The Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies even without Stephen Curry. In a heated duel, Jordan overpowers Poole but also steals early. The Boston Celtics make an exclamation point in the showpiece Eastern Conference game. Jayson Tatum really catches fire and sinks the Bucks with his co-star Jaylen Brown.
In prime time, Luka Doncic prevailed against LeBron James, the Sixers rocked the game at Madison Square Garden.
New York Knicks (18-16) – Philadelphia 76ers (20-12) 112:119 (BOXSCORE)
- The Sixers extended their winning streak to eight games at the start of the Christmas Games. Philadelphia slept through the early game before star duo Joel Embiid and James Harden brought their team back into the game with a solid offensive performance. The center led his colors with 35 points and 8 rebounds, Harden had 29 points, 13 assists and 4 steals with just 1 turnover. Support also came from a surprise second-tier hero.
- The Knicks controlled much of the first half. Embiid was apparently still under the Christmas tree with his head, and his co-workers were in trouble too. New York, on the other hand, sank 8/19 three in the first half and secured a 19:3 advantage in second-chance points thanks to 8 offensive rebounds. “We were soft in the first quarter. They got everything they wanted,” complained Embiid. But: Nevertheless, it was only -3 at the break, as Embiid slowly made more and more trips to the free-throw line and Shake Milton one crazy sinking midline buzzerbeater.
- Embiid woke up at the latest after the change of sides. The center scored 15 points in the third period and co-star Harden was hot as well. The Beard sank several threes and Georges Niang became infected early in the fourth quarter. A Harden drive, Embiid pull-up and Tobias Harris alley-oop drove Philly further and further away while the Knicks offense was now completely cold (7/23 FG in the fourth quarter). Sixers’ lead increased to 14 points, Sixers fans felt more and more in the MSG, New York could not recover.
- In addition to the two Sixers stars, Niang repeatedly put in significant pinpricks from downtown. He finished the game with 16 points from the bench, he sank all of his 4 threes (in 9 attempts) in the final section. On the other hand, Julius Randle (35 years old, 12/24 FG) was particularly strong in the first half, Jalen Brunson conceded a double-double (23 years old, 11 assists), but limped into the locker room a few minutes before the start. end. RJ Barrett had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Hartenstein had 2 points and 1 rebound in 15 minutes. In the second half, the Knicks only added 2 second-chance points.
Dallas Mavericks (18-16) – Los Angeles Lakers (13-20) 124:115 (MATCH REPORT)
Boston Celtics (24-10) – Milwaukee Bucks (22-11) 139:118 (BOXSCORE)
- Have the Boston Celtics returned from the first months of the season? After the Eastern champions faltered a bit over the past few weeks, the Celts made a statement with an impressive Eastern Conference Best Game win over the Bucks. Jayson Tatum got the hot hand first, in the final section co-star Jaylen Brown took over.
- In the first half, the Bucks held back despite having advantages for Boston. Then Tatum’s score was too much. The 24-year-old tormented the guests with 20 points in the third quarter. In the meantime, he had as many points on the account as the entire Bucks team. Boston took the opportunity to pull away to +14, and it quickly became even clearer in the final section. As Milwaukee made moves to make a comeback, Brown scored 10 straight Celtics points.
- The duo, who scored 70 points together, were allowed on the bench a good three minutes before the end, and the match was already decided by then. Overall, the Bucks haven’t come within 12 points in the fourth quarter. Tatum finished his day with 41 points (14/22 FG), 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals, while Brown had 29 points (11/19 FG, 5/9 three-pointers). The twelve Celtics used are immortalized on the scoreboard.
- In terms of highlights, Boston also won in an entertaining duel between the two best teams in the East. Tatum offered Giannis Antetokounmpo a beautiful poster, Sam Hauser poured a buzzerbeater onto the set. Meanwhile, the defense did a good job against Antetokounmpo, who had 27 points and 9 rebounds but only managed 9 of 22 shots and gave away 3 assists with 3 turnovers. Jrue Holiday scored 23, Brook Lopez 16 and Pat Connaughton 15. Milwaukee again missed Khris Middleton, who suffered a knee injury.
Golden State Warriors (16-18) – Memphis Grizzlies (20-12) 123:109 (BOXSCORE)
- Even without Stephen Curry, the Warriors remain a home force at Chase Center. Against Memphis, who played their first Christmas Day game in franchise history, they earned their 13th win in their 15th home game, only the Grizzlies can match that. But that game was in San Francisco, and the Warriors ultimately had no problem with a surprisingly weak Grizzlies team.
- Jordan Poole in particular has failed to control the Grizzlies at all. Only Poole was able to stop when he was sent off for his second technical foul nine minutes from time. Until then, the goalkeeper had scored 32 points (11/25 FG) in 29 minutes and, above all, aged Memphis’ best defender, Dillon Brooks, on several occasions.
- At this stage, the Warriors already led by +17 and were no longer in danger in the final phase. Yes, Morant (36, 15/27 FG) was too lonely, especially the Grizzlies shooters were disappointing (9/37 three-pointers). This was especially true for Desmond Bane (9, 2/13), but also for Brooks (13, 4/12) and John Konchar (0, 0/6). The voice actors, on the other hand, delivered, including Ty Jerome (14), Donte DiVincenzo (19) and Anthony Lamb (11). Draymond Green (11 rebounds, 13 assists) chained a double-double with only 3 points.
- Golden State led most of the game. Poole scored 17 points in the first quarter, and the hosts were more alert and got plenty of offensive rebounds. Klay Thompson (24, 8/25) had already set a new career high (4) during the break – much to the delight of fans. Because even though Golden State clearly won, there was a lot of pepper in it. Golden State conceded seven technical fouls, including this one from Thompson, who had something to say to Brooks, lying on the floor. Note: Golden State vs. Memphis should remain a small rivalry for a while.
Denver Nuggets (21-11) – Phoenix Suns (19-15) 128:125 OT (MATCH REPORT)
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