After a weeklong hiatus due to COVID-19 cases within their roster, the Boston Celtics picked up where they left off by winning a fifth straight game Friday night at TD Garden. This time around, they easily took out the Orlando Magic by the 124-97 mark.
Representatives from Massachusetts scored more points than their opponents in all four quarters. Jaylen Brown led the way with 21 points, as six Celtics players scored more than 10 points.
Nothing goes for the Magic, who have lost in their last four meetings. Orlando has also lost by more than 20 points three times since the start of this bad streak.
Quebecer Khem Birch did well in the loss with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while his compatriot Karim Mané had his first three-point basket in the NBA.
Great performance by Drummond
In Cleveland, Andre Drummond posted 33 points and posted 23 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to a 106-103 win over the New York Knicks.
Leading by six points with 10 seconds left, the home side managed to withstand the Knicks’ final efforts. The two teams were tied 80 to 80 after the third quarter.
Despite a production of 28 Julius Randle points, the New York team could not avoid this fifth consecutive defeat.
Besides Drummond, Cedi Osman also rendered valuable service to the Cavaliers by scoring 25 points.
Giannis gets up
On the Milwaukee side, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a 31-point game to lead the Bucks to a 112-109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
The game was tight until the final whistle, with the two teams exchanging the lead in the fourth quarter. Khris Middleton was decisive late in the game with two successful downtown shots, as well as two penalty shots. He finished with 25 points.
Luka Doncic was once again excellent despite the loss with 28 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds.