprint Center. This win marked the Suns’ recovery from two consecutive losses and improved their overall record to 5-6.
WIZARDS 117-130 MAVERICKS
The Mavericks bounced back from their previous loss to the New Orleans Pelicans with a solid victory against the Wizards. Tim Hardaway’s 31 points and Luka Doncic’s impressive performance of 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 10 assists propelled the Mavericks to success. Hardaway’s seven 3-pointers and Doncic’s four contributed significantly to the team’s win. Despite the Wizards’ four-game losing streak, Kyle Kuzma stood out with 22 points.
RAPTORS 112-128 BUCKS
Even without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was sidelined due to a calf problem, Damian Lillard led the Bucks to a resounding victory against the Raptors with 37 points and 13 assists. Malik Beasley’s exceptional performance of 30 points, shooting 11 of 14 from the field and 8 of 11 from beyond the arc, provided valuable support for Lillard. The Bucks showcased their strength and depth in the absence of their star player.
LAKERS 110-125 KINGS
Despite LeBron James’ triple-double of 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, the Lakers suffered their first home loss of the season against the impressive team performance of the Kings. Domantas Sabonis recorded a double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds, while De’Aaron Fox and Kevin Huerter each contributed 28 points for the Kings. Although the Kings had a comfortable lead, the Lakers managed to reduce the margin in the final minutes of the game.
BLAZERS 95-109 CAVALIERS
The Cavaliers defeated the struggling Blazers with 34 points from Donovan Mitchell and a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds from Evan Mobley. The Blazers have now lost five consecutive games, while the Cavaliers improved their record to 5-6 in the Eastern Conference.
HAWKS 114-116 KNICKS
The Knicks secured their fourth win in the last five games by defeating the Hawks on their home court. Julius Randle almost achieved a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Jalen Brunson contributed 24 points, including six 3-pointers, while Immanuel Quickley scored 20 points off the bench. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Hawks with 28 points, despite Trae Young’s below-par performance of 15 points on 4-of-12 shooting. However, Young made up for it by distributing 17 assists.
BULLS 94-96 MAGIC
A last-second basket by Paolo Banchero dashed the Bulls’ hopes of a comeback as they lost 96-94 against the Magic. Zach LaVine’s consecutive triples tied the game at 94, but Banchero’s late heroics sealed the victory for the Magic. Banchero scored 9 of his 17 points in the final quarter, leading the Magic to a hard-fought win after relinquishing a 17-point halftime lead.