The Toronto Raptors won their fourth game in a row, their third on the road, and once again the African talent at the franchise stepped up to ensure the W went their way.
Raptors take Utah
The Toronto Raptors beat the Utah Jazz, 124-111, on the back of Kyle Lowry’s 17-point, 11-assist double-double, Congolese forward Serge Ibaka had 17 points and five rebounds, Nigerian-British forward OG Anunoby also added 17 points and Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Utah were led by Alec Burks with 22 points and three assists, Rudy Gobert had a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double, Jae Crowder scored 12 points, and Derrick Favors also notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Warriors tame Grizzlies
The Warriors won their seventh straight game after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, 117-101, on the back of Klay Thompson’s 27 points and three assists. Kevin Durant had 22 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Stephen Curry ended the night with 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
Dillon Brooks led Memphis with 18 points, Jaren Jackson Jr had 15 points, six rebounds and five blocks, Shelvin Mack contributed 15 points and three assists, and Garrett Temple finished with 13 points.
Clippers down Timberwolves
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 120-109. Tobias Harris had a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double, Danilo Gallinari also put up 22 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Lou Williams chipped in 20 points and six assists.
The Timberwolves were led by Derrick Rose with 21 points, three rebounds and four assists, Karl-Anthony Towns had a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double, Jimmy Butler added 20 points, four rebounds and five assists, and Taj Gibson ended the game with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Rockets strike Indiana
After a rocky start to the season the Houston Rockets look to be getting their groove back and beat the Indiana Pacers 98-94. James Harden had 28 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals, Congolese/Angolan-Swiss center Clint Capela recorded an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double and James Ennis III scored 13 points.
Nigerian-American guard Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 28 points and six rebounds, Domantas Sabonis had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Tyreke Evans and Bojan Bogdanovic both put up 11 points.
The Denver Nuggets stunned the Boston Celtics, beating them 115-107 on the back of Jamal Murray’s 48 points, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 122-116, the Chicago Bulls pulled off a close 116-115 win over the New York Knicks, the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-100, and a 27-point game from Josh Richardson sealed Miami Heat’s 120-115 victory over the Detroit Pistons.