Luke Kennard makes the difference for the Clippers
It’s one of the NBA’s little pleasures. On the night of Friday to Saturday, the famous Los Angeles derby offered itself a new episode with the success of the Clippers 119-115. Remaining on three defeats in a row and still without the French Nicolas Batum (Covid protocol), the Clippers nevertheless managed to make the difference in the money time thanks to two award-winning shots from Luke Kennard (19 points in total).
Before that, the Clippers had already spent most of the game in the lead, helped by 21 points from Marcus Morris and 19 from Paul George. Opposite, Frank Vogel, the Lakers coach, had tried the blow with the first start of the year for the pivot Dwight Howard (6 points) surrounded by stars Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
Author of 27 points and 10 rebounds, Davis was there. James, yet also author of a double-double (23 points, 11 rebounds) showed a faulty address (9/23).
Kevin Durant wears the Nets
Without their leader Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves seemed rather easy prey for the Brooklyn Nets. But the fifth win in six games was slow to take shape for Kevin Durant’s teammates.
In a long draft match (28 ball losses including 17 for the Nets), the locals broke away at the end of the match, in particular thanks to Durant, author of a precious basket in the money time. The 33-year-old American signed a good score with 30 points, well supplemented by James Harden (20 points) and Patty Mills (23 points).
Houston received 5 out of 5
With the Phoenix Suns’ loss on the Golden State Warriors court ending an 18-game winning streak, Houston is the team on the best streak. Thanks in particular to the 24 points of Eric Gordon, the Houston Rockets have effect chained a fifth success in a row by getting rid of Orlando (118-116).
Success came almost to the buzzer with a last shot from Gordon 1”6 from the end of the meeting while the two teams were back to back (116-116).
In other games, the Miami Heat won 113-104 against the Indiana Pacers with 26 points from Kyle Lowry, while the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Washington Wizards at home (116-101), in particular thanks to the 60 cumulative points from Darius Garland (32 points) and Jarrett Allen (28 points).