A triple by Victor Oladipo with three and a half seconds to go gave Indiana victory in their match against the Celtics (102-101). The 26-year-old guard was the main architect of the Pacers' triumph not only because of that last action. Shortly before he had scored the two free throws that made the comeback possible when the Celtics dominated by 97-101. Oladipo also finished with 24 points, 112 rebounds, three assists and three steals. He was backed especially by Tyreke Evans with 17 points and Bojan Bogdanovic with 16. It was the Celtics' third loss in nine games despite 23 points from Marcus Morris, 18 from Kyrie Irving and 14 from Tatum and Horford. Gordon Hayward was especially unfortunate: he missed the five triples he threw and finished with 2 of 10 in field goals.
The extraordinary performances of Joel Embiid, with 39 points and 17 rebounds, and Blake Griffin, with 38 points and 13 rebounds, presided over the game the Sixers won against Detroit (109-99). Embiid overcame his direct duel with Andre Drummond, the pivot of the Pistons, and after the game maintained a scuffle through social networks. José Manuel Calderón he played 13 minutes and added two points and two assists.
Lebron James, with 28 points, five rebounds and seven assists, he led the Lakers victory in Portland (110-114). The third quarter of the Californian team (32-16) was decisive despite the reaction of the Blazers in the final round. Rondo, with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Kuzma and McGee, with 12 points each, plus six plugs from the center, backed LeBron. Lillard and McCollum scored 30 points apiece, and Nurkic added 14 points and 13 rebounds. It was not enough for Portland.
San Antonio defeated New Orleans (109-95), despite the reappearance of Anthony Davis, who had missed the previous game because of an elbow injury. DeRozan, with 26 points, and Aldridge, with 22 points and 12 rebounds, led the Spurs. Mills and Cunningham contributed 15 points each and Belinelli 14. Pau Gasol he only played 13 minutes and got two points, four rebounds and three assists. In the Pelicans, Holiday stood out with 29 points and eight assists, Nikola Mirotic with 22 points and 16 rebounds and Anthony Davis, with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Denver beat Utah (103-88). The Jazz accused the low form of Donovan Mitchell returning after an injury, missed the seven triples he threw and finished with 7 of 22 in field goals and 16 points. Ricky Rubio he contributed 11 points, four rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Harris, with 20 points, and Murray, with 19, led the Nuggets' triumph. Jokic added, seven points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists, and Juancho Hernangómez, eight points, four rebounds, one assist and a steal in 28 minutes.
Cleveland does not raise its head at the start of the stage without LeBron James. In addition, Kevin Love has been injured. The Cavaliers suffered their eighth loss in nine games against Charlotte (126-94). Lamb, with 19 points, and Kemba Walker, with 18 points, led the Hornets' victory. Willy Hernangómez he played his best game this season with 11 points, without any failure in his shots four field goals and three free throws, seven rebounds and three assists.