Boston show against Dallas, Denver corrects Clippers

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Boston show against Dallas, Denver corrects Clippers

The poster between the Mavericks and the Celtics scheduled for Thursday in Texas was promising with the franchise of the breathtaking Luka Doncic (34 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists on average this season) and a Boston team in great form, leader of the Eastern Conference. Finally, the shock was cut short as Jayson Tatum’s partners largely took over Dallas (124-95), which nevertheless remained on a series of seven straight victories.

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Luka Doncic only converted 7 of his 23 shots last night against Boston. He failed on any of the 6 three-point shots attempted.

Candidate like Doncic for the title of MVP of the season, Jayson Tatum was much more decisive, assuming his status as the spearhead of the Celtics. The 24-year-old winger signed a triple double as a boss (29 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) which facilitated the evening for his team. At halftime, Boston was already leading by 18 points (64-46) and seemed untouchable.

Thanks to a sparkling ball circulation that has been wreaking havoc since the start of the season, the Celtics, well helped by a bench once again up to scratch, quietly managed their lead until the buzzer. On the Mavericks side, the Frenchman Frank Ntilikina, in six minutes on the floor, did not score a single point or obtain a rebound or a successful assist.

This 27th success in 39 games allows Boston to retain the lead in the Eastern Conference. Dallas, for its part, remains in fourth place in the West.

Denver fixes the Clippers

On his floor, Denver achieved a very good collective performance against the absent Clippers (122-91). Los Angeles players stubbornly tried their luck at three points, without success (5/37), and left Colorado with a fourth straight loss.

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Between them, Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George only scored 7 points against Denver.

The Nuggets didn’t even need an in-form Nikola Jokic to put down the Californians. The reigning double MVP only scored 12 points (in 24 minutes), which did not prevent his team from expanding their lead to 43 points at the start of the third quarter. A total of six Nuggets finished with 10 or more points, with Canadian Jamal Murray (18 points) winning.

Memphis provides, Markkanen carries the Jazz

In Orlando, Memphis briefly passed Denver at the top of the Western Conference, before the Nuggets regained their throne. The Grizzlies outscored the Florida team (123-115), despite a late-game slack that saw the Magic drop to six short lengths in the final two minutes.

But Memphis’ lead, which peaked at 25 points, proved sufficient. Ja Morant, author of 32 points, one more than his teammate Jaren Jackson, allowed his franchise to secure a fifth success in a row, even if the Italian Paolo Banchero, number 1 of the last draftalso stood out for Orlando (30 points, 9 rebounds).

Houston, for its part, lost again, for the 29th time this season, and remains red lantern in the West. His executioner, this time, wore the face of the Finn Lauri Markkanen. The Utah Jazz winger scored 49 points, his personal best. A total that facilitated the broad success of his team (131-114), tenth in his conference, after a series of five losses.

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