The absence of star base Stephen Curry was not inconvenient for the Golden State Warriors to follow the winning path and reach seven consecutive wins in the NBA day.
While forward LeBron James was inspired again and became the winning protagonist at Madison Square Garden, as did the revalued Philadelphia Sixers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Forward Kevin Durant added 21 points as the leader of the balanced attack of the Warriors that beat the Orlando Magic 110-100 and won the seventh consecutive victory.
Durant also set the best mark of the season by spreading eight assists, and captured seven rebounds.
In turn, power forward Draymond Green also did a good offensive work to get 20 points -better mark so far this season-, gave five touchdown passes, captured four rebounds and recovered two balls.
The base Shaun Livingston, who started as a starter in the position of Curry, injured, contributed 16 points and six assists, which left him as the third highest scorer of the Warriors, who went with a score of 11-3 and share with the Rockets. of Houston the first place in the Western Conference.
James contributed a double-double of 23 points and 12 assists that helped the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 101-104 home in what was their second straight win.
The guard Kyley Korver was also decisive in the comeback to get 21 points, including 19 in the fourth period when the Cavaliers made a difference with their triples.
Cameroonian center Joel Embiid scored 32 points and forward Robert Covington added 31 in the Sixers’ home win to beat (105-109) against the Los Angeles Clippers, which extended their losing streak to six.
Australian forward Ben Simmons provided a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, while Embiid also dominated in the inside game by capturing 16 balls under the hoops, the best mark in that facet of the game.
Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was again the leader of the balanced attack of the Milwaukee Bucks that prevailed by 110-103 to the Grizzlies of Memphis, who suffered the second consecutive defeat.
Antetokounmpo contributed 27 points and nine rebounds, while guard-forward Khris Middleton and power forward John Henson scored 17 points apiece to also support the attack of the Bucks (7-6), who got the third straight win.
Base Eric Bledsoe continued as the new owner of the Bucks and contributed 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, in the 27 minutes he was on the court.
The guard-forward Tyreke Evans, who plays his best basketball since he came to the NBA, returned to lead the attack of the Grizzlies with 27 points scored, including 14 in the fourth period, when the Grizzlies tried the comeback.
The Dominican American center Karl-Anthony Towns again led the attack of the Minnesota Timberwolves who won 98-109 as visitors to the decimated Utah Jazz.
Towns contributed a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while guard-forward Jimmy Butler also had 21 points and 10 assists.
The base Jeff Teague, who occupied the position of titular that normally occupied the Spanish Ricky Rubio, transferred to the Jazz, shone with 22 so many as second encestador of the Timberwolves (8-5).
For its part, power forward Taj Gibson asserted its presence in the indoor game and finished the match with 15 points and 10 rebounds, which allowed the Timberwolves to break a two-game losing streak and have a 52.1 (37-) 71) percent of success in field goals.
The rookie guard Donovan Mitchell with 24 points and reserve Rodney Hood, with 16, could not prevent the defeat of the Jazz (6-8), who before the game confirmed the absence for at least a month of French center Rudy Gobert, injured since last Friday against the Miami Heat.
In other results of the day, Washington won 110-92 in Sacramento; New Orleans defeated Atlanta 106-105; The Los Angeles Lakers beat home (93-100) to Phoenix and Portland beat (99-82) Denver.