Chicago show with super Vucevic. Phila ok out of breath. Jokic breaks Miami

The Montenegrin (6/6 of three) leads the Bulls against Charlotte. Philadelphia escapes only in the final against Orlando thanks to Maxey and Embiid. Joker lights up the Nuggets. Very hot Minnesota: seventh win in the last eight races

Simone Sandri

The out of breath 76ers get the better of the Magic, the reworked Heat go ko in Miami against the Nuggets while a super Vucevic drags the Bulls to success over the Hornets.

Philadelphia 76ers-Orlando Magic 101-96

The 76ers (11-10) risk more than they should against the Magic (4-18), waste a 16-point lead in the second half and need Maxey and Embiid’s decisive free throws in the final to bring home a sweaty success. Orlando is back in the wake thanks above all to the production of Wagner (27 points) and equalizes the score with Bamba’s dunk at 57 ” from the end. An AC Embiid (16 points) and Maxey from the line, however, put things right for the hosts. Bad blow for Orlando who in addition to taking the defeat must record the injury of Suggs, who goes ko in the final due to the fracture of his right thumb.

Philadelphia: Curry 24 (7/8, 3/5, 1/1 tl), Harris 17, Embiid 16. Rimbalzi: Embiid 13. Assist: Maxey 9.

Orlando: Wagner 27 (10/19, 1/5, 4/6 tl), Suggs 17, Harris 16. Rimbalzi: Bamba 17. Assist: Wagner, Suggs 5.

Miami Heat-Denver Nuggets 111-120

After having confirmed that Michael Porter Jr. will be forced to undergo back surgery that will most likely keep him out for the rest of the season, the Nuggets (10-10) at least manage to end a bad day with a good performance. Denver, in fact, finds Jokic (24 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists) and puts behind him the streak of six consecutive defeats going to win on the Heat’s parquet (13-8). Miami has to do without its two top scorers, Butler and Herro, loses contact with Denver in the second quarter and at halftime has to chase 20 points behind. In the second half Jokic and Gordon (20 points) manage the timid comeback attempt of the Heat.

Miami: Adebayo 24 (11/19, 2/4 tl), Strus 19, Martin 18. Rimbalzi: Adebayo 13. Assist: Lowry 14.

Denver: Jokic 24 (8/12, 1/2, 5/6 tl), Gordon 20, Hyland 19. Rimbalzi: Jokic 15. Assist: Jokic 7.

Chicago Bulls-Charlotte Hornets 133-119

The derby of the Ball brothers was won by Lonzo who thanks Vucevic’s great performance. Chicago disputes one of its best offensive performances of the season and in the end closes with a surreal 59.6% shooting, the Hornets must therefore raise the white flag despite an excellent Rozier (31 points). Nikola Vucevic is exalted from long distance and in the end scores 30 points (shooting with 6/6 from three) and 14 rebounds.

Chicago: Vucevic 30 (6/13, 6/6), DeRozan 28, LaVine 25. Rimbalzi: Vucevic 14. Assist: Ball 8.

Charlotte: Rozier 31 (5/10, 6/7, 3/3 tl), Hayward 22, Ball, Oubre Jr. 18. Rebounds: Bridges 8. Ball 13.

Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder 102-89

Third consecutive success, a streak that comes after 15 losses in a row, for the Rockets (4-16) who have the better of the Thunder (6-14). The Texan team clings to the usual Wood who scores 24 points and captures 21 rebounds, his career high. Triple double, however, for Porter Jr .: 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Houston: Wood 24 (6/11, 3/6, 3/4 tl), Mathews 19, Tate 15. Rimbalzi: Wood 21. Assist: Porter Jr. 11.

Oklahoma City: Gilgeous-Alexander 22 (7/15, 2/5, 2/6 tl), Roby, Mann 17. Rimbalzi: Mann, Robinson-Earl 7. Assist: Giddey 7.

Minnesota Timberwolves-Indiana Pacers 100-98

Seventh success in the last eight races for the very hot Timberwolves (11-10) who recover a passive of 12 lengths in the third quarter, the Pacers resume (9-14) thanks to the production of Towns (32 points) and then definitively overcome them with the triple of Beasley 51 ” from the siren. A super Sabonis is not enough for Indiana who finishes with a triple double, 16 points, 25 rebounds and 10 assists.

Minnesota: Towns 32 (12/18, 1/4, 5/8 tl), Edwards, Russell 21. Rimbalzi: Edwards 9. Assist: Russell 11.

Indiana: Brogdon 25 (7/14, 2/6, 5/6 tl), Sabonis 16, Holiday 15. Rimbalzi: Sabonis 25. Assist: Sabonis 10.

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Chicago show with super Vucevic. Phila ok out of breath. Jokic breaks Miami