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Four games were scheduled for Sunday in the NBA, and Utah won by one point in Cleveland, while Charlotte, deprived of many players due to covid, went to win in Atlanta. For its part, Houston signed its sixth success in a row, in New Orleans.

As leaders Golden State and Phoenix start losing games, Utah is taking advantage. The Jazz, solid third in the Western Conference, returned to three victories for the Warriors and the Suns, after their success in Cleveland. But how difficult it was to achieve victory! The franchise of Salt Lake City indeed won by one point (108-109), after leading by fifteen at the start of the last quarter (82-97). Quin Snyder’s men conceded a 15-0 in just under three minutes (97-97), then the Cavs still led 106-104 with 3’10 remaining. But a 3-point shot from Mike Conley then a dunk from Rudy Gobert put the Jazz in front (108-109). And finally no point was scored in the last 87 seconds! Cleveland had the opportunity to win at the buzzer when Evan Mobley attempted a lay-up after a missed 3-point shot from Darius Garland but, after a scramble, the rookie failed to register the basket for the Victoire. It is therefore a somewhat lucky success for the Jazz, which was able to count on the 35 points of Donovan Mitchell and the 20 rebounds and 5 blocks of Rudy Gobert. Opposite, Darius Garland finished with 31 points and Jarrett Allen with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Charlotte has resources

Who would have imagined at the start of the season that Charlotte would be ahead of Atlanta after 25 games? And yet, that’s the reality, and the Hornets even have two wins over the Hawks, after going down 127-130 in Georgia. They were, however, deprived of LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Jalen McDaniels and Mason Plumlee, all in covid protocol. After a close encounter, with 17 lead changes, Charlotte ended up having the last laugh, dominating the final five minutes after trailing to 113-112. Even though Atlanta came back to 123-126 with 22 seconds left on a Trae Young shot, Cody Martin didn’t shake on the free throws and PJ Washington sealed the Hornets victory with a dunk. Miles Bridges, with 32 points, finished leading scorer for Charlotte, who broke her season-winning 3-point shot record (17, including 6 for Kelly Oubre Jr). John Collins’ 31 points and 12 rebounds were not enough in Atlanta, however.

Toronto solid, Houston unstoppable

Twelfth in the Eastern Conference with a negative record, Toronto signed a fine victory to the detriment of Washington, fifth. The Raptors won 102-90 at home, dominating the game almost from start to finish. Led by Pascal Siakam with 31 points and 6 rebounds, they had a lead of up to 25 points in the middle of the second quarter. The Wizards managed to come back to -11, but never below, and therefore bow despite Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 26 points (14 for Bradley Beal, 4 of 12 on shots). What’s going on in Houston? Worst team in the League barely two weeks ago, the Rockets chained a sixth straight victory, against New Orleans (118-108), to whom they left the place of red lantern. The Texans led from sixth to the last minute, with a gap that climbed to +15. The Pelicans came back to six points with 2’12 remaining, but only scored three points afterwards. Christian Wood and Eric Gordon finish with 23 points each for Houston, while despite Brandon Ingram’s 40 points, it is still a loss for New Orleans.

NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Sunday 5 December 2021
Cleveland Cavaliers – Utah Jazz : 108-109
>>> Rudy Gobert (UTA) stats: 38 minutes of play, 6 points (3/6 on shots including 0 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 20 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 interception, 5 blocks, 1 lost balloon

Atlanta Hawks – Charlotte hornets : 127-130
>>> Stats by Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL): 39 minutes of play, 12 points (5/10 on shots including 2/5 at 3pts, 0 free throw attempted), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 5 faults

Toronto raptors – Washington Wizards: 102-90
>>> Stats of Joel Ayayi (WAS): 4 minutes of play, 0 points (0 shots), 1 rebound

Houston rockets – New Orleans Pelicans: 118-108

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