At the opening of the 2022 play-offs, the Jazz won on the floor of a Mavericks team deprived of Luka Doncic (93-99) and regained the advantage of the field. The Timberwolves then created the surprise by dominating the Grizzlies on their floor (117-130).
The Jazz are ambitious for the play-offs and immediately demonstrated it. On the floor of the Mavericks, the Salt Lake City-based franchise won Game 1 of the series opposing them in the first round of the Western Conference. An opener of the finals that was initially undecided but, despite Luka Doncic missing a last-minute withdrawal due to a left calf injury, theThe Mavs had an interesting first half. Thanks in particular to Jalen Brunson (24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) and Spencer Dinwiddie (22 points, 8 assists), the Dallas franchise raced ahead to lead by nine points three and a half minutes from halftime. weather. It was then that the Jazz took over, with Bojan Bogdanovic (26 points, 5 rebounds) in charge. The result was a trend change and a two-point lead for Utah at the break. With Rudy Gobert more of a rebounder than a scorer (5 points, 17 rebounds), the Salt Lake City-based franchise did not cut its return effort on the floor. The gap then increased to reach a maximum of twelve lengths at the end of the third quarter. The last twelve minutes first saw the Jazz hold on before giving in to the thunderous end of the game from the Mavericks. A Dallas team that got closer to a point two minutes from the buzzer. However, Donovan Mitchell was good at free throws (32 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) to allow the Jazz to win by six points (93-99) and take the lead in the series.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) April 16, 2022
Grizzlies picked from home by Timberwolves
The second game of the evening also saw the lowest-ranked team win away from home base. Faced with the Grizzlies, second in the Western Conference, the Timberwolves created the surprise. A meeting whose outcome was hardly in doubt. From the start of the match, Anthony Edwards’ teammates (36 points, 6 assists) took control and even exceeded a ten-point lead. With pride and with the support of their public, the Grizzlies reacted at the start of the second quarter with a 10-0 which allowed them to pass for the first time in the game. However, Ja Morant’s teammates (32 points, 8 assists) were unable to maintain this short advantage for very long. Indeed, after seeing their two-point lead disappear, the Grizzlies were no longer able to go back in front of the score. At best they managed to equalize twice in the middle of the third quarter. The last twelve minutes turned in favor of Minnesota which, under the impetus of Karl-Anthony Towns (29 points, 13 rebounds) broke Memphis at the very end of the game. The Timberwolves, qualified for these play-offs at the end of a play-in, launch the series with a victory outside their bases (117-130) against a Memphis team that will have to seriously tighten the bolts in defense to hope for better in this series and not to see its season come to a premature end.
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— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 16, 2022
BASKETBALL – NBA / PLAY-OFFS
Saturday April 16, 2022 (hours in French time)
Dallas Mavericks- utah jazz : 93-99 >>> Utah leads 1-0 in the series
> Frank Ntilikina (DAL) did not play
> Rudy Gobert (UTAH): 5 points at 0/1 on shots and 5/6 on free throws, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 loss of ball and 3 fouls in 35 minutes
Memphis Grizzlies- Minnesota Timberwolves : 117-130 >>> Minnesota leads 1-0 in the series
> Killian Tillie (MEM) did not play
00:00: Philadelphia 76ers–Toronto Raptors
2h30: Golden State Warriors–Denver Nuggets