Phoenix is now one win ahead of Golden State at the top of the Western Conference, following its success in Toronto on Tuesday, combined with the Warriors’ loss in Memphis. Chicago and the Clippers also came out on top.
The clash of the night: Memphis – Golden State
But who will stop the Grizzlies? Winner of nine games in a row, Memphis received the co-leader of the West Golden State, the last team to beat him, on December 23, and the Tennessee franchise signed its tenth consecutive success: 116-108! The game lived up to its promise, with the Grizzlies pulling off a great second quarter to go up to 18 points, then the Warriors coming back and moving ahead (+8) in the third, before a disputed money-time. At 1’14 from the end, Memphis only led 111-108 but the Grizzlies did not flinch and finished the game 5-0, with 5 points from… Ja Morant of course! The franchise star finished with 29 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Opposite, Stephen Curry signs his second triple-double of the season (27pts, 10rbds, 10pds) and Klay Thompson scored 14 points (5/13 on shots), but the Warriors bow before going to Milwaukee on Thursday, and leave the Suns alone in the lead.
The MVP of the night: Chris Paul
Phoenix is indeed one victory ahead of Golden State, after its 95-99 success in Toronto, eighth in the East, which remained on six straight victories. In this very tight match where the Suns were not necessarily radiant (Toronto attempted 15 more baskets and were able to take 22 offensive rebounds, a season record, and Phoenix lost 20 balls), they ended up having the last word after a very tight final quarter. 4’13 from the end, Phoenix led 83-89 then Pascal Siakam (22pts, 7rbds, 7pds) and OG Anunoby (25pts) allowed Toronto to pass in front (90-89), but the trio Chris Paul – Devin Booker – Deandre Ayton sealed the victory for the Suns in the last thirty seconds. Special mention to the point guard, who finished with 15 points, 12 assists and 5 steals.
The flop of the night: Detroit
The day after its stunning victory over Utah (126-116 after being led by 22 points), Detroit fell from above by falling against another league cador, Chicago. The Bulls won 133-87 in front of their 19,886 fans, inflicting a real correction on the Pistons. Nikola Vucevic (22pts, 8rbs) and DeMar DeRozan (20pts, 12rbds, 7pds) blew up Michigan players, like draft No. 1 Cade Cunningham, author of his career best on Monday with 29 points, and who settled for 8 on Tuesday, 3 out of 11 on shots… Josh Jackson saved the furniture with 16 points, as did Saddiq Bey with 14 (but 2/10 at 3pts), but there was a world of difference between the two teams. Chicago also won all four quarters (36-14 in the third) and was up to 47 points ahead.
The French of the night: Nicolas Batum
A tantalizing poster pitted the Clippers against Denver on Tuesday, and it was the Californians who won 87-85 after a game with a crazy scenario, where the Nuggets led by 25 points in the middle of the third quarter, before collapsing completely. The Clippers went ahead 2’30 from the end (83-81) and Nicolas Batum then managed a decisive 3-point shot 1’47 from the buzzer to put the Californians a little more sheltered, (86-81), even if Nikola Jokic (21 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists) missed the 3-point shot of the victory a little later. The Frenchman finishes with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
washington wizards –Oklahoma City Thunder: 122-118
>>> Joel Ayayi (WAS) was not in the group
>>> Théo Maledon and Olivier Sarr (OKC) did not play, by decision of the coach
Chicago Bulls – Detroit Pistons: 133-87
>>> Stats of Killian Hayes (DET): 33 minutes of play, 8 points (4/11 on shots including 0/4 at 3pts, 0 free throws shot), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 3 fouls, 3 lost balloons
Memphis Grizzlies – Golden State Warriors: 116-108
>>> Killian Tillie (MEM) did not play, by decision of the coach
New Orleans Pelicans – Minnesota Timberwolves: 128-125
Los Angeles Clippers – Denver Nuggets: 87-85
>>> Stats of Nicolas Batum (LAC): 26 minutes of play, 6 points (2/6 on shots including 2/5 at 3pts, 0 free throws shot), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 interception, 5 fouls, 1 lost ball
Toronto Raptors- Phoenix Suns : 95-99