The Cameroonian power forward Pascal Siakam, with 36 points was decisive in the resounding victory of the Toronto Raptors (130-77) against the Golden State Warriors.
The 53-point win was the biggest in the NBA this season, two points more than the final margin of the 124-73 victory of the Dallas Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers, on December 27.
The last time an NBA game was decided by more points was on December 9, 2018, when the Boston Celtics beat the Bulls 133-57 from Chicago.
Toronto made 53 percent of their field goals and won for the second time in 15 games to make their mark at 19-30, away from the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Listen to him Gary Trent Jr., returned to shine in the offensive game, scoring 24 points and English forward Og Anunoby added another 21 points that helped the victory of Toronto.
The eaves Andrew Wiggins He accumulated 15 points as the best scorer for the Warriors (23-26), who played without their starters, All-Star point guard Stephen Curry and power forward Draymond Green, injured.
Listen to him Jordan Poole and reserve point guard Nico Mannion scored 10 points each for the Golden State team.
The Mexican American forward Juan Toscano-Anderson He played 11 minutes as a starter for the Warriors and went scoreless by not making a basket shot; he captured a defensive rebound, gave an assist, lost two balls and committed three personal fouls.
Willy Hernangómez shines
For his part, the Serbian escort Bogdan Bogdanovic he collaborated with 26 points as the leader of the attack of the Atlanta Hawks, who defeated the decimated New Orleans Pelicans 103-126 on the road.
The Hawks led the score (54-55) at halftime and scored 37 points in the third quarter, his highest total in that span this season.
Listen to him Kevin Huerter He scored 24 points and, in his first game since being acquired by the Hawks, reserve Lou Williams scored 19 points, which made him a winning factor with the Atlanta team (25-24) that achieved the second consecutive victory.
For the Pelicans, the reserve point guard, el novato Kira Lewis Jr., The 19-year-old scored 21 points as the best scorer, in what was also his best professional record.
Power forward James Johnson had 16 points and the point guard Eric Bledsoe 14 others with the Pelicans (21-27), who have lost two straight games and are moving away from the Western Conference playoffs.
The Spanish pivot Willy Hernangómez, who came out as a reserve, approached the double-double after adding nine points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action, making 4 of 9 shots from the field and 1 of 2 from the personnel line.
The Pelicans played without four starters, including forward Zion Williamson and power forward Brandon Ingram, injured.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.