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The shock for the Bucks!


While, without their headliners, the Jazz fell to the Raptors, the clash of the night saw the Bucks get the better of the Nets to close the gap. The Lakers signed a fourth straight victory at the expense of the Hawks.

Game of the Night: Nets-Bucks

Whereas the Bulls took advantage of the reception of the Wizards to sign a ninth victory in a row (130-122) and consolidate their leading position in the Eastern Conference thanks in particular to Zach LaVine (27 points) and Nikola Vucevic (16 points, 14 rebounds), the shock of the night was good at Barclays Center. Respectively dolphin of Chicago and third in the East, Nets and Bucks were explained face-to-face. A one-sided duel that turned in favor of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s teammates (31 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists). Indeed, despite Kevin Durant (29 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) and James Harden (16 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists), the Brooklyn players were trailing from start to finish. If the latter resisted during the first half of the match, it was on the return to the floor that the Minneapolis franchise raised its tone and exceeded the 20-point lead. Only late in the game, with the Bucks leading by 23 points with four minutes left, did the Nets impose their game. However, despite a 13-2 to conclude, the damage was already done for Brooklyn which lost twelve lengths (109-121), the fourth defeat in five games. The Bucks, after two losses in a row, are moving forward and getting closer to the Nets, who however have four games less.

The MVP of the night: LeBron James

Have the Lakers finally found the right formula? Still without Anthony Davis, the Californian franchise was able to count on a good-day LeBron James (32 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists) to chain a fourth victory in a row when receiving the Hawks. If the teammates of a clumsy Theo Maledon in shooting (0 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) believed they could achieve a feat in Los Angeles before regaining hope at halftime in favor of a return to only three lengths at half-time. If the gap between the two formations played yo-yo at the very start of the third quarter, the situation then changed with the Lakers who took off. Thanks in particular to Trae Young (25 points, 14 assists) and John Collins (21 points, 8 rebounds), the Hawks tried to resist and hope for a miracle in the last twelve minutes. But, failing to fall below ten points behind, the Georgia franchise ended up admitting defeat by sixteen lengths (134-118), a seventh loss in the last ten games that keeps it at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table. For the Lakers, this fourth straight victory is an opportunity to consolidate their sixth place in the West.

The flop of the night: Jazz falls without its leaders

Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert, Bojan Bogdanovic, Donovan Mitchell… The list of absentees was too long for the Jazz! On the move on the Raptors’ floor, the Salt Lake City players held out for a long time at the 2019 champions but ended up cracking in the final sprint. And the one who symbolizes the success of the Canadian franchise is indeed Fred VanVleet. With 37 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, the latter simply achieved the first triple-double of his NBA career. And it took that to erase almost 36 minutes of basketball too insufficient to dominate a Jazz team that relied on Eric Paschall (29 points) and Elijah Hughes (26 points, 8 rebounds) to last as long as possible. . But a 14-0 for the Raptors in the third quarter was a game changer. From there, the match changed direction and it was the players of Toronto who took off to seek a victory of fourteen lengths (122-108), their fifth in a row. The Jazz, for its part, remains third in the West despite its second defeat in the last ten games.

The French of the night: Frank Ntilikina

The day after Evan Fournier’s feat, the French players were not at the party! While Théo Maledon was imprecise with the Hawks and Théo Maledon had little playing time during the Thunder’s defeat against the Timberwolves (105-135), it was Frank Ntilikina who had the best record. On the bench with the Mavericks during the Texas derby in Houston, the former Knicks player was finally able to play sixteen minutes with 7 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists to his credit. Mavs who, without Luka Doncic or Kristaps Porzingis, however, mastered the Rockets without much idea. The latter, led by Christian Wood (20 points), were quickly overtaken after racing in the lead in the first moments of the game. After a first quarter concluded with a 20-point lead, the game turned into a demonstration with a lonely Mavericks who gradually widened an insurmountable gap for the Houston-based franchise. In the end, Dallas won by 24 lengths (106-130) and signed a fifth success in a row to keep pace with the Lakers., who are pushing hard behind despite one more match to their credit.

The Top 10 of the night

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philadelphia 76ers –San Antonio Spurs: 119-100

Brooklyn Nets- Milwaukee Bucks : 109-121

Toronto Raptors – Utah Jazz: 122-108
> Rudy Gobert (UTAH) did not play

Chicago Bulls –Washington Wizards: 130-122
> Joël Ayayi (WAS) did not play

Houston Rockets- Dallas Mavericks : 106-130
> Frank Ntilikina (DAL): 7 points at 3/7 on shots (including 1/3 at three points), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 interception, 1 loss of ball and 3 fouls in 16 minutes

Oklahoma City Thunder- Minnesota Timberwolves : 105-135
> Théo Maledon (OKC): 7 points at 3/5 on shots (including 1/3 at three points), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 loss of ball and 2 fouls in 8 minutes
> Jaylen Hoard (OKC) did not play

Denver Nuggets – Sacramento Kings: 121-111
> Petr Cornelie (DEN) did not play

Los Angeles Lakers – Atlanta Hawks: 134-118
> Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL): 0 points to 0/5 on shots (including 0/5 three-pointers), 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 foul in 23 minutes

Portland Trail Blazers – Cleveland Cavaliers : 101-114

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