Devin Booker is a rager, Kemba is not dead

The results of the night in the NBA

Wizards @ Clippers : 93-102
Heat @ Spurs: 111-101
mavs@ Cavs : 99-100, after extra time
Blazers @Rockets: 107-95
jazz @ bucks : 97-123
grizzlies@ Thunder : 109-115
Pelicans @ Sons : 114-118

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– The Suns needed, psychologically, to beat the Pelicans after their two consecutive losses against them and the hatred that arose. They did. Finally, Devin Booker made, more precisely. We would never want to attribute the merit of a victory to one player, but how can we now? Phoenix trailed by 24 points midway through the 3rd quarter Zion Williamson (30 pts) and his. We’re in for another demonstration from New Orleans that the Suns really don’t scare them. It was then that Booker decided to go into human torch mode and demand that we put respect on his name and his franchise.

The All-Star guard scored 58 points on 21/35, making baskets in the second half where he didn’t leave the field for even a second. Stunned, the Pelicans failed to stop the former Kentucky forward and even his teammates didn’t seem to understand what was happening before their eyes. After a big run at 25-6, with 20 pts for Booker in the 3rd QT alone, Phoenix got back to the dance. Just a minute from the end Devin Booker decided to leave Chris Paul authoring the decisive 3-point shot that gave the Suns the wind.

It was the second time this season that Booker surpassed the 50-point mark, after scoring 51 in three quarters against the Bulls. When it comes to scoring, the kid is capable of no-name NBA madness.

Sparkling Kawhi, titular Diabaté

– Wizards are completely adrift. They have suffered their 9th straight loss after getting off to an interesting start to the season. This time it was the Clippers who were responsible for pushing their heads underwater. Kawhi Leonard was brilliant (31 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals) and guided California’s effort to turn a situation into Washington’s advantage for more than half an hour.

Moussa Diabate started for the first time in his NBA career for the occasion. The French rookie spent 18 minutes on the field (2 points, 2 rebounds) before Ty Lue reviewed his plans. For now, Diabaté seems more comfortable in a role ofstimulus outside the bank.

Kemba Walker is not dead!

– More or less, we would have said this night as the resurrection of Kemba Walker. The Mavs’ new leader showed he still has it under the hood (32 points, 7 assists on 12/25) without Luka Doncic, but Dallas still lost to Cleveland in overtime. However, it was Walker who stole overtime with 3.5 seconds left, then scored the first basket of overtime for a 3-pointer, giving the impression that it was his night.

Unfortunately for him, the Mavs didn’t get their finish and Jarrett Allen (author of the last basket of the game on a dunk) and his family took over. No baskets were scored in the final 2 minutes of overtime, despite attempts by Frank Ntilikina and, again, Kemba Walker.

What we’ve seen of the former Hornets and Celtics star is in any case encouraging in terms of providing offensive support to Doncic for the rest of the season.

But also…

– 4 in a row for the Heat! We’re still not at a very high standard in terms of quality of play, but at least Miami is starting to win and climb the ladder in the East. The Floridian won against Mexico City’s San Antonio side last night, for one of the NBA Global Games of the season. It took until the 4th quarter for Jimmy Butler (26 points), Bam Adebayo (22 and 13), Tyler Hero (21 pts) and their teammates were able to bow to the Spurs, a priori left for a series of acceptable defeats after their three straight victories (including one against Miami).

– The Blazers have also found their stride. Without shaking too much (they were up to 22 points ahead), the players of Chauncey Billups took care of the Rockets, with 57 points for the pair of Lillard-Simons and a double-double for Josh Hart (12 pts , 13 rbds). It was the fourth win in five games for Portland, who currently occupy an enviable 6th place in the West.

– The Bucks need to react after the big blow they took against Memphis this week. They did it at home against Utah, without Giannis Antetokounmpo or Khris Middleton. In the absence of two captains, Bobby “Crazy Eyes” Portis struggled by confirming his good start to the season marked by the stamp of a double-double. Portis put up 22 points and 14 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season (he’s 3rd in the NBA in this ranking), to support Jrue Holiday (21 pts, 8 wt) and Brook Lopez ( 18 pts, 8 rebounds) .

The Jazz didn’t put up much of a fight, suiting up in Milwaukee after a 41-point blowout against the Grizzlies.

– The Grizzlies, of course, saw their impressive streak (7) come to an end in Oklahoma City. We felt that things would go wrong when Yes Morant was ejected before half-time due to two technical fouls. The situation didn’t matter, as the referees sent the All-Star point guard back to the locker room after hearing him criticize them while talking to a spectator – wearing a sweater in Morant’s glory – on the sideline. ..

Despite the efforts of Dillon Brooks (32 pts), and despite the absences of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey, Memphis fell. Luguentz Dort he remembered that he is not only a genius defender, but also a more than faithful attacker (24 pts), supported by the interesting Isiah Joe (23 pts), Aaron Wiggins (14 pts) and Kenrich Williams (11 pts, 8 rebounds , 5 wt).

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