With a thrilling 118-116 overtime victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, the Indiana Pacers continued their powerful early form and now have a 5-2 season record. Malcolm Brogdon put the final touches on a 21-point, 11-assist effort when, with a one-handed floater with 1.7 seconds remaining, he scored the winning basket.
For Indiana, Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, his long-range three-pointer sparking a six-point rush to force overtime in the final 20 seconds of regulation. With 31 points, Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans, while Zion Williamson finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Vic went 25 PTS | 6 AST | 5 REB tonight pic.twitter.com/Rxbico4wJf- Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 5, 2021 Giannis Antetokounmpo’s dual MVP had a day in which he scored 43 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the 125-115 Detroit Pistons and kept on. Before halftime, Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, shot 17 of 24 from the field and finished with nine rebounds as the Bucks went to 4-3 for the season while extending their winning streak to eight straight games against the Pistons. Khris Middleton scored 19 points to be the second-leading scorer behind Antetokounmpo for Milwaukee, which led 67-56 at halftime and kept a 97-80 lead at intermission.Jerami Grant and Derrick Rose each scored 24 points for Detroit, which now trails 1-6.Season-high 43 points for The MVP.43 PTS | 9 REB | 4 AST pic.twitter.com/uNJC0H7nZT- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 5, 2021Kelly Olynyk threw dow After the score was 26-26 after the first quarter, Jimmy Butler added 18 points for the Heat, who pulled away from the visitors after the score was tied 26-26 and led 91-66 at the final buzzer. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 18 points for the Thunder, who benched their starters in the fourth quarter and dropped to 2-3 on the season. The Golden State Warriors crushed the Sacramento Kings 137-106 in other games, the Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors 126-114, the Dallas Mavericks won 113-100 at the Houston Rockets, the New York Knicks won 113-108 at the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the host Charlotte Hornets 118-101 and the Orlando Magic won 103-83 at ho ho ho