Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Saturday November 19, 2022 at 08:14
Eleven NBA games are on Friday’s schedule, and they notably saw Boston win at New Orleans and widen the gap at the top of the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee bowed to Philadelphia, while Utah offered the scalp of Phoenix.
There is no doubt, Boston is clearly the best NBA team right now! The Celtics got their ninth straight victory, on the floor of New Orleans: 109-117. Led by a Jaylen Brown with 27 points and 10 rebounds, a Derrick White with 26 points and a Jayson Tatum with 19 points and 10 assists, the C’s led this game almost from start to finish. and counted up to 19 points ahead. The Pelicans, still without Zion Williamson and despite 25-point Brandon Ingram, were helpless. With 43.5% 3-point success (6/8 for White in particular), Boston is unplayable, and is now two wins ahead of Milwaukee, before going to Chicago. The Bucks, certainly, lost in one of the shocks of the night, on the floor of Philadelphia, signing a third consecutive victory (110-102). The 76ers, who led by thirteen points at the end of the first quarter, took the lead midway through the third, before relinquishing control to Milwaukee midway through the end, and finally won the match in the money time. The score was indeed 99-99 with 4’22 left, but Philadelphia went on a 7-0 run to turn it all around. Joel Embiid is still good, with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists, but the 76ers are worried about Tyrese Maxey (24pts in 21min), who was hit in the left foot. Conversely, Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Still in the East, Cleveland (3rd) ended a five-game losing streak by defeating Charlotte 132-122 after two overtimes (41pts for Darius Garland and 34 for Donovan Mitchell). Washington also won after the extension against Miami (107-106, despite a triple-double from Kyle Lowry with 24pts, 10rbds and 15pds). Big box for DeMar DeRozan, author of 41 points in Chicago’s loss against Orlando (107-108).
Markkanen Jazz hero, Hayes showed up against the Lakers
In the West, Utah, runner-up to leader Portland, ended a three-game losing streak by defeating Phoenix 134-133 in one of the night’s clashes. The Suns, who led just once in this matchup, for 33 seconds midway through the final quarter (120-121), nearly pulled off the hold-up in a very dubious finish to the game. But Lauri Markkanen scored the basket he needed 38 seconds from the buzzer, turning himself in twice, to give the Jazz (134-131) a breather, and Devin Booker (49pts, 10pds) just missed two points to finish. . The 25-year-old Finn, author of a spectacular start to the season, finished with 38 points, his career high. In another highly anticipated matchup, Dallas (5th) made short work of Denver (6th), winning 127-99. It must be said that the Nuggets were without their stars Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray (covid protocol) and Aaron Gordon (sick). Luka Doncic took advantage of the opportunity to reach the 50th triple-double of his career: 33 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in 35 minutes. The logic was respected in the respective victories of Memphis and Golden State against Oklahoma City (121-110, 25pts for Jaren Jackson) and New York (111-101, 34pts for Stephen Curry). Evan Fournier, once again, did not play a single minute with the Knicks. Another Frenchman, Killian Hayes, however, appeared during Detroit’s loss to the Lakers (128-121, 38pts and 16rbds for Anthony Davis) in a bottom game. In big trouble at his address since the start of the season, the French leader scored 18 points (4/6 on 3pts), his best total since April, before exiting 2’28 from the finish following his sixth which is foul.
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Friday, November 18, 2022
Cleveland Cavaliers – Charlotte Hornets: 132-122 AD
Stats of Théo Maledon (CHA): 13 minutes of play, 0 points (0/5 on shots including 0/2 on 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 interception, 2 turnovers
Memphis Grizzlies – Oklahoma City Thunder: 121-110
Ousmane Dieng (OKC) was not in the group.
Dallas Mavericks – Denver Nuggets: 127-99
Frank Ntilikina’s (DAL) stats: 7’30 of play, 2 points (1/1 shooting with 0 3-point shots, 0 free throw attempts), 2 assists, 1 turnover, 1 foul
Golden State Warriors – New York Knicks: 111-101
Evan Fournier (NYK) did not play, by coach’s decision
Los Angeles Lakers – Detroit Pistons: 128-121
Stats of Killian Hayes (DET): 35 minutes of play, 18 points (7/14 on shots including 4/6 on 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 2 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 interception, 1 block, 6 fouls
washington wizards – Miami Heat: 107-106 ad
philadelphia 76ers – Milwaukee Bucks: 110-102
Chicago Bulls- Orlando Magic : 107-108
Houston Rockets- Indiana Pacers : 91-99
New Orleans Pelicans- Boston Celtics : 109-117
Utah jazz – Phoenix Suns: 134-133