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NBA. Golden State still can’t do it, Boston continues… The summary of the night. Sport

Behind the size performance (17/28 on shots including 7/11 from three points, 9 rebounds), the frustration could be read on the face of the MVP of the last final, Stephen Curry, after this eighth defeat conceded in as many trips. Unheard of for an outgoing champion (12th).

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In question, once again, the passivity of the rearguard of the Warriors, which accuses an unworthy average of 124.3 points conceded out of their bases. “It’s not what we can do best in attack that concerns me, but our ability to defend”, already lamented coach Steve Kerr at halftime (72-65). He will have to quickly find a solution.

On the Suns side, the collective worked at full speed with a major five between 13 and 29 points, the most prolific having been Cameron Payne, just ahead of Devin Booker (27 pts). Enough to go up to 2nd place in the West, just ahead of Denver, surprised at home (106-103) by the Knicks of Julius Randle (34 pts, 11 rebounds).

Well supported Giannis

Finalists of the last championship, the Celtics have won an 8th success in a row, all the more convincing as the performance was above all collective. If Jayson Tatum (19 pts, 8 assists) and Jaylen Brown (22 pts) were decisive, five players added between 14 and 18 pawns, the bench totaling 44.

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“Everyone was involved, our substitutes brought it, it’s proof that our team is good”welcomed Brown.

On the Atlanta side (3rd), the long-distance address was poor (21.9%) and Trae Young maintained a semblance of illusion (27 pts at 10/23, 9 assists).

In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo was able to appreciate seeing that his Bucks (2nd) knew how to mobilize around him in the absence of Jrue Holiday (ankle) and Khris Middleton (wrist), to dispose (113-98) of Cavs in a bad pass, with now five losses in a row.

Although very active (16 pts, 12 rbds, 8 assists), the “Greek Freak” (the Greek monster) left the scoring to Brook Lopez, skillful behind the arc (7/9, 29 pts), and even to the substitute Jordan Nwora (21 pts).

Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland, 23 points each, were not unworthy in the ranks of Cleveland, which remains 4th, closely followed by Toronto (5th) winner of Miami (112-104), thanks in particular to OG Anunoby (32 pts, 10 rbds).

LaMelo rejected

In Washington, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was again irresistible (42 pts at 14/21 on shots, 7 assists, 6 rebounds) and full of composure, to score the Thunder victory shot, behind the arc at 1 .9 seconds from the buzzer. “SGA”, which averages 32.2 units, is the 3rd best scorer in the league (tied with Joel Embiid of the Sixers), behind leader Luka Doncic (Dallas) and Stephen Curry.

No fifth consecutive victory, therefore for the Wizards (7th in the East) who nevertheless recovered Bradley Beal, author of 15 of his 25 points (6 assists) in the last quarter.

Minnesota (10th in the West) for its part chained a second success in a row (126-108) in Orlando, to which Rudy Gobert contributed more modestly (16 pts, 8 rebounds) than Anthony Edwards (35 pts, 8 rbds) and Karl-Anthony Towns (30 pts).

Théo Maledon did what he could (7 pts, 3 rebounds, 2 interceptions in 22 min) during the ninth defeat in ten matches conceded by Charlotte (14th), on his floor, against Indiana (125- 113). All the more painful as LaMelo Ball, who had missed the first 13 meetings of the season due to a left ankle injury, twisted it stepping on the foot of a spectator.

Frank Ntlikina, finally, was entitled to twelve minutes (5 pts) during the home loss of the Mavericks (7th), orphans of Doncic put to rest, against the Rockets (101-92).

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