It’s the dynamic opposite of that of the Lakers. Traveling to the New York Knicks floor overnight from Friday to Saturday, Milwaukee was stepping into the shoes of the team to beat, with its first three successes in as many matches in this 2022-2023 season.
And the 2021 NBA champion did not flinch to add a fourth (119-108) thanks, once again, to his star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek, very close to a triple double (30 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists), carried his training – Brook Lopez also split a double double (14 points and 11 rebounds) – in a match where neither team exceeded 40% marksmanship.
Opposite, Julius Randle (14 points, 12 rebounds) and RJ Barrett (20 points) tried to keep New York in the game, but something was missing, like Frenchman Evan Fournier, author of 11 points at 33% average (4/12 including 3/7 at three points).
44 points for Maxey
In difficulty since the start of the season (already four defeats), Philadelphia gave itself a little air by winning in Toronto (112-90). Doc Rivers’ team, deprived of Joel Embiid (hit in the knee) and with a sluggish James Harden (11 points), was able to count on a boiling hot Tyrese Maxey (21).
Author of the first three points of the match, the back flew over the meeting with in particular a 10/10 in the first half, concluding his recital with 44 points (record) including a 9 out of 12 at long distance (75% success at shot).
Mitchell-LeVert, a very show duo against Boston
Others have also filled their stat sheets like the Cavaliers duo Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert. The two players, authors of 41 points each, won their duel against the duo Jayson Tatum – Jaylen Brown (31 points each) to allow Cleveland to win 132-123 after extra time on the Boston floor.
A success that allows the Cavaliers to climb to third place in the East, just ahead of Boston, unfortunate finalist in the League last season, and behind Atlanta (2nd), winner of the Pistons (136-112), thanks in particular to Trae Young (36 points, 12 assists) and surgical skill (56.7%) for the entire team. On the Detroit side, Frenchman Killian Hayes played 19 minutes for two points, five rebounds and four assists.
In the other meetings, Phoenix (27 points for Mikal Bridges) won the duel of the well-ranked in the west by disposing of the Pelicans (124-111). A conference for the time being dominated by Portland, which added a fifth success to its record (for a single defeat this season) by winning at home against Houston (125-111) despite the absence of Damian Lillard, touched at the calf.