Lillard is back, Portland fold Philadelphia. The usual Giannis: 32 points, 20 rebounds

Blazers still unbeatable at home, Dame scores 39 points with a 14/14 from the line. Antetokounmpo dominates the Magic

Riccardo Pratesi


It’s Dame Time again. It took him some time, in this start of the season, to fuel, but Lillard seems to be back, and the Blazers, thanks to the newly found driver, confirm themselves untouchable at home, where they bend Philadelphia. In the NBA night games under the magnifying glass, successes also for Milwaukee, Utah and Minnesota.

Portland Trail Blazers-Philadelphia 76ers 118-111

The Blazers take their eighth consecutive victory at the Moda Center, climbing over 50% of wins this season, 9 won and 8 lost, now. Lillard finally offers an offensive performance adequate to his fame: he scores 39 points, relentless from the line, 14/14. Philly (9-8) still without Embiid, but who at least found Thybulle, returns -2 with 6 ‘to play, but an 8-0 run with Dame, Nurkic and Powell as protagonists Coach Billups’ team closes the score. The Blazers shoot with 50% of the field, 23/23 from the line. Lillard enjoys the season’s maximum points and explains: “The home factor is our secret power this year. It is the game in which I have shot the most free throws so far, I have tried to be aggressive, the defense is growing, winning three games in a row gives us confidence “. The travel sickness (1-7) still remains to be treated, however… Philly has a nice Maxey, but without Embiid, Simmons and Green can do nothing but stick to the Blazers until the end and hope for a miracle. Which, however, does not arrive.

Portland: Lillard 39 (5/8, 5/13, 14/14 t.l.), McCollum 18. Powell 17. Rimbalzi: Nurkic 11. Assist: Lillard 7.

Philadelphia: Maxey / Harris 28, Niang 15. Rimbalzi: Harris 8. Assist: Maxey 9.

Milwaukee Bucks-Orlando Magic 117-108

Ascent tests for the Bucks (9-8) who win for the third consecutive time. Against Orlando, in the fifth defeat in the last six outings, with the worst record in the East, 4-13, they also lead by 29 points, dragged by the usual imperious Giannis Antetokoumpo who closes with 32 points and 20 rebounds per match report. Portis gives him a hand, showing off the seasonal maximum, 24 points. The Magic were without Anthony, their top scorer, stopped by a sprained right ankle against Brooklyn. The two teams will compete again, also in Wisconsin, on Monday night.

Milwaukee: G. Antetokounmpo 32 (7/13, 1/3, 15/23 tl), Portis 24, Allen 16. Rimbalzi: G. Antetokounmpo. Assist: Middleton 8.

Orlando: Hampton 19 (1/3, 5/9, 2/2 t.l.), Suggs 14, Okeke/Mulder 13. Rimbalzi: Bamba 7. Assist: Hampton 9.

Sacramento Kings-Utah Jazz 105-123

The Jazz (11-5) remain untouchable for the Kings (6-11) who beat for the sixth time in a row, exacerbating the crisis. Coach Walton’s team, at risk of exemption, lose for the seventh time in their last eight outings. The 4th quarter, interrupted for over 10 ‘to clean up after a fan threw up on the court, is a monologue from Utah: 39-25. Mitchell closes with 26 points, Gobert with the fifth consecutive double double, in short, there is no match. The rebound difference is overwhelming: 52-35 for the guests.

Sacramento: Holmes 22 (9/10, 4/5 tl), Barnes 18. Haliburton 17. Rebounds: Barnes 8. Assist: Barnes 5.

Utah: Mitchell 26 (8/15, 3/7, 171 t.l.), Gobert 21, Conley 17. Rimbalzi: Gobert 14. Assist: Mitchell 5.

Minnesota Timberwolves-Memphis Grizzlies 138-95

Little by little. Minny (7-9) takes the third win in a row by dominating Memphis, who forgets the defense in Tennessee. The Grizzlies (8-8) also finish down by 45 points and concede 138 points, a mortal sin. Race without history since the 1st quarter, closed at 40-23 for the owners of the Target Center. Edwards scores 17 in the first period, Russell finishes with 28. Morant closes with 11, the minimum of the season. Coach Jenkins calls his boys’ performance “completely unacceptable”.

Minnesota: Russell 28 (5/6, 4/9, 6/9 t.l.), Edwards 23, Towns 21.

Memphis: Bane 21 (2/5, 4/8, 5/6 tl), Jones 16, Jackson 12. Rebounds: Konchar 7. Assist: Morant 5.

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Lillard is back, Portland fold Philadelphia. The usual Giannis: 32 points, 20 rebounds