Westbrook and Davis drag Los Angeles to Sacramento. Wins for Portland and Memphis
First against second: in Arizona they faced the teams with the best NBA record. Phoenix wins, obtaining the 17th consecutive success, bending Golden State despite the muscle injury suffered by Booker. Now Suns and Warriors have the same record: 18 won and 3 lost. There were three other games to monitor on the Italian NBA night: the Lakers win in Sacramento even without James, dragged by Westbrook and Davis, predictions of Portland, which is unstoppable at home, and of Memphis, even without Morant.
Phoenix Suns-Golden State Warriors 104-96
Showdown of the Suns. The representatives of the West at the last Finals confirm themselves as the team to beat in the Western Conference, equaling the franchise record for consecutive wins, which dates back to the 2006-07 season. Let’s talk about the Suns version then with Nash, Marion and Stoudemire, to understand each other. Against the Warriors Coach Williams’ team exhibits a spectacular defense, which keeps the Californians under 100 points. Bridges sticks to Curry and forces him to an evening of 4/21 shooting and just 12 points overall. The direction of Paul then makes the difference in the last quarter: he distributes assists to anyone, inspiring Crowder’s two triples that mark the decisive extension of the hosts. It is still a 3-pointer, that of Shamet, to close the accounts, basically. Double double with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Ayton who, with Booker forced to cheer from the bench for a left flexor problem accused in the second quarter, proves to be a decisive offensive terminal. The Dubs pay too many turnovers: they are even 22, in the end, 5 by Green and Toscano Anderson, too many to win away from an elite team. The excellent offensive contributions of Poole and Porter from the bench and a good start to the last quarter of Bjelica as a creator are not enough for Coach Kerr. Without Thompson in challenges so if Curry argues with the basket it becomes tough. But the Dubs still remained in the game until the end: the just 18 points scored in the last 12 ‘proved to be a definitive sentence. Reverse-field rematch scheduled Wednesday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Phoenix:Ayton 24 (11/19, 2/4 t.l.), Paul 15, Crowder/Johnson 14. Rimbalzi: Ayton 11. Assist: Paul 11.
Golden State:Poole 28 (3/3, 6/12, 4/5 t.l.), Porter 16, Curry 12. Rimbalzi: Green 11. Assist: Green 5.
Sacramento Kings-Los Angeles lakers 92-117
The news is that LeBron was out of action, positive for Covid, vaccinated. But there was a game to play for the Lakers, an away Californian derby, at the Kings home. Won. Thanks to a sensational third quarter, dominated 37-15. Thanks to contributions from the other stars, Davis and Westbrook. The long man scores 25 points and pulls down 7 rebounds, the guard sports 23 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Sacramento slips 2-3 of the record from Gentry’s inauguration as interim coach to replace the sacked Walton. Holmes makes a big game, 27 points shooting 12/13, but the outsiders betray: 2/10 for Haliburton, 1/7 for Hield, 3/14 for Mitchell. And it’s not like the Lakers defense is who knows what these days …
Sacramento:Holmes 27 (12/13, 3/5 tl), Fox 17, Metu 14. Rebounds: Metu 11. Assist: Haliburton 6.
The Angels:Davis 25 (12/20, 0/2, 1/2 t.l.), Westbrook 23, Monk 22. Rimbalzi: Howard 13. Assist: Westbrook 6.
Portland Trail Blazers-Detroit Pistons 110-92
Victory in the carriage of the Blazers (11-11) even without the bruised Lillard (abdominal problem). At the Moda Center they are almost untouchable: 10 won and 1 lost. Yet they have a record that has just been put on par with the success of the Pistons, who continue to pay for the growing pains of the many young people on the staff. At least Cunningham, the No. 1 of the last Draft, makes a great impression: 26 points and 7 rebounds, but it is not even enough to stay in the game. McCollum in the absence of his teammate on the outside, rages, Nurkic gives him a hand. Especially the Pistons (4-17) shoot with 38% of the team from the field. Impossible to expect miracles like this: seventh defeat in a row.
Portland:McCollum 28 (7/15, 4/11, 2/2 t.l.), McLemore 17, Nurkic 13. Rimbalzi: Nurkic 8. Assist: McCollum 6.
Detroit:Cunningham 26 (5/6, 5/7, 1/2 tl), Stewart 15, Grant 14. Rebounds: Stewart 14. Assist: Bey 5.
Toronto Raptors-Memphis Grizzlies 91-98
Memphis wins even without Morant, out of action for at least two weeks for a sprained left knee. The Grizzlies (11-10) still win their second consecutive success by winning in Canada against the Raptors, in a moment: they lost three times in a row and five in a row at home. In the quintet instead of Morant for Coach Jenkins, Tyus Jones has started again, more a facilitator director than a scorer: the points came mainly from Jackson and Bane. Toronto (9-13) was without the injured Anunoby, Trent, Birch and without the unavailable (personal reasons) Dragic.
Toronto: Siakam 20 (8/13, 1/6, 1/1 tl), Barnes 19, Van Vleet 15. Rimbalzi: Van Vleet 9. Assist: Siakam: 5.
Memphis: Jackson 25 (4/7, 4/7, 5/6 t.l.), Bane 23, Brook 17. Rimbalzi: Melton 10. Assist: Jones 6.
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