Ten games were on the night’s program in the NBA, and notably saw Golden State offer a great victory over Milwaukee after overtime, and Sacramento going to win at Phoenix in an important game for the Western podium.
As soon as they play at home, it goes much better for the Warriors! After three straight away defeats, the Californians returned to their Chase Center for a clash between the last two champions, against Milwaukee. And they won 125-116 after extra time! While they seemed to have the game in hand, with a thirteen-point lead in the third quarter, the Warriors saw the Bucks come back in the last quarter, and lead 100-108 with 2’05 remaining. But Stephen Curry came out of his box to register three three-point baskets and a lay-up, block a shot from Jrue Holiday three seconds from the buzzer, and thus snatch the extension (111-111).
An extension where the former MVP has again done wonders, scoring nine points out of the fourteen of his team. He finished with 36 points on the clock (13/27 on shots including 6/15 at 3pts), including 22 in the last quarter and during overtime. In the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo (wrist), Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton scored 19 points apiece for the Bucks.
Sacramento and Memphis tied
Also in the West, Sacramento and Memphis are tied for second place behind Denver, after their respective wins in Phoenix and Dallas. The Kings struck a blow in Arizona by winning 119-128. Even if Kevin Durant was absent, the Suns remain a very big team, but Sacramento finished strong going 13-4 in the final 3’39. Harrison Barnes (19pts), De’Aaron Fox (18pts) and Malik Monk (18pts) shone, and the Kings bench finished with 65 points.
Opposite, Devin Booker’s 28 points, Chris Paul’s 16 assists and Deandre Ayton’s 12 rebounds were not enough. Meanwhile, Memphis edged Dallas 112-108 in a game that was without superstars Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic and Ja Morant. The Texans of Tim Hardaway Jr (23pts) however led by eleven points at the start of the last quarter, before collapsing, the fault in particular of the rookie of the Grizzlies David Roddy, author of his career record, with 24 points, including 17 in the last quarter.
Good operation for Boston, Hayes loses but shows
In the East, Boston returns to a game and a half of the leader Milwaukee, thanks to its beautiful victory 125-1345 in Atlanta, in a match where the Celtics took control at the quarter of an hour of play and did not let them go. . The duo Jayson Tatum (34pts, 15rbds, 6pds) – Jaylen Brown (24pts, 7pds) has done wonders again. Trae Young’s 35 points and 13 assists weren’t enough for the Hawks, who are eighth. Sixth, New York conceded a third defeat in a row, on the floor of the Clippers (106-95), after a match where the Californians made the difference in the last quarter (30-21).
Kawhi Leonard scored 38 points and Immanuel Quickley 26. Miami (7th) for its part lost the Californian derby to Orlando (13th) after extra time: 126-114, despite a Jimmy Butler at 38 points, including 15 in the last six minutes of the last quarter to snatch the extension. Finally, Detroit conceded its 53rd defeat of the season, against Indiana (115-121), but was able to count on a good Killian Hayes, author of 17 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists (career record tied).
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Saturday March 11, 2023
Los Angeles Clippers – New York Knicks : 106-95
Stats of Nicolas Batum (LAC): 16 minutes of play, 2 points (1/4 on shots including 0/3 to 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 foul
Moussa Diabate (LAC) was not in the group
Evan Fournier (NYK) did not play, by decision of the coach
Charlotte Hornets – Utah Jazz : 111-119
Théo Maledon (CHA) was not in the group
Orlando Magic – Miami Heat : 126-114 ap
Detroit Pistons – Indiana Pacers : 115-121
Stats of Killian Hayes (DET): 37 minutes of play, 17 points (7/17 on shots including 0/4 to 3pts, 3/4 on free throws), 6 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals, 1 against, 5 lost balls, 1 foul
Memphis Grizzlies – Dallas Mavericks : 112-108
Frank Ntilikina (DAL) did not play, by decision of the coach
New Orleans Pelicans – Oklahoma City Thunder : 96-110
Ousmane Dieng’s stats (OKC): 7 minutes of play, 3 points (0/2 on shots including 0/2 to 3pts, 3/4 on free throws), 2 rebounds, 1 interception, 1 foul
Olivier Sarr (OKC) was not in the group
Atlanta Hawks – Boston Celtics : 125-134
Houston Rockets – Chicago Bulls : 111-119
Golden State Warriors – Milwaukee Bucks : 125-116 ap
Phoenix Suns – Sacramento Kings : 119-128