Poenix overwhelms Charlotte with 9 players in double figures, surprise stop for Miami. Hits for Portland and Sacramento
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Phoenix finally finds Devin Booker and overwhelms Charlotte at home by sending 9 players in double figures. On the other hand, Miami falls on the Detroit field by surprise, thus avoiding the 15th defeat in a row. Important victories for Portland, which stops Memphis at the last breath at the FedEx Forum, and for Sacramento, led by a masterful Buddy Hield against San Antonio. Finally, the 4th success in a row by Minnesota, which against Dallas (without Doncic) is dragged by Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell.
Phoenix Suns-Charlotte Hornets 137-106
The Phoenix Suns (24-5) find Devin Booker after 7 games and asphalt at home the Charlotte Hornets (16-16) sending 9 players in double figures. A game never in question, with the NBA vice-champions total masters of the field since the two-ball. The advantage of the Suns touched +22 at the interval (69-47) and then gradually increased, even reaching +36. In his return, Booker signed 16 points (6/15 shooting) with 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes, while Chris Paul finished with 14 points and 9 assists. Double double for Deandre Ayton (15 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks) and 19 points off the bench also for his backup JaVale McGee. Bad, very bad indeed, the Hornets from all points of view (36% shooting, 22.2% from three). We saw a huge difference with the Suns.
Phoenix:McGee 19 (9/10, 1/2 tl), Booker 16, Bridges 16. Rimbalzi: Ayton 15. Assist: Paul 9.
Charlotte:Bridges 26 (10/16, 2/6 of three, 4/4 tl), Oubre Jr. 18, Washington 13. Rebounds: Ball 10. Assists: Ball 7.
Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat 100-90
The Pistons (5-24) avoid the 15th consecutive defeat by surprisingly beating the Miami Heat (18-13), always reduced to a flicker in the rotations (just 10 players available but only Caleb Martin in the medical protocol), at the Little Caesars Arena thanks to an excellent second half. Saddiq Bey (26 points), Cade Cunningham (10 assists) and Isaiah Stewart (14 rebounds) featured in the Detroit test. Miami disappointed, especially after half-time. Useless double double by Kyle Lowry (19 points and 10 assists) and yet another great performance from the bench by Max Strus (24 points). Left knee injury for PJ Tucker, will be evaluated in the next few hours.
Detroit: Bey 26 (7/13, 3/6 from three, 9/10 tl), Diallo 15, Jackson 12. Rebounds: Stewart 14. Assist: Cunningham 10.
Miami: Strus 24 (7/16, 4/11 da tre, 6/8 tl), Lowry 19, Dedmon 11. Rimbalzi: Yurtseven 12. Assist: Lowry 10.
Memphis Grizzlies-Portland Trail Blazers 100-105
The Blazers (13-18) interrupt the streak of 5 consecutive successes of the Grizzlies (who had won 10 of the last 11) by winning a tight, torn victory in the final. Memphis (19-12) had the opportunity to equalize at 103 in the final seconds but failed the decisive triple with Desmond Bane. Portland was pushed towards success by Damian Lillard (32 points, 17 scored in the 1st quarter) and Norman Powell (28 points including 20 in the 2nd half), while the superlative performance of Dillon Brooks was not enough for the Grizzlies, who he signed 37 points in 35 ‘.
Memphis:Brooks 37 (12/25, 4/10 and three, 9/9 tl), Adams 13, Anderson / Jackson 11. Rebounds: Adams 9. Assist: Adams 5.
Portland:Lillard 32 (9/19, 3/9 da tre, 11/12 tl), Powell 28, Covington 13. Rimbalzi: Nurkic 11. Assist: Lillard 5.
Sacramento Kings-San Antonio Spurs 121-114
Buddy Hield lights up in the 4th period, scoring 18 of his 29 total points, and allows his Sacramento Kings (13-18) to find the momentum to beat San Antonio (11-18). The boys coached by assistant coach Doug Christie (coach Alvin Gentry, along with 6 other players, included in the Covid protocol) took over the game in the last 12 ‘, despite having technically controlled it from the early stages. In addition to the fiery exploit of Hield (24 points in the final 15 ‘and 7/9 of three), it was Tyrese Haliburton who stole the keys of the game, marvelously interpreting the attacking direction with 27 points and 11 assists. San Antonio, crushed by the points generated by second chance (27-11), did not follow up on the success obtained against Utah, despite Dejounte Murray’s 25 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.
Sacramento:Held 29 (10/18, 7/9 da tre, 2/2 tl), Haliburton 27, Jones 23. Rimbalzi: Jones 8. Assist: Haliburton 11.
Saint Anthony:Murray 25 (11/17, 3/4 tl), Walker 19, Forbes 18. Rimbalzi: Johnson 11. Assist: Murray 9.
Minnesota Timberwolves-Dallas Mavericks 111-105
The Dallas Mavericks (14-15) without Luka Doncic disband in the 4th period (lost 25-17 shooting with 36.8% from the field) and fall at the Target Center in Minneapolis at the hands of the very hot Timberwolves (15-15), who reached the 4th win in a row. Once again protagonist Karl-Anthony Towns (24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists), who gave continuity to the good performance against the Lakers, backed by his friend D’Angelo Russell, author of 22 points pulling 8/16 from the field and 4/7 from three, and from the great impact from the bench produced by Jaylen Nowell (16 points, 6/9 from the field). In addition to the game, the Mavericks also lost Kristaps Porzingis, injured his right foot in the 3rd period and forced to just 23 ‘on the court. The radiological examinations gave negative results. Dallas supported Tim Hardaway Jr.’s splendid performance (28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists) and on the quality of Jalen Brunson (18 points and 11 rebounds) but was left cold by the 13-5 run immediately in 4th period.
Minnesota:Towns 24 (6/15, 1/3 da tre, 11/13 tl), Russell 22, Nowell 16. Rimbalzi: Vanderbilt 10. Assist: Towns 6.
Dallas: Hardaway 28 (10/19, 4/13 da tre, 4/5 tl), Finney-Smith 23, Brunson 18. Rimbalzi: Kleber 14. Assist: Brunson 11.
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