The third matchday of Week 15 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.
Pistons 101-124 TrailBlazers
A dominant outing by Portland Trailblazers edged out a close first half at the Little Caesars Arena. Jerami Grant led the charge with 30 points, but was ousted by Damian Lillard who led the scoring chart with 33 points along with 10 assists.
This marks Trailblazers’ 4th win in a row while the Pistons continue to reel at the bottom.
Pacers 87-92 Heat
A rigid contest at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse ended in the favour of Miami Heat. Duncan Robinson netted 20 points for the visitors while Domantas Sabonis notched up 14 assists for the Pacers.
This win propels the current Eastern Conference champions to the fifth place. Meanwhile, their second consecutive loss means that the Pacers continue to tussle for the final playoff spot.
Nets 120-108 Rockets
After weeks of chasing, Brooklyn Nets finally thwarted the 76ers to lead the Eastern Conference table. They did so, with a win over Houston Rockets at the Barclays Center.
Joe Harris and Kyrie Irving posted 28 and 31 points respectively. On the other hand, James Harden scored 17 points against his former team.
Celtics 108-113 Mavericks
A thumping first half for the Mavericks which led to a 19-point deficit for the hosts marked the result of this fixture.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined to register 49 points for the Celtics. However, their efforts were overshadowed by the ever consistent Luka Doncic’s 36 point display.
Grizzlies 107-111 Jazz
Ja Morant’s 36-point effort ended in vain as league leaders Utah Jazz came away with the victory at the FedEx Forum.
Bojan Bogdanovic, Mike Conley Jr and Jordan Clarkson all notched over 20 points to give the side their seventh win in a row.
Thunder 113-103 Raptors
Seven players managed to get into double figures in terms of points for Oklahoma City Thunder in their win over Toronto Raptors at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Gary Trent Jr. posted 31 points for the visitors, but they were unable to recover from the Thunder’s second half charge.
Timberwolves 102-101 Knicks
Minnesota Timberwolves brought up their 12th win of the season following a close contest against New York Knicks at the Target Center.
No.1 Draft pick Anthony Edwards racked up 24 points and led the scoring for the hosts. Julius Randle chipped in with 26 points and 12 rebounds to take the topsy-turvy contest close
Spurs 120-106 Kings
A 69-point first half onslaught was enough for the San Antonio Spurs to pick up a convincing win over Sacramento Kings at the At&T Center.
DeMar DeRozan netted 26 points while Jakob Poeltl recorded 14 assists for the win. Harrison Barnes and Richaud Holmes registered a combined 29 assists for the visitors.
Lakers 97-112 Bucks
The defending champions’ landslide without their ace players continued as they slumped to a heavy defeat against Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and 10 rebounds, Jrue Holiday netted 28 points to lead the scoring.
Los Angeles Lakers had started the contest well by securing a six point lead in the second quarter. However, the Bucks heavily outscored for the rest of the contest.
Suns 121-116 Bulls
Phoenix Suns completed their fourth win in a row following their outing against Chicago Bulls at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Devin Booker illuminated the contest with a stunning 45-point display which was met with 14 assists from Chris Paul.
Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus young, and newcomer Nikola Vucevic all registered 10 assists each for the Bulls, but were still met with their fifth loss in a row.
NBA Week 15 Standings
- Brooklyn Nets
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Charlotte Hornets
- Miami Heat
- New York Knicks
- Atlanta Hawks
- Boston Celtics
- Miami Heat
- Chicago Bulls
- Toronto Raptors
- Washington Wizards
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Orlando Magic
- Detroit Pistons
- Utah Jazz
- Phoenix Suns
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Denver Nuggets
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Dallas Mavericks
- San Antonio Spurs
- Golden State Warriors
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Sacramento Kings
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Houston Rockets
- Minnesota Timberwolves