Heat burned courtesy of Suns, Boston leads East

Miami, thanks to the ubiquitous Bam Adebayo and a counter in extremis from Jimmy Butler, burned the wings of Phoenix (113-112) on Monday in the NBA, Boston won (126-123) Oklahoma City and the ‘ untenable Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , to oversee the East.

The Suns, without Chris Paul (heel), thought they could hold on for the win in Florida, with a 12-point lead in the 3rd quarter, but that couldn’t count on Adebayo, author of 14 of his 30 points ( 10 rebounds ) in the last act.

Under his leadership and thanks to the excellent defensive sequence, including the decisive one by Butler (16 pts, 13 rebounds, 7 assists), the “block” on Devin Booker’s attempt (25 pts, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 interceptions ) six seconds from the buzzer, the Heat were able to grab their third straight victory that moved them back into 8th place in the East.

“These two boys are the centerpieces of our team. They are very strong. We follow their warrior spirit,” commented their coach Erik Spoelstra.

After a second straight setback, Phoenix slipped to 5th place in the West.

In Boston, it took the combined efforts of Jayson Tatum (27 pts, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks), Jaylen Brown (26 pts, 6 rebounds) and Marcus Smart (22 pts, 8 rebounds) for the Celtics to succeed. after, after running behind the Thunder for a long time.

– Giannis is too lonely –

The gap reached 15 units before the break, “OKC” (12th in the West) roared with the flashes of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, author of 37 points (8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 interceptions), like of the watch during the victory in New York. The leader is currently very prominent, as he averages 31.5 points after thirteen games.

But Boston was an opponent of another caliber, which ended up using its experience to reel off its seventh straight victory and take first place in the East.

With Milwaukee charging the blow after its roaring start to the season in which it won its first nine games, Atlanta came to inflict its third loss in four games, the first at home (121-106).

Giannis Antetokounmpo, although clumsy, was ineligible (27 pts on 8/21, 8 rebounds, 4 assists). But without Jrue Holiday (ankle) and with the continued absence of Khris Middleton (wrist), his Bucks, crowned champions in 2021, will not be the same.

NBA: Heat torches Suns, Boston tops East

Third behind them in the standings, the Hawks still showed solid, proven by the balanced scoring of the five majors, between 16 and 24 points, the star Trae Young registering 21.

– The pool is glowing –

Still missing Pascal Siakam (adductor), Toronto (6th in the East) found the resources to win (115-111) in Detroit, last in the conference, thanks especially to the leader Dalano Banton (27 pts ). Killian Hayes, holding the Pistons without Cade Cunningham (tibia), struggled without weight (6 pts, 3 interceptions, 3 rebounds, 2 assists).

Charlotte (14th in the East) stopped the bleeding after an eight-game losing streak, winning (112-105) at Orlando (13th). The Hornets finally found collective momentum, six players scored between 14 and 18 points, including Théo Maledon (14 pts, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 interceptions, 1 fight) on the bench.

Slowly but surely, the champion of the Golden State is returning to color, with a third victory in four games, at the expense of San Antonio (132-95), to climb to 10th place, but still in the negative ( 6/8). Leaving the star Jordan Poole (36 pts on 13/20), Stephen Curry (16 pts, 5 assists) is content to play supporting roles.

NBA: Heat torches Suns, Boston tops East

Finally, the Clippers (7th in the West) inflicted the ninth loss in ten games in Houston (122-106) red lantern, relying on Paul George (22 pts, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) and, in the lower level, with Nicolas Batum (10 pts, 6 rebounds).

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