Celtics beat Raptors; Curry leads Warriors against Orlando; Miami and Portland wins – NBA

Golden State Warriors, 111 – Orlando Magic, 105

Nothing stops the offensive game of Stephen Curry, who with another 40 points was once again the individual figure in the NBA day. Curry returned to give another scoring display with 10 3-pointers of 19 attempts and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Orlando Magic 111-105 for their second consecutive victory.

Along with Curry, who also had eight rebounds, five assists and four ball recoveries, three other Warriors players (14-12) had double-digit numbers. Andrew Wiggins had 21 points, Kelly Oubre 17 points and 10 rebounds and Mychal Mulder 11 points.

The Orlando Magic (9-17) were led by Nikola Vucevic with 25 points and 13 points, Dwyane Bacon and Terrence Ross each scored 20 and James Ennis III had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Houston Rockets, 94 – Miami Heat, 101

Jimmy Butler was a prophet in his country and gave his best version of an All-Star player to lead the Miami Heat to a 94-101 away win against the Houston Rockets. Butler, a native of Houston, finished with a triple-double of 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and got Miami to overcome a slow start to the game to finally be the best team on the track at the Toyota Center, with an attendance of 3,251 viewers.

The Heat (11-14) continued on the winning track with the fourth consecutive win and are closing in on the Eastern Conference playoff positions. Max Strus contributed 21 points, Kendrick Nunn 16, Duncan Robinson 15 and Bam Adebayo 10 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists.

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The Rockets noted the injury loss of young center Christian Wood too much and suffered the fourth loss in a row. Point guard John Wall and backup guard Eric Gordon led Houston with 17 points each. DeMarcus Cousins, who started at Wood’s position, completed a good game by getting a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds that did not prevent the Rockets’ fourth consecutive loss (11-14).

Portland Trail Blazers, 118 – Philadelphia 76’ers, 114

The combination of Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony, who scored 54 points between the two, including the last four that broke the tie on the scoreboard, allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to win 118-114 over the Philadelphia Sixers.

Lillard finished the game with 30 points, including four triples, dished out seven assists and recovered two balls. Anthony reached 24 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, with another four triples, and was key by scoring nine straight points early in the fourth that would be decisive. Gary Trent had another 19 points for the Blazers (14-10).

The Cameroonian center Joel Embiid was once again the Sixers’ leading scorer (18-8), scoring 35 points with nine rebounds and three assists that did not prevent his defeat, although the Sixers continue to lead the Eastern Conference. Ben Simmons was at the doorstep of the triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and Tobias Harris had 17 points.

Boston Celtics, 120 – Toronto Raptors, 106

Semi Ojeleye and Payton Pritchard emerged as the Boston Celtics’ leading scorers, contributing 24 and 20 points, respectively, and decided the 120-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors. The victory allowed the Celtics (13-11), who returned to their TD Garden field, to break a streak of two consecutive losses they had had on the road. Kemba Walker scored another 21 points.

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Point guard Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 24 points and six assists. Cameroonian power forward Pascal Siakam finished with 23 points as Toronto’s best (12-14), which was coming off a win in Washington the night before.

Detroit Pistons, 95 – Indiana Pacers, 111

Lithuanian power forward Domantas Sabonis recovered his offensive power by contributing 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists that allowed the Indiana Pacers to beat the Detroit Pistons 95-111 on the road and cut a four-game losing streak. Malcom Brogdon supported him with 18 points and Jeremy Lamb had another 17 points for the Pacers (13-13).

The Pistons (6-19) are still the worst team in the NBA. Josh Jackson was the best of Detroit’s with 18 points and 8 rebounds, Isaiah Stewart added 17 and Blake Griffin added 16 more in a game without his great star Jerami Grant.

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