Celtics (9-2) 110; Hawks (2-9) 107
The Hawks came up just short at pulling off their second upset after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Led by Kyrie Irving (35/3/7), who went 14-of-22 from the field, Boston improved their NBA-best record with the victory. Al Horford (15/10/9) was one assist away from a triple-double and rookie Jayson Tatum (21/8/1) continued his recent surge, hitting a number of clutch shots down the stretch. The Celtics were tested multiple times and their resilience showed, as they came back from deficits multiple times.
Dennis Schroder (23/2/6) led Atlanta in scoring yet again and center Dewayne Dedmon (19/12/2) turned in a surprise performance, going 8-for-14 shooting in 36 minutes. Marco Belinelli (19/0/3) added solid minutes off the bench in the losing effort. The Hawks shot an impressive 13-of-26 from three-point range, but in the end, it wasn't enough.
Nets (4-6) 98; Suns (4-7) 92
D’Angelo Russell (23/6/8) led the way for the Nets, going an efficient 8-of-13 from the field in the win. Surprisingly, both teams struggled scoring the ball effectively in this game, as the Nets went 8-of-32 (25 percent) from three-point range while the Suns went 6-for-25 (24.0). Additionally, both teams struggled from the free throw line, as Brooklyn went 20-for-29 (69.0 percent) and Phoenix went 26-for-35 (74.3 percent).
TJ Warren (20/9/2) led the Suns in scoring and Devin Booker (18/2/1) fouled out of the game late in the fourth quarter. Phoenix had just 13 assists to go along with their 17 turnovers on the night and their general sloppiness with the ball was one of the reasons they ended up with the loss.
Warriors (8-3) 97; Heat (4-6) 80
In a surprisingly low-scoring game, Golden State pulled away early, outscoring Miami 28-16 in the second quarter. Heat starters scored just 34 points on 15-of-45 (33.3 percent) shooting in the loss, as star center Hassan Whiteside (3/6/0) played just 16 minutes and went 1-of-9 from the floor.
Both Kevin Durant (21/8/6) and Stephen Curry (16/5/4) struggled shooting, going 10-for-32 overall and 3-of-15 from three, but it didn’t hurt the club too much in the end. Draymond Green (18/9/2) and Klay Thompson (13/6/2) were the only two other Warriors in double-figures. The Heat shot just 36.1 percent from the floor and the Warriors shot 36.8 percent. However, Golden State went 22-for-24 from the charity stripe compared to a 12-of-17 mark for Miami, which was one of the reasons why they maintained their early lead throughout the rest of the contest.