Five French people were on the NBA courts tonight. And the prize for the best performance goes to Nicolas Batum. The former Le Mans recalled the beautiful memories of his former Charlotte Hornets team. With 21 points, all scored behind the three-point line (7/10 in the exercise), combined with 7 rebounds and 2 assists, « Batman » has largely contributed to the collective success of the Los Angeles Clippers (126-105).
Full for the first time this season, the Californians have chained a tenth victory in a row against Charlotte. Théo Maledon did not weigh statistically on the meeting with only 3 points and 4 assists in 17 minutes. But the leader of the Hornets can boast of having made equal play with the opposing bench, with a positive plus minus (+2), despite his 4 ball losses.
Gobert bows to Ntilikina
At Target Center, the rematch was between Minnesota and Dallas. Victorious yesterday, Minnesota lost this time despite a great Rudy Gobert (104-99). Back after missing the last three games with an ankle injury, the pivot dominated the opposing racket with 19 points, 9/11 shooting, and 15 rebounds. Not enough for his Timberwolves to win against an untenable Luka Doncic.
The Slovenian made the Minnesota defense dizzy and flirted with the triple double (25 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds). Frank Ntilikina was satisfied with crumbs. In 10 minutes, he scored only 2 points, on the free throw line, to which he added 1 rebound and 1 assist.
Holder in the lead with Detroit, Killian Hayes was once again shown to be delicate with his shot, which did not prevent him from being the second leading scorer for the Pistons. In the large defeat against Philadelphia (93-113), the seventh choice of the 2020 draft scored 12 points at 40% shooting (6/15 including 0/2 at three points), combined with 4 assists and 2 rebounds
Last Frenchman in the running, Evan Fournier did not – once again – come into play with the New York Knicks. The rear has not stepped on an NBA floor since November 13.