Eight games were on the night’s schedule in the NBA, and Klay Thompson made a comeback in Golden State’s win over Cleveland. Also note the success after extension of Brooklyn against San Antonio and the loss at home of the Lakers against Memphis.
The game of the night: Brooklyn – San Antonio
This Sunday in the NBA started with a bang, with the victory of Brooklyn, second in the East, against San Antonio, tenth in the West, after overtime. The Nets, at home and therefore deprived of Kyrie Irving, won 121-119, but it was hard. Despite a Kevin Durant with 28 points and a James Harden with 26 points and 12 assists, Steve Nash’s men had all the trouble to get rid of the Texans, and thus stop their five-game losing streak at Barclays Center. San Antonio led by seven points in the first half, then Brooklyn came back (60-51, mt) and was up to fourteen points ahead in the third quarter. However, Gregg Popovich’s men, led by a Lonnie Walker IV who would finish on 25 points, did not give up. and equalized with 41 seconds remaining (113-113) on a 3-point shot from Joshua Primo, and no points were scored after, despite two attempts from Durant and an alley-oop from Keita Bates-Diop at the buzzer. It was therefore necessary to play overtime, and San Antonio held until 119-119, before rookie Cam Thomas scored the winning basket for the Nets with 1″7 remaining.
MVP of the night: Klay Thompson
He was of course not the best player of the night, but honor all the same to Klay Thompson, who made his comeback on the floors, two and a half years (941 days) after his last match. Victim of a torn cruciate ligament during the Finals against Toronto in June 2019, then of a ruptured Achilles tendon in November 2020 as he was about to make his comeback, the back of the Golden State Warriors ( 32 years old in February) played this Sunday against Cleveland. Quite a symbol given the recent history between the two franchises (4 finals in a row, including 3 won by the Warriors). The Californians won 96-82 and Klay Thompson, holder, scored 17 points (7/18 on shots including 3/8 at 3pts) and took 3 rebounds in 20 minutes. After only 40 seconds of play, it was he who scored his team’s first points, to the delight of the 18,064 fans at the Chase Center, where he had never played before. “I was so excited to see that lane leading to the basket that I jumped at the chance. After that, I thought it was going to be one of those nights where I might be unconscious. I didn’t shoot as well as I wanted but I’m so happy I can even look at the stat sheet and see my name on it. It’s been a long time. I’m not going to say that it’s the equivalent of winning a championship, but it was pretty close,” admitted the hero of the day after the match, who scored his 12,000th point and his 1,800th 3-point basket during this meeting. To be confirmed Tuesday in Memphis for the shock of the Western Conference!
The flop of the night: The Lakers
A Memphis team where everything is going well now, and which has signed its ninth victory in a row, on the floor of the Lakers. The Grizzlies went on to win 119-127 in California, in a perfectly controlled match. If the first quarter was extremely tight, Memphis started to widen the gap in the second (52-65, mt) and flew away in the third, to score up to 29 points against the overwhelmed Lakers . The Violet and Gold came back to -7 with 1’16 remaining thanks to a 21-0 (7pts from Wayne Ellington, 9pts from Austin Reaves), but the Grizzlies did not shake. Ja Morant, author of a stratospheric counter in the first quarter, finished with 16 points. Opposite, LeBron James was alone, with 35 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists on the clock (13pts for Talen Horton-Tucker, 6pts for Russell Westbrook). The Lakers are seventh, with 21 wins for 20 losses, before going to Sacramento on Wednesday.
The French of the night: Nicolas Batum
Despite the absence of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George or Luke Kennard, the Los Angeles Clippers signed a great 106-93 victory against Atlanta. And the Californians were able to count on a good Nicolas Batum, author of 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes, in this match where the Clippers (ninth in the West) led from the 10th to the last minute, with a lead that soared to +19 in the final quarter.
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Sunday January 9, 2022
Los Angeles Clippers – Atlanta Hawks: 106-93
>>> Stats of Nicolas Batum (LAC): 30 minutes of play, 10 points (4/9 on shots including 2/6 at 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 interception, 1 against, 1 lost ball, 1 foul
>>> Statistics of Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL): 23 minutes of play, 14 points (5/8 on shots including 2/5 at 3pts, 2/2 on free throws), 4 rebounds, 1 interception, 2 fouls
Orlando Magic- washington wizards : 100-102
>>> Joel Ayayi (WAS) was not in the group
Oklahoma City Thunder- Denver Nuggets : 95-99
>>> Théo Maledon and Olivier Sarr (OKC) did not play, by decision of the coach
Dallas Mavericks –Chicago Bulls: 113-99
>>> Frank Ntilikina’s stats (DAL): 2 minutes of play, 0 points (0/1 in shooting including 0 3-point shots, 0 free throws attempted)
Los Angeles Lakers- Memphis Grizzlies : 119-127
>>> Killian Tillie’s stats (MEM): 24 seconds of play, 0 points (0 shots, 0 free throws)
>>>Yves Pons (MEM) was not in the group
Brooklyn Nets – San Antonio Spurs: 121-119 aet
Toronto Raptors –New Orleans Pelicans: 105-101
Houston Rockets- Minnesota Timberwolves : 123-141
Golden State Warriors –Cleveland Cavaliers: 96-82
Portland Trail Blazers – Sacramento Kings: 103-88