NBA. A record for Embiid, a loss for Cleveland… The summary of the night

It was fireworks on Sunday in the NBA: Joel Embiid set a new record for points this season, with 59 registered in Philadelphia’s win over Utah, eight more than Darius Garland, also impressive but lost to Minnesota’s Cleveland .

The day after his 42 pawns against Atlanta, the Cameroonian pivot, naturalized French and American in recent months and who is to say which of these two countries he wants to play in the future, is more heavy to overcome the Jazz ( 105 -98).

Embiid came close to a triple-double (11 rebounds, 8 assists) and was not far from the rare quadruple-double with his 7 blocks made. Only Nate Thurmond, Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson have accomplished this feat. He remains the first player in history to score at least 50 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks in a game, since the block became an official stat in the 1973 season. 74.

Finally, to better measure his extraordinary performance, Embiid scored in the final quarter 26 of the Sixers’ 27 points, 7th in the East, who started the second period six units behind, remained under threat in long time. Utah, lost for the second time in a row and was removed from the seat of the leader in the West by Portland.

Rivers had ‘never seen’ it

“I have never seen such a dominant performance, when it comes to combining defense and attack”marveled his trainer Doc Rivers.

Earlier, what we thought was the box of the day was made by Darius Garland. But his 51 points did not prevent the Cavs from accepting their first home loss against Minnesota (129-124).

Cleveland, without Donovan Mitchell, (ankle) who missed his reunion with Rudy Gobert, his former Utah teammate, almost made a great comeback. The gap of twenty units after three quarters was reduced to two with 8 seconds remaining, thanks to Garland who was on fire in the final period by planting 27 points, proving to be brilliant from a long distance (10/14, 6 passes ).

In vain, because his Cavs, still 4th in the East, are managed by the collectively talented Wolves (56% shooting success) such as D’Angelo Russell (30 pts, 12 assists) and Karl-Anthony Towns ( 29 pts, 13 rebounds).

Rudy Gobert (15 pts, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks) also helped breathe new life into Minnesota, which snapped a three-game losing streak but still remains 12th in the West, just ahead of Golden State.

The Lakers win

Because the Warriors of Stephen Curry (27 pts) fell for the sixth time in eight matches, on the floor of Sacramento (122-115), which did not take advantage of the 15-point lead counted in the first period. The Kings were able to rely on Domantas Sabonis, author of a titanic job inside (26 pts, 22 rebounds, 6 assists).

In Los Angeles, Anthony Davis led the way against Brooklyn, his 37 points (on 15/25) and 18 rebounds giving the Lakers their third win (116-103) in thirteen games.

Under the eyes of LeBron James who was wearing a civilian (adductor), Lonnie Walker IV (25 pts) and Russell Westbrook (14 pts, 12 assists) also struggled.

Kevin Durant (31 pts, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) was very present on the side of the Nets, but alone, Ben Simmons (knee) did not play.

The Wizards, 5th in the East, had their fourth straight victory (102-92) out of their hat at home, at the expense of the Grizzlies (5th in the West) who lost Ja Morant (ankle) , thanks in particular. to Kristaps Porzingis (25 pts, 6 rebounds).

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, currently very prominent, was decisive in the Thunder’s victory over the Knicks (145-135) with 37 points (8 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 interceptions), supported by Josh Giddey who authored a triple-double (24 pts, 12 assists, 10 rebounds).

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