The Bucks, dragged by Giannis Antetokounmpo, mistreated the Warriors (118-99) in the NBA round, while the Grizzlies took their 11th consecutive win and the Nets sank at home against the Thunder.
Reigning Milwaukee champions have asserted their supremacy over Golden State. Antetokounmpo ended his showdown with a triple double (30 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 blocks). All too easy for the Bucks, who finished the first period with a humiliating lead (77-38). If Golden State dominated the first part of the season it is mainly due to the defense, rather than the offensive game, centered on Stephen Curry, scoring just 12 points (plus 8 rebounds). The Bucks remain in fourth place in the East and the Warriors (30-11) maintain their second in the West.
The Grizzlies (third) who had to fight to defeat Minnesota (116-108) are approaching. Ja Morant doesn't shine (14 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds), but his team is backed by a great defense. Thus, Anthony Edwards' Timberwolves (30 points) and Karl-Anthony Towns (25, plus 9 rebounds) scored just four points in the final three minutes, at the start of which they were still ahead 106-105. Desmond Bane (21 points) and Jaren Jackson Jr (20) took over offense for Memphis, supported by substitute John Konchar (15 points, 17 rebounds).
Denver outclassed Portland (140-108) shooting with 63.4% success, thanks in particular to Nikola Jokic (20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists), consolidating his sixth place, ahead of the overwhelmed Clippers (eighths) ( 113-89) in New Orleans.
In the East, the day after an impressive success with leader Chicago, Brooklyn showed another face by losing heavily at home (130-109) to Oklahoma City, while losing second place in Miami.