New NBA day that we cross off the list as we approach the playoffs that are getting closer and closer. The teams sharpen their weapons, fight for the last places and sharpen their preparations for a final phase that is expected to be exciting. The Bucks win with a spectacular Giannis, the Warriors breathe as Draymond’s return approaches, the Suns suffer to win in Orlando and the Grizzlies go over the Pelicans. In addition, the Cavs win with a great Garland and the Nets with a spectacular Kyrie. All that and much more, in the summary of the day:
CHARLOTTE HORNETS 121 – 132 BROOKLYN NETS
The Nets win again with 50 points from Kyrie. Check the chronicle here.
INDIANA PACERS 124 – 127 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
Good victory for the Cavs with Garland as a hero. Check the chronicle here.
ORLANDO MAGIC 99 – 102 PHOENIX SUNS
Without Chris Paul (once again) or Devin Booker, the Bahamian Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 21 points and 19 rebounds to return the victory to the leader of the Western Conference (52-13) after the defeat suffered against the Bucks (41-25, third in the Eastern Conference). Colistas in the East (16-50), the Magic competed with great commitment and their bench completely dominated against the substitutes of the Suns (47-22), unable to avoid his 50th loss in 66 games this year.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 132 – 111 NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Ja Morant, with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, guided the victory of some Grizzlies (45-22, second in the Western Conference) who, after the surprising setback against the modest Rockets (bottom players in the West), completely surpassed the Pelicans (27-32, in tenth place in the West). The Grizzlies had 77 points at halftime and topped 100 with six minutes left in the third quarter. before braking in the last period and managing the income to clinch victory and confirm that they are the best team in their Conference after the Suns.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 115 – 142 MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Antetokounmpo sealed a new basketball recital, scoring 39 points, with 13 of 19 shots and a perfect 4 of 4 triples, to which he added 7 rebounds and 7 assists, in the resounding victory of the Bucks (41-25, third in the Eastern Conference) in the field of the Thunder (20-45, penultimate in the Western Conference). Kris Middleton, with 25 points and 9 assists, contributed in a victory in which the Spanish Serge Ibaka contributed 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 18 minutes on the court.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 112 – 97 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
The Warriors (44-22, third in the Western Conference) ended their five-game losing streak on Tuesday with an authoritative 112-97 win against the Clippers (34-33, third in the West), driven by the 21 points of Jonthan Kuminga and the 20 of Klay Thompson. On a less than brilliant day for Steph Curry, who finished with 15 points and a modest 1 of 6 on three-pointers, Klay led a Warriors in which Jordan Poole also emerged, with 20 points and 4 three-pointers. The Warriors, who had not won a game since last February 24, met again with victory at the Chase Center and confirmed their third position in the Western Conference. They did it against some Clippers on a lousy shooting day (33 of 93). Frenchman Nicolas Batum, with 17 points, was the best scorer for the Los Angeles team, which missed its leaders Kawhi Leonardo and Paul George, both long-term casualties. The prelude to the San Francisco match was marked by the incursion of actor Will Ferrell, disguised as the character Jackie Moon from his movie semi-prowho warmed up laughing with the other players. Great friend of Klay Thompson, Ferrell”helped” to the Warriors player in his warm-up on three-point shots and scored himself a basket from center court that drew applause from the Chase Center spectators.
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