The Boston Celtics also proved their top form in the NBA in the top game against the Atlanta Hawks. The next bankruptcies are for the Orlando Magic and the defending champion.
The Orlando Magic around national basketball player Franz Wagner suffered their next defeat in the NBA against the Minnesota Timberwolves. At 108:126, the hosts (local time) were temporarily 27 points behind.
Without the help of the injured Paolo Banchero and center Wendell Carter Jr., the Timberwolves, with strong Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns, were too big a task.
Edwards had 35 points, Towns scored 30 points – for both it was the best of the season. Wagner recorded 18 points and was the third-best thrower on his team. Bol Bol at 26 and Jalen Suggs at 23 were the top scorers in the Magic’s 11th loss in their 15th game of the season.
Mavs loss to Houston
Without the rested Luka Doncic and the injured Maxi Kleber, the Dallas Mavericks also suffered a home defeat. It was 92-101 against the Houston Rockets. Kleber suffers from a back contusion he suffered the day before against the Los Angeles Clippers.
On the other hand, Isaiah Hartenstein and the New York Knicks recorded a narrow 106:103 win at the Denver Nuggets. The 24-year-old started again but failed to score. He contributed three rebounds, a ball win and a block to the win.
Celtics defeat Atlanta
In the top game of the evening, the Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 126:101. Last season’s finalist had seven players with a double-digit tally of points and claimed their ninth win in the past ten games. The Eastern Conference leader’s current eight-win streak is the best of any NBA team.
The Hawks are third in the Eastern Conference with nine wins and six losses and had won the previous game against the Milwaukee Bucks, number two in the East. The Bucks prevailed 113:98 on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who after a good start and eight wins in the first nine games have now lost for the fifth time in a row.
Meanwhile, Stephen Curry’s strong 50 points were not enough for defending champions Golden State Warriors. It was 119:130 against the Phoenix Suns. The champions have not yet gained momentum and have already lost nine after 15 games.