The third matchday of Week 9 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.
Magic 107-89 Knicks
Orlando Magic earned their sixth win at home following a comfortable win against the New York Knicks. The Knicks started the game on a stellar note by registering 32 points in the opening quarter and earning an 8-point lead.
However, they were outscored for the rest of the game, which included a dismal 14-point third quarter. Terrence Ross’ 30 points set the game up for Magic in the end.
76ers 118-113 Rockets
League leaders 76ers bounced back from their defeat against fellow conference leaders Utah Jazz with a win over Houston Rockets. Joel Embiid scored 31 points and registered 11 assists at the Wells Fargo Center.
While the Rockets fought back in the second half to overcome a 26-point halftime deficit, they fell short by 5 points with John Wall’s 28 points proving to be not enough. The Rockets are now without a win in their last seven games.
Celtics 114-122 Hawks
Trae Young’s 40 point display trumped Jayson Tatum’s 35 point effort as Atalanta Hawks defeated Boston Celtics at the TD Garden.
The relatively even contest saw only a major difference in scoring during the second quarter where Hawks outscored their opposition by 8 points.
Wizards 130-128 Nuggets
Washington Wizards climbed upto the 13th spot after a high-scoring thriller against Denver Nuggets. Davis Bertans and Bradley Beal combined to score 60 points for their side while Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray’s effort of 68 points went in vain.
Wizards are now on a winning spree with their third consecutive victory which takes them over Cleveland Cavaliers in the table.
Bulls 105-102 Pistons
Bottom placed Detroit Pistons threw away a 18-point half time lead to succumb to their 20th loss of the season. Jerami Grant’s 43 point display was in vain as Pistons failed to hold on to their lead courtesy of Zach LaVine, who top scored with 37 points.
Pistons could only score 12 points in the third quarter and allowed Bulls to claw their way back into the game.
Timberwolves 128-134 Pacers
Minnesota Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers played an incredible back and forth game at the Target Center which culminated with an overtime finish. With the scores tied at 121 each, the teams played into overtime where Pacers trumped their counterparts with ease.
Malik Beasley led the scoring with 31 points for the home side while Domantas Sabonis registered a stellar triple double for Pacers who take the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference table following Celtics’ loss.
Pelicans 124-126 Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers’ incredible run of form continued with their sixth consecutive win. Damian Lillard stepped up with a stunning display which saw him score 43 points and register 16 assists.
Zion Williamson chipped in with 36 points, but they ultimately tasted a close defeat that sealed their sixth defeat at home.
Grizzlies 122-113 Thunder
Under fire Jonas Valanciunas scored 22 points as Memphis Grizzlies continued their battle for a playoff spot.
With only a single point separating the two sides following the conclusion of the third quarter at the FedEx Forum, the home side scored 36 points in the final quarter.
Warriors 120-112 Heat
Golden State Warriors required overtime to get past Miami Heat at the Chase Center. Steph Curry, Kelly Oubre Jr, Andre Wiggins, and Kent Bazemore all scored over 20 points to give Warriors to give a crucial win and hand Heat their third loss in a row.
Jimmy Butler registered a triple double while Bam Adebayo top scored with 24 points to dominte the contest in the first half. Warriors clawed their way back from a 15 point deficit at half time to take the contest into over time.
Warriors outscored their opponent 15-7 in the overtime period to walk away with the vital win.
Clippers 96-114 Jazz
In the final game of the day, Utah Jazz emerged victorious against Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Clippers had a slender lead of 5 points against the league leaders at half time.
However, Jazz proceeded to score 68 points in the second half to win the contest with ease at the end. The team are now on a dream run with nine consecutive victories with the Lakers right behind their trail.
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Brooklyn Nets
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Indiana Pacers
- Boston Celtics
- New York Knicks
- Toronto Raptors
- Charlotte Hornets
- Chicago Bulls
- Atlanta Hawks
- Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Detroit Pistons
- Utah Jazz
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Phoenix Suns
- San Antonio Spurs
- Golden State Warriors
- Denver Nuggets
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Dallas Mavericks
- Sacramento Kings
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Houston Rockets
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Minnesota Timberwolves