Author of a big individual performance, Giannis Antetokounmpo guided Milwaukee to victory against Chicago (123-102).
Giannis Antetokounmpo, absent two games because of a painful back, has regained all his means as evidenced by his 23 points and 10 rebounds with the Milwaukee Bucks who walked on the Chicago Bulls 123-102, Monday in the NBA. The Eastern Conference leader was also able to count on Khris Middleton, the team’s top scorer with 25 points, and Eric Bledsoe, author of 15 points for his return after a leg injury contracted on December 13. The Bucks, who have had the best stats since the start of the regular season (only 5 losses for 30 wins), won their third game in a row. NBA defending MVP Antetokounmpo and second-best scorer in the League with an average of 30.5 points per game, played just 27 minutes, spending the last five on the bench in a one-way game.
“We won 30 games before January, it’s great, but we can always do better,” said the Greek. “We have to keep improving because the goal is to play late in the season.” A statistic illustrates Milwaukee’s ultra-domination: in the 3rd quarter, the Bucks had a 71% success rate on shots and signed a 40-25 ahead of Chicago to bring the score to 95-77. Among the Bulls, point guard Zach LaVine was the most effective with 19 points, Lauri Markkanen added 18 while Wendell Carter offered a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Wizards bewitch the Heat
The Washington Wizards, in the depths of the classification in the East and decimated by injuries starting with their trigger No. 1 Bradley Beal (27.8 pts), clinched a prestigious success with the 123-105 manner by dominating the Miami Heat (3rd), who stayed on 5 wins in a row. Jordan McRae was the most skillful for the Wizards with 29 points just ahead of Garrison Matthews (28 pts). For 33-year-old French pivot Ian Mahinmi, this day will remain special since he had the best match of his career with 25 points (10 out of 11 on shots, including 2 to 2 pts) and 5 rebounds. The Heat, one of the best teams at the start of the season, relied on Jimmy Butler (27 pts) while Bam Adebayo totaled 14 points and 14 rebounds (match record).
In Minneapolis, Shabazz Napier achieved his season’s highest total with 24 pts, including 8 in overtime, against the Brooklyn Nets to allow the Timberwolves to end a streak of 9 games without a win at home by winning 122 -115. Young back Devin Booker took Phoenix to victory (122-116) on the Portland floor, capitalizing 33 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. In its wake, the Arizona franchise made the difference during the last quarter to win this duel between contenders for a place in the top-8 of the Western Conference.
Among the other French on the floors Monday evening, the pivot of Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, responded again with a double-double (13 pts / 19 rbds), his team largely having the Detroit Pistons. For his part, Evan Fournier scored 22 points but could not prevent the Magic Orlando from losing to the Atlanta Hawks.
The results of the matches played on Monday:
Portland – Phoenix 116 – 122
Utah – Detroit 104 – 81
Chicago – Milwaukee 102 – 123
Minnesota – Brooklyn 122 – 115 a.p.
Orlando – Atlanta 93 – 101
Washington – Miami 123 – 105