NBA: Los Angeles Clippers unroll, Denver Nuggets forceps

The downside of Utah Jazz among the New Orleans Pelicans benefited the Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic droppers (122-95) and the Denver Nuggets, battered at the Golden State Warriors (134-131).

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers unroll, Denver Nuggets forceps

Orlando ran out of juice
Winner surprise Wednesday night of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Magic failed to repeat the performance Thursday night against the other franchise in the city, the Clippers (122-95). The Floridian team, which found Evan Fournier (15 points to 6/15), absent the day before, clearly did not have the same energy or the same address (39.1%) to oppose Kawhi Leonard (32 points 12/20 in 30 minutes) and others. Doc Rivers’ men managed the game fairly quietly and took off during the second quarter (67-48 at the break).

The substantial contribution – a habit among the Angelins – of the bench (59 points including 21 for Montrezl Harrell) made it possible to compensate for the good outings of Aaron Gordon (20 points) and Nicolas Vucevic (22 points, 9 rebounds) on the Magic side. This second success in a row has the effect of keeping Los Angeles (29v-13d) in the wake of Denver (29v-12d), which took second place at Utah Jazz, beaten by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Denver is doing well
The Nuggets, precisely, lived a very complicated evening in the Chase Center of the Golden State Warriors, to which he lacked only a hint of defence to seek a tenth victory this season (defeat 131-134, a.p.). In energy, Steve Kerr’s men have long stood up to their opponent, carried by their address to three points (20/45, 44.4%) and despite the dominance in the rebound in Denver (56 taken against 41). A three-point basket by Eric Paschall, registered 16 seconds from the buzzer allowed Golden State to take two points ahead (113-111) but Nikola Jokic, omnipresent (23 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists but 8 balls) lost) equalized in the process.

Particularly in view on the game, Alec Burks (25 points) had the match ball in hand but he missed his attempt by three points to the buzzer. In overtime, the Nuggets then took the lead (128-121), thanks in particular to Will Barton (31 points, 7 assists) and were no longer joined. D’Angelo Russell (19 points, 9 assists) still had an opportunity to equalize from a distance, in vain. Denver, who now has three straight wins (a first since Christmas), did not really reassure as the team lost Jamal Murray, its leader (ankle), for a few matches.

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