Dallas outlives Irving
The bad series continues for Brooklyn, after a setback against Portland and two against Milwaukee, which suddenly finds itself only one victory for New Yorkers to seize 2nd place in the East. Under the eyes of the ex-glory of the Mavs Dirk Nowitzki and the former American president George W. Bush, the latter carrying the applaudimeter in the American Airlines Center filled to about 20% of its capacity, the Texans made the difference in the last quarter when Luka Doncic put his "fade away" (shoot in rear suspension) to give his team six lengths. The Slovenian was thus preponderant (24 pts, 10 rebounds, 8 assists), well helped by Tim Hardaway Jr (23 pts), thus allowing Dallas to remain 5th in the West. Opposite, Irving's efforts were in vain (5 rebounds, 4 assists,4 interceptions), especially since Kevin Durant was not having a great night (20 pts, 9 rebounds).
The Lakers in pain
The reigning champion is definitely in great difficulty at the end of the regular season: in the absence of LeBron James (ankle), he lost heavily (118-94) against the Clippers, his rival "angeleno", deploring in addition the premature exit of Anthony David, injured in the back. After 9 minutes, the winger (4 pts) first hurt his right ankle, before complaining of back spasms. With James not due to return until next week, the Lakers must hope that Davis is not seriously affected, otherwise they may well have to go through dams, which they are avoiding for the time being in their duel from a distance with Portland ( 7th) with a similar record (37-29), six games from the end of the regular season. At Staples Center, the Clippers, who overtake Denver in 3rd place,were led by Paul George (24 points to 8/12, 7 rebounds and 5 assists), attacking leader of a well-oiled collective since seven players finished at least 10 points, including Kawhi Leonard (15, 8 rebounds , 6 passes). Still in the West, Golden State climbed to 8th place thanks to its easy success (118-97) over Oklahoma City, thanks in particular to Stephen Curry (34 pts, 7 assists). The Warriors are ahead of Memphis, defeated in Detroit (111-97).The Warriors are ahead of Memphis, defeated in Detroit (111-97).The Warriors are ahead of Memphis, defeated in Detroit (111-97).
The Wizards are almost there
The inexorable fall of Oscar Robertson, triple-double record of 182 triple-doubles, is getting closer: with 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists, "RussWest" is now one less. A performance that contributed to the important victory after extra time for the Wizards in Toronto (131-129). Important because it allows them to almost secure their place in the play-off in 10th place, with four victories ahead of the Canadian team (11th), with five regular season games to play. At the end of a very close match, Bradley Beal (28 pts) went about it twice to finish the job for Washington. He first scored eight of the last ten points of his formation at the end of the 4th quarter, but Fred VanVleet (22 pts) snatched the “overtime” from a shot behind the arc two seconds from the buzzer.And in the additional five minutes, he added four, enough to destroy the opposing hopes fueled by the 44 points (11 rebounds, 7 assists) of Pascal Siakam.
For its part, Chicago has given itself the right to remain still mathematically in the race of the dams by beating Charlotte (120-99).
Nikola Vucevic (29 pts, 14 rebounds) was the offensive leader of the Bulls who now share 11th place with the Raptors and therefore still have little chance of being answered.
The Hornets, for their part, remain eighth ahead of Indiana (9th), who also provided the essentials by defeating Atlanta (133-126), thanks to the duo Caris LeVert (31 pts, 12 assists) and Domantas Sabonis (30 pts, 9 assists, 8 rebounds).
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