. The Clippers held on
Jazz’s winning streak came to an end at the Staples Center, where the Clippers were able to resist the opposing pressure late in the game (116-112).
Kawhi Leonard (29 pts) was the locomotive of LA and his four free throws were decisive in the dying seconds, as were the 10 points of Patrick Beverley (17 in total) during the previous three minutes. Lou Williams brought (19 pts) off the bench, Paul George weighed less (15 pts).
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Opposite, Donovan Mitchell almost reversed the situation on his own by succeeding 17 of his 35 points in the 4th quarter, well helped by Bojan Bogdanovic (23 pts).
Rudy Gobert, little involved in attack (8 pts), struggled in defense (15 rebounds, 3 blocks). As for Nicolas Batum, back after a concussion, he remained very discreet (0 pt, 3 rebounds).
. Murray History
In Denver’s victory at Cleveland (120-103) the back made the almost perfect match: 50 points (personal best), with an exceptionally high percentage of success (21/25 on shots including 8/10 on long distance) and especially without any attempted free throw. He is the first in history to achieve such a performance.
“I know how to shoot a bit, so the coaches told me to keep doing it and my teammates kept giving me the ball“, simply summed up the hero of the evening.
Nikola Jokic is him “contented“a triple-double (16 pts, 12 rebounds, 10 assists), also very useful for the Nuggets who grab 7th place in the West at Golden State, beaten at the finish in Orlando (124-120).
The Magic (12th in the East), carried by his duo of fit artillerymen – Nikola Vucevic, also author of a triple-double (30 pts, 16 rebounds, 10 assists), and Evan Fournier (28 pts) – had the last laugh after letting the Warriors move up twenty points behind.
In the money-time, Stephen Curry (29 pts, 11 assists) attempted a hold-up with two shots behind the arc in thirty seconds, to return to two lengths. But Vucevic then put in the right free throws.
. Embiid porte Philly
Joel Embiid also scored 50 pawns and they were not too many for the Sixers to overcome the Bulls (112-105). A shoot halfway from the pivot, also author of 17 rebounds and 4 blocks, definitively sealed the match 41 seconds from the end.
“We came out as a team, it was not the effort of one man, we turned the ball better and better defended than in previous matches. That makes me happy. Then I’m here to do the job, that’s what they pay me for“, he commented.
In the absence of Ben Simmons (ill), he was supported by Tobias Harris (22 pts, 12 rebounds, 7 assists). Chicago side (9th), Zach LaVine was again prolific (30 pts).
. Milwaukee stopped the hemorrhage
After five defeats in a row, the Bucks returned to victory at the expense of Oklahoma City (98-85).
Giannis Antetokounmpo has still done a large part of the work (29 pts, 19 rebounds, 8 assists), better supported this time by Khris Middleton (20 pts), appeared inside in recent days.
If Milwaukee was far enough off his standards offensively, at least he found himself in the defensive task, containing OKC at 36.5% success. The “Frenchie“Thunder, Théo Maledon was thus limited to 5 points (3 rebounds, 2 assists).
Behind the Bucks (3rd), Boston joined Indiana in tied 4th place, following its comfortable success against Atlanta (121-109), thanks in particular to Kemba Walker (28 pts) and Jayson Tatum (25 pts).
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