A Ninth Straight Win for Utah and Clippers Retracted
Utah Jazz achieved its ninth win after beating Washington Wizards (127-116) in the NBA, while Denver Nuggets scored a remarkable victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (114-104).
Four players contributed to Utah's victory: Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic (31 points), Jordan Clarkson (23 points), French Rudi Goubert (21 points with 14 follow-ups) and Joe Inglis (20 points) to raise their team balance to 27 victories compared to 12 losses in second place in the region West behind the Los Angeles Lakers. The victory is the fourteenth for Utah in his last 15 games. The Wizards top scorer was Bradley Bell with 25 points. Bradley was absent from his team's last five games due to injury. Utah's victory was not easy because he turned 15 points behind the third quarter to a victory thanks to Clarkson specifically, who scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half.
The Denver Nuggets scored a remarkable victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (114-104) and clinched the third position in the Western Group, while the loser fell to fifth. Although the Clippers Kahohe Lennard scored 30 points, Leo Williams 26 points and Montreux Harel 25 points, they were unable to give the victory to their team, knowing that Paul George missed the team due to injury. It was the turning point in the second quarter that Denver ended with a difference of 15 points. Nuggets relied on team play with a score of seven players between 11 and 20 points, most notably Serbian Nikola Jokic.
Kyle Irving returned to Brooklyn Nets after an absence of nearly two months with a shoulder injury
Kyle Irving returned to Brooklyn Nets after an absence of nearly two months with a shoulder injury and led to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks (108-86), scoring 21 points. Irving scored 11 points at the end of the first half and added nine in the third quarter before going out in the middle after his team secured a big win after advancing (87-50). Irving missed 26 games for his team during his injury and was running his first game since last November 14 and participated in only 20 minutes. Nets won 13 games and lost, like Irving's absence. "I love the game and I missed it", Irving said. I had a wonderful evening.
As for the New York Knicks, it lost 14 points behind the Miami Heat to a victory (124-121), thanks to 26 points for Julius Randall, for his team to achieve its first victory after five consecutive defeats. The best scorer in Miami was Jimmy Butler (25 points with 10 rebounds and 6 assists). Miami lost this loss to third in the eastern region, leaving the second to the Boston Celtics, knowing that the Milwaukee Bucks leads the region. San Antonio Spurs won the last breath against defending champions Raptors last season (105-104). The current Spurs superstar and former Raptors star Damar Deruzan scored 22 of his 25 points in the match in the second half, knowing that his team was 18 points behind in the third quarter.
He returned to the ranks of the Cameroonian Raptors, Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell, the first scored 15 points and the second 20 points. Memphis Grizzlies scored his fifth consecutive victory against Golden State Warriors (122-102). In another match, Phoenix Suns defeated Charlotte Hornets (100-92).