While the Suns have signed a sixth straight victory against the Pacers, the Bucks are now three consecutive successes thanks to that obtained against the Kings. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, resumed their march forward at the expense of the Thunder.
The Suns are more leaders than ever in the Western Conference. On the occasion of the reception of the Pacers, the teammates of Mikal Bridges (23 points, 6 rebounds) signed a sixth victory in a row. A meeting which however took time to settle. Indeed, under the leadership of Chris Duarte (17 points) and Goga Bitadze (16 points, 11 rebounds), the Pacers upset the Arizona franchise and even took the lead by one point at the end of the first quarter. -time. But, from there, the Suns took over and pulled a very clear gap in a one-sided third quarter. A maximum gap of 22 points that the Phoenix players however struggled to keep, the Pacers managing to find solutions to go back below the ten-point mark just under five minutes from the end of the game. The Suns then tightened the game to win by ten lengths (113-103). With one game less, they are three wins ahead of the Warriors and four over the Grizzlies. Indiana, meanwhile, sees its two-game winning streak come to an end.
The Bucks ensure without the “Greek Freak”
Behind the Suns, one of the most beautiful current series is to the credit of the Bucks. Despite the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, put to rest by his coach due to knee pain, Milwaukee signed a third straight victory when receiving the Kings. And when the “Greek Freak” is not there, it is Khris Middleton (34 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) who takes responsibility. It took a lot to respond to the thunderous start of the Kings game which, thanks in particular to Harrison Baines (29 points, 6 rebounds) raced in the lead throughout the first quarter. But, at the start of the second, the Bucks shifted gears and reversed the trend. If they then raced in the lead, the gap rarely exceeded ten points without the Kings managing to get their heads above water. Milwaukee wins in the end by six lengths (133-127) and remains at the foot of the podium in the Eastern Conference. Sacramento, for its part, chained a third defeat in a row and did not improve its situation.
The Cavaliers smile again
Stopped in their tracks by the Bulls on Wednesday after five straight wins, the Cavaliers were not left in doubt. The reception of a Thunder team in great difficulty was the perfect opportunity to restart the machine. A meeting during which the result did not long remain a mystery. Indeed, if OKC held off the Cavs during the first two quarters, the teammates of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (29 points, 9 rebounds) fell off after returning from the locker room. More solid, the Cavaliers were able to count on Darius Garland (23 points, 11 assists), Evan Mobley (15 points, 17 rebounds) and Jarrett Allen (14 points, 13 rebounds) to widen a maximum gap of 17 points in the third quarter -time before belaying in the last twelve minutes. Cleveland returns to victory with a margin of seven lengths (94-87) and does not let go of Milwaukee. For the Thunder, this tenth defeat in the last eleven games confirms a trend that is not positive.
The Top 5 of the night
BASKETBALL – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Saturday January 22, 2022
Milwaukee Bucks – Sacramento Kings: 133-127
Cleveland Cavaliers – Oklahoma City Thunder: 94-87
> Theo Maledon (OKC) did not play
Phoenix Suns – Indiana Pacers: 113-103