The fourth matchday of Week 12 of the 2020-21 NBA season has concluded and it’s time to take a look back at the scores and highlights of the matches and standings of the teams.
A total of eight matches took place for the day with the league racing through the fixtures following the All-Star saga.
Thunder 97-119 Knicks
New York Knicks overcame a 12-point first quarter deficit to thump Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
No one from the thunder managed to score in excess of 20 points while for the Knicks, Julius Randle registered a triple-double while RJ Barrett led the scoring with 32 points to his name.
This win propels the Knicks to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with the Hawks on their tail.
Hornets 114-104 Raptors
Charlotte Hornets’ 44-point first quarter onslaught was too hot to handle for Toronto Raptors at the Spectrum Center.
LaMelo Ball’s rookie season heroics keep piling up with yet another sensational display. He led the team in scoring and rebounds with 23 and 9 respectively.
The current three-win streak has placed the Hornets at the sixth spot on level with Boston Celtics.
Nets 100-95 Pistons
James Harden’s triple double pushed Brooklyn Nets to a vital win over Detroit Pistons at the Barclays Center.
The win puts Nets within touching distance of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Much like the Nets, table toppers Philadelphia 76ers are also on a four-game winning streak.
Wizards 119-125 Bucks
Russell Westbrook’s stunning triple double was not enough to save Washington Wizards from a defeat against Milwaukee Bucks at the Capital One Arena.
At the other end, recently crowned NBA All-Star MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was not far behind. The Bucks ace also netted in a triple double to steer his side to a close win.
This was only the sixth instance where opposing players recorded a triple double with over 30 points.
Hawks 121-106 Kings
Atalanta Hawks turned their 11 point first-quarter deficit into a 10-point half time lead en route to a crucial win over Sacramento Kings at the State Farm Arena.
Trae Young top-scored for the Hawks with 28 points while Kings’ De’Aaron Fox led the scoring in the game by registering 32 points.
Timberwolves 121-125 Trailblazers
Portland Trailblazers overcame a resilient challenge by Minnesota Timberwolves to secure a win at the Target Center.
Carmelo Anthony top scored for the Trailblazers and in the process, climbled to the 11th spot of the all-time scorers list.
Damian Lillard also chipped in with 24 points and 10 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns registered 34 points for the away team.
Suns 111-122 Pacers
Domantas Sabonis’ triple double brought the Suns’ momentum to a screeching halt. Prior to this fixture, the Suns were on a five match winning run.
The Suns fell behind over the course of the second and the third quarter to hand the Pacers a vital win in their pursuit of a playoff spot.
Nuggets 103-116 Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis, Josh Richardson and Luka Doncic all notched over 20 points to steer Dallas Mavericks to a win over Denver Nuggets.
Nikola Jokic’s 26 points and 11 assists proved to be less as Nuggets slipped behind Trailblazers in the table.
NBA Week 12 Standings
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Brooklyn Nets
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Miami Heat
- Boston Celtics
- Charlotte Hornets
- New York Knicks
- Atlanta Hawks
- Indiana Pacers
- Toronto Raptors
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Washington Wizards
- Orlando Magic
- Detroit Pistons
- Utah Jazz
- Phoenix Suns
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Denver Nuggets
- San Antonio Spurs
- Dallas Mavericks
- Golden State Warriors
- Memphis Grizzlies
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Sacramento Kings
- Houston Rockets
- Minnesota Timberwolves