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The LA Derby for the Clippers



If Nicolas Batum was discreet (1 point, 5 rebounds), this did not prevent the Clippers from starting with a victory in the LA derby against the Lakers (97-103). Also successful debut for the Milwaukee Bucks at the Philadelphia 76ers (88-90).

Successful beginnings. For their entry into the running in this 2022-2023 NBA regular season, this Thursday, the Los Angeles Clippers won the LA derby, after their victory against the Lakers (97-103). On this occasion, Kawhi Leonard made his big comeback to competition, after a year and a half of absence, following a serious injury to one of his knees. A meeting that he started on the substitutes’ bench, before finally playing a total of 21 minutes, including the last ones. With in particular a mid-distance shot, 52 seconds from the end of this duel, to then give a definitive lead to his partners (101-95). Upon arrival, the All-Star guard presented people statistics of 14 points to 6/12 on shots, 7 rebounds). The only French present on the floor, namely Nicolas Batum, was discreet, with 1 point and 5 rebounds in ten short minutes of play. During the third quarter, the Clippers had up to sixteen lengths in advance, before being joined, then even overtaken, notably against the best scorer of this meeting, namely Lonnie Walker (26 points). The Lakers, despite also LeBron James (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Anthony Davies (25 points, 8 rebounds), therefore ultimately did not hold. They are now two losses in two games.

The Bucks narrowly

It was in the last seconds that the Milwaukee Bucks were able to make the difference and win on the floor of the Philadelphia 76ers (88-90). The double MVP (2019 and 2020) Giannis Antetokounmpo was there, with even a first double-double and personal statistics of 21 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocks. At his side, the pivot Brook Lopez also responded, with 17 points in total, unlike Jrue Holiday, more discreet (6 points at 2/15 shooting). The 2021 champions have been in front for almost the entirety of this meeting, with a lead that has increased to +13. We then played the end of the third and penultimate quarter. Until, on the local side, James Harden finally took matters into his own hands. In the final period, he even scored 16 of his 31 points. Less than two minutes from the buzzer, Philadelphia was even ahead (86-84). Finally, the Bucks therefore managed to have the last word, while Joel Embiid scored no points in the second half, after fifteen at the start of the game (also for twelve rebounds). Like the Lakers, the 76ers start with two losses.

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