Aurélien CANOT, Media365, published on Thursday January 13, 2022 at 09:45
Still deprived of Rudy Gobert, Utah recorded Wednesday at home against Cleveland its fourth loss in a row, also the fourth in a row since the Frenchman is absent. New defeat also for the Lakers, who collapsed in the third quarter on the Sacramento floor. In the Eastern Conference clash, Brooklyn comfortably beat Chicago at the Bulls. Charlotte, who remained on sixteen defeats in a row against Philadelphia, stopped the black series.
For Jazz, it is high time Rudy Gobert comes back. It should even be said that it is urgent, given thatUtah has lost everything since the French pivot was caught by the Covid-19 a year and a half after being the NBA’s patient zero, the Salt Lake City franchise played its fourth game against Cleveland on Wednesday since the league’s three-time best defenseman was forced into self-isolation. The first three games without « Gobzilla », the Jazz had played (and lost) on the road. With the return home, Utah hoped to be able to stop the bleeding, even without Gobert, but it didn’t work. It must be said that the fourth in the Western Conference was also deprived for this meeting of all its pivots, since Hassan Whiteside and Udoka Azubuike were not there either.
Difficult in these conditions to avoid a fourth loss in a row, and moreover dry (111-91), against the Cavs of Lamar Stephens, who took the opportunity to beat his career points record (23), and young point guard Darius Garland, author of the first double-double of his life (10 points, 15 assists, personal record of assists). Unlike the Jazz, the Lakers seemed to be doing better lately. Unfortunately for their fans, LeBron James (34 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) and his teammates, back to balance (21 wins – 21 losses) quickly fell back into their ways. And Wednesday, the Californians, already beaten in their previous outing, fell again, on the floor of Sacramento (125-116).
The shock for the Nets, Charlotte beats Philadelphia for the first time in five years!
Russell Westbrook, still completely irrelevant (8 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists to 2 of 14 on shots) and chambered by the local announcer, and his family collapsed in the third quarter (40-23) against the Kings and a Harrison Barnes in a very good evening (23 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists). Kevin Durant (27 points, 9 assists) and James Harden (25 points, 16 assists) also pulled out all the stops to allow Brooklyn to hurt Chicago very badly on their floor (138-112) in the shock at the top of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls nevertheless retain first place in the standings ahead of their executioner. Lower in the ranking, Philadelphia (5th) hosted Charlotte (7th). Unable to beat the Sixers for five years (sixteen straight losses), the Hornets ended the black series by becoming the first team to bring down Phily in 2022 (109-98). Despite Joel Embiid’s eighth consecutive game over thirty points (31), the Sixers, who remained on seven successes, failed to climb into the big eight and continue their incredible dynamic against the men of Carolina North before this game. Gordon Hayward, author of 30 points (7 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) has a lot to do with it.
BASKET – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Indiana Pacers- Boston Celtics : 100 – 119
Philadelphia 76ers- Charlotte Hornets : 98 – 109
washington wizards – Orlando Magic: 112 – 106
Atlanta Hawks- Miami Heat : 91 – 115
New York Knicks – Dallas Mavericks: 108 – 85
San Antonio Spurs- Houston Rockets : 124 – 128
Utah Jazz- Cleveland Cavaliers : 91 – 111
Chicago Bulls- Brooklyn Nets : 112 – 138
Sacramento Kings – Los Angeles Lakers: 125 – 116