The seventh matchday of Week 16 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.
Nuggets 87-105 Celtics
Nikola Jokic’s triple-double was not enough to keep Boston Celtics at bay as they proceeded to run away as the winners at the Ball Arena. The Celtics held the Nuggets to just 8 points in the final quarter to complete a remarkable comeback.
Fresh from his stellar 50-point performance, Jayson Tatum led the scoring again with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Currently, on a three-match unbeaten run with this win, the Celtics climb into the top half of the table.
Cavaliers 109-116 Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans came back from a 10-point first-quarter deficit and latched onto a poor fourth quarter by Cleveland Cavaliers.
Zion Williamson slammed 38 points at the Quicken Loans Arena to send the Cavaliers further down the Eastern Conference table.
Magic 87-124 Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks snapped out of their three game losing run with a thumping win over Orlando Magic.
The Bucks coped well without Giannis Antetokounmpo while Magic struggled massively with their offence.
Mavericks 117-119 Spurs
Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs played out a thriller at the American Airlines Center. DeMar DeRozan hit the winning shot at the buzzer to cap off his 33 point display. DeRozan was aided by Dejounte Murray, who posted 25 points for the visitors.
Kristaps Porzingis recorded 31 points and 15 rebounds while Luka Doncic scored 29 points in a losing cause for the Dallas Mavericks.
Timberwolves 121-117 Bulls
Minnesota Timberwolves edged out Chicago Bulls at the Target Center for their 14th win of the season.
In a tight contest, Karl Anthony-Towns notched 27 points and 12 rebounds while D’Angelo Russell also recorded 27 points. Zach LaVine top scored for the visitors with 30 points.
Knicks 102-96 Raptors
New York Knicks’ imperious first quarter set the tone for the rest of the contest at the Madison Square Garden against Toronto Raptors.
Julius Randle scored 26 points for the hosts and Nerlens Noel contributed 13 rebounds for the winning cause.
Grizzlies 125-132 Pacers
Jonas Valanciunas thumped 34 points and 22 rebounds at the FedEx Forum in a losing cause against Indiana Pacers.
With this fixture, Grizzlies hang on to a playoff spot while Pacers recorded their third win in a row.
Indiana Pacers kept the pace up in a high scoring affair banking on the performances of Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, and Caris LeVert.
Trail Blazers 98-107 Heat
Miami Heat capitalized on a poor second quarter by Portland TrailBlazers to pick up the win at the Moda Center.
Jimmy Buttler and Bam Adebayo recorded 42 points among them to steer their team to the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Clippers 131-124 Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers strengthened their grip on the third spot with their fifth successive win.
Marcus Morris Sr and Paul George scored 33 and 32 points respectively to hand Detroit Pistons their 38th defeat of the season.
NBA Week 16 Standings
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Brooklyn Nets
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Atalanta Hawks
- Miami Heat
- Charlotte Hornets
- Boston Celtics
- New York Knicks
- Indiana Pacers
- Chicago Bulls
- Toronto Raptors
- Washington Wizards
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Orlando Magic
- Detroit Pistons
- Utah Jazz
- Phoenix Suns
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Denver Nuggets
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Dallas Mavericks
- Memphis Grizzlies
- San Antonio Spurs
- Golden State Warriors
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Sacramento Kings
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Houston Rockets
- Minnesota Timberwolves