The Suns finish off Lillard

Phoenix continues to add in the West. Atlanta beats the Raptors by the least. Plus, wins for the Hornets, Heat, Sixers, Bucks and Kings.

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CHARLOTTE HORNETS 105 - 102 DETROIT PISTONS

P.J. Washington was on the verge of a double-double with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks that left him at the forefront of the Hornets attack, who beat the Pistons 105-102. The second-half league restart game for both teams saw the Hornets (18-18) attack by four starting players hitting double-digit numbers and scoring decisive goals, allowing them to clinch their second straight win. . Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier each had 17 points, while Cody Zeller reached 15 points with seven rebounds. LaMelo Ball missed 8 of his 11 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 triples, but he grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 9 assists that helped the Hornets win. While the Pistons (10-27), the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, continued down the path of defeat, the second in a row, despite the fact that Jerami Grant had 32 points and 8 rebounds. But only two other players were able to overcome the barrier of 10 points and they remained in the game because of the dominance they had under the hoops by capturing 50 rebounds, compared to 45 for the Hornets.BROOKLYN NETS 121 - 109 BOSTON CELTICS

The point guard put together a sensational performance and ended Boston's run since before the All Star. The Nets, without Durant, one step away from leading the East. Check the chronicle here.

TORONTO RAPTORS 120 - 121 ATLANTA HAWK

Tony Snell became the winning factor of surprise by scoring a triple when the horn sounded that allowed the Hawks to complete the comeback and beat the Raptors (17-20), who had a 14-point advantage to fault six minutes to conclude the game (111-97). Snell, who had barely scored three points, got the victory that would leave them with the third consecutive loss. While Trae Young became the Hawks' leading scorer (17-20) by contributing 37 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The victory was the third in a row for the Hawks, who are 3-0 since Nate McMillan took over after Lloyd Pierce was fired on March 1. Along with Young, Danilo Gallinari, who came out as a reserve, became the sixth player with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Kevin Huerter had another 19 points, including three triples, while Clint Capela was once again the best of the Hawks in the inside game with 9 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. While the Raptors, who already had coach Nick Nurse on the bench, dropped due to the health and safety protocols derived from the coronavirus, during the three previous games, led by Italian assistant Sergio Scariolo, with a 1-2 record, they received support guard Norman Powell who scored 33 points, including six triples. Chris Boucher, who came out of reserve, finished with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, which did not prevent the defeat of the Raptors, who are moving away from the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.MIAMI HEAT 111 - 103 ORLANDO MAGIC

Jimmy Butler returned in the form of the All Star break and with a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists led the Heat against the Magic, in the Florida team duel. The victory allowed the Heat to get to a winning record (19-18) for the first time so far this season and leave the list of the four teams that had not yet achieved it in the Eastern Conference, where now only Washington remains. , Chicago and Detroit without succeeding. Kelly Olynyk also maintained her good scoring moment and finished with 20 points. While Tyler Herro reached 17, Kendrick Nunn scored 13 points and Goran Dragic added 11, which also helped the Heat move away on the scoreboard in the final six minutes of the game. Nikola Vucevic, who last Sunday played his first All-Star Game, finished again as leader of the Magic by getting a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds, which were not enough to avoid defeat, the sixth consecutive suffered by the Orlando team (13-24). Dwayne Bacon scored a season-high 21 for Orlando and Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 points for Orlando, who dominated the game under the hoops with 57 rebounds to the Heat's 44, but failed to take advantage of that advantage. Aaron Gordon, who had not played since Jan. 31 due to a sprained left ankle, scored nine points for Orlando. Gordon had two periods to start the first and third quarters and did not play otherwise due to a minute restriction. Both teams were tied at 82 in the fourth quarter, and Miami's lead was just 93-92 when Bacon hit a triple midway through the final period. But then Orlando missed his next eight shots, Olynyk hit a 3-pointer with 57.7 seconds left for the night's first double-digit lead that left the 108-98 run, and the Miami team was able to secure the victory. KZ Okpala committed three fouls in the first 5:18 minutes of the match. The last time a Heat player committed three fouls this early was on January 4, 2016, when Chris Andersen had three in the first 4:40 against the Pacers.

CHICAGO BULLS 105 - 127 PHILADELPHIA SIXERS

Tobias Harris scored 24 points and the Sixers defeated the Bulls on the road, despite the absences of their two star players, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, both subject to health and safety protocols derived from the coronavirus . With Harris leading a balanced attack, the Sixers had more than enough to clinch the victory to place their mark at 25-12 and follow leaders from the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. Dwight Howard also emerged as a winning factor with a double-double of 18 points (best mark of the season) and 12 rebounds. While Furkan Korkmaz added 16 points, and Tony Bradley scored 14 after being perfect with the 7 shots he made to the basket and grabbing 5 rebounds. Embiid and Simmons traveled to Atlanta for Sunday's All-Star Game, and upon arrival they learned that the night before they were placed for coronavirus contact tracing after their hairdresser tested positive. Embiid, who scored 50 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in a win over the Bulls last month, is expected to return to the Wizards, but Simmons will miss at least one more game. Doc Rivers led the team after missing training the day before due to illness. Rivers said that Embiid and Simmons have been working on their own and were in great shape, something that he found important to everyone. Lauri Markkanen, back from a sprained right shoulder, led Chicago with 23 points after scoring all seven of his 3-point attempts in his first appearance since Feb. 5. Zach LaVine scored 19 points and Coby White finished with another 18, which did not prevent the Bulls' defeat (16-19) .

MILWAUKEE BUCKS 134 - 101 NEW YORK KNICKS

Giannis Antetokounmpo is sweet after winning the All Star MVP and with a triple-double gave the Bucks victory over the Knicks, who suffered their worst loss of the season. Giannis returned from the exhibition he gave in Atlanta last Sunday to give another one before the Bucks fans, after getting his fifth triple-double of the season with a contribution of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just 29 minutes. The Bucks shot 58% against New York, which entered the night leading the NBA in scoring defense (104.4), field goal defense percentage (44%) and 3-point defense percentage (33%). The Milwaukee team (23-14), which have won seven of their last eight games and remain the outstanding leader in the Central Division and third in the Eastern Conference, will now begin a three-game road trip. Against the Knicks, Antetokounmpo made 8 of 12 shots from the ground and made all seven of his free throws. The Greek made his first four shots, all dunks and layups, before finally missing one with 4:13 minutes to go in the second quarter. Bryn Forbes added 21 points as the second-highest scorer from the Bucks' list of seven players who had double-digit numbers. Milwaukee took revenge after falling 130-110 in New York on Dec. 27, the Bucks' second-biggest loss so far this season. RJ Barrett scored 22 points as the leader of the Knicks (19-19), who also received the support of Alec Burks with 17 and rookie Immanuel Quickley reached 15 points. While the All-Star power forward and leading scorer for the Knicks, Julius Randle, had 7 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Randle barely made 3 of 12 shots from the field, nothing to do with the contribution of the double-double of 29 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists that he achieved in the victory of the Knicks against the Bucks, last December. A year after the suspension of all NBA competition due to the positive case of Rudy Gobert, the Bucks reported that as of March 20 they will increase to 3,200 people who can attend the games in their field of the Fiserv Forum, 18% of its capacity. Currently, the Bucks are allowed to fill 10% of the arena's capacity, giving them around 1,800 spectators.

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 105 - 135 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

The worst team in the Western Conference gave the Pelicans a refresher in New Orleans. Lazy the three Spaniards, Ricky, Juancho and Willy. 28 points from Nowell. Check the chronicle here.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 116 - 108 DALLAS MAVERICKS

Doncic and Porzingis were out of the game a day after standing out against the Spurs. In Oklahoma the Mavericks miss another train from the West. Check the chronicle here.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 130 - 104 BOSTON CELTICS

The Clippers ran over Stephen Curry, who had a horrible shooting performance. Kawhi, with 28 points, was the best of the game. Check the chronicle here.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 121 - 127 PHOENIX SUNS

Devin Booker, returned recovered from a left knee injury and with 35 points led the Suns to beat the Blazers in Portland for their fifth consecutive victory. The Suns (25-11) remain as leaders in the Pacific Division and second in the Western Conference by having the best winning streak currently in the NBA. Booker, who was perfect (8-8) from the personnel line, also captured 5 rebounds and distributed 8 assists. Chris Paul added 19 points as the Suns' second leading scorer, and Mikal Bridges scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half. The Suns, who are second only to the Jazz, have won 14 of the last 16 games. Damian Lillard with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, stood out as the leader of the Blazers (21-15) whom he kept in the fight for victory throughout the game. Once again, Enes Kanter emerged as the best in the Trail Blazers' inside game by finishing the game with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, but that was not enough to avoid defeat, which cost them break the streak of three wins in a row. Gary Trent Jr. reached 17 points as the second leading scorer, while Robert Covington and Carmelo Anthony, who came out of reserve, added another 13 points each. The Suns trailed 11 points in the third quarter, but went 96-95 early in the quarter on a triple by Abdel Nader. Cameron Payne followed with a triple to put Phoenix up front. A triple by Paul extended the Suns' lead to 99-104 with 7:44 left. Booker added another with five minutes to go that did it with 104-114 and Portland could no longer overcome the duel.SACRAMENTO KINGS 125 - 105 HOUSTON ROCKETS

De'Aaron Fox had 30 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists, which put him in front of the Sacramento Kings, in the game that they easily beat the Rockets, who suffered the 14th consecutive loss. Buddy Hield supported him with another 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists that also helped the Kings triumph, who had lost 11 of the last games played before the break at the end of the first half of the season. While forward Harrison Barnes and power forward Richaun Holmes finished with two double-doubles of 20 points and 11 rebounds, being the best in the inside game. Victor Oladipo with 23 points and 8 assists finished leading the Rockets, but that did not prevent them from cutting the longest losing streak in almost two decades for the Houston team. Kevin Porter Jr. finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists, his best record as a professional. The Rockets, who already had the casualties of starters John Wall and PJ Tucker, lost Eric Gordon to a possible groin injury midway through the third quarter. Gordon, who scored 17 points, had missed the previous two games with a left knee injury. The Rockets under the leadership of their new coach Stephen Silas are about to tie the worst streak in team history, which was 15 consecutive losses in the 2001 season. The Rockets' last victory this season was the last February 4, when they beat the Grizzlies. The Kings broke the game in their favor with a 15-0 run at the start of the second quarter after Fox and Barnes each had six points. The Sacramento team had not defeated Houston in their home field since April 11, 2018.

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