NBA: Milwaukee remains flawless, the Lakers finally emerge

NBA: Milwaukee remains flawless, the Lakers finally emerge

Milwaukee Bucks Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots in the home win against the Detroit Pistons on November 2, 2022 Patrick McDermott

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks (32 points, 12 rebounds) picked up their seventh victim in as many games, winning 116-91 against Detroit on Wednesday, during an NBA night also marked by success in sweeping the Lakers against New Orleans (120-117). app).

At the beginning of the season, nothing can resist Milwaukee, and certainly not the Detroit Pistons, dragged by the troops of Antetokounmpo, who boosted his double-double with five interceptions and four assists. The Greek giant was well supported in attack by Jrue Holiday, author of 26 points including four three-pointers.

Leading from the first quarter, the Pistons watched the score inexorably mount, posting their seventh loss in nine games, the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

This wide success, on the other hand, allows the Bucks to maintain the lead alone, resisting the galloping Cavaliers, who validated a sixth consecutive success (for a loss) at the end of the suspense against the Boston Celtics (114-113 ap. ).

In this clash, Cleveland was able to count on the decisive contribution of Darius Garland, after an eye injury. Absent for five days, the young leader of the Cavs (22) has accumulated 29 points, 12 assists and five rebounds. Late in the game, Donovan Mitchell (25 total points), recently traded from Utah, joined the game, Jaylen Brown missed the Celtics’ winning basket (4 v., 3 d.) at the buzzer.

“I felt good from my first successful shot, it didn’t bother my eye,” commented Darius Garland, who is entering his fourth season with the Cavs. “We were particularly aggressive in the last five minutes and I’m very happy with this win,” added the 2022 All Stars, while also being pleased with Mitchell’s performance.

“He contributes a lot to the team. (…) He participated many times in the play-off and brings that experience (…). It helped me a lot,” he pointed out.

– 33 pts for Doncic –

In the Western Conference, it is not yet time for great celebrations for the Lakers, but the LA franchise, after opening its match against the Nuggets on Sunday, registered a second success, against New Orleans (120-117 ap) , one of the teams. fit at the start of the season.

If LeBron James achieved the double-double (20 pts, 10 rebounds), the Californian hero of the day is called Matt Ryan, author of the buzzer of a three-point basket that allows the Lakers to push the Pelicans to overtime, in 111 everywhere. .

Throughout the game, it was Lonnie Walker IV who was the leading scorer (28 points) for LA, now in search of a more balanced record: it is currently 2-5.

The game was almost the same in Portland, where the Blazers lost 111-106 to Memphis, with 29 points from wing Desmond Bane.

In the standings, the Grizzlies (5-3) are getting closer to Portland (5-2), who, on the other hand, are missing out on a chance to join the Phoenix Suns (6-1) at the top of the conference

Finally, in Dallas, Slovenian Luka Doncic continued his streak by recording 30 or more points for the seventh time this season (33 in this case, accompanied by 11 assists), in the Mavericks’ victory over the Utah Jazz ( 103-100).

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