The player: Jimmy Butler carries Miami against Charlotte
Nothing is easy for the Miami Heat this season. Even beat the Charlotte Hornets who suffered their seventh straight defeat yesterday. The Floridians needed the extension (and were lucky that Terry Rozier did not score at the regulation time buzzer) to get rid of Charlotte (117-112 ap). And they can thank their star, Jimmy Butler, who came close to a monstrous triple-double with 35 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in 42 minutes played. He produced his effort in the second half with 23 points after the break. “It’s an important victory for us on a mental and emotional level”, underlined Erik Spoelstra, the trainer of MIami. Note that for Charlotte, Théo Maledon played eight minutes (0/1 shooting, 2 rebounds, 1 assist).
The perf: Washington, deprived of two holders, suffocates Doncic and Dallas
No Bradley Beal or Kristaps Porzingis? No problem for Washington who dominated the Dallas Mavericks of Luka Doncic (22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) in the federal capital (113-105). The man of the match is undoubtedly Kyle Kuzma, author of a performance with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the Wizards, well assisted by Rui Hachimura off the bench (23 points, 8 rebounds). On the Dallas side, Jason Kidd railed against his team: “We haven’t done our job for two matches. » Spencer Dinwiddie, former Washington a little annoyed by the speech at the time of his departure, did the job for his part with 33 points and six assists, in vain. His French teammate Frank Ntilikina was aligned for only four minutes (0/3 shooting, 2 rebounds, 1 assist).
The phrase: “We have to stop looking at the score”
Trey Young summed up in a few words the feeling that gripped the Altanta Hawks locker room after their victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night in Georgia (104-95). The leader, author of a match with 26 points and 7 assists, railed against his team’s tendency to relax when it escapes the score. Against Philadelphia, the Hawks were up to 20 points ahead (96-76) with less than seven minutes to play but relaxed a little too much and saw the 76ers come back to six short lengths two minutes from the final siren (100-94). Atlanta was then able to tighten the game to no longer let its opponents score a basket in the game. Note the very solid game of Clint Capela with 18 points and 20 rebounds. Facing him, Joel Embiid scored 26 points and took 13 rebounds.