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Embiid gets the best of Antetokounmpo

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While the Sixers got the better of the Bucks thanks to a great Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic was the main architect of the Mavericks’ success on the Pelicans floor. The Nets, after two straight wins, fell back into their ways.

Clash of the Titans delivered on all of its promises. Joel Embiid (32 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists) and the Sixers got the better of Giannis Antetokounmpo (32 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists) and the Bucks. A meeting which was first of all undecided during the first quarter with each of the two formations which had the hand on the scoreboard but without exceeding the five point lead. Under the impetus of the “Greek Freak”, the Bucks put a big throttle to take up to twelve points in the second quarter but the response of the Sixers was immediate, allowing them to reach half-time with a six-point lead. A series that continued on the return to the floor but, after leading by fifteen points, Philadelphia lost ground. The Bucks took the opportunity to gradually come back and pass in front six minutes from the end of the game. However, the Sixers regained control late in the game to win the victory by three small points (120-123). With this 35th success in 58 games, Philadelphia passed Milwaukee for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat pulled away, Doncic guides the Mavericks

An Eastern Conference which remains dominated by the Heat… but the Floridians, after their defeat against Dallas, needed two extensions to overcome the Hornets. Led by Kyle Lowry (25 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists), Miami started the game very well with up to thirteen points ahead in the first quarter. However, the Hornets reacted in the second quarter and raced ahead for most of the game. The teammates of Miles Bridges (29 points, 11 rebounds), however, had a difficult end to the meeting, snatching the extension thanks to Montrezl Harrell (24 points, 8 rebounds) in the last minute. A first period of five minutes was not enough but the second allowed the Heat to make the difference (107-111) against the Hornets beaten for the third time in a row. The Mavericks, meanwhile, remain in touch with the Top 3 in the Western Conference thanks to their success on the floor of the New Orleans Pelicans. For this, the Texans were able to count on a great Luka Doncic (49 points, 15 rebounds) in a one-sided meeting. Throughout the 48 minutes, the Louisiana franchise, deprived of Zion Williamson and Larry Nance Jr, never led in the score but knew how to react when the gap exceeded 20 points in the 2nd and fourth quarters. In the end, the Mavericks won by seven points (118-125).

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The Nets dive back, the Clippers revive

While they had regained serenity with two straight wins, the Nets were unable to extend their streak. During the reception of the Wizards, the teammates of Patty Mills (22 points) cracked in the last twelve minutes of the meeting. After two undecided first quarters, during which the two teams exchanged heads on the scoreboard. However, just before halftime, the Wizards started to pull away and confirmed early in the third quarter. It was then that the Nets, pushed by their public, reacted to erase a delay of thirteen points and go back in front. But Washington, pushed by Rui Hachimura (20 points) and seven players above ten points, made the difference in the last twelve minutes to win by fourteen lengths (103-117). The Wizards close the gap on the Hornets as the Nets continue to fall. The Clippers, meanwhile, made the powder speak to overcome the Rockets. If the Texans, led by Jalen Green (21 points), deluded in the first quarter, they then cracked in the great widths. The Clippers, led by Marcus Morris Sr (27 points) and Luke Kennard (25 points) and with a discreet Nicolas Batum (3 points, 4 rebounds), broke away little by little for a victory of 31 points (142-111). The Clippers are moving forward when the Rockets remain dead last in the Western Conference after this seventh straight loss.

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The Top 5 of the night

NBA 75 BASKETBALL – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Charlotte Hornets- Miami Heat : 107-111 (ap)

Brooklyn Nets- washington wizards : 103-117
> Joël Ayayi (WAS) did not play

New Orleans Pelicans- Dallas Mavericks : 118-125
> Frank Ntilikina (DAL) did not play

Milwaukee Bucks- philadelphia 76ers : 120-123

Los Angeles Clippers –Houston Rockets: 142-111
> Nicolas Batum (LAC): 3 points at 1/3 on shots (including 1/1 at three points), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 interception and 1 loss of ball in 20 minutes

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