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Phoenix takes the opportunity


Faced with a Jazz deprived of its stars, Phoenix did not miss the opportunity to take the lead in the Western Conference, with a 115-109 victory. Chicago recovered well after its sinking in Orlando, while New York and Indiana bowed respectively to Cleveland and New Orleans.

On paper, it was a clash between first and fourth in the Western Conference. In fact, Utah was extremely weak, without its four stars Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic and Phoenix had a little less need to force its talent to win 115-109. The Suns started the game well and led by thirteen points in the middle of the second half, but the Jazz, led by Jordan Clarkson (22pts) and Trent Forrest (17pts), did not give up and came back to finally lead five points at the start of the last quarter. However, the Suns can count on two exceptional players, Devin Booker and Chris Paul, who carried their team in the money-time. The guard finished with 33 points and the point guard with 27 (a season record), including 5 and 15 points respectively in the last quarter. The defending runners-up now have a record of 37 wins for 9 losses, equaling their record from the 2006-07 season. The two teams will meet in Utah on Wednesday for a new confrontation. Without the return of the injured, the Jazz will probably not be able to hope for much.

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Chicago got scared

Beaten in Orlando on Sunday (114-95), Chicago recovered well by winning at Oklahoma City back-to-back: 110-111. But the Bulls, deprived of DeMar DeRozan, left to rest, were very scared. While leading by 28 points midway through the third quarter, they saw the Thunder come back to 78-92 at the end of that quarter then 90-105 with five minutes remaining, 99-105 with three minutes remaining. and 101-108 with one minute remaining. Fifteen seconds from the buzzer, Chicago was only leading 107-108 but Zach LaVine’s free throws (23pts, 7rbds, 7pds), back for this game, sealed the victory for the Illinois franchise.. Also note the big double-double of Nikola Vucevic (26pts, 15rbds) for Chicago and the 31 points and 10 assists of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for OKC, still last in the West.

New York narrowly misses the comeback

Winner of the Clippers on Sunday, New York failed to confirm on the Cleveland floor. The Knicks were beaten 95-93 by the Cavs, narrowly failing after coming back from a fifteen-point deficit in the final ten minutes. With Cleveland leading 86-71, New York managed to come back to 91-91 with 2’28 to go, but Darius Garland’s 3-point shot proved instrumental in breathing new life into the Cavaliers, Julius Randle missing his at the buzzer. Kevin Love finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds and RJ Barrett with 24 points. Finally, in a poorly ranked game, New Orleans, eleventh in the West, beat Indiana, thirteenth in the East, by the score of 117-113., thanks in particular to 25 points from Devonte ‘Graham and 22 points and 10 rebounds from Josh Hart (21pts for Duane Washington Jr). There were twelve lead changes in that game but the Pelicans finished strong.

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Monday, January 24, 2022
Cleveland Cavaliers – New York Knicks: 95-93
>>> Stats of Evan Fournier (NYK): 21 minutes of play, 7 points (3/9 on shots including 1/6 on 3pts, 0 free throws attempted)

Oklahoma City Thunder- Chicago Bulls : 110-111
>>> Théo Maledon (OKC) was not in the group

Phoenix Suns – Utah Jazz: 115-109
>>> Rudy Gobert (UTA), calf injury, did not play

New Orleans Pelicans – Indiana Pacers: 117-113

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