Lillard and Green hit, the Kings are relentless

The results of the night in the NBA

bucks @ Pistons: 150-130
Celtics @ magic : 98-113
Hawks @ Bulls : 100-111
wolves @ Rockets : 114-119
Hornets @ Jazz : 102-120
Spurs@ Blazers : 127-147
grizzlies @ Kings : 100-133

Rui Hachimura was sent to the Lakers!

– Boston has surpassed the 100-point mark just three times this season, including twice against Orlando. The Magic once again kept the Celtics from rolling, taking advantage of the absences of Robert Williams, Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon. Boston went on a 9-game winning streak and saw its streak end at Florida, in part due to Paolo Banchero (23 points), Wendell Carter Jr. (21 pts, 11 rebounds) and the Magic’s physical and aggressive style of play.

Jahmal Mosley’s players celebrated the return to the competition of Jonathan Isaac, 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist in 10 minutes when he hasn’t played in 2 and a half years! The 52 points of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum so more than half of those in Boston, are not enough.

– Found Milwaukee for its part Giannis Antetokounmpo when moving to Detroit, that became a formality. The Bucks led by 28 points at the break, behind the Greek Freak, who spent only 27 minutes on the floor, but had time to drop 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. On the Pistons side, Killian Hayes was on the flank, hit in the left shoulder during the Paris Game.

Despite the logical defeat, we must remember the wonderful match, again, of Jalen Duren. Holder, the youngest NBA player finished with a double-double with 23 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks.

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– Portland really need a win to regain confidence. It happened at home against San Antonio. The Blazers took their frustrations out on the Spurs, scoring 147 points in a game that was probably pretty open for the purists. That was in the second half Damian Lillard (37 pts, 12 pd) and his men made a hole to break their bad dynamic. Lillard became, by the way, the 7th most prolific 3-point scorer in NBA history.

San Antonio has lost 7 of its last 8 games and sits in 14th place in the West, just ahead of Houston.

– The Rockets, certainly, won a game and it was always a small event. After 13 consecutive losses, the Texans regained some dignity by offering themselves to Minnesota, who certainly still struggle against teams at the bottom of the table…

This game is an opportunity for Jalen Green who bounced back after their complex match against the same Wolves on Saturday. The sophomore caught fire and tied his NBA record with 42 points (on 15/25) to guide the Rockets to their 11th victory of the season.

Absent since January 16, Rudy Gobert (15 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks) returned to Minnesota’s five, unfortunately for a loss.

– Utah took a quarter to get their game going but calmly managed the Hornets afterward. It must be said that when the opponent only scores 2 3-point baskets in a basketball game in 2023, it makes the task easier… Charlotte shot 2/16 and clearly has a problem in this area, because the Steve Clifford group had its lowest performance of the season behind the arc with 3 award-winning baskets on December 3 against Milwaukee.

Lauri Markkanenstill dreaming of his first NBA All-Star Game, scored 25 points with 11 rebounds to continue his campaign.

Utah is 7th in the West, trailing the Mavs and Clippers.

– The Bulls digested their stay in Paris well. Chicago celebrates 1,000th NBA game by DeMar DeRozan with a home win against the Hawks. No need to buzzer beater this time, unlike the last two matches between the two teams. DeRozan (26 pts), LaVine (20 pts) and their teammates raised their voices in the 4th quarter to break the tie and cause a second straight loss to the Hawks, who were expected to recover.

Chicago is on a three-game winning streak and moved two wins ahead of 11th-place Toronto with that victory. We are still far from the ambitions of the start of the season, but the play-in is on a better track than a few weeks ago.

– We talk about the Kings in this week’s episode of the podcast (online during the day) and they deserve it. Sacramento held off Memphis with new offensive fireworks from the start (47 points in the first quarter, tied a franchise record, 12 NBA record-breaking 3-point baskets). However, it was only in the 4th quarter that Mike Brown’s men were able to fend off the stubborn Grizzlies. Defeated by Ja Morant, Memphis was still hanging on, before blowing the wind in the final period (33-10).

Trey Lyles (24 pts) is excellent and Domantas Sabonisin triple-double (14 pts, 11 pds, 10 rebounds), still decisive with 6th TD and 36th double-double.

It was the 7th victory in 8 games for Sacramento, 3rd ever and on track for an exciting return to the playoffs, 17 years after its last appearance.

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