Bulls unleashed again: paved Detroit. Phoenix struggles in Toronto

DeRozan drags Chicago, Suns stop Raptors’ streak. Hits for Washington, New Orleans and the Clippers

Simone Sandri

@simonesandri

The Suns put an end to the Raptors’ streak of six consecutive hits, the Bulls dominate the Pistons while the Beal-free Wizards outrun the Thunder.

Toronto Raptors-Phoenix Suns 95-99

The Suns (31-9) take care of slowing down the pace of the Raptors (20-18), returning from six consecutive victories. While committing too many turnover (20) Phoenix manages to get the better of Toronto thanks to Crowder’s good mood from the perimeter and the usual leadership of Chris Paul (15 points and 12 assists). The visiting team definitively passes to lead to 1’02 ” from the siren with the medium-distance basket signed by Booker, the free in the final of Ayton then seal the success for the Arizona team.

Toronto:Anunoby 25 (5/7, 4/13, 3/6 tl), Siakam 22, VanVleet 21. Rimbalzi: Boucher 16. Assist: Siakam 7.

Phoenix: Crowder 19 (2/3, 5/11), Ayton, Booker 16. Rimbalzi: Ayton 9. Assist: Paul 12.

Chicago Bulls-Detroit Pistons 133-87

Total domination of the Bulls (27-11) who, after a decent first half, start off like a rocket in the second half and run away, ending the discussion already in the final stages of the third quarter. Chicago scores the first 17 points of the third fraction, escapes at +26 and knocks out the unfortunate Pistons (9-31). Twenty points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for DeRozan who, with the result largely in the icebox, remains on the bench to catch his breath for the entire last quarter.

Chicago:Vucevic 22 (8/16, 2/4), DeRozan 20, Ball 18. Rimbalzi: DeRozan 12. Assist: DeRozan, LaVine 7.

Detroit:Jackson 16 (5/8, 1/5, 3/3 tl), Bey 14, Stewart 11. Rimbalzi: Cunningham, Diallo, Stewart 7. Assist: Hayes 5.

Washington Wizards-Oklahoma City 122-118

Even without Beal, in the pits due to the Covid protocol, the Wizards (21-20) manage to get the better of the Thunder (13-27). Washington goes on to lead with Caldwell-Pope’s triple table with 30 ” from the end to then close the speech with the free kick of a decisive Kuzma once again (29 points). 22 points and 10 assists, on the other hand, for an excellent Dinwiddie.

Washington:Kuzma 29 (11/13, 1.4, 4/7 tl), Dinwiddie 22, Caldwell-Pope 16. Rebounds: Harrell, Gafford 7. Assist: Dinwiddie 10.

Oklahoma City:Gilgeous-Alexander 32 (12/20, 1/2, 5/6 tl), Giddey 18, Dort 17. Rimbalzi: Bazley 9. Assist: Giddey, Gilgeous-Alexander 8.

New Orleans Pelicans-Minnesota Timberwolves 128-125

A pyrotechnic final rewards the Pelicans (15-26) who, dragged by a super Ingram (33 points with 6/7 from long distance), knock out the Timberwolves (20-21). Minnesota equalized the score three seconds from the siren with Russell’s basket but Ingram’s splendid triple two seconds later gave the hosts the success.

New Orleans:Ingram 33 (5/12, 6/7, 5/5 tl), Hart 21, Jones 14. Rimbalzi: Valanciunas 12. Assist: Alexander-Walker 6.

Minnesota:Edwards 28 (4/9, 6/12, 2/2 tl), Towns 26, Russell, Beasley 18. Rimbalzi: Towns 8. Assist: Russel 10.

Los Angeles Clippers-Denver Nuggets 87-85

Victory of character for the Clippers (21-21) who recover a deficit of 25 points and after scoring only 28 points in the first half play a great basketball in the second half and overtake the Nuggets (20-19). Denver just on the siren does not find the equalizer with an excellent Gordon (30 points and 12 rebounds) whose conclusion comes and goes, thus giving the home team success.

Los Angeles Clippers: Coffey 18 (3/4, 3/7, 3/3 tl), Mann, Jackson 13. Rimbalzi: Ibaka 9. Assist: Bledsoe 9.

Denver: Gordon 30 (10/12, 1/4, 7/7 tl), Jokic 21, Green 12. Rimbalzi: Jokic 13. Assist: Jokic 8.

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Bulls unleashed again: paved Detroit. Phoenix struggles in Toronto

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