Like the Bucks against the Hornets, the Nets fell on the floor of the Blazers despite Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Thanks in particular to Evan Fournier, the Knicks got the better of the Spurs when Joel Embiid guided the 76ers during the success against the Rockets.
Game of the Night: Nets fall to Blazers
The Nets continue to alternate the good and the bad. Two days after their snatch success against the Spurs, the Brooklyn players fell during their trip to the Blazers floor. After a hooked start to the game, the Oregon players took a short ascendancy, thanks in particular to Anfernee Simons (23 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists) and Robert Covington (21 points). The gap between the two formations during this first part of the meeting has never exceeded eight lengths. A situation which then allowed the players of “Big Apple”, under the impetus of the duo formed by Kevin Durant (28 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists) and Kyrie Irving (22 points, 8 rebounds), for his second game of the season, to reverse the trend as half-time approaches. But, there too, the Nets were unable to put an end to the suspense, never taking more than a nine-point lead. Raising the tone as the last twelve minutes approached, the Blazers then took control to dominate the debates until the end of the meeting. The Portland players won in the end by six lengths (114-108), their second victory in a row, when Brooklyn fell again and did not widen the gap on their pursuers. Fortunately for the Nets, the Bucks signed a fourth loss in the last five games, the second in a row against the Hornets (103-99).
The MVP of the night: Embiid leader of the 76ers
Faced with the worst team in the Western Conference, the 76ers could expect a lot of fun. And, the opening minutes aside, the Philadelphia-based franchise had a good night. On this occasion, Joel Embiid got in tune with no less than 31 points and 8 rebounds for the colossus of Yaoundé. From the start of the match, the Sixers banged their fists on the table and widened a gap of more than ten points. An advantage that has not been denied even if the Rockets, led by Christian Wood (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Jalen Green (14 points, 5 rebounds) resisted to reduce the gap by half at the halftime approaching. Timidly falling again below the bar of ten units behind, the Rockets then sank body and soul in a one-sided last quarter. Leading by 27 units just under two minutes from the end of the game, the Sixers then eased off and won by 20 lengths (91-111) to sign a seventh victory in a row, second best current series behind the Grizzlies’ nine straight wins. A series that allows Philadelphia to close the gap on the Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings when Houston, beaten for the third time in a row and the 31st time in 42 games, continues its way of the cross this season.
The flop of the night: Without Gobert, Jazz is not going well
The situation is not getting better for the Jazz. In the absence of Rudy Gobert or Rudy Gay, the Salt Lake City franchise conceded on the Pistons’ floor a third consecutive loss. However, for almost 36 minutes, everything indicated that Utah was going to reverse the trend. Thanks to Donovan Mitchell (31 points) and Hassan Whiteside (21 points, 14 rebounds), the Jazz led the way in this meeting and entered the race in the lead. The result was a 22-point maximum advantage midway through the second quarter. It was then that the Pistons reacted under the leadership of Saddiq Bey (29 points, 6 rebounds) and Cade Cunningham (29 points, 8 assists). Thanks to his career best performance, the first choice of the last Draft really hurt the Jazz and allowed Detroit to patiently reverse the trend. It was at the very end of the third quarter that the Pistons took control of operations before breaking away more clearly in the last to seek a victory by ten lengths (126-116). With this third loss in a row, the Jazz do not take advantage of the recent loss conceded by the Suns and see the Grizzlies swoop down on them for third place in the West. Detroit, for its part, again chained two victories in a row.
The Frenchman of the night: Fournier once again solid
Evan Fournier was once again there. Absent during the Knicks’ setback on the Celtics’ floor, the Frenchman responded to allow the “Big Apple” franchise to win at Madison Square Garden against the San Antonio Spurs. If he hasn’t replicated his performance in his last home game, the Olympic vice-champion with the Blues returned a good line of statistics with 18 points and 5 rebounds, making him the second best scorer for his team behind RJ Barrett (31 points). However, to take the measure of the Spurs, the Knicks had to show great patience. Indeed, the Texans resisted during the first two quarters, helped by Dejounte Murray (24 points) and Jakob Poeltl (12 points, 10 rebounds). But the Spurs ended up going down in the middle of the third quarter before totally exploding in the last twelve minutes. Indeed, while the gap timidly exceeded ten points in the first 36 minutes of the game, the Knicks took advantage of an 18-2 at the start of the fourth quarter to widen a definitive gap. Despite a burst of pride from the Spurs, the New York franchise wins by fifteen lengths (111-96) and comes back up to the Celtics in the race for 10th place, making it possible to play the play-in at the end of the regular season. In the same situation, San Antonio suffered a third loss in a row and passed behind the Blazers for this 10th place in the West.
The Top 10 of the night
BASKETBALL – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Monday, January 10, 2022
Charlotte Hornets – Milwaukee Bucks: 103-99
Detroit Pistons – Utah Jazz: 126-116
> Killian Hayes (DET): 5 points at 2/8 on shots (including 1/1 at three points), 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 interception and 1 foul in 23 minutes
> Rudy Gobert (UTAH) did not play
Boston Celtics – Indiana Pacers: 101-98 (aet)
New York Knicks –San Antonio Spurs: 111-96
> Evan Fournier (NYK): 18 points at 5/12 on shots (including 4/7 three-pointers) and 4/5 on free throws, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 ball losses and 4 fouls in 22 minutes
Houston Rockets- philadelphia 76ers : 91-111
Portland Trail Blazers – Brooklyn Nets: 114-108
Sacramento Kings- Cleveland Cavaliers : 108-109