NBA: the Nets scratched by the Grizzlies, Chicago and Golden State advance

The Grizzlies are one of the surprise teams of the season. Their 4th place in the West, reinforced by this fifth victory in a row (118-104), rewards a workforce, the second youngest in the League, which defends well, excels in counter-attack and has in Morant a pure- blood.

The latter sparkled (36 pts, 8 assists), on the nose and beard of Kevin Durant (26 pts at 8/24) and James Harden (19 pts, 8 assists) inside. He was impeccably seconded by Desmond Bane (29 pts), Killian Tillie proving little in sight (0 pt, 4 rebounds, 2 interceptions, 1 against).

Evidenced by this third setback, the Nets are going through a delicate pass. Suffice to say that the return of Kyrie Irving, scheduled for Wednesday in Indiana, is expected.

In a reversed dynamic, the Bulls take the lead in the lead, thanks to an 8th victory in a row, against Orlando (102-98). DeMar DeRozan (29 pts), who remained on two three-point victorious shots at the buzzer against Indiana and Washington, was again decisive with two free throws sealing the meeting in the final seconds.

Zach LaVine (27 pts) contributed, Nikola Vucevic did a big job inside (13 pts, 17 rebounds).

In third place in the East, the Bucks, who were aiming for a 7th success in a row, missed their match (115-106) against the Pistons of Saddiq Bey (34 pts, 8 rebounds) and Killian Hayes, discreet (5 pts, 4 assists).

Despite the late awakening of Giannis Antetokounmpo (31 pts, 10 rebounds, 7 assists), Milwaukee could not recover a deficit of 13 units in the last two minutes.

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Philadelphia has fairly widely disposed Houston (133-113), thanks to Joel Embiid, author of a strong triple-double (31 pts, at 12/20, 15 rebounds, 10 assists).

The Sixers remain 6th in front of Washington, winner of Charlotte (124-121) at the finish, relying on Bradley Beal (35 pts, 8 assists, 7 rebounds) and Kyle Kuzma (36 pts, 14 rebounds).

In the West, the Warriors were all the more solid to overcome the Heat (115-108), that Stephen Curry was not there for much, weighed down by a big breakdown of address (3 / 17, 9 points, 10 assists).

While waiting for the return of Klay Thompson, hoped for Sunday against Cleveland, the Californians were able to rely on Jordan Poole, excellent off the bench (32 pts), Andrew Wiggins (22 pts) and Draymond Green, who has multiplied (5 pts, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 blocks).

Miami side (4th in the East), more than the defeat, it is the seriousness of the injury to the right ankle of Jimmy Butler (22 pts) that concerns.

Earlier, Utah consolidated its third position by winning in New Orleans (115-104), thanks in particular to Donovan Mitchell (29 pts), Rudy Gobert shining especially in defense (10 pts, 17 rebounds, 2 cons).

Dallas jumped to 6th place, just behind Denver, which he beat (103-89) rather easily. Luka Doncic was complete (21 pts, 15 assists, 8 rebounds), as was Nikola Jokic (27 pts, 16 rebounds, 3 assists) with the Nuggets.

In 7th place, the Clippers, still deprived of many executives (Leonard, George, Batum), gave in at home against Minnesota (122-104).

Finally in Portland, the Blazers (12th) and Anfernee Simmons, author of a 9/16 long distance (43 pts), had the last word on Atlanta (136-131), despite an exceptional performance from Trae Young (56 pts, 14 assists).

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NBA: the Nets scratched by the Grizzlies, Chicago and Golden State advance