Nuggets champions They continue in search of the head of the Western Conference. On their way They defeated the Suns 111-119 in a match with significant absences on both sides. They were missing Devin Booker y Bradley Beal by the locals, who so far this season have not yet been able to enjoy their big three: the two of them and Kevin Durant. By the visitors they were not Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon.
Results of the day
Magic 130-125 WizardsCeltics 125-119 SIxersRaptors 106-119 KnicksMavericks 94-108 GrizzliesPelicans 121-106 SpursSuns 111-119 Nuggets
Without all of them, the spotlight fell on Kevin Durant and Nikola Jokic. The first one made history. The second continues writing his. The Suns player scored 30 points to become the tenth leading scorer in NBA history. Addition 27.423 throughout his career. The one from the Nuggets ended with 21 points and 16 assists in another basketball lesson.
With 50.3 seconds left in the second quarter, Durant made a baseline tackle to convert the basket that put him in the Top 10 historical annotators surpassing Moses Malone. “It’s amazing to be among the greatest,” she said. That was the good part of the night for him. The bad guy, who only made 8/25 field goals, missed a lot after the break, including his five shots in the fourth quarter, and the Suns lost.
In front, a masterful Jokic which once again acted as a catalyst for the champions’ game. It is the ninth time in his career that he has finished a game with more than 20 points and 15 assists. The Nuggets made up to 38 basket passes, whose machinery is designed to not miss absences too much. The entire starting quintet reached double digits in scoring: 20 for Reggie Jackson, 19 for Michael Porter Jr. and 15 for Justin Holiday and Kentavious Caldwell Pope.
After a great first quarter, the Nuggets led by 17, but the Suns tied it three times in the final period. Nurkic, in his best game of the season (31 points), marred his big night with a flagrant 1 foul with 45 seconds left. Jokic scored one of the two free throws and Denver maintained possession and the Serbian scored a layup that ended the game.
Tatum’s expulsion puts the Celtics in trouble
Jayson Tatum was ejected for two technicals at the end of the third quarter and the Celtics came close to losing to the Sixers without Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxeyits two references, and Nico Batum. “They were ready to kick me out. I was shocked,” the forward said after the game. They whistled a foul on him in attack and in the video there are no exaggerated protests. “I was trying to have a conversation. It was as simple as that. “I wasn’t angry, I walked calmly, sat in my chair, took some ice, didn’t throw anything…” he complained.
Boston won 125-119 to remain leaders in the NBA and the only undefeated team at home, a condition they share with the Nuggets. Tatum’s expulsion changed the game and the streak almost broke (115-116 with 2:28 remaining). It was then that the absence of the visiting representatives was most noticeable.
No less than four Celtics players, who returned to play without Kristaps Porzingisthey reached twenty points: Tatum and Derrick White added 21 and Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, 20. However, in the last quarter it was decisive Payton Pritchard with 10. For the Sixers, the best was Patrick Beverley: 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
There is no one to stop the young Magic
Los Magic They are one of two franchises in NBA history that have never enjoyed a streak of at least 10 wins. They’re about to do it. With the one achieved against the Wizards (130-125) they have nine, the best active mark at present, equaling their record, achieved on four different occasions (1994, 2001, 2010 and 2011). In the next game against the Nets, the last team that beat them, they could get it.
There is no one to stop these spirited Magic, second in the East with an extraordinary defense and the impetus of their young talents. They are there Franz Wagner, who scored 31 points and he has reached thirty in three games (92 points in them), Paolo Banchero, who finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds and seven assistsy Moritz Wagner, who helped with another 18 points. Opposite, some Wizards are very low after 11 defeats in 12 games and in which Kyle Kuzma scored 27 points.
“Eventually we will lose, but this is not surprising. We have great chemistry and we play very well together,” says Banchero. “It’s a great moment for this group. There is energy on this team,” said Jamahl Mosley.
Spurs, without Wembanyama, even worse
Victor Wembanyama missed his first NBA game. The French prodigy is injured in the hip and was already a doubt against the Hawks. In a back-to-back, it is better not to force. AND The Spurs added their fourteenth consecutive defeat. If it doesn’t go well with the star, without it, even worse. They fell to the Pelicans 121-106.
It didn’t matter that eight San Antonio players reached 10 points (none more than 14). They succumbed to the force of Valanciunas (24 points and 12 rebounds), CJ McCollum’s 19 points although with 1/8 in triples and Zion Williamson (12) who finally respects the injuries.
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