Eight games were scheduled for the night in the NBA, including the clash between Philadelphia and Chicago, won by the 76ers. Golden State and the Lakers lost again, respectively to Denver and San Antonio, while Julius Randle broke his career high with the Knicks (46pts).
The poster of the night: Philadelphia – Chicago
Nothing is going for Chicago since the All Star break, with four straight losses, and Philadelphia was quick to sink the Bulls and inflict a fifth in a row. The 76ers won 121-106 in the clash of the night in the NBA, allowing Doc Rivers’ men to take second place in the standings, ahead of Milwaukee, three games behind leader Miami. If the Bulls (deprived of Lonzo Ball and Nikola Vucevic) led during the first quarter, the 76ers quickly asserted their superiority. Joel Embiid scored 43 points and took 14 rebounds, while James Harden scored 16 points and delivered 14 assists, so the “bearded man” is still undefeated since his arrival in Pennsylvania (5-0)! The 76ers gap climbed to +17 on several occasions and never wavered at the end of the game, even if in front, the duo Zach LaVine (24pts, 8rbds) – DeMar DeRozan (23pts, 11rbds, 8pds) held its rank. The 76ers arrive in top form for the clash against Brooklyn on Thursday.
MVP of the night: Julius Randle
Criticized since the start of the season for his poor performance compared to last year and his lack of altruism, Julius Randle struck a blow Monday in Sacramento by breaking his career record in the Knicks’ 115-131 victory at the Kings. The 27-year-old strong winger scored 46 points, 18 of 31 on shots, including 8 of 16 from 3 points, beating his previous record, set in March 2019 against Portland, by one point. With the Knicks trailing by twenty points just before halftime, Randle carried his team at arm’s length, scoring 17 of his 46 points in the third quarter. He also added 10 rebounds. RJ Barrett (29pts, 8rbds) and Immanuel Quickley (27pts, 6rbds) also contributed to this success for the Knicks, who however remain twelfth, 4.5 games from the play-in.
The flop of the night: The Lakers
Winners of Golden State on Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers fell back into their traps, losing 117-110 to San Antonio in a game between the twelfth and ninth in the Western Conference. This is the fourth defeat in five games for the Californians, who were deprived for this meeting of LeBron James, hit in one knee. The Spurs led by fourteen points in the second quarter, before seeing the Lakers come back and lead by one point midway through the third. The two teams were tied with 9:50 remaining, but San Antonio finished strong to give Gregg Popovich a 1,335th regular season win as a coach, equaling Don Nelson’s record. Dejounte Murray finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the Spurs, and Russell Westbrook with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the Lakers.
The French of the night: Killian Hayes
Record points for the season equaled for Killian Hayes! The 20-year-old French point guard from Detroit scored 13 points in Detroit’s 113-110 victory (14th) over Atlanta (10th) after extra time. Hayes made 5 of his 8 shots, including 1 of 3 from 3 points, and also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 31 minutes of play. Enough to give him confidence to try his luck a little more, his career high ( 21 points) dating from May 2021 against Chicago? The Pistons just receive the Bulls on Wednesday.
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Monday, March 7, 2022
Detroit Pistons – Atlanta Hawks: 113-110 aet
>>> Stats of Killian Hayes (DET): 31 minutes of play, 13 points (5/8 on shots including 1/3 to 3pts, 2/4 on free throws), 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 interception, 1 lost ball, 2 fouls
>>> Statistics of Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL): 44 seconds of play, 0 points (0 shots, 0 free throws attempted),
Dallas Mavericks – Utah Jazz: 111-103
>>> Frank Ntilikina (DAL) was not in the group
>>> Rudy Gobert’s stats (UTA): 34 minutes of play, 12 points (3/5 on shots including 0 3-point shots, 6/6 on free throws), 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 lost balls, 5 faults
Sacramento Kings- New York Knicks : 115-131
>>> Stats of Evan Fournier (NYK): 27 minutes of play, 15 points (5/14 on shots including 3/10 at 3pts, 2/2 on free throws), 1 rebound, 1 interception, 2 fouls
San Antonio Spurs – Los Angeles Lakers: 117-110
Denver Nuggets – Golden State Warriors: 131-124
philadelphia 76ers –Chicago Bulls: 121-106
Miami Heat –Houston Rockets: 123-106
Minnesota Timberwolves – Portland Trail blazers: 124-81