The Memphis Grizzlies clearly won the duel between the currently best two teams in the Western Conference in the NBA. The Grizzlies beat the Denver Nuggets at home 112-94 (66-42) in the top game of the North American basketball league.
In the first half, the Grizzlies gained a lead of 29 points at times and dominated the second quarter with 38:22. Ja Morant led the hosts with 23 points. With 94 points, the Nuggets posted a season low, but they still have six wins more than the Grizzlies in first place in the West.
Celtics Winners in the East
In the top game of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 110-107. Jayson Tatum became the match winner for the currently best team in the NBA, two seconds before the end Tatum hit the three to win. The Celtics winger had 18 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Joel Embiid played well with the Sixers with 41 points.
The Orlando Magic around the German internationals Franz and Moritz Wagner lost their first game after the All-Star break. With 108:121 (52:51) the team from Florida lost at home against the Indiana Pacers. "After we missed a few shots and didn't get what we wanted, it also affected our defense. We can't let that happen," said Franz Wagner about the second half, in which the Magic fell behind decisively. The winger led his team with 21 points, his brother Moritz had eight points. Daniel Theis was not used by the Pacers.
The German center Isaiah Hartenstein drove the New York Knicks to a fifth win in a row. At 128:106 (73:52) the Knicks had no problems with the New Orleans Pelicans, after the first quarter New York was already leading by 16 points. Hartenstein had four points and ten rebounds.