Six games were on the night’s program in the NBA, and they notably saw Golden State strike a blow by going to win at Utah. For the second time in two days, DeMar DeRozan had a buzzer-beater for Chicago, as Brooklyn lost at home to the Clippers.
The poster of the night: Utah – Golden State
Utah had the opportunity to come within a half game of Golden State at the top of the Western Conference, it was missed. The Jazz lost 116-123 against the Warriors after a meeting that kept all its promises. The Californians led for much of this game and had a sixteen-point lead at the start of the third quarter. But Utah, who only played the game with eight players, managed to come back little by little and even pass in front 17 minutes from the end (75-74). The Salt Lake City players remained in the lead until 6’16 from the buzzer, when Stephen Curry put the two teams tied (101-101). It was tied again at 111-111 with 2’13 remaining, and that’s when the Warriors sped up, with five points from Curry, and a 3-point shot from Andre Iguodala ( 112-119) to widen the gap. Rudy Gobert tried to bring his team back with two dunks (116-120), but Curry’s three free throws sealed the victory for the Warriors, more than ever leaders in the West. The 3-point shooting record holder finished with 28 points, Andrew Wiggins 25 and Otto Porter Jr 20. On the Jazz side, they are four to finish with 20 points: Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson.
The MVP of the night: DeMar DeRozan
Incredible New Year for DeMar DeRozan! The rear (or winger) of Chicago has just offered victory to his team two nights in a row thanks to buzzer-beaters! After contributing to the Bulls’ 106-108 success in Indiana on December 31, the former Toronto star did the same on January 1, and Chicago won 119-120 in Washington! While Kyle Kuzma had just given the advantage to the Wizards four seconds from the end by scoring from three points (119-117), DeRozan inherited the ball in the left corner, got rid of Corey Kispert then Bradley Beal and scored three points! And it’s a seventh victory for Chicago (the longest series of the Bulls for seven years), which takes the lead in the Eastern Conference! “It’s great, especially to do it outside. I don’t know if I dreamed it, but it’s real anyway. I was very careful that my feet were behind the line, ”said the first player to sign two buzzer-beaters in 24 hours after the match. DeRozan finished with 28 points, and that game-winning shot was the only 3-point shot he attempted all game. Zach LaVine ends with 35 points (27pts, 17pds for Beal on the Washington side) and Chicago is starting to be more and more scary.
The flop of the night: Brooklyn
Eleventh defeat of the season for Brooklyn, which is no longer the leader of the Eastern Conference. The Nets lost 116-120 at home against the Clippers, sixth in the West and yet deprived of Paul George, Ivica Zubac, Luke Kennard or even Nicolas Batum (and of course Kawhi Leonard). Carried by a James Harden in triple-double (34pts, 12rbds, 13pts), Brooklyn dominated the majority of the match after being led by ten points in the first quarter. But the Clippers, led by thirteen points 5’57 from the end (105-92) managed a magnificent end to the game. They first signed a 10-0 (with seven points from Eric Bledsoe, who will finish with 27) to come back to 107-105 then equalized at 112-112 2’06 from the buzzer. Terance Mann allowed the Californians to lead 113-117 23 seconds from the buzzer, James Harden gave hope to the Nets (115-117), but the last free throws from Bledsoe and Reggie Jackson gave the victory to the Clippers. Kevin Durant’s 28 points weren’t enough for the Nets, who disappointed in front of their 17,732 fans and will have to make up for it Monday against Memphis.
The French of the night: Rudy Gobert
The French pivot was again excellent in the clash against Golden State, with 20 points (9 out of 10 on shots) and 19 rebounds on the clock. For the eleventh time this season, the Jazz player has reached the 20-point mark, but that was not enough for Utah to win against the leader. He will try to do even better on Monday in New Orleans…
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Saturday January 1, 2022
Detroit Pistons – San Antonio Spurs: 117-116 aet
>>> Killian Hayes (DET) was not in the group
Washington Wizards- Chicago Bulls : 119-120
>>> Joel Ayayi (WAS) did not play, by decision of the coach
Brooklyn Nets- Los Angeles Clippers : 116-120
>>> Nicolas Batum (LAC) was not in the group
Houston Rockets- Denver Nuggets : 111-124
>>> Stats of Petr Cornelie (DEN): 3 minutes of play, 3 points (1/1 in shooting including 1/1 at 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 1 rebound, 2 lost balls, 2 fouls
Utah Jazz- Golden State Warriors: 116-123
>>> Rudy Gobert’s stats (UTA): 35 minutes of play, 20 points (9/10 on shots including 0 3-point shots, 2/4 on free throws), 19 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 drop balls, 4 faults
Milwaukee Bucks –New Orleans Pelicans: 136-113