NBA – The intractable Memphis Grizzlies, LeBron James revive the Los Angeles Lakers

The series: 10 wins in a row for Morant’s Grizzlies

The Grizzlies have created a game identity and automatisms that allow them to play matches peacefully regardless of the players on the field each evening. And they are scarecrows in the West when they are complete. A label that stuck for a time to the skin of the Suns, in free fall. The duel between the two teams turned into a massacre on Monday. Memphis won very dryly, 136 to 106. With 29 points from Ja Morant and 28 from Desmond Bane, who only missed two shots (10 of 12).

However, it was Phoenix who took the lead in the first quarter (29-36) with a lead of up to 11 points despite the absences (again) of Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Memphis reacted in the next three, gradually increasing the gap. To the point where the executives were even able to rest in the last minutes of the game. It’s the tenth straight victory for the Tennessee franchise, which can equal its record with an additional success. The Grizzlies, first in the West, host the Cavaliers on Wednesday.


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The match: LeBron revives the Lakers in suffering

Nothing is easy for the Lakers this season. Not even the MLK Day poster against the modest team of the Rockets, young and inexperienced and especially last in the West. Despite their lack of experience, the players of Houston have undermined those of Los Angeles. And it still took a great LeBron James to prevent the Californians from conceding another defeat. The King scored 48 points including the basket for the win at half distance with a handful of seconds remaining in the game to win. He then ensured the victory (140-132) of the Lakers on the free throw line. He added rebounds and assists. It’s his fifth outing with 35 or more points in the last seven games and it’s his best performance of the season.

Beyond the card of their best player, the Angelenos were able to count on a productive bench. The substitutes scored 60 points, including 24 for Russell Westbrook. Despite this, Los Angeles still had all the trouble in the world to get rid of Houston. The fault of a catastrophic defense in the paint and an Alperen Sengun author of the best performance of his young career (33 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 against). This success allows the Lakers to end a series of 3 consecutive defeats. But the fight for qualification for the play-in remains badly embarked for LeBron James and his partners.

The player: Curry catches fire late, Golden State is doing well

Dominating at home (17-5), the Warriors are much more feverish outside this season. And even more when they play on the East Coast, where they won only one of eleven games before moving to Washington on Monday. They were heading for another defeat when Stephen Curry, awkward for most of the evening, woke up to break the deadlock.

It was with a point behind on the scoreboard (105-106) that the double MVP scored a three-pointer despite two defenders on his back. He followed up with another basket, followed by an assist and then another award-winning shot. And yet another a few minutes later to secure the advantage taken by the Californians under the impetus of his heat stroke. The Warriors won 127-118 with 41 points from Curry and 32 from Jordan Poole. They remained on four defeats in their last five matches.

Performance: Garland master of money time

Interesting little inter-Conference duel between Cleveland and New Orleans, two outsiders this season. The Cavaliers won on the wire, 113-103, regaining the upper hand in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans led by 3 lengths (78-81) at the start of the last 12 minutes but that’s when Darius Garland took the game in hand. With Donovan Mitchell limited to 22 minutes and stuck on the bench due to a groin injury, the young leader chained decisive actions at the start of money time.

The Cavaliers then went 16-2 to take control of the game. Garland finished with 30 points and 11 assists. Cleveland remains fifth in the Eastern Conference while New Orleans, which has been playing without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram for a while, is third.

The image: Jabari Smith Jr reminds LeBron that he “played against his father”

Third pick of the last draft, Jabari Smith Jr, 19, came to LeBron James to remind him that his father, Jabari Smith, was an opponent of the King in the King’s very first NBA game in 2003. Thanks for the shot old.

The French: Rudy Gobert injured

Opposed to his former Jazz team, Rudy Gobert could only spend 5 minutes (2 points, 1 rebound) on the floor last night. He was quickly discharged due to groin pain. The Timberwolves suffered in the key without the three-time best defender of the season winner. Walker Kessler, drafted by Minnesota but sent to Utah precisely in exchange for Gobert, compiled 20 points and 21 rebounds. The Jazz thus recovered a deficit of 10 points in the fourth quarter to win narrowly (126-125).

All scores

Bucks – Pacers : 132-119
Knicks – Rockets : 121-123
Wizards – Warriors : 118-127
Hawks – Heat : 121-113
Timberwolves – Jazz : 125-126
Grizzlies – Suns : 136-106
Lakers – Rockets : 140-132


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