The Denver Nuggets had a victory ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers, before heading to California on Friday. But they came away with a large defeat (132-103), allowing the Clippers to return to their height in the classification of the Western Conference. LA was already ten lengths ahead at the end of the first quarter (37-27) and then managed to reach the break on the same gap (66-56).
In the second half, the Clippers definitely escaped, leading by 19 points (98-79) after the third quarter, to finally win by 29 units. They thus signed a third victory in a row. Paul George was the California franchise’s leading scorer with 24 points, well supported by Kawhi Leonard (19 pts), Montrezl Harrell (18) and Lou Williams (17). Nikola Jokic was the Denver Nuggets’ leading scorer with 21 points.
Utah and Gobert win again
Fifth in the Western Conference, Utah Jazz won at home against the Washington Wizards (129-119), ending a four-game losing streak in a row. Rudy Gobert scored nine points and took nine rebounds. Adept at the double doubles since the start of the season, he has not achieved such a performance for a week. Donovan Mitchell carried the Jazz, with his 30 points. Opposite, Bradley Beal was impressive (42 points). Ian Mahinmi has played 14 minutes for two points and five rebounds.
After two defeats, the Miami Heat got back on track, beating the Dallas Mavericks (126-118), thanks to Jimmy Butler (26 pts) and Duncan Robinson (24). In the Texas ranks, Seth Curry assured, registering 37 points. Besides the Charlotte Hornets in Toronto, two other teams won away on Friday: Sacramento won in Memphis (104-101), despite 32 points from Dillon Brooks and 25 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas.
Doumbouya and Fournier victorious
For its part, Detroit came back from Phoenix with a victory (113-111), stopping its seven-game losing streak. Derrick Rose scored 31 points for the Pistons. Sekou Doumbouya spent 20 minutes on the floor, for six points, three rebounds and one assist. On the Suns’ side, Élie Okobo played 15 minutes, also scoring six points and taking two rebounds.
Evan Fournier (11 points) and Orlando beat Minnesota, after a great battle (136-125). Atlanta corrected Brooklyn (141-118), worn by John Collins (33 pts) and Cam Reddish (26). For the Nets, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot played 20 minutes and scored six points. Finally New Orleans dominated Cleveland (116-104), thanks to Brandon Ingram (29 pts), Zion Williamson (24) and Jrue Holiday (22).