Kyrie Irving Hits 50 As Nets Top Hornets
On Wednesday night, the Boston Celtics humiliated the Phoenix Suns 125-98.
The Celtics led by 45 points at one point, but the anticipated battle between two of the league’s elite teams never happened.
Malcolm Brodgon added 16 points off the bench for Boston, who also had 25 points each from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
🔥 50 PTS, 9 3PM 🔥
Kyrie hangs and knocks down a tough lay-up for his 50th point of the night! pic.twitter.com/jxRg2tBkkB
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A depleted Lakers squad that was forced to compete without LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Canada was no match for Pascal Siakam and his Toronto Raptors.
In a 126-113 thrashing of Los Angeles, Siakam led the Toronto Raptors with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
After playing 36 minutes in a 116-102 defeat to Cleveland the previous night, James sat out due to a painful left ankle.
Davis, meanwhile, missed Tuesday night’s game after leaving after the first quarter due to sickness.
The Lakers, who entered having won six of their previous eight games, were also without guard Patrick Beverley (right knee) and big Wenyen Gabriel (left shoulder).
O.G. Anunoby added 23 points, and Fred VanVleet scored 25 points as Toronto improved to 10-3 at home.
In order to assist the Nets win for the fifth time in six games, Seth Curry scored 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting.
Terry Rozier scored 29 points for the Hornets, while Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 28 for Charlotte.
Charlotte has now dropped three straight games and seven of the previous ten after the defeat in New York.
Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, and DeMar DeRozan carried the load for Chicago, which defeated Washington to snap a three-game losing run.
DeRozan finished with 27 points, including 21 in the second half, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Each player scored 25 points, with Vucevic adding 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks. LaVine scored 24 points.
With 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists, Kristaps Porzingis led the way for Washington.
With 28 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks, Kristaps Porzingis powered Washington.
Monte Morris added 17 points and eight assists, while Kyle Kuzma added 21 points and five
The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Indiana Pacers 121-115 thanks to Anthony Edwards’ 26 points and D’Angelo Russell’s 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter.
For the T-Wolves, who lost a 23-point lead and had to overcome an eight-point deficit to win, Rudy Gobert contributed 16 points and 20 rebounds.
With 23 turnovers, Minnesota just had two victories in their previous six games.
Buddy Hield scored 26 points and was 7/11 from beyond the arc for Indiana, who have now dropped four straight games after falling to Golden State on Monday night.