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Phoenix holds its ticket, the Lakers worry



In the clash of the night in the NBA, Phoenix took the upper hand against Miami, leader of the other conference. The Suns are the first team qualified for the play-offs. The Lakers are far from it, especially after their new disappointment on Wednesday against Houston despite a triple-double from LeBron James, back. After five losses, Dallas fell from high at home against New York, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic flamed again.

Phoenix, first qualifier. Winner of Miami (111-90) in Florida on Wednesday night in the shock of the night in the NBA between the two conference leaders, the Suns and Devin Booker (23 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds), who was making his return after four games without playing, officially hold their ticket for the play-offs. LeBron James, again in trouble with one of his knees and who had missed his team’s previous outing, also found the floors, with the Lakers, traveling to Houston. Unfortunately for these Californians, who are far from qualifying for the moment, the return of the “King”, yet author of a triple-double (23 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists) did not allow the 2020 champions in the Orlando bubble to avoid a sixth defeat in seven games (139-130 after overtime against the Rockets, carried by rookie Jalen Green, author of 32 points, including 10 in overtime). Very criticized, Russell Westbrook (30 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) also gave everything so that the Los Angeles franchise does not bite the dust for the… 37th time this season, but in vain there too. Dallas, for its part, hoped that the arrival of New York, certainly reinvigorated, would allow it to align a sixth victory in a row. Unfortunately for the Mavericks of Luka Doncic (31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), they were brutally cut off in their tracks by the Knicks of Frenchman Evan Fournier (10 points).

Antetokounmpo and Jokic in MVP mode, DeRozan revives the Bulls

The Texans have also suffered one of their worst humiliation of the season, with a victory of thirty points (107-77) New Yorkers on arrival. The Knicks haven’t lost in three games. Milwaukee’s last loss dates back even longer (February 27, at home to Brooklyn). On Wednesday, the Bucks chained a sixth success, at the expense of Atlanta (124-115) duringa game that saw Giannis Antetokounmpo reach new heights, compiling 43 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Nikola Jokic, the Greek’s number one rival in the MVP race, was not left out either. The Serb was the author of 38 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists in Denver’s victory at Sacramento (106-100). The fourth in a row for the Nuggets. Four in a row also for Boston (115-101 in Charlotte) with a still monstrous Jayson Tatum (44 points on 16 of 24 on shots, including 6 of 9 from three points). DeMar DeRozan also shone again (36 points). Chicago took the opportunity to snatch victory from Detroit (114-108) while the Bulls remained on five consecutive losses.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Charlotte Hornets- Boston Celtics : 101 – 115
Detroit Pistons- Chicago Bulls : 108 – 114
>>> Killian Hayes (DET), injured, did not play
Miami Heat- Phoenix Suns : 90 – 111
Milwaukee Bucks – Atlanta Hawks: 124 – 115
Houston Rockets – Los Angeles Lakers: 139 – 130 (aet)
Minnesota Timberwolves – Oklahoma City Thunder: 132 – 102
>>> Stats of Théo Maledon (OKC): 20 minutes, 12 points (4 of 8 on shots, including 2 of 5 at three points), 7 rebounds, 1 against, 2 lost balls, 3 faults
New Orleans Pelicans- Orlando Magic : 102 – 108
Dallas Mavericks- New York Knicks : 77 – 107
>>> Evan Fournier’s stats (NYK): 25 minutes, 10 points (4 of 9 on shots, including 2 of 6 from three points), 2 lost balls, 3 fouls
San Antonio Spurs- Toronto Raptors : 104 – 119
utah jazz – Portland Trail Blazers: 123 – 85
>>> Rudy Gobert’s stats (UTA): 22 minutes, 9 points (4 of 4 on shots), 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 lost ball, 4 fouls
Sacramento Kings- Denver Nuggets : 100 – 106
LA Clippers – Washington Wizards: 115 – 109
>>> Nicolas Batum (LAC) stats: 33 minutes, 8 points (3 of 8 on shots, including 2 of 6 from three points), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 lost ball, 1 foul

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