Game of the night: the Nets’ bargain
While there’s only one meeting left before the end of the regular season, the Nets have made a nice play-in move. The Brooklyn franchise got the best of a declining formation, which was left with two straight losses, the Cavaliers. A match in which Kevin Durant’s teammates (36 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) started very well, overcoming the fifteen point lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Cleveland players, led by Darius Garland (31 points), had not said their last word. Returning to the eight lengths at halftime, they continued their effort on the way back onto the pitch. An 11-0 lead even allowed them to take control of the scoreboard, with a five-point lead twelve minutes from the end of the match. A last quarter that changed when the Nets were able to chain ten consecutive points to get ahead on the scoreboard and then get away. The gap never fell below ten points for Brooklyn’s victory (118-107). Going into their final game of the season, the two teams have the same record (43 wins to 38 losses) but it’s Brooklyn that sits in seventh place and a play-in lead.
The failure of the night: The Bulls are still defeated
The good moment of the Nets comes too late to take advantage of the break of the Bulls. The Illinois franchise has signed, in fact, a fourth consecutive loss due to the reception of the Hornets. Aside from the first few seconds after DeMar DeRozan’s first goal (17 points), Charlotte players led from start to finish. If the Bulls, led by Zach LaVine (23 points), limited the damage during the first twelve minutes of the game, the gap took on a new dimension in the second quarter with a margin of 28 lengths at game time. back to the locker room. After flirting with a 40-point lead in the third quarter, LaMelo Ball (24 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists), Miles Bridges (20 points) and the Hornets began to slip. A situation that allowed the Bulls to reduce distances but without hope of reversing the trend. Beaten again (117-133), the Chicago franchise will not go beyond sixth place but loses momentum before the play-offs. Meanwhile, the Hornets are getting back on track for the play-in with this second success in a row.
The MVP of the night: Ruthless Doncic with the Blazers
Luka Doncic has decided to pay for the Blazers! In an absolutely one-sided meeting, during which the Oregon franchise simply never led the scoring, the Slovenian point guard walked away. With 39 points and 11 rebounds, Luka Doncic was the guide for the Mavs in this game they have in hand. If the Blazers, thanks to Drew Eubanks (18 points, 7 rebounds), tried to resist in the second quarter, in which they only saw the difference increase by one point, they exploded a little further back on the court. With just nine points scored in the last twelve minutes, Portland saw the gap exceed 50 points. Dwight Powell (18 points), lent his support to Luka Doncic to allow Dallas to win by a 50-point margin (128-78). A third consecutive success that allows the Mavericks to continue in the fight for third place in the Western Conference against the Golden State Warriors. The Jazz, meanwhile, are out of the race after losing at home to the Suns (105-111), despite Rudy Gobert (16 points, 12 rebounds).
The French of the night: Hoard impresses but loses
However, the Frenchman who has stood out the most is once again Jaylen Hoard. On a Thunder team with limited rotation, with six of the eleven players on the game sheet having entered the game, the Le Havre native led his team with a double-double (27 points, 17 rebounds). A performance that, however, was not enough to bring out the best in a Lakers team deprived of Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The Thunder ran ahead for most of the first quarter but the Californians, led by Stanley Johnson (21 points, 8 rebounds), took control in the twelve minutes before halftime. The second half of the match was in two stages. If the OKC players were able to recover to even get back on the scoreboard for a few seconds, then they lost their rhythm and let the Lakers fly. If there is any hope of seeing the season continue after its 82nd game, the Californian franchise does not give up with this victory (120-101) that ends a streak of eight straight losses. The Thunder, defeated for the second consecutive time, tried to raise their heads, without success.
BASKETBALL – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Friday, April 8, 2022
Detroit Pistons – milwaukee dollars : 101-131
> Killian Hayes (DET): 6 points on 3/9 shooting (including 0/5 three-point shooting), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block and 1 foul in 27 minutes
washington wizards – New York Knicks : 92-114
> Evan Fournier (NYK): 17 points on 6/14 shooting (including 4/10 three-point shooting) and 1/2 free throw shooting, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 4 fouls in 28 minutes
Brooklyn networks – Cleveland Cavaliers: 118-107
toronto raptors -Houston Rockets: 117-115
Chicago Bulls – charlotte hornets : 117-133
Miami Heat – Atlanta Falcons: 113-109
> Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (ATL): 0 points on 0/2 shooting (including 0/2 triples), 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 foul in 15 minutes
Dallas Mavericks -Portland Trail Blazers: 128-78
> Frank Ntilikina (DAL): 0 points on 0/1 shooting (including 0/1 three-pointers) and 1 foul in 5 minutes
Utah Jazz- phoenix suns : 105-111
> Rudy Gobert (UTAH): 16 points on 5/7 shooting and 6/9 free throws, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 4 turnovers and 4 fouls in 33 minutes
Los Angeles Lakers – Oklahoma City Thunder: 120-101
> Jaylen Hoard (OKC): 27 points on 13/23 shooting (including 1/4 3-point shooting), 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 interception, 1 block, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls in 47 minutes
> Theo Maledon (OKC) did not play