Surprise at the Barclays Center with the success of Philadelphia. Giannis From applause, the Bucks went to fifth. Washington Bell found and outperformed Cleveland. The Covid Nuggets-Warriors emergency has been canceled
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In a program deprived of its spotlight, the game between the Nuggets and Warriors, the eleventh game of the season was postponed (Denver did not reach its minimum 8 players available), the spotlight was on Brooklyn, surprised at Barclays Center by the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid , the absolute protagonist with 34 points. The 33 points scored by Kevin Durant and James Harden were not enough for the Nets. The Milwaukee Bucks also won in Orlando, trailing the usual Giannis Antetokounmue (33 points) and the Washington Wizards of Bradley Bell Retriever (29 points) against Cleveland.
Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers 102-110
The Nets (23-10) found Kevin Durant, out for two weeks due to health protocol, but were defeated at the Barclays Center by the Philadelphia 76ers (19-16), the champions of the very distinguished collective performance. It was a great match on a technical level, both in terms of individual play and in the offensive construction. The Doc Rivers (replaced with assistant coach Dan Burke on the bench) enjoyed the field and embraced the competition in a conscious way. Philadelphia has always given the feeling that it can win since the first quarter, colored by 39 points and a certain simplicity of finding the bottom of the retina. Joel Embiid dominated class and brutality, making everything seem easy at times. It is his strength that distinguishes him from others. Smooth, harmonious and effective executions accompanied by embarrassing physical superiority. For him, 34 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals in 32 minutes. Crucial for the Sixers was also, if not above all, Seth Curry (17 points) and Teresi Maxi (25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists), both of whom were crucial with the three-point shooting in the final possession. Maxi, in particular, was an arc destroyer with a 5/8 shot and discredited his attacking half. Brooklyn played flashes of blissful basketball in attack, thanks to the two phenomenal lining up side by side once again. James Harden finished with an impressive hat-trick of 33 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists (sixth of the season), while Durant added another 33 points (14 in the third quarter) shooting 13/24 off the field. KD was an original show, made all the more significant by the fact that it was often marked by one of the best NBA defenders, Matisse Thybulle. But, as we know, with Durant, a good defense is not enough. He is always the one who decides. The real problem for the nets in this match was not finding a reliable defensive response against Embiid. Difficulties in the three-point shot (7/27) and 17 turns were the rest.
Brooklyn:Durant 33 (13/24, 3/8 da Tre, 4/6 tl), Harden 33, Aldridge 12. Rimpalze: Harden 14. Assist: Harden 10.
Philadelphia: Embiid 34 (11/23, 3/5 of three, 9/12 TL), Maxi 25, Carrey 17. Rebound: Drummond 10. Assist: Carrey 6.
Orlando Magic-Milwaukee Bucks 118-136
Milwaukee escapes (24-13) between the third and fourth innings and returns with the fifth success in a row at Orlando Magic Stadium (7-29) with star Giannis Antetokounmue with 33 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. The Bucks showed their greatest completeness and depth to the roster, finding the right moment to give themselves the decisive thrust and win. A very strong team that knows how to read matches and often interprets them in the right way. The Bucks are not the NBA champions by chance. Johnny Holiday scored 25 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks, while Khris Middleton finished with 22 points and 6 assists. Excellent impact also for DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins with 15 points (5/7) shot, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 16 minutes from the bench. In Magic, 39 points combined by the Wagner brothers. Orlando was never able to curb Milwaukee’s superior attack in every way.
Orlando:Wagner 20 (6/12, 2/3 da tre, 6/6 tl), M. Wagner 19, Harris 17. Rimbalzi: Carter Jr. 10. Help: Hampton 5.
Milwaukee: Antetokounmpo 33 (13/22, 1/4 da tre, 6/6 tl), Holiday 25, Middleton 22. Rimbalzi: Antetokounmpo 12. Assist: Holiday 7.
Washington Wizards – Cleveland Cavaliers 110-93
Bradley Beal returns after 12 days of absence due to Covid protocol and restores the Wizards (18-17), pulling them to domestic success against the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-15). As for the Washington star, the performance of 29 points, shooting 13/23 from the field, 10 assists and 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. The team coached by Wes Unseld Jr. dominated the second half, building their lead in the third quarter (won 33-21) thanks to 16-2. It wasn’t just Washington Peel. Kyle Kuzma scored 25 points (shooting 11/17) and 10 rebounds, while Daniel Gaford scored 5 blocks, 11 points and 9 rebounds. Cleveland was affected by the absences, especially the absences of Garland and Rubio in the backcourt. Kevin Love’s 24 points and 11 rebounds were useless, as well as 21 for rookie Evan Mobley. The Cavs have to find their balance.
Washington: Beal 29 (13/23, 2/5 da tre, 1/1 tl), Kuzma 25, Avdija 13. Rimbalzi: Kuzma 10. Help: Beal 10.
Cleveland: Love 24 (7/15, 4/10 da tre, 6/8 TL), Mobley 21, Okoro / Markkanen 11. Rimbalzi: Love 11. Help: Pangos 6.
December 31 – 09:34
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