The third matchday of Week 18 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.
Raptors 114-103 Nets
Brooklyn Nets’ inconsistency following their loss against the 76ers continued with a shock loss to Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors executed their fourth win in a row on the bank of a combined 52 point effort from Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby.
Kyrie Irving top scored with 28 points at the Amalie Arena.
Pacers 122-116 Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder lost their 12th game in a row as Pacers wrapped up a win at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Caris LeVert and Malcolm Brogdon scored 28 and 29 points respectively while the latter also added 15 rebounds for the win.
Wizards 118-114 Warriors
Steph Curry’s streak of bedazzling games came to an end with an 18-point display as Russell Westbrook thumped in yet another triple double capped by 20 rebounds.
The Wizards wrapped up their sixth win after a tight contest at the Capital One Arena where they dominated the first and the last quarter.
Bradley Beal top scored in the fixture with 29 points to his name.
76ers 113-116 Suns
The table toppers of the Eastern Conference took on the second placed Phoenix Suns of the Western Conference at the Wells Fargo Center.
Philadelphia 76ers lost their second successive match after a tight contest which was almost taken into overtime by Joel Embiid at the buzzer.
He racked up 38 points and 17 rebounds in a losing cause while Chris Paul top scored for the visitors by posting 28 points.
Cavaliers 121-105 Bulls
Collin Sexton’s 30 point outing was enough for Cleveland Cavaliers to move past Chicago Bulls at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Devoid of Zach LaVine, no player scored more than 20 for Chicago Bulls as Lauri Markkanen top scored with 16 points.
Rockets 89-112 Jazz
Western Conference leaders Utah Jazz compiled a comfortable win over Houston Rockers at the Toyota Center. This marks the 44th defeat for the Rockets in the season.
Rody Gobert notched 18 assists to his name while the absence of Donovan Mitchell was not felt. Jordan Clarkson clocked in 22 points for the win.
Knicks 137-127 Hawks
New York Knicks extended their winning run to 8 games courtesy an overtime finish at the Madison Square Garden against Atlanta Hawks.
Julius Randle thumped in 40 points and 11 rebounds as the scores were tied at 122 apiece after the end of regulation time.
Clint Capela’s 22 rebounds did not help the cause with the Hawks being ousted 15-5 in the overtime period.
Spurs 87-107 Heat
Miami Heat walked away with a dominant win over San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Bam Adebayo registered 23 points while Jimmy Buttler chipped in with 11 assists. In a meek attacking display by the Spurs, DeMar DeRozan ended up being the top scorer with 15 points.
Mavericks 127-117 Pistons
Dallas Mavericks got back to winning ways with a decisive win over Detroit Pistons at the American Airlines Center.
Luka Doncic missed out by one assist for a triple double as he registered 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Mason Plumlee recorded 16 rebounds for the losing side.
TrailBlazers 105-106 Nuggets
Denver Nuggets won a nail-biting contest at the Moda Center to record their fourth win in a row while Portland TrailBlzaers slumped to their third successive defeat.
Damian Lillard and Nikola Jokic top scored for their respective sides with 22 and 25 points respectively.
Kings 128-125 Timberwolves
Sacramento Kings got out of their losing streak following a close win against Minnesota Timberwolves at the Golden 1 Center.
De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield posted 30 and 29 points respectively for the win.
Clippers 117-105 Grizzlies
Playing without Paul George or Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers registered a comfortable win over Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center.
Luke Kennard scored 28 points to confirm the Clippers’ third win in succession.
NBA Week 18 Standings
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Brooklyn Nets
- Milwaukee Bucks
- New York Knicks
- Atlanta Hawks
- Boston Celtics
- Miami Heat
- Charlotte Hornets
- Indiana Pacers
- Washington Wizards
- Toronto Raptors
- Chicago Bulls
- 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
- Golden State Warriors
- San Antonio Spurs
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Sacramento Kings
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Houston Rockets