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Warriors Win Without Durant; Raptors win fourth straight win

Warriors Win Without Durant;  Raptors win fourth straight win

The Golden State Warriors did not miss the absence of star forward Kevin Durant and returned to find the victory on Sunday of the NBA after they had lost to the Boston Celtics on Friday, who broke their seven-game winning streak.

Those who did remain winners were the Toronto Raptors, who reached the fourth consecutive victory and consolidate in second place in the Atlantic Division.

Durant’s injury absence was not an impediment for the Warriors, with the scoring inspiration of point guard Stephen Curry and guard Klay Thompson, to beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-118 at home.

Curry made himself feel like the leader of the team and contributed a double-double of 39 points, including 22 in the first half, 11 rebounds –8 defensive players–, distributed seven assists, recovered three balls, lost seven and had to leave the field due to accumulation. of six personal fouls.

Before leaving the field with three minutes remaining, the Warriors were up with a partial 102-107 and that was when the figure of Thompson emerged who was responsible for scoring seven of the nine points achieved by the Warriors in the last 120 seconds of regulation time that ensured the victory, the second in a row.

Thompson, who finished the game with another double-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds, and recovered two balls, also captured a defensive ball with 26 seconds remaining that allowed reserve point guard Shaun Livingston to make two shots from the line of goal. personnel (109-116) that put an end to the Nets’ hopes of a comeback.

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The victory, the second in a row, allowed the Warriors to go 13-4, the best in the Pacific Division, and tied with the Houston Rockets, who had a bye, for the lead in the Western Conference.

Guard DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and was once again the leader of the balanced attack of the Raptors that beat the Washington Wizards 100-91 and won the fourth straight game.

DeRozan, who also had eight rebounds, including six defenders, dished out six assists and recovered two balls, led a list of four players who had double-digit numbers, including reserve guard-forward CJMiles who had 12 points and was the sixth man. of the Raptors (11-5), second in the Atlantic Division.

Starting point guard Kyle Lowry and reserve Fred VanVleet each scored 10 points, while Spanish Congolese power forward Serge Ibaka reached nine.

Ibaka, who returned to the title after missing the previous game due to inflammation in his left knee, played 26 minutes and scored 4 of 10 shots from the field, 1 of 5 from outside the perimeter, and did not go to the personnel line, in addition to capture eight rebounds.

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The power and dominance of center Andre Drummond in the inside game made the difference in favor of the Detroit Pistons who came from behind to get the 97-100 victory on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who broke a streak of three successes in a row.

Drummond, who is having his best season since arriving at the NBA, contributed double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds that allowed him to top the list of the five Pistons starters who had double-digit numbers.

The Pistons (11-5) consolidate in the first place of the classification of the Central Division, while the Timberwolves (10-6), despite the defeat, also continue to lead in that of the Northwest Division.

The guard-forward Jimmy Butler with a double-double of 26 points, 10 rebounds – nine defenders -, four assists and five ball recoveries, this time, was the leader of the attack of the Timberwolves, who in the end could not score the decisive goals .

Croatian guard Bojan Bogdanovic and center Mules Turner combined for 51 points and led the winning attack of the Indiana Pacers as they defeated the inconsistent Miami Heat 95-120 on the road.

Bogdanovic led the Pacers’ scorers with 26 points, including six 3-pointers, and topped a list of six Pacers players – the five starters – who had double-digit numbers.

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Turner, who made 11 of 14 shots from the field, was also decisive in the victory of the Pacers (9-8), who achieved the third consecutive victory and the first in Miami since November 12, 2014 to leave at 18-37 away games against the Heat.

Forward TJ Warren, with 27 points, led the balanced attack of the Phoenix Suns that beat the Chicago Bulls 113-105, in a duel of losing teams and with the youngest squads in the league. NBA.

Finnish rookie power forward Lauri Markkanen, trained at the University of Arizona, was once again the great figure of the Bulls, this time, by getting a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds –11 defensive players–, the best marks such as professional, and gave two assists, which in the end did not prevent the defeat of the Chicago team (3-11), the eighth in the last 10 games played.

Backup power forward Julius Randle added 24 points and led the balanced attack of the Los Angeles Lakers who easily beat the decimated Denver Nuggets 127-109.

Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball had his second triple-double of the season with 11 points, 16 rebounds – a professional best – and 11 assists. EFE

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