Durant’s sprint launches the Nets in Detroit, Golden State crushes New Orleans

Brooklyn imposes itself with a great final, a great Cunningham is not enough for the Pistons. Washington overtakes Memphis. Heavy hits for Cleveland and Portland

Davide Piasentini Riccardo Pratesi

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The Brooklyn Nets win in Detroit in the final with a great Kevin Durant and James Harden’s 2nd triple double of the season. Golden State crushes New Orleans in the 2nd half and easily wins at the Chase Center, as does Washington who easily beat the Memphis Grizzlies at home. Important successes to the last breath of Cleveland in Toronto with two decisive free throws by Darius Garland and that of Portland, who manages to beat Indiana despite the negative performance of Damian Lillard (4 points, 2/13 shooting). Finally, the comfortable victory of Sacramento over Charlotte, the comeback of the Clippers in Minneapolis and the Spurs on the Orlando Magic field.

Detroit Pistons- Brooklyn Nets 90-96

It took a super Kevin Durant in the final possessions to allow the Brooklyn Nets (6-3) to beat the tenacious and never domi Detroit Pistons (1-8), finally supported by the first absolute choice to the last Draft Cade Cunningham, really protagonist of a great race. Steve Nash’s team has always been emotionally in control of the game but suffered in the 4th period the return of the hosts, very motivated and never completely out of the script. Cunningham was the best in Detroit with 17 points (a couple of notable penetrations in the 1st half against Harden and Durant) and, above all, two very heavy triples in the last 5 ‘of the race that allowed the Pistons to reach -1 (90 -89). Brooklyn then solved it with KD, author of two crucial baskets to bring his team back to +5 (94-89). Not a very simple evening shooting for Durant (12/27) but the usual class and poetry in every movement, as well as an extraordinary technical domination when the match was on the verge. For the number 7 of the Nets 29 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 block in 37 ‘. Brooklyn did very well with the owners on the field but had a not exciting contribution from the bench, except for LaMarcus Aldridge, still positive with 16 points (6/9 from the field) and 5 rebounds. Second triple double of the season (60th in career) with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (9 turnovers) for James Harden, who however struggled to find rhythm in attack (3/10 shooting). For Brooklyn this is the fourth consecutive victory, complicated in its development but well deserved.

Detroit:Cunningham 17 (6/17, 3/7 da tre, 2/2 tl), Olynyk 14, Bey/Joseph 12. Rimbalzi: Olynyk 10. Assist: Joseph 5.

Brooklyn:Durant 29 (12/27, 2/6 of three, 3/4 tl), Aldridge 16, Harden / Griffin 13. Rebounds: Durant 10. Assists: Harden 10.

Golden State Warriors-New Orleans Pelicans 126-85

The Warriors boast the league’s best record: 7-1, like Utah. The Pelicans are the worst team in the league, as the 1–9 record says. Normal ends therefore little by little. New Orleans holds for a while, at the interval it is 54-50 for the Californians, who in the 3rd quarter place a partial of 22-6 with which they greet the guests, and then never look back. Another good game by Poole, author of 26 points: while waiting for Thompson’s return he is legitimizing the place in the quintet next to Curry. The Pels were without Ingram, as well as without Williamson, who has yet to make his seasonal debut, Coach Green, in his debut season, faced with no luck Kerr, his mentor when he was in fact assistant to the Dubs.

Golden State:Poole 26 (4/6, 6/9 of three), Curry 19, Payton 17. Rebounds: Green 8. Assists: Iguodala 10.

New Orleans:Valanciunas 20 (7/13, 1/1 da tre, 3/4 tsp), Graham 12, Hart 10. Rimbalzi: Valanciunas 15. Assist: Valanciunas / Satoransky 4.

Washington Wizards- Memphis Grizzlies 115-87

Washington (6-3) sends 7 players in double figures and dominates the home match against Memphis (5-4), at times unrecognizable on the Capital One Arena parquet. The Grizzlies were also down by 32 points and scored just 87 in the whole game, shooting with 35.4% from the field (34/96) and with 19.4% from three (6/31). Nightmare evening also for Ja Morant (11 points and 4/17 shooting) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (13 points and 4/14 from the field). Washington defended and attacked in an exceptional way (34 assists out of 49 baskets scored), proving to be clearly superior to the Grizzlies. The ball moved very well and all the Wizards players on the court were put in a position to play for their characteristics, starting with Bradley Beal (17 points and 7 assists) and Montrezl Harrell (18 points and 8 rebounds), the two who showed the best things during the race.

Washington:Harrell 18 (9/11, 0/2 tl), Beal 17, Neto / Gafford 15. Rebounds: Harrell 8. Assist: Beal 7.

Memphis: Jackson Jr. 13 (4/14, 1/6 of three, 4/4 tl), Morant 11, Bane 10. Rebounds: Jackson Jr. 9. Assists: Morant 4.

Toronto Raptors- Cleveland Cavaliers 101-102

The Cleveland Cavaliers (6-4) interrupted the Raptors’ 5-game winning streak (6-4) by winning on Canadian soil thanks to an exciting final. First the fundamental 2/2 from the line by Darius Garland at 4.8 ” from the siren for the 102-101 Cavs and then the double error of the hosts with the wrong shot by OG Anunoby and the missed tap-in by Scottie Barnes. It was a match well played by both teams, full of technical content and rising players. Great performance by OG Anunoby for Toronto with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while for Cleveland, very good at recovering from the -15 gained in the 3rd quarter, all the young players available to coach JB Bickerstaff stood out. . Above all Garland (21 points and 8 assists) and the two longs, Jarrett Allen (16 points and 15 rebounds) and the always excellent Evan Mobley (18 points, 7/14 shooting).

Toronto: Anunoby 23 (10/21, 3/7 da tre), VanVleet 18, Trent Jr. 17. Rimbalzi: Barnes 9. Assist: VanVleet 6.

Cleveland: Garland 21 (8/12, 2/3 of three, 3/3 tl), Mobley 18, Osman 17. Rebounds: Allen 15. Assists: Garland 8.

Orlando Magic- San Antonio Spurs 89-102

Great victory of San Antonio (3-6) in Orlando with a super team defense and an overall performance of thickness. Always in front of the men of Gregg Popovich, from the middle of the 1st quarter to the final siren, also touching +16 and always keeping his hands on the game. Dragging Dejounte Murray (20 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals) and Keldon Johnson (20 points and 9 rebounds), splendidly supported by the bench, protagonist with 35 points scored. The San Antonio defense kept the Magic (2-8) under 90 points, 39.3% from the field and 29.3% from three. Orlando’s best was Cole Anthony with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals in 34 ‘.

Orlando: Anthony 21 (8/18, 4/10 of three, 1/1 tl), Carter Jr. 13, Bamba 12. Rebounds: Carter Jr. 10. Assists: Anthony 6.

San Antonio: Murray 20 (9/16, 1/2 da tre, 1/1 tl), Johnson 20, Young/White/Vassell 12. Rimbalzi: Murray 11. Assist: Murray 7.

Portland Trail Blazers-Indiana Pacers 110-106

Lillard continues to throw badly, but this time the Blazers (4-5) still manage to find a way to win, interrupting the streak of 3 consecutive defeats. Dame scores just 4 points, shooting 2/13 from the field, but McCollum takes care of saving his homeland, scoring 27 efficient points. Pacers (3-7), who were without Brogdon and Lamb, as well as without the long-term Warren, ahead 97-90, but unable to settle the score, with Covington’s triple making the difference in the sprint. McConnell’s good match for Indy, who started for once in the quintet, but fails to make a comfortable support to the basket for overtaking with 36 ”on the clock.

Portland: McCollum 27 (6/10, 5/9 da tre), Powell 25, Covington 19. Rimbalzi: Nurkic 9. Assist: Lillard 11.

Indiana:McConnell 19 (5/9, 3/4 of three), Turner 16, Sabonis 15. Rebounds: Sabonis 12. Assists: LeVert / Wanamaker 6.

Minnesota Timberwolves-Los Angeles Clippers 84-104

Third consecutive victory for the Clippers (4-4). They move to Minnesota recovering from the -20 faced in the 2nd quarter up to easily impose themselves on the Wolves, in the fourth consecutive defeat. 21 points (but shooting 4/20 from the field) and 11 rebounds for George, double double of 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Croatian center Zubac. Practically Minny (3-5), above 10 at the interval, “forgets” to return to the field in the second half, in which he appears on the court only for contractual obligations. In the second 24 ‘he shoots with 22% from the field scoring just 27 points.

Minnesota:Towns 20 (4/6, 3/5 da tre, 3/3 tl), Beasley 18, Edwards 17. Rimbalzi: Towns 8. Assist: McLaughlin 5.

The Angels: George 21 (4/13, 0/7 da tre, 13/14 tl), Jackson 20, Tooth 14. Rimbalzi: Tooth 14. Assist: George 6.

Sacramento Kings-Charlotte Hornets 140-110

Comfortable victory of the Kings (5-4) who dominate shooting with 55% from the field. Holmes goes crazy, scoring 23 points, but above all pulling down 20 rebounds, his career high, Hield achieves 8 of the 22 team triples, and the Californians transform the match against Ball and his team mates into an exhibition. The Hornets (5-5) in the third knockout in a row, were without Washington, injured in his left elbow, will also miss the next game.

Sacramento:Hield 26 (1/1, 8/17 from three), Holmes 23, Fox 21. Bounces: Holmes 20. Assist: Fox 9.

Charlotte:Hayward 25 (7/11, 3/6 da tre, 2/2 tl), Ball 24, Martin 12. Rimbalzi: Plumlee 6. Assist: Ball 13.

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Durant’s sprint launches the Nets in Detroit, Golden State crushes New Orleans