Jonathan Kuminga tied a franchise record by making all 11 of his shots in a 25-point performance, and the Golden State Warriors honored the memory of Dejan Milojevic with a 134-112 romp over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in San Francisco. The evening began with an on-court tribute to Milojevic, who had been the former Hawks summer-league coach and served as a three-year assistant for the Warriors. Milojevic passed away on January 17 after having a heart attack at a Golden State team dinner the previous night in Salt Lake City.
Stephen Curry contributed 25 points for Golden State, and Klay Thompson added 24 points for the Warriors, who were playing their first game in nine days after two postponements. The evening began with a tribute on the court to Milojevic, who had been the assistant coach of the Hawks summer league and had been with the Warriors for three years. Milojevic passed away on January 17 after suffering a heart attack at a Golden State team dinner the previous night in Salt Lake City. The 11-for-11 shooting performance that Kuminga had was identical to the one that Chris Mullin had at Miami on December 1, 1990.
Without Trae Young, who was out due to a concussion, the Hawks were unable to win either of their two games during their three-day trip to Northern California. Jalen Johnson scored 21 points and Dejounte Murray scored 23 points for the Hawks.
Cleveland Cavaliers 116, Bucks 126
As the Milwaukee Bucks played their first game after the dismissal of head coach Adrian Griffin, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team to victory over Cleveland. Antetokounmpo scored 35 points to lead the Bucks to victory.
In the final minutes of the game, Antetokounmpo concluded with his ninth triple-double of the season, which included 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Additionally, Damian Lillard contributed 28 points, and Khris Middleton scored 24 points.
Donovan Mitchell led Cleveland, which had won eight games in a row until that moment. Mitchell scored 23 points but only shot 10 of 24 from the field. Jarrett Allen ended up with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Score: Grizzlies 105, Heat 96
Memphis handed the host Miami its fourth consecutive loss, Vince Williams Jr. scored a career-high 25 points, Scotty Pippen Jr. played the greatest game of his career in only his second appearance of the season, and Memphis handed Miami its fourth consecutive road loss.
Pippen, who Memphis signed to a two-way contract the previous week, came off the bench to score 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor, grab six rebounds, and throw out six assists. Pippen earned a two-way contract with Memphis. Before Wednesday, the guard, who was just in his second year in the NBA, had only played a total of 37 minutes in the league. All of them were career highs for him.
Terry Rozier, who was playing in his first game with Miami after being traded from Charlotte, scored nine points off the bench on just three of eleven shots and committed three of the seventeen turnovers that the Heat committed in total.
Score: Suns 132, Mavericks 109
In the second half, Devin Booker scored thirty of his forty-six points, which helped Phoenix, which was on the road, pull off a victory over Dallas, which was its seventh consecutive victory.
Kevin Durant had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists for Phoenix, which trailed the Mavericks by as much as 16 points in the second quarter before outscoring them 43-20 in the third quarter. Bradley Beal had 20 points, Grayson Allen scored 15, and Kevin Durant had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. To complete the game, Booker shot 17 of 23 from the field and 6 of 10 from beyond the arc. He scored 22 points in the pivotal third quarter and finished the game with a perfect shooting percentage. In addition, Booker grabbed seven rebounds.
In addition to his 34 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists, Luka Doncic led Dallas in scoring. There were 17 points scored by Tim Hardaway Jr., and Jaden Hardaway added 11 points. Around the middle of the third quarter, Grant Williams was dismissed from the game after receiving his second technical penalty. He had scored eight points prior to his ejection.
Score: Thunder 140, Spurs 114
The visiting Oklahoma City Thunder defeated San Antonio by putting on a show in the second half, which resulted in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scoring 32 points and dishing out 10 assists during the first three quarters of the game.
Despite the fact that they were playing the second game of a home-and-road back-to-back, the Thunder were able to pull away in a dominant third quarter to win their fourth consecutive game and tie for the best record in the Western Conference. Chet Holmgren contributed 17 points to the Thunder’s total, while Aaron Wiggins scored 22 points off the bench for the Thunder.
Victor Wembanyama led the Spurs with 24 points and 12 rebounds. In San Antonio’s second consecutive loss, Devin Vassell contributed 21 points, Blake Wesley scored 12, Malaki Branham scored 11, and Zach Collins hit 10 points. The loss was San Antonio’s second consecutive defeat.
Washington Wizards 107, Timberwolves 118
Minnesota’s victory over Washington was fueled by the contributions of Anthony Edwards, who scored 38 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 15 of his 27 points in the third quarter.
It was Edwards’ ability to make 13 of 14 shots from the foul line that helped him compensate for his 11-for-28 effort from the floor. In his first game since scoring a franchise-record 62-point effort in a 128-125 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, Towns went 11-for-24 from the floor, going 2-for-10 from three-point range. However, he did not make any three-point shots. Even though they were playing without Mike Conley due to an illness, the Timberwolves were able to end a two-game losing run because to the contributions of Rudy Gobert, who scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Jaden McDaniels, who scored 13 points.
Washington’s Deni Avdija nailed four 3-pointers to highlight his 24-point outburst. Marvin Bagley III had a season-high 15 rebounds and 17 points, while Kyle Kuzma had 17 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists for the Wizards, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games and five of their last five games in a row.
Rockets 131, Blazers 137 (Official Time)
Visiting Portland prevailed over Houston in overtime, with Anfernee Simons scoring 33 points, Jerami Grant making a three-pointer that tied the game at the conclusion of regulation, and the game winning.
The extra period was necessary because Grant made a bank shot at the buzzer, which resulted in him scoring 21 points and dishing out nine assists. Deandre Ayton, who had 18 points and 17 rebounds, made a crucial second-chance basket with 10.2 seconds remaining in the game, which allowed the Trail Blazers to pull away from the competition in a methodical manner during overtime.
While Jalen Green scored 29 points, Alperen Sengun contributed 30 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists for the Rockets. Jalen Green also contributed 10 assists. The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, went cold from the perimeter in the final minutes of the game, hitting a combined 1-for-10 on 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Hornets, 106, and the Pistons, 113
Detroit, which was playing at home, defeated Charlotte with the help of Bojan Bogdanovic’s 34 points.
Jalen Duren contributed 14 points and eight rebounds to Detroit’s victory, which was the team’s fifth victory of the season. Alec Burks scored 15 points. Eleven points and eight rebounds were contributed by Isaiah Stewart.
Nick Richards had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Miles Bridges contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Brandon Miller led Charlotte with 23 points and seven rebounds. Miles Bridges also contributed to Charlotte’s winning effort. Before fouling out, LaMelo Ball added 17 points to his total and seven assists to his total.