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LeBron returns, Lakers win



Fourteen games were on the NBA night schedule, and LeBron James made his comeback with the Lakers, who went on to beat San Antonio. Phoenix and Boston, respective winners of Detroit (despite the very good match of Killian Hayes) and Sacramento, remain leaders of the two Conferences.

He is back ! After missing five games with a groin injury, LeBron James returned to the court on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and he helped the Lakers win 94-105 at San Antonio by scoring 21 points and taking 8 rebounds. In this one-sided game, Anthony Davis continued his momentum, with 25 points and 15 points, and the suspension of Patrick Beverley was not felt. Despite Tre Jones’ 19 points, San Antonio suffered a seventh straight loss after a strong start to the season. But the Spurs will have the opportunity to take their revenge on Saturday, by once again receiving the Lakers. At the top of the Western Conference, it is still Phoenix who reigns, after their 108-102 success over Detroit, which had just created the surprise by beating Denver and Utah. The Suns, still led at the start of the third quarter, were able to reverse the trend, in the wake of a Deandre Ayton with 28 points and 12 rebounds and a Devin Booker with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Opposite, Killian Hayes, hit in a calf Wednesday, showed that he was better, brushing the triple-double: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists. Encouraging for the French (who takes advantage of the absence of Cade Cunningham) after a failed start to the season!

Denver and Memphis earn

Denver remains runner-up to Phoenix after its 104-114 victory at the Clippers, still deprived of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Nuggets led almost from start to finish in this meeting, and were able to count on an Aaron Gordon with 29 points and a Nikola Jokic with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. On the Californian side, John Wall saved the furniture with 23 points, but the Clippers remain eighth and Nicolas Batum did not return any of his three shots. In one of the shocks of the Western Conference, Memphis (4th) offered the scalp of New Orleans (3rd) with a score of 132-111. From the first quarter, the Grizzlies led 44-25, and they continued their momentum, thanks to their trio Dillon Brooks (25pts) – Ja Morant (23pts) – Jaren Jackson Jr (20pts). Only one Pelicans player finished above 20 points: Trey Murphy III (21).

Stunning Boston and Milwaukee

The Eastern Conference, meanwhile, is still led by Boston, which signed its 15th victory in 19 games, against Sacramento: 122-104. Led by six points in the middle of the last quarter, the Celtics finished very strong, to have a 27-point lead a few minutes from the end. Jayson Tatum finished with 30 points and 8 rebounds and Jaylen Brown with 25 points. Milwaukee (2nd), meanwhile, won the clash against Cleveland (3rd) with a score of 117-102. While the Cavs led for almost two and a half quarters (+16 in the middle of the second quarter), the Bucks turned everything upside down, thanks in particular to a fiery third quarter, winning 35-10. Giannis Antotokounmpo was still excellent, with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists on the clock, while Donovan Mitchell’s 29 points were not enough for the Cavs. Also noteworthy among the results of this Friday is Portland’s 132-129 victory against New York after overtime with 44 points from Jerami Grant (career record broken by one point) and 38 from Anfernee Simons, the defeat of Atlanta 128 -122 in Houston despite Trae Young’s 44 points, and Brooklyn’s 128-117 loss to Indiana despite Kevin Durant’s 39 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.

Friday, November 25, 2022
Charlotte Hornets – Minnesota Timberwolves: 110-108
Stats of Théo Maledon (CHA): 26 minutes of play, 14 points (4/7 on shots including 1/1 at 3pts, 5/6 on free throws), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 interception, 1 lost ball, 1 fault1
Rudy Gobert (MIN) stats: 34 minutes of play, 17 points (6/10 on shots including 0 3-point shots, 5/5 on free throws), 17 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2 balls lost, 4 faults

New York Knicks- Portland Trail Blazers : 123-132 AD
Evan Founier (NYK) did not play, by decision of the coach

Oklahoma City Thunder – Chicago Bulls: 123-119 a.d.
Ousmane Dieng (OKC) was not in the group

Phoenix Suns – Detroit Pistons: 108-102
Killian Hayes (DET) stats: 38 minutes of play, 17 points (7/18 on shots including 1/4 to 3pts, 2/2 on free throws), 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 3 drop balls, 5 faults

Los Angeles Clippers- Denver Nuggets : 104-114
Nicolas Batum (LAC) stats: 24 minutes of play, 0 points (0/3 on shots including 0/3 at 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 fouls
Moussa Diabaté (LAC) was not in the group

Orlando Magic- philadelphia 76ers : 99-107
Boston Celtics – Sacramento Kings: 122-104
Houston Rockets – Atlanta Hawks: 128-122
Indiana Pacers – Brooklyn Nets: 128-117
Memphis Grizzlies –New Orleans Pelicans: 132-111
Miami Heat –Washington Wizards: 110-107
Milwaukee Bucks –Cleveland Cavaliers: 117-102
San Antonio Spurs- Los Angeles Lakers : 94-105
Golden State Warriors – Utah Jazz: 129-118

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