NBA. Jazz excel in Portland, Philadelphia loses, Clippers dominate Spurs

The Jazz asserted itself somewhat like a good surprise at the start of the NBA season by winning the shock of the Western Conference against the Blazers, Saturday in Portland (118-113), especially with 15 points scored by Jordan Clarkson in the last quarter.

Who would believe that? Here is Utah, a solid leader in the West, with this 12th victory (in 18 games) earned on the floor of one of its runners-up. In the offseason, the Jazz lost Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. What now? He again showed his strength of character at Oregon, especially in the second half, when the Blazers were able to close a 19-point gap on the scoreboard.

With 108-107 for Portland, and two minutes to play, Clarkson took matters into his own hands, allowing the Jazz to regain a 115-109 lead, including a three-pointer followed by a pull it. Surprise Finnish winger Lauri Markkanen is still there for the Jazz, with a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds), and Malik Beasley scored 29 points – two more than the Phoenix Suns had the day before .

As for the Blazers, the loss was more bitter because the Oregon franchise lost its pivot Damian Lillard, injured early in the season to a calf and relapsed.

Suspenseful night

Utah is now two wins ahead of Portland (10-6) and Memphis. The Grizzlies did not play Saturday but there was confirmation that they will have to do without a few games from Ja Morant, who injured his ankle the day before against OKC.

Also handicapped by the absence of one of its main players, James Harden, Philadelphia (8-8) for its part lost on its floor at the very end of the match against Minnesota (112-109), despite Joel’s rebellion Embiid ( 32 points), in an NBA night that was definitely placed under the sign of suspense.

In Atlanta, the Hawks (10-6) did beat Toronto in overtime (124-122) while the Magic almost surprised the Pacers (113-114). Indiana is 5th (9-6) while Orlando remains stuck in 13th position (5-12).

There was no picture, however, in LA, where the Clippers largely dominated the Spurs (119-97), with 26 points from behind Norman Powell – his third best total of the season. Thanks to this 10th victory (for 7 losses), the teammates of Kahwi Leonard – who scored 11 points (1 rebound, 4 assists) – remain in the rhythm of the leading pack of the Western Conference. Nicolas Batum played 16 minutes in total, registering three points, three rebounds and one assist.

Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers suffered a broken leg

Philadelphia 76ers basketball player Tyrese Maxey received more bad health news on Saturday: he suffered a broken left foot that could keep him out of the court for up to four weeks. The team, already without superstar James Harden, confirmed that an MRI highlighted this fracture.

Maxey scored 24 points before leaving the field Friday when the counter appeared with less than two minutes left in the half. His team won the game 110-102 against the Milwaukee Bucks. He was injured after accidentally stepping on the foot of his opponent Jevon Carter on his way to the basket.

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The 76ers team indicated that a check-up on his state of health will be conducted in two weeks to assess the situation, but some American media estimated that he should be out for three to four weeks. In fifteen games of his season, he averaged 22.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

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