NBA Roundup: Knicks on Fire, Celtics Hold onto Top Spot in East

There weren't many matches last day, but that's why we saw a lot of interesting results and some games that might determine the further course of the season

by Sededin Dedovic
NBA Roundup: Knicks on Fire, Celtics Hold onto Top Spot in East
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The Atlanta Hawks played another game in the NBA, securing back-to-back wins after a thrilling 138-122 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Hawks looked unstoppable, fueled by a strong offensive attack led by the duo of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray.

Young proved once again that he is the maestro of the backcourt, organizing the offense all game long, pouring in 26 points and an incredible 13 assists. He hit his first six 3-pointers before settling down a bit later in the game.

Murray did his part with 24 points and 9 assists of his own. John Collins had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Bogdan Bogdanović scored 18 points. Saddiq Bey rounded out the Hawks' top scorers with another 18 points.

Despite another good game by LeBron James who scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, the Lakers found themselves outmatched by the team play of the Hawks. Austin Reeves, next to James, was the only bright spot for Los Angeles and scored 28 points and 6 assists.

However, the absence of the injured Anthony Davis proved too much for the Lakers. It showed throughout the game, and the Hawks knew it was being used to the best advantage.

Toronto ended its losing streak

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Toronto Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak with a hard-fought 118-107 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Gary Trent Jr. emerged as the hero for the Raptors, scoring 24 points, while Pascal Siakam contributed a rounded performance of 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Chicago lost for the third time in the last four games and they can't find their game and keep it consistent.

Staffing issues, injuries over time, all had an impact on a team that definitely had more expected of it this season.

Tatum brings an important victory in Boston

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The Boston Celtics remained at the top of the East after defeating the Indiana Pacers 129:124.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in this match with 30 points with seven rebounds and assists. In addition to Tatum, White also had a good game, scoring 24 points, and Jalen Brown finished the game with 25 points. For Indiana, Aaron Naismith was the most effective with 26 and 12 rebounds, Pascal Shiakam had 23 points, and Myles Turner had 17 points.

The Celtics were much better in the first part of the game, where they had a 20-point advantage in the second quarter. The guests managed to melt away that advantage in just four minutes and even took the lead. In the end, Boston, on the wings of Jayson Tatum, won at home.

The Knicks continue to play well

The New York Knicks beat the Utah Jazz 118-103 in Madison Square Garden. The Knicks were led by Donte DiVincenzo with 33 points, of which he made nine three-pointers, and also had five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Jalen Branson contributed to the victory with 29 points and nine assists, Prechess Achiuva with 18 points, Izea Hartenstein with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Josh Hart with a triple-double performance of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Knicks finished January with 14 wins and two losses, their second-most wins in a single month since they went 14 in March 1994. The club record of 15/3 was set in December 1968. They play brilliantly and now hold the third position, before them are Milwaukee and Boston.

They are currently in perhaps the best form in the league, and if they continue to play like this they are serious contenders for the title. They play as a team, every player gives their all and often the first five finish with a double-digit number of points, which speaks volumes for how much they rely on team play and not individual quality.

In the Utah team, which suffered its second consecutive defeat, Colin Sexton was the most effective with 22 points, while Simone Fontecchio and Lauri Markanen added 14 each. They lost the last game against the Brooklyn Nets by a big margin of 147-114 and maybe that affected the game against the great Knicks.

Warriors Triumph Over 76ers 119-107

The Golden State Warriors bounced back with a 119-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, ending their two-game losing streak. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with an outstanding performance, scoring 37 points while shooting 8/13 from beyond the arc.

In addition to his scoring prowess, Curry contributed eight rebounds and seven assists. Jonathan Kuminga also played a key role in the win, adding 26 points and grabbing seven rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.

On the other hand, the Philadelphia 76ers suffered their fourth straight loss, and Tobias Harris was the team's leading scorer. Harris recorded 26 points and 10 rebounds. Furkan Korkmaz scored 19 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. 15 points and six rebounds, and Joel Embiid finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

The combination of Curry, Kuminga and Wiggins proved to be too much for the 76ers who deservedly celebrated in the end.

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