Ten games were on the night’s schedule in the NBA, and they included Philadelphia winning at Miami in the Eastern Conference clash, Milwaukee losing at home to Toronto, Boston dominating Chicago, and the Lakers losing 37 points to Denver.
The poster of the night: Miami – Philadelphia
In this ultra-tight Eastern Conference where the six best teams stand in two and a half games (ten in the West!), it was a real shock that took place in Florida between Miami and Phialdelphia. And it was the 76ers who pulled off a big blow by winning 98-109. The poster kept all its promises, with Floridians who led during the second and third quarters, with a lead that climbed to +13, and the 76ers who came back in the money-time for the to take with. At 11’35 from the end, the two teams were tied (75-75). The Heat held up to 88-91 (six minutes from the buzzer) then began to let go little by little, with two 5-0 conceded in a short time (89-101) and Philadelphia broke away inexorably. Joel Embiid, author of 32 points (including 25 in the second half, after a 3 of 11 on shots in the first) and 12 rebounds, was still omnipresent despite elbow pain, and Tobias Harris (22pts, 8rbds) and Seth Curry (21pts, 5rbds, 5pds) helped him a lot. Opposite, Jimmy Butler was catastrophic in shooting (8pts to 1 out of 11) but good in the pass (9pds), just like Kyle Lowry (8pts at 2 out of 11, and 7pds) while Omer Yurtseven, in the absence of Bam Adebayo, offered himself a double-double (22pts [record en carrière], 11rbds).
The MVP of the night: Pascal Siakam
Toronto saw a rather anonymous season, with an eighth place in the Eastern Conference, and also remained on two straight losses, but the Raptors struck a blow by going to win at the defending champion, Milwaukee: 96-103. In this game where the Bucks had a great start to lead by fifteen points and then were ahead until the start of the third quarter before Toronto finally took the lead, Pascal Siakam was decisive. The 27-year-old power winger scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the second triple-double of his career, the last dating back a year and four days. Returned to the bench following his fifth foul 8’34 from the end when the score was 77-78, Siakam returned a little less than two minutes later (80-80) and scored 13 points to finish. Opposite, Giannis Antetokounmpo also scored 30 points, but no one could stop the Cameroonian this Saturday.
The flop of the night: The Lakers
And 22 losses for the Lakers, who now have a negative record and are in seventh place in the Western Conference. The Californians suffered a crushing defeat on the Denver floor, ranked just above: 133-96! After a tight first quarter, the Nuggets slowly slipped away from a nonexistent Lakers in defense and clumsy in attack, to lead 73-60 at halftime, and extended their lead to +42 in the middle. last quarter! However, LeBron James (25pts to 9 of 23 on shots, 9rbds) and Russell Westbrook (19pts, 5rbds) were well on the ground, but the Lakers were atomized by the Bones Hyland trio (27pts [record en carrière], 10rbds) – Jeff Green (26pts) – Nikola Jokic (17pts, 12rbds, 13pds), and this loss hurts the Californians very badly, because the Nuggets are not as strong as in previous seasons due to injuries. It is in any case the worst defeat in the history of the Lakers against the Colorado franchise, and it is the third failure in a row this week. Next match: Monday against Utah, with a Jazz who should be able to count on Rudy Gobert.
The French of the night: Evan Fournier
Four French players played that night, and Evan Fournier was clearly the best. The New York Knicks went to sink a little more Atlanta (12th) by winning 108-117 at the Hawks, and the Frenchman contributed greatly. If RJ Barrett and Julius Randle scored 50 points between them in this match where New York took control in the second quarter and did not let go, Evan Fournier made his contribution, with 18 points (4/8 to 3pts ). The former Orlando player notably scored two baskets in a row with seven minutes remaining to bring the score from 91-93 to 91-97, then a 3-point shot 2’19 from the buzzer to put the Knicks to the shelter (100-111). It is therefore a third success in a row for Tom Thibodeau’s men, and with a record of 22 wins for 21 losses, New York is tenth, before receiving Charlotte (7th) on Monday.
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Saturday January 15, 2022
Washington Wizards- Portland Trail Blazers : 110-115
>>> Joel Ayayi (WAS) was not in the group
Atlanta Hawks- New York Knicks : 108-117
>>> Statistics of Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL): 15 minutes of play, 5 points (2/3 on shots including 1/2 to 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 2 fouls
>>> Stats of Evan Fournier (NYK): 32 minutes of play, 18 points (7/13 on shots including 4/8 at 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 lost balls, 2 faults
Oklahoma City Thunder- Cleveland Cavaliers : 102-107
>>> Théo Maledon (OKC) did not play, by decision of the coach
>>> Olivier Sarr (OKC) was not in the group
San Antonio Spurs –Los Angeles Clippers: 101-94
>>> Stats of Nicolas Batum (LAC): 27 minutes of play, 13 points (4/9 on shots including 1/4 at 3pts, 4/5 on free throws), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 interception, 3 lost balloons, 4 fouls
Denver Nuggets – Los Angeles Lakers: 133-96
>>> Sekou Doumbouya (LAL) was not in the group
Dallas Mavericks –Orlando Magic: 108-92
>>> Stats of Frank Ntilikina (DAL): 6 minutes of play, 3 points (1/2 on shots including 1/1 at 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 interception, 1 lost ball
Milwaukee Bucks- Toronto Raptors : 96-103
Brooklyn Nets – New Orleans Pelicans: 120-105
Miami Heat- philadelphia 76ers : 98-109
Boston Celtics –Chicago Bulls: 114-112