The fifth matchday of Week 8 of the 2020-21 NBA season has concluded and its time to take a look back at the scores and highlights of the matches and standings of the teams.
Wizards 91-Knicks 109
New York Knicks outscored their counterpart across all the four quarters to wrap up a comfortable win at the Capital One Arena.
Russell Westbrook missed out on a triple double by a single rebound, but his performance was far from enough as Knicks got their 12th win of the season riding on Julius Randle’s 24 points and 18 assists.
Hornets 120-114 Timberwolves
It was a battle of the rookies at the Spectrum Centre as number three pick LaMelo Ball was up against the number one draft pick Anthony Edwards.
LaMelo Ball ended up being on the winning side with 20 points and 11 assists. Terry Rozier led the scoring for the winning Hornets with 40 points to his name.
Timberwolves fell short despite Malik Beasley’s 31 points and Edwards’ 21 points in the game, marking their 20th loss of the season.
Hawks 114-125 Spurs
Atalanta Hawks’ dismal form continued as they suffered their 5th loss in the last six games. The team suffered a major setback in the second quarter with only 19 points scored compared to Spurs’ 41 points.
The Hawks did fight back by scoring 42 points in the final quarter, but the damage was already done.
Mavericks 143-130 Pelicans
Luka Doncic’s 46 points set the tone for Dallas Mavericks’ fourth win in a row. This win steers them to the 11th spot in the table. The high scoring game also featured 36 points by Kristaps Porzingis.
Pelicans ended up on the losing side despite a combined 66 points by ace player Zion Williamson and forward Brandon Ingram.
Bulls 106-125 Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers landed a comfortable win over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Kawhi Leonard led from the front with 33 points for the side who continue to tail the Lakers in the Western Conference table.
This marked Bulls’ 9th loss at home, tying with bottom-placed Washington Wizards in terms of home form.
Celtics 102- 108 Pistons
Detroit Pistons got out of the bottom spot with a shock win over Boston Celtics. A united effort led by Saddiq Bey gave the side their 7th win of the campaign.
Celtics fell short despite Jayson Tatum’s 33 points and 11 rebounds. The teams inconsistency issue continues to persist as they can’t seem to build momentum.
Jazz 129-115 Bucks
Sitting comfortable at the top of their respective conference tables, Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks played each other at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson all scored in excess of 20 points for the Jazz. Reigning MVP Giannis Anteteokounmpo chipped in with 29 points and 15 rebounds for the losing side.
Nuggets 97-95 Thunder
Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder played out a thriller at the Ball Arena. The Nuggets turned over a 12-point deficit from the first quarter by slamming 27 points in the final quarter.
Nikola Jokic missed out on a triple double by a single assist while Justin Jackson 20 points.
Trailblazers 129-110 Cavaliers
A team effort by the Portland Trailblazers was enough to subdue the Cleveland Cavaliers threat.
Trailblazers won their third match in a row, on the other hand, Cavaliers have now lost six games in a row.
Kings 112-123 Magic
Nikola Vucevic scored 42 points and notched 9 rebounds as Orlando Magic thwarted the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center.
Lakers 115-105 Grizzlies
Defending champions Los Angeles Lakers got out of their overtime spree to win at the Staples Center against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined to score more than half of the total points while Kyle Kuzma registered 10 rebounds.