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NBA Top Five Performances, Jan. 9: Recent Orleans Pelicans Cruise Past Washington Wizards Behind C.J. McCollum’s 34-Point Performance

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Recent Orleans Pelicans guard C.J. McCollum had 34 points, five rebounds and two steals within the win against the Washington Wizards. Since losing star center Zion Williamson to injury, the Pelicans will need consistent offensive performances from their star players.

OTHERS:

-Giannis Antetokounmpo’s double-double helped the Milwaukee Bucks rally from 17 down against the Recent York Knicks. Antetokounmpo finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. He got key contributions from Joe Ingles (17 points) and Jrue Holiday hit clutch shots down the stretch. Milwaukee will need more of this within the absence of All-Star forward Khris Middleton.

-Harrison Barnes’ season-high 30 point performance led the Sacramento Kings to a blowout victory against the Orlando Magic. Sacramento’s 23 3-pointers Monday night set a franchise record for essentially the most in a game. Even at 21-18, the Kings still remain atop the underwhelming Pacific division.

-The Boston Celtics maintained the most effective record within the league with one other strong night from forward Jayson Tatum. He had 32 points, eight rebounds and 7 assists within the Celtics’ win over the Chicago Bulls.

-Jamal Murray’s season-high 34 point night led the Denver Nuggets past the Los Angeles Lakers. Nikola Jokic had his league-high eleventh triple-double of the season nevertheless it was Murray’s scoring that helped the Nuggets cruise past Los Angeles.

Jayden Armant is a contributor to Contained in the Heat. He’s a student at Howard University. He could be reached at jayden.armant@bison.howard.edu or follow him on Twitter @jaydenarmant.

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