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The Nets in the lead, Curry in extremis


Taking advantage of the Bulls’ setback against the Bucks, the Nets once again took first place in the Eastern Conference thanks to their victory against the Spurs. Stephen Curry offered the victory to the Warriors at the buzzer when Rudy Gobert was still essential to the Jazz.

The game of the night: The Nets continue again

The Nets have clearly found the right carburation. For the first time since the end of 2021, James Harden’s teammates (37 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) scored a second success in a row. And it comes at the best possible time! If the Brooklyn players got off to the best start, with a gap that approached ten points in the first quarter, the meeting then became a pitched battle between two formations that did not give up. Led by Dejounte Murray (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists), the Spurs did better than stand up to the Nets. The gap then never exceeded five points from the end of the first quarter to the start of the last. That’s when the Nets became irresistible. Winning the last ten minutes with a margin of ten points, Brooklyn won by fifteen lengths (102-117). While the Spurs continue to alternate the good and the bad for a 13th place in the West, the Nets take advantage of their 29th victory in 45 games to regain first place in the East.

The MVP of the night: Curry had never done that!

More than ever, the Warriors can thank Stephen Curry! For the very first time in his NBA career, which began in 2009, “Chef Curry” offered victory to his team against the Rockets with a buzzer beater. Because, during most of the meeting, it was the players of Houston who made the law on the floor of the Chase Center. Thanks to an oiled collective and six players beyond ten points at the end of the meeting, Houston had a maximum lead of fifteen points at the very end of the second quarter. However, thanks in particular to Jordan Poole (20 points) and despite the absence of Klay Thompson, the Warriors gradually fell behind to take the lead at the end of the third quarter. If the last twelve minutes saw the Rockets come back in front, it was on the very last action and an inspired “step back” that Stephen Curry (22 points, 12 assists) offered victory to Golden State (105-103). A success that allows the Warriors to stay in contact with the Suns and stay ahead of the Grizzlies, winners on the floor of the Nuggets (118-122).

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The flop of the night: Chicago loses its mind

If Brooklyn has managed to regain the lead in the Eastern Conference standings, it is thanks to a new misstep by the Bulls. Indeed, the Illinois franchise has conceded on the floor of the Bucks a fifth defeat in the last six games. A meeting whose keyword was indecision. During the 48 minutes of a total confrontation between the two formations, neither of them could take more than seven points in advance. However, thanks in particular to the inevitable Giannis Antetokounmpo (30 points, 12 rebounds), it was Milwaukee who raced in the lead most often. Despite DeMar DeRozan (35 points, 6 rebounds) and Nikola Vucevic (19 points, 11 rebounds), the Bulls reacted more often than acted. If they were able to regain control of the scoreboard at the very end of the third quarter, the Chicago players quickly surrendered in the last twelve minutes to lose four small points (94-90). While the Bucks are approaching the podium in the East, taking advantage of the defeat of the Heat on the floor of the Hawks (110-108), the Bulls see the Nets go ahead but with one more game.

The Frenchman of the night: Gobert replied to Cunningham

Behind the Suns, Warriors and Grizzlies, Jazz has not said its last word! After two straight losses, the Salt Lake City-based franchise returned to winning ways when they hosted the Pistons. For this, the Jazz could count on Rudy Gobert (24 points, 14 rebounds). A meeting which saw the two teams go blow for blow during the first quarter and then at the start of the third. Indeed, under the impetus of Cade Cunningham (25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), Detroit was able to erase a delay of ten points but without however managing to take control of operations. Better in place, the Jazz once again widened a double-digit gap at the very end of the third quarter before mastering the ardor of their opponents. Returning to one point for a time, the Pistons were never able to overtake Utah late in the game. With a margin of ten points (111-101), the Jazz are moving forward and regaining air on Dallas and Denver, beaten by Memphis for fourth place in the West.

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Friday, January 21, 2022
Charlotte Hornets –Oklahoma City Thunder: 121-98
> Theo Maledon (OKC) did not play

Orlando Magic- Los Angeles Lakers : 105-116
> Sekou Doumbouya (LAL) did not play

Philadelphia 76ers- Los Angeles Clippers : 101-102
> Nicolas Batum (LAC): 15 points at 6/9 on shots (including 3/5 from three points), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 4 fouls in 30 minutes

Atlanta Hawks – Miami Heat: 110-108
> Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL) did not play

Boston Celtics- Portland Trail Blazers : 105-109

Milwaukee Bucks –Chicago Bulls: 94-90

Washington Wizards- Toronto Raptors : 105-109
> Joël Ayayi (WAS) did not play

San Antonio Spurs- Brooklyn Nets : 102-117

Denver Nuggets- Memphis Grizzlies : 118-122
> Yves Pons (MEM) did not play
> Killian Tillie (MEM) did not play

utah jazz – Detroit Pistons: 111-101
> Rudy Gobert (UTAH): 24 points at 8/11 on shots and 8/11 on free throws, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 blocks, 2 ball losses and 4 fouls in 32 minutes
> Killian Hayes (DET) did not play

Golden State Warriors –Houston Rockets: 105-103

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