The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics performed with “heavy hearts” after riots broke out in the U.S. on Wednesday night. Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters stormed the halls of Congress to interrupt the symbolic counting of electoral votes that eventually certified the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
A day after it was announced that prosecutors would not charge the officer who shot Jacob Blake last summer, Pro-Trump protesters clashed with police. Statement from the Boston Celtics and the Miami HEAT#BlackLivesStillMatter pic.twitter players. Com/RtpAOJfxh3- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 7, 2021 In protest of the August police shooting, the NBA postponed games, and players from Boston and Miami issued a joint statement before Wednesday night’s game that read, “2021 is a new year, but some things have not changed. “After yesterday’s decision in Kenosha, we play today’s game with heavy hearts and understanding that demonstrators in our nation’s capital have changed. In the fourth quarter, the back-and-forth continued with both teams stringing late runs together, but the effort by Pritchard to save a missed lay-up by Marcus Smart was eventually enough for Boston to claim the narrow victory. With 27 points, Jayson Tatum led the Celtics, while Jimmy Butler registered 26 points and eight rebounds in a losing cause. It was also a tight New Orleans contest, where the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Mike Muscala’s Pelicans 111-110. Three 3’s in a row. Catch @FoxSportsOK the rest of the 4th quarter. Pic.twitter.com/itgs4xsiGV- OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) 7 January 2021 For Oklahoma City, Darius Bazley posted a double-double and Zion Williamson was the Pelicans’ top scorer with 29 points. In Philadelphia, the 76ers edged the Washington Wizards 141-136. Bradley Beal’s 60 points were not enough for the Wizards to conquer Joel Embiid and Seth Curry’s pair, which combined for 66 points. It was Philadelphia’s fifth straight victory, although the Wizards have gone 2-6 this season. In the 108-101 loss of the Golden State Warriors to the Los Angeles Clippers, Steph Curry’s high-scoring streak came to an end. Another successful outing. @kawhileonard wins our Game Success @Kia. Image.twitter. Com/g0LTwAYts9- January 7, 2021 LA Clippers (@LAClippers)Curry made only one of his six three-point attempts on the way to 13 points – a major change from his 62-point effort earlier in the week against the Portland Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, in the Clippers’ seven-point victory, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George each scored 21 points. In the Indiana Pacers’ 114-107 win over the Houston Rockets, Malcolm Brogdon scored 35 points. The impressive early form of the New York Knicks continued against the Utah Jazz, with Julius Randle scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds in the 112-100 win. The Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-94 in the rest of the day’s games, the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-94, the Milwaukee Bucks picked up a 15-point victory over the Detroit Pistons, the Phoenix Suns picked up their sixth 123-115 season win over the Toronto Raptors, and the Sacramento Kings beat Coby White’s 36-point effort to beat the Chicago Buuu.