Williamson and Ball take revenge against the Warriors. Tim Hardaway places 36 and drags Dallas to success with the Heat. Clips overtake Toronto … the thrills of the night
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Dallas conquers Miami with an amazing Tim Hardaway Jr. with 36 points and 10 triple scored, obtaining a very important success in terms of Playoffs.
The Clippers also win, at the Staples Center against Toronto, and Phoenix, at the extra time on the field of the Cleveland Cavs. New Orleans, driven by Lonzo Ball, takes its revenge on Golden State, while Sacramento signs its 3rd straight win in Oklahoma City. Finally, precious success of the Charlotte Hornets in Detroit.
Miami Heat-Dallas Mavericks 113-127
With his father’s number 10 shirt hanging gloriously from the ceiling of the American Airlines Arena, Tim Hardaway Jr. explodes a 36-point performance with 10 triples scored and drags his Dallas Mavericks (37-28) to success, very important in terms of Playoffs, on the field of the Miami Heat (35-31). A game dominated by the team of Coach Rick Carlisle, who managed to control (and slow down) the pace of the game, defensively enveloping the opponents, enormously limited by the absence of Jimmy Butler, stopped by some boring flu symptoms (not related to Covid) . There was also no need to abuse the talent of Luka Doncic, equally enchanting with 23 points (8/15 shooting, 5/10 of three), 12 rebounds and 8 assists (7 turnovers) in 30 ‘, kept out for the whole 4th period. Hardaway definitely stole the show with his extraordinary ability to move away from the ball and build a quality shot every time. In the Mavs, who fired a devastating 22/48 from the arc (45.8%), an excellent contribution also for Jalen Brunson (19 points in 18 ‘coming off the bench) and Josh Richardson (17 points). The Heat “lasted” just a quarter, the first, one of the best of the entire regular season in terms of offensive production (39 points), and then crumpled up on their obvious difficulties in attack, also made evident by the excellent work of opponents in their half of the field. Goran Dragic (19 points) and, above all, Bam Adebayo (11 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists) did not enlighten (and it was necessary given the absence of Butler), and also the support of Kendrick Nunn (14 points , 5/16) has failed. Only Duncan Robinson (19 points and 9 rebounds) and Trevor Ariza (18 points but 16 in the 1st quarter) maintained a certain continuity, both technically and mentally, throughout the race. The 2nd period of the Heat, with 15 points scored and 4/22 shooting, clearly oriented the game towards the Mavericks, who also reached +26 in the last quarter.
Miami: Robinson 19 (6/14, 4/11 of three, 3/3 tl), Dragic 19, Ariza 18. Rebounds: Robinson 9. Assists: Adebayo 11.
Dallas: Hardaway 36 (13/24, 10/18 from three, 0/2 tl), Doncic 23, Brunson 19. Rebounds: Doncic 12. Assist: Doncic 8.
New Orleans Pelicans-Golden State Warriors 108-103
A superlative Lonzo Ball led the New Orleans Pelicans (30-36) to home success against the Golden State Warriors (33-33), who had won their first back-to-back match at the Smoothie King Center on Monday night. A game decided only in the final possessions in favor of the hosts, to chase for the whole first part of the 4th period (-9). Ball dominated with 33 points and 7/13 from three, as well as 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and was nothing short of fundamental in the clutch time. For him the 102-100 step back basket at 26.2 ” from the siren and a 4/4 from the line in the last 15 ”. In the Pelicans, much more on the ball than on Monday, also 23 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for Zion Williamson. Just 13 points in 25 ‘, however, for Brandon Ingram, who came out with an ankle problem in the 3rd quarter. Golden State, despite having revealed greater defensive security, arrived with little clarity in the final, unable to manage its advantage, both psychological and in the score, over the opponent. Usual unreal performance for Steph Curry with 37 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals, well supported this time by an incisive Andrew Wiggins (26 points, 10/21 shooting). In addition to the ubiquitous Draymond Green (7 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists), the contribution of the small supporting cast available to Coach Steve Kerr is almost nil. With this victory, the hopes of the Pels (11th place to the west, 2 races away from the Spurs) remain alive to reach the Play-In.
New Orleans: Ball 33 (11/23, 7/13 of three, 4/4 tl), Williamson 23, Bledsoe 14. Rebounds: Williamson 12. Assists: Williamson 7.
Golden State: Curry 37 (13/31, 8/20 of three, 3/3 tl), Wiggins 26, Poole 9. Rebounds: Green 12. Assists: Green 9.
Los Angeles Clippers-Toronto Raptors 105-100
The Clippers (44-22) broke a three-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors (27-39) at the Staples Center, after recovering from a 6-point (94-88) gap in the last 6 minutes of the game. To change the outcome of the race, especially in the key possessions, Paul George and Marcus Morris, who signed 22 points each, in addition to Reggie Jackson (18 points). Specifically, the triples scored by the native point guard from Pordenone and by PG in the last 2 ‘were fundamental to break the balance (99-99) and give the success to Los Angeles. Toronto, devoid of Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby and Chris Boucher, can only smile at the brilliant return from 27 points and 13 assists of Fred VanVleet, absent from 8 games with a hip problem. In the Clippers, however, only 13 points with 3/6 from the field in 33 ‘for the great ex Kawhi Leonard. Silent also with the plays, this time, the champion from Moreno Valley. In the next match on Thursday against the Lakers he will also need him.
The Angels: George 22 (8/16, 2/7 from three, 4/5 tl), Morris 22, Jackson 18. Rebounds: George 9. Assist: Jackson 5.
Toronto: VanVleet 27 (10/24, 5/14 of three, 2/3 tl), Siakam 24, Birch 13. Rebounds: Birch 8. Assists: VanVleet 13.
Cleveland Cavaliers-Phoenix Suns 118-134 (OT)
The Phoenix Suns dominate the extra 20-4 and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers away (21-44), keeping their record (47-18) identical to that of the Utah Jazz at the top of the Western Conference. Coach Monty Williams’ team showed all their technical quality and superior defensive organization in the overtime, which opened with a series of key plays by one of its key players, Mikal Bridges (22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks). For him a couple of triples, a dunk, a block and an assist in the first minutes of overtime to shift the momentum in favor of the Suns. Devin Booker was not missing either, author of 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, and Chris Paul, conditioning as always (positively) with 23 points, 16 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks in 36 ‘. Cleveland, without several players including Darius Garland, benefited from an excellent Isaac Okoro of 32 points and 6 assists and a performance of 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists from Collin Sexton.
Cleveland: Okoro 32 (10/16, 3/4 of three, 9/9 tl), Sexton 29, Allen 17. Rebounds: Love 11. Assists: Sexton 7.
Phoenix: Booker 31 (14/27, 1/6 of three, 2/2 tl), Paul 23, Bridges 22. Rebounds: Ayton 8. Assists: Paul 16.
Oklahoma City Thunder-Sacramento Kings 99-103
Sacramento (28-37) liquidated a 17-point advantage accumulated in the second half but still managed to take home the victory at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City with a double double from Buddy Hield (18 points and 11 rebounds) and a remarkable performance all-around by Delon Wright, protagonist with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists (1 lost ball), 4 steals and 4 blocks in 37 ‘. It was Wright’s basket 18.1 ” from the siren that gave the Kings, 81-69 ahead in the opening of the 4th period, the 102-99 that put the two teams in full possession of distance. The Thunder (21-45), as has often happened this season in races that seemed prohibitive for them, have sold out dearly. Darius Bazley did well with 24 points and 11 rebounds and, above all, the Argentine Gabriel Deck, who signed 16 points in 16 ‘on the court.
OKC: Bazley 24 (7/18, 3/7 of three, 7/9 tl), Deck 16, Dort 10. Rebounds: Brown 17. Assists: Dort 4.
Sacramento: Held 18 (5/16, 5/13 da tre, 3/3 tl), Davis 18, Bagley 13. Rimbalzi: Hield 11. Assist: Wright 8.
Detroit Pistons-Charlotte Hornets 99-102
Precious and painful victory for the Hornets (32-33) in Detroit and Play-In more and more concrete for the team coached by James Borrego. Without Miles Bridges, included in the Covid protocol, Devonte ‘Graham, PJ Washington and Gordon Hayward, Charlotte got everything she needed from this match, finding heavy baskets in the final with LaMelo Ball (23 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals) and Terry Rozier (18 points and 6 assists). A 35-point super Hamidou Diallo was not enough for the generous Pistons (19-47) to change the fate of the race.
Detroit: Diallo 35 (14/22, 4/6 of three, 3/6 tl), Doumbouya 20, Jackson 14. Rebounds: Bey 9. Assists: Hayes 7.
Charlotte: Ball 23 (7/16, 3/5 of three, 6/6 tl), Rozier 18, Martin 17. Rebounds: McDaniels 12. Assists: Ball 6.
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