After a tight first half (58-56, 24th), Rudy Gobert’s Minnesota Timberwolves (16 points, 7 rebounds) upheld the logic of the current form by winning at home against the New York Knicks (117). -110). A very collective success since beyond the 23 points of Anthony Edwards (10 rebounds, 5 assists), Karl-Anthony Towns (20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) but also the Wolves bench (43 points) did it perfectly. contributed.
“Everyone in the locker room is united and not only knows that we want to have a great season but also understands what we will have to do to get there,” appreciated “KAT” after the match. Opposite, the Knicks will be able to ruminate on the clumsiness they showed (34.8%), and which prevented them from holding on after returning from the locker room despite the contributions of Julius Randle (21 points, 14 rebounds) and Jalen Brunson (25 points, 6 assists).
Minnesota is the only team to go undefeated at home this season (in six games) among Western Conference teams. In the East, only the Boston Celtics are in this case (5v-0d).
The fact: Jokic sent to the locker room prematurely
9 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists. An exceptional little match from Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)? His 15 minutes spent on the Detroit floor say everything about the Serbian pivot’s dirty evening: two technical fouls collected in the first half, synonymous with exclusion. That his coach, Michael Malone, had also suffered a little earlier for having challenged the refereeing body too violently. All this did not prevent the reigning champion from narrowly winning against the Detroit Pistons (107-103), carried by Reggie Jackson (21 points) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20 points).
The Detroit Pistons conceded a twelfth straight defeat on Monday, the worst current series in the league, ahead of the San Antonio Spurs’ nine losses.
The end of the series: Sacrament in perdition
Barely named player of the week, point guard De’Aaron Fox had one of his worst nights of the start of the season for the Sacramento Kings. Fourteen points scored (5 out of 18 shooting) and a terrible 2 out of 12 three-pointers which fit perfectly with the difficulties of his team on the floor of the New Orleans Pelicans, who did not hesitate to inflict a correction on the visitors (129-93).
A brutal end to the series for the Californians, who remained on six victories and who, if successful, would have entered the Top 4 in the West. For the Pelicans – led by Zion Williamson (26 points at 12 out of 16) and Brandon Ingram (31 points) -, back in balance (7 v.-7 l.), this success is “a glimpse of what we could be,” Ingram said. A glimpse, also, of the worst the Kings have to offer.
The Pelicans had 38 assists against Sacramento.
The player: Sengun worried the Warriors
While the Golden State Warriors seemed to be heading towards a controlled victory at home against the Houston Rockets – since they had not been behind since the end of the first quarter – the activation of the Turkish pivot Alperen Sengun gave some cold sweats for Steve Kerr’s men. Not enough to let go of the match (121-116).
In the end, Sengun (21 years old) finished the game with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists, which helped, in part, to compensate for the bad evening of point guard Fred VanVleet, also uninspired in shooting (3 out of 13, 1 of 8 from three points) and also altruistic (14 assists). Opposite, while Draymond Green is still absent, Stephen Curry (32 points but only 1 assist), Chris Paul (15 points, 12 assists) and Klay Thompson (20 points) played the firefighters on duty, dampening the hopes of the Texans by a few three-point banderillas (21/43, 48.8%). Nothing too surprising for the Warriors.
In the last match of the night, the Miami Heat had no trouble winning in Chicago against the Bulls (118-100), driven in particular by the double-double of Bam Adebayo (23 points, 11 rebounds).
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