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Celtics, Rockets and Pistons maintain their respective winning streaks

Celtics, Rockets and Pistons maintain their respective winning streaks

New triumphant day for the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons who maintained their respective winning streaks, while point guard Russell Westbrook also celebrated his twenty-ninth birthday with a victory.

Dominican center Al Horford returned recovered from the concussion he suffered and became the leader of the Celtics’ attack that beat the Toronto Raptors 95-94 and achieved their twelfth consecutive victory.

Horford with 21 points topped the list of the five Celtics players who had double-digit numbers and who helped the Boston team continue on the winning path despite having the loss of star point guard Kyrie Irving, who suffers a minor fracture in his face after he received an elbow from his teammate New Zealand center Aron Baynes on Friday.

Irving’s injury occurred during the game that the Celtics played against the Charlotte Hornets and he was ruled out that he had concussion symptoms so it is hoped that he can recover quickly.

Irving visited a facial specialist on Sunday to provide him with a mask that can protect his face while in the field.

The last time Irving played with a face mask was on December 15, 2012, when he belonged to the Cavaliers and achieved his professional best shooting record of 41 points against the New York Knicks.

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Forward Jaylen Brown contributed 18 points, while reserve point guard Terry Rozier, who was in charge of covering the minutes that Irving could not play, was also a winning factor, scoring 16 points, which helped the Celtics go 12-2. to the best of the Eastern Conference and the league.

Guard DeMar DeRozan was once again the leader of the Raptors attack, contributing 24 points, but missed 14 of the 22 shots from the field he made, including the last from inside the zone with 19 seconds of regulation time that could have been left. been the basket of triumph.

Another guard, James Harden, in less than 24 hours was once again the undisputed leader of the overwhelming offense of the Rockets who beat the Indiana Pacers 95-118 on the road and achieved the sixth consecutive victory.

Harden achieved a double-double of 26 points and 15 assists in the 34 minutes he played and in which he did not have his best inspiration in the section of the triples when he failed 9 of 12 attempts.

But in the end he made 9 of 21 shots from the field and 5 of 5 from the personnel line that put him back in front of the offense for the Rockets (11-3), who have the best record in the Western Conference and the second in the league, second only to the Celtics.

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Harden has scored at least 20 points and seven assists in the team’s 14 games this season, including seven double-doubles and two triple-doubles.

Guard Eric Gordon, a native of Indianapolis, had 21 points and was the second leading scorer despite missing 10 of 16 shots from the field, including 8 of 11 from outside the perimeter.

While the Swiss center Clint Capela continues with his progress as an important player in the area and was once again the most complete with a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Guard-forward Victor Oladipo once again led the Pacers’ offense with 28 points, and Lithuanian power forward Domantas Sabonis, who came off the bench, reached 17 points.

Forward Tobias Harris added 25 points and led the Pistons’ winning attack as they easily beat the Miami Heat 112-103 for their fifth straight win.

Rookie guard Luke Kennard, who came out of reserve, also emerged as the Pistons’ winning factor of surprise, chipping in 14 points and being the architect that fueled the Detroit team’s offense in the fourth quarter when they broke the score in their favor.

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Kennard made a penetration with 2:24 to go that put the score at 107-97 for the Pistons.

Along with Harris, guard Avery Bradley contributed another 24 points, while starting point guard Reggie Jackson reached 17 points with four assists and four rebounds.

Center Andre Drummond was once again the Pistons’ key player in the zone with eight points and 17 rebounds, including 11 defenders, in addition to giving four assists and putting up a block.

The Pistons were 10-3, the second-best in the Eastern Conference, second only to the Celtics.

Westbrook, contributed 27 points, six rebounds and five assists that allowed his team to win 112-99 over the undervalued Dallas Mavericks.

The win was Westbrook’s gift to himself on his twenty-ninth birthday, and the Thunder posted a second straight to go 6-7 after suffering four losses in a row.

Forward Paul George with 37 points was in charge of leading the winning attack of the Thunder who played without two of their five starters, forward Carmelo Anthony and New Zealand center Steven Adams, both injured.

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