Golden State show, vincono Bucks, Blazers e Kings
Golden State overwhelms Houston thanks to long-range shooting (25 triples on target, eight each for Curry and Wiggins), Milwaukee gets rid of Charlotte by resting the starters, Sacramento beats the Clippers at home with merit and confirms its playoff placement . Overflowing Anfernee Simons: 45 points (23 in the first quarter alone) in the success against the Jazz by Simone Fontecchio (3 points in 12 minutes). Paolo Banchero is also bad: 9 points in the defeat against Toronto
NEW YORK KNICKS-DALLAS MAVERICKS 100-121 | The Knicks are off to a better start, closing the first half up by 7 thanks to Julius Randle’s 21 points. But then in the third quarter the game turns completely around, thanks to a fraction dominated by the Mavs of an extraordinary Luka Doncic and a Tim Hardaway Jr. who scores 5 triples in the 41-15 run that decides the game (28 with 8 triples on target at the end for the #11 from Dallas). At the end of the match there were 60 triples attempted by the guests, 24 of which were built. Dallas inflicts the 4th knockout in the last 5 in New York
Luka Doncic (together with ex of the day Jalen Brunson) is the most awaited star on the stage of Madison Square Garden and the Slovenian does not disappoint: he scores 19 of his 30 points in the third quarter alone, when the game is decided: he closes with 11/21 shooting (and 4/9 from three) also bringing 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks as a dowry. The Mavs, driven by their n°77, they hit the win that brings their record to 50% (11 won, 11 lost)
L.A. CLIPPERS-SACRAMENTO 96-123 | The run of the Sacramento Kings does not stop as they beat the Clippers at home in the lunchtime match in LA thanks to 24 points (14 in the first 12 minutes) with 10/11 shooting by a lethal Domantas Sabonis – leading a double-digit quintet that flies beyond the double-digit lead in the first quarter of an hour and never looks back. Keegan Murray adds 23, De’Aaron Fox 14, while the hosts without Leonard and George they do not go beyond 18 of Brandon Boston Jr.