Euro 2020 Special

NBA Recap: Bucks, Raptors Keep on Rolling, Iguodala Makes His Homecoming

The Raptors are simply unstoppable right now as they continue to stay hot in the NBA, extending their win streak to 15 games.

The Bucks, who have done a similar feat earlier this season, have been on a roll as well by winning five straight already en route to a 46-7 record.

Elsewhere, the Jazz won another close match against the Mavericks while the Nuggets have leapfrogged the Clippers for the second seed in the Western Conference.

Charlotte Hornets 87-76 Detroit Pistons

The Hornets defeated the Pistons for the 10th straight time in order to arrest their five-game skid.

Charlotte got off to a great start in the first half after leading by as high as 15 points. However, Detroit inched closer in the third quarter.

Miles Bridges and Malik Monk knocked down two three-pointers to put the lead up to seven points and the Pistons never threatened from there.

Brooklyn Nets 106-105 Indiana Pacers

Despite having a rough shooting night, Spencer Dinwiddie came up big by scoring the go-ahead basket to steal the win.

He calmly made a floater with 5.2 seconds left, finishing with 21 points on 4-of-15 from the field. He also added 11 assists.

Domantas Sabonis led the way for Indiana with a triple-double, but it wasn’t enough as his team is now on a six-game losing streak. That matches their longest skid since February 2017.

Orlando Magic 135-126 Atlanta Hawks

The Magic unloaded a 79-point second half as they surged past the Hawks at home. They are 7-0 this season when scoring more than 120 points.

Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic combined for 50 points to lead the way. At the same time, Orlando went 13-for-25 in three-pointers in the second half to fuel a couple of 11-0 runs to upend Atlanta.

The Hawks simply ran out of gas as they were playing in the second half of a back-to-back. Trae Young top-scored for Atlanta with 29 points and nine assists.

Toronto Raptors 137-126 Minnesota Timberwolves

A few games ago, it was Serge Ibaka. But this time, it was OG Anunoby who came up big for the Raptors.

The rangy swingman scored a career-high of 25 points and 12 rebounds as he helped the Raptors extend their hot streak to 15 games against the Timberwolves.

Besides Anunoby, Toronto got plenty of help from their key players too. Kyle Lowry notched 27 points and 11 assists while Pascal Siakam chipped in 34 points. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Fred VanVleet tallied 21 and 16, respectively,  as well.

The Toronto Raptors extend their NBA winning streak to 15 games
                                                           Pascal Siakam and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson defend Karl-Anthony Towns during an NBA game

After trailing for the most part, Minnesota cut the deficit to two points with 9:07 left. But the home team pushed the lead back to double digits when they blasted a 12-0 run in less than five minutes.

It didn’t help, too, when Minnesota turned the ball over 23 times — leading to 34 points for Toronto. The Timberwolves have now lost five straight against the Raptors.

Milwaukee Bucks 123-111 Sacramento Kings

Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t able to play due to personal reasons, but that didn’t stop the Bucks in winning their fifth straight match versus the Kings.

Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe supplied SBOTOP fans with noteworthy NBA 2020 highlights as they finished with 28 points apiece.

The Bucks opened the penultimate period with 13 straight points as the Kings fired blanks. Eric Bledsoe capped the run with back-to-back treys to put them up by 11 points.

Bogdan Bogdanovic tried to pull the Kings closer, cutting the lead to six points with less than six minutes remaining. However, Donte DiVincenzo shot a three-pointer to push the Bucks’ lead to double digits once more.

Utah Jazz 123-119 Dallas Mavericks

The Jazz scored their third consecutive victory as they defeated the Mavericks sans Luka Doncic.

The Jazz exhibited a strong display of balanced firepower. Jordan Clarkson poured in 25 points off the bench while Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 each.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 33 points for his season-high while Kristaps Porzingis added 28. But besides those two, they hardly got any help from their other teammates.

After leading the first half with 23 points, the Jazz almost squandered their lead when the Mavericks were making a run in the succeeding half.

Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic made some key baskets down the stretch as the Jazz held on to the victory.

Denver Nuggets 127-120 San Antonio Spurs

The Nuggets notched their third straight win in style as they rallied from 23 down to beat the Spurs at home.

Paul Millsap sparked the comeback by scoring 16 of his 22 points in the second half – including a go-ahead three-pointer in the fourth period.

Jamal Murray also heated up in the final frame by scoring 14 of his 26 points while Nikola Jokic added 19 markers.

After squandering the lead via a trey by Millsap, the Spurs scored eight in a row to put them back up front. However, Jamal Murray kick-started another rally to give Denver the lead for good.

Miami Heat 113-101 Golden State Warriors

Andre Iguodala made his homecoming in Golden State and he got the final laugh when his new team drubbed the Warriors at their home floor.

The new-look Heat featured six players scoring double digits, with Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder leading the way with 21 apiece.

Damion Lee and Andrew Wiggins had 26 and 18 for Golden State, who have lost eight of their last ten.

Los Angeles Lakers 125-100 Phoenix Suns

Anthony Davis boosted his NBA 2020 chances of winning MVP by churning out an all-around performance to lead the Lakers in a victory against the Suns.

The versatile forward tallied 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, while his co-star LeBron James added 17 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds.

After a tight first quarter, the Lakers simply outscored the Suns in every succeeding quarter by at least six points. They shot 52-per cent from the field while dominating the glass with 59 rebounds compared to only 29 by Phoenix.

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