The Sixers are in control, Denver is doing it, Miami is on its way
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Los Angeles (AFP) – Philadelphia brings Chicago down to earth, Denver defeats Houston on the wire, Miami still in great shape against Utah: the summary of Saturday night in the NBA.
Philly does not succeed at the Bulls. The Chicago franchise suffered its second defeat in three days against the Sixers (114-105), which darkens its good start to the season.
The soap opera Ben Simmons, named after the leader who went to the showdown to leave Philadelphia, does not seem to shake the franchise in the least.
In Chicago, it was Joel Embiid who took responsibility for the Sixers, with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Furkan Koremaz, entered during the match, follows him with 25 points and an impressive success behind the racket: 7/9 three-point shots successful.
Zach LaVine (32 pts), best scorer of the meeting, and DeMar DeRozan (25 pts), did the job on the Bulls side but the rest of the team did not follow.
What propel Philly (8 wins, 2 losses) alone at the top of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls, they join a quartet at 6-3 between 3rd and 6th place.
– Denver on the wire-
Thanks Nikola Jokic! Denver owes a lot of credit to its Serbian center. In addition to 28 points and 14 rebounds, he especially saved the Nuggets at the crucial moment, with a counter to the buzzer on Jae’Sean Tate to seal a victory of one point (95-94).
Aaron Gordon had conveniently put the Nuggets ahead by passing two three-point baskets in the final two minutes.
At the right time, especially since Denver was illustrated this evening by a calamitous address on three-point shots: 22.5% success.
And here is the Nuggets who pocket their second consecutive victory, while Houston does not stop sinking with this seventh loss in a row.
Miami cools Utah
Miami offered its sixth victory in seven matches, against Utah (118-115) with the added bonus of a triple-double from its rear Kyle Lowry (20 pts, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).
At home, the Heat had a good collective performance in attack, with 29 points from Tyler Herro and 27 from Jimmy Butler.
The Florida franchise, still tied (74-74) in the third quarter, took off early in the last period, scoring 25 points in less than 7 minutes.
It took that to keep the Jazz at bay: Utah almost managed to pick up by attacking the Heat with three-point shots. Donovan Mitchel, who passed 4/15, finished best scorer of the meeting with 37 points.
The Lakers fall, Doncic on the buzzer
Elsewhere, the Lakers, deprived of LeBron James, sank against Portland (105-90). They had to resort to aging Carmelo Anthony (12 pts) and lost Anthony Davis, victim of an upset stomach.
The Trail Blazers were able to count on Damian Lillard, author of 25 points, to go to 5-5 and come back to the height of the play-offs.
Dallas won against Boston (107-104) with a three-point basket from Luka Doncic at the buzzer.
Finally, Phoenix, led by 12 points at the start of the last quarter, managed to turn the tide against Atlanta to win (121-117) with 38 points from Devin Booker.
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