The Toronto Raptors failed to keep pace with the Indiana Pacers who signed a 114-97 victory on Friday.
Toronto got off to a great start with just 35 points in the first quarter, but the Pacers stayed close with 31 points. During the next 12 minutes of play, the Pacers took off by adding 35 points to their counter against only 22 for Nick Nurse’s troop.
Fred VanVleet had 26 points while Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes followed with 17 points. Siakam also completed his brace with 12 rebounds. Quebecer Chris Boucher had nine points and four rebounds in 14 minutes of play.
Damontas Sabonis made his presence felt under the basket for the Pacers with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Myles Turner also did well with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
With this gain, the Pacers register nine victories this season, or as many as the Raptors who are in the 12th echelon. Indiana has 12 losses to its record, however, one more than their rivals of the day.
A 15th straight win for the Suns
The Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to 15 games this season with a 118-97 win over the New York Knicks.
Devin Booker had a very productive night with 32 points on his record. Chris Paul distributed the ball well with 10 assists, who finished the game with 10 points.
No Knicks player got 20 points in the game. Kemba Walker came closest with 17 points.
Knee injury for Morant
Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant left the game in front of the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter with a knee injury.
The injury was not the result of contact as he appeared to have difficulty moving after a simple maneuver with the ball. After a break in front of his team’s bench, he was escorted to the locker room without being able to put weight on his left leg. The Grizzlies indicated after the game it was a sprained knee.
The Hawks won 132-100 in that game thanks to his two offensive stalwarts. Trae Young had 31 points and 10 assists while Clint Capela recorded 23 points and 17 rebounds.
The Clippers are back in force
The Los Angeles Clippers won easily at home Friday in the NBA against the Detroit Pistons (107-96), who relied on the return of his pivot Isaiah Stewart after two suspension matches linked to his altercation with LeBron James on Sunday.
Kawhi Leonard orphans since the end of last season, injured in the ligaments of the right knee, the Californians walked around by sticking an 8-0 entry to the Pistons. They were no longer caught then, under the leadership of their leader Reggie Jackson, author of 21 points.
Paul George, the league’s 4th leading scorer, was rather quiet with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
This is the 5th loss in a row for the Pistons, deprived of Frenchman Killian Hayes for four games due to a pain in his thumb.
The Clippers sit fifth in the West, while the Pistons languish in penultimate place in the East.
Elsewhere in the NBA :
Bulls 123 – Magic 88
CHI: 23 point night for DeMar DeRozan
ENT: doubled by 26 points and 10 rebounds for Wendell Carter son
Timberwolves 115 – Hornets 133
MIN: Karl Anthony Towns finished the game with 25 points
CHA: LaMelo Ball scored a brace with 10 points and 13 assists
Wizards 101 – Thunder 99
WAS: Bradley Beal had 20 points
OKC: Luguentz Dort ended his evening with 21 points
Celtics 88 – Spurs 96
BOS: Jayson Tatum recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds
SAS: Dejounte Murray has 29 points and 11 rebounds
Bucks 120 – Nuggets 109
MIL: Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 24 points and 13 rebounds
DEN: Aaron Gordon scored 18 points and added 9 rebounds to his tally
Pelicans 98 – Jazz 97
NOP: Devonte Graham scored the basket that made the difference with 1.3 seconds left
UTA: 23 points evening for Bojan Bogdanovic
Blazers – Warriors
Kings – Lakers