Brooklyn ruled the day with leader Chicago, winning the duel at the top of the Eastern Conference. In the West, the Lakers fell in Sacramento.
Brooklyn, with its “Big3” Kevin Durant / James Harden / Kyrie Irving finally restored and performing, ruled the day with the Chicago leader, winning the duel at the top of the Eastern Conference, Wednesday in the NBA, while in the West the Lakers fell in Sacramento.
The clash between the Bulls and the Nets promised a lot. It did not happen, as the dolphin became a shark, making its Illinois prey live in hell (138-112). Associated for the second time this season – Kyrie Irving, unvaccinated, having returned to the Nets only last week for away matches – the three stars of the team have finally justified their salaries.
Durant was clinical (27 pts, 70% shooting success, 9 assists), Harden, in no way bothered by a hyper-extension of the left knee suffered on Tuesday, regaled (25 pts, 16 assists, 7 rebounds). And if Irving (9 pts, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) did not necessarily sparkle, his presence monopolized the opposing attention.
Thus, the Bulls, disoriented in defense, took the water from all sides, without Zach LaVine (22 pts) or DeMar DeRozan (19 pts) could not give the change.
The Hawks in Peril
Chicago sees its lead shrink (27-12) in front of Brooklyn (26-14) and Miami, which consolidated its 3rd place, with an 8th success in ten matches (115-91) among the Hawks who are in distress ( 12th). And this without Jimmy Butler (ankle) or Bam Adebayo (thumb).
As often in these cases, the assassin lives at 21 (pts) on the Miami side, Tyler Herro also brushing against the triple-double (11 assists, 9 rebounds). And as more often than not, the Floridians leaned on their harsh defense, limiting Atlanta’s address to 29% on shots behind the arc they abused. Symbol of these shortcomings, Trae Young, silversmith remained at the dock (15 pts, 5 assists), lacked fighting spirit.
With this third consecutive loss, the Hawks, unrecognizable finalists of the Eastern Conference last year, vegetate in 12th place and see Washington (9th), Boston (10th) and New York (11th) widen the gap. Atlanta was still without Clint Capela (in trouble with an ankle).
The Kings on fire in the racket
In the West, finally, the Lakers were subdued (125-116) on the field of Sacramento, which made the difference in a third quarter-time of fire, won 40-23, and especially in the racket, where the Kings have scored 70% of their baskets.
LeBron James is still struggling (34 pts, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) – he runs at 34.1 points on average over the last twelve matches for seven losses at the finish! – he was still too alone in a team, certainly cruelly deprived of Anthony Davis, but where Russell Westbrook wanders like a ghost (8 pts, at 2/14, 12 rebounds).
NBA. Wednesday’s results: Chicago – Brooklyn 112–138. San Antonio – Houston 124–128. Atlanta – Miami 91–115. New York – Dallas 108–85. Sacramento – LA Lakers 125–116. Utah – Cleveland 91–111. Indiana – Boston 100–119. Philadelphia – Charlotte 98–109. Washington – Orlando 112–106.