NBA Wrap-Up: San Antonio Spurs Stun Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder Takes the Lead in the Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs surprised this Friday Denver Nuggetscurrent NBA champion, and shook the scene in the Western Conference, which is now led by the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Nuggets, with one day remaining until the close of the regular season.

The 30 franchises of the most important basketball league on the planet competed this Friday before taking a day off on Saturday and returning to the court Sunday on the decisive day.

The last day will also be reached with situations of extreme parity in the Eastern Conferencein which Joel Embiid’s Philadelphia 76ers threaten to qualify directly for the playoffs after winning their game on Friday against the Orlando Magic.

San Antonio Spurs 121 – Denver Nuggets 120

Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets had just jumped to the top alone in the West thanks to a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but they wasted a 23-point lead and the defeat against the Spurs made them drop to third place, surpassed by the Wolves themselves and by Oklahoma CityThunder.

The French Victor Wembanyama He returned after resting in the defeat suffered at the Oklahoma City Thunder field and was dominant. He finished the game with 34 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks.

Oklahoma City Thunder 125 – Milwaukee Bucks 107

Oklahoma took advantage of the Bucks, who did not have the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo nor with Damian Lillardand won with 26 points of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and 23 points and 9 rebounds from Chet Holmgren.

In this way, one of the surprising teams of this season positioned itself at the top of the West table, ahead of the Wolves, second.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, figures in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo: Nate Billings / AP.

Minnesota Timberwolves 109 – Atlanta Hawks 106

The Wolves suffered more than expected in their stadium against a rival that has already secured 10th place in the East. On a night when Anthony Edwards he only added 14 points, the French Rudy Gobert He dominated with a double double of 24 points and 19 rebounds. The Dominican Karl Anthony Towns He returned after 18 games absent due to injury and contributed 11 points and 8 assists in 27 minutes on the court.

Memphis Grizzlies 120 – Los Angeles Lakers 123

LeBron James He was the protagonist of an amazing performance on the Grizzlies’ field and led the Lakers’ victory with 37 points and 9 rebounds. He had the support of Anthony Davis, who had 36 points and 14 rebounds after missing the game against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers put pressure on the Phoenix Suns for seventh place with one game remaining in the regular season.

LeBron James’ Lakers can still jump to seventh place in the West. Photo: Justin Ford / Getty Images / AFP.

Dallas Mavericks 89 – Detroit Pistons 107

The Mavericks, without Luke Doncic and Kyrie Irving, suffered a setback at home that caused them to lose the opportunity to overtake the Los Angeles Clippers in the table, so they will face the Angelenos in the first round of the playoffs without having home field advantage.

Philadelphia 76ers 125 – Orlando Magic 113

The 76ers added their seventh consecutive victory since the return of their leader, Joel Embiid. Thus, they caught up with Orlando in the fight for sixth place, boosted by a double double of 32 points and 13 rebounds from their star center. Tyrese Maxey He contributed 28 points for a team that went from sinking into play-in positions to being one step away from directly entering the playoffs.

Philadelphia occupies seventh place in the East, so it should still compete for play-in, while the Magic and the Indiana Pacers, also with the same record of wins and losses (46-35), would directly access the playoffs as fifth and sixth seeds, respectively.

Hours before the game, the 76ers unveiled the statue of their legend Allen Iverson in their training center.

Philadelphia has not stopped winning since the return of Joel Embiid. Photo: Chris Szagola / AP.

New York Knicks 111 – Brooklyn Nets 107

The Knicks recovered after a first quarter that they lost 30-13 and won the New York derby for the fourth time in four meetings this year, which allowed them to catch up with the Bucks, second in the East. Those from Milwaukee remain ahead with one game remaining by having better results in direct clashes. Jalen Brunson He surpassed 30 points for the sixth consecutive game and led the victory with 30 points and 11 assists.

Sacramento Kings 107 – Phoenix Suns 108

The Suns achieved a momentous victory in the Kings’ field, with 28 points from Kevin Durant and 21 from Devin Booker, and they reach the last day to a game against the Pelicans, with whom they have better results in direct clashes. Sacramento succumbed despite 25 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists from Domantas Sabonis.

The Phoenix Suns can still snatch sixth place in the West from the New Orleans Pelicans. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images / AFP.

Golden State Warriors 109 – New Orleans Pelicans 114

After winning at the Kings’ field, the Pelicans sealed another great victory, this time in San Francisco, and maintained, for the moment, sixth place in the West, which gives direct access to the playoffs.

CJ McCollum shined with 28 points, Zion Williamson scored 26 and Trey Murphy contributed 24 for the Pelicans. The Warriors, in which Steph Curry scored 33 points, are 10th in the West.

Boston Celtics 131 – Charlotte Hornets 98

One day after losing to the Knicks, the Celtics crushed the Hornets and they added their 40th victory in 44 games played at home despite competing without Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Jrue Holiday, Kristaps Porzingis and Al Horford. Payton Prichard led the victory with a double double of 31 points and 11 assists.

Boston Celtics, the best team in the NBA regular season. Photo: David Butler II / USA Today Sports.

Cleveland Cavaliers 129 – Indiana Pacers 120

The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers with 33 points Donovan Mitchell and a double double of 29 points and 13 rebounds from Jarrett Allen. The loss left Indiana with the same record as Orlando and Philadelphia, and the fate of those three teams will be resolved Sunday. One of them will have to go through the play-in.

Los Angeles Clippers 109 – Utah Jazz 110

The Clippers, who are already mathematically fourth, lost at home against the Jazz on a night in which Kawhi Leonard He was on leave. Kenneth Lofton He was Utah’s leading scorer and almost hit a triple double with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.

Washington Wizards 127 – Chicago Bulls 129

The Bulls, already sure of occupying ninth place in the East and playing the play-in at home against the Atlanta Hawks, won in Washington, giving their starters a rest DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic. Javonte Green was the winners’ top scorer with 24 points.

Chicago Bulls have already secured a place in the play-in. Photo: Jess Rapfogel / Getty Images / AFP.

Miami Heat 125 – Toronto Raptors 103

The Heat, eighth in the West, won with authority at the home of the Raptors, already out of the postseason for weeks, with 20 points and 9 assists from Mexican Jlove Jáquez.

Portland Trail Blazers 107 – Houston Rockets 116

The Moda Center in Portland hosted a game between teams already eliminated from the postseason and the Rockets triumphed against the Blazers driven by 26 points and 9 rebounds from Jalen Green.

2024-04-13 15:19:11
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