Bucks 7 meraviglie. Boston passa a Toronto, Memphis umilia i Kings

Milwaukee wins the seventh game in a row, breaking Indianapolis and returning to the Eastern elite. Smart decisive for the Celtics in Canada

Davide Chinellato


The champions are back. Milwaukee wins the seventh game in a row, winning the Pacers home and putting the problems of the beginning of the season behind him, waiting to understand if DeMarcus Cousins ​​can be really useful. Boston smiles again by breaking Toronto, Memphis begins the series of games without the injured Ja Morant giving a lesson in Sacramento.

Indiana Pacers-Milwaukee Bucks 100-118

The seventh wonder. Milwaukee (won 13-lost 8 so far) makes the difference in the third quarter in Indianapolis and takes the seventh straight win, a series that put the Bucks back in the Eastern elite after a slow start due to injuries. “We are playing together and everyone is helping out: everything we went through last year has given us more awareness of what we can do,” said Jrue Holiday (23 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists), with Giannis Antetokounmpo ( 26 points, 13 rebounds and other gifts at the end of the games for two small fans) the best among the champions, ready to increase the depth in the role of center (Brook Lopez only played in the opening night) giving yet another chance for redemption to DeMarcus Cousins, who will sign an unsecured contract until the end of the season. Indiana (9-13) closes with 5 players in double figures but 41.3% shooting, fatal when the difficult evenings of Malcolm Brogdon (16 points but only two assists) and Domantas Sabonis (4 points and 1/8 shooting, never so bad this year) for the second defeat in the last three races.

Indiana: LeVert 23 (5/8 of two, 4/5 of three, 1/2 free throws), Brogdon 16, Holiday 10, Duarte 10, McConnell 10. Rebounds: Sabonis 10. Assists: Sabonis 5.

Milwaukee: G. Antetokounmpo 26 (10/13, 0/2, 6/10 tl), Holiday 23, Portis 15. Rimbalzi: G. Antetokounmpo 13. Assist: Holiday 9.

Toronto Raptors-Boston Celtics 97-109

Upload Celtics. With a 14-2 run in the fourth period on which he builds his maximum advantage (98-85 with 5’57 “to play), Boston (11-10) overcomes Jayson Tatum’s bad night and moves to Toronto (9- 12) to return to winning after two knockouts With Tatum limited to 8 points with 2/16 shooting, a disaster partially offset by 10 assists, and Jaylen Brown still running in (16 points), the hero of the Celtics is Marcus Smart, who slips 16 of his 21 points in the second half dragging the team into the decisive moment. Al Horford still good, 17 points and 11 rebounds. Toronto pays 37.6% from the field and the absence of two owners, the injured Gary Trent and OG Anunoby, to which Goran Dragic is added before the game, on indefinite leave to solve a personal problem. The Raptors were not enough with the usual 27 points, combative Fred VanVleet to avoid the third defeat in 4 games.

Toronto: VanVleet 27 (3/6, 5/10, 6/7 tl), Barnes 21, Siakam 18. Rebounds: Achiuwa 9. Assist: Siakam 5.

Boston: Smart 21 (3/6, 4/10, 3/3 tl), Horford 17, Brown 16. Rimbalzi: Horford 11. Assist: Smart 10.

Memphis Grizzlies-Sacramento Kings 128-101

Lesson. Memphis (10-10) dominates Sacramento from start to finish (8-13) to take their first win without Ja Morant and close a two-defeat streak. The most productive was Dillon Brooks (21 points), but the Grizzlies worked as a team, especially in defense (Kings kept 34% shooting) to make up for the star’s absence. Sacramento loses for the second time in four games with Alvin Gentry at the helm and already proves he didn’t get into the bad habit of getting depressed at the first difficulty he had in the Walton era.

Memphis: Brooks 21 (7/11, 1/6, 4/4 tl), Bane 18, Jackson 17. Rimbalzi: Adams 12. Assist: Jones 8.

Sacramento: Hield 14 (4/8, 1/9, 3/3 tl), Davis 13, Fox 12, King 12. Rimbalzi: Metu 11. Assist: Mitchell 6.

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Bucks 7 meraviglie. Boston passa a Toronto, Memphis umilia i Kings