The action: Curry catches Herro and leads Golden State to victory
For a long time the Miami Heat hung on the floor of the Golden State Warriors. But the champions ended up making the difference thanks to their point guard, Stephen Curry. Beyond his performance (33 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds), the double MVP of the league signed a key basket 5’38 ” from the end of the match while the Warriors led “only” 105 -100. In a few dribbles, Curry completely played Tyler Herro whom he put in the wind before planting a three-point basket of which he has the secret.
The joy of the player and the Chase Center audience underlined how important this moment was. Moreover, Miami has never been able to pick up within six points after this award-winning basket, eventually losing 123-110 despite Jimmy Butler’s 27 points and Bam Adebayo’s 26. This result allows Golden State to return to the positive with three wins in five games now.
The series: three down for the LA Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers experienced their third setback in a row on Thursday evening to see their balance sheet turn negative (2 wins-3 losses). More worryingly, the last two were conceded against Oklahoma City in less than 48 hours (118-110 Thursday evening). Still deprived of Kawhi Leonard (knee), the Clippers had nevertheless recorded the return of Paul George on Thursday (he was sick on Tuesday evening). But the latter, perhaps not fully recovered, was limited to 10 points with a low 4 out of 12 shooting. He added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes. On the Thunder side, great performances from Lu Dort (21 points) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (24).
The two Frenchies of the meeting have experienced playing time off the bench. For the Clippers, Nicolas Batum – who had started in the absence of George – was aligned 21 minutes for 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 against. Opposite, rookie Ousmane Dieng played 13 minutes, scoring two points and delivering an assist.
The stat: Sacramento still at zero
The Sacramento Kings suffered their fourth loss in as many games this season (including three at home). Thursday, it was the Memphis Grizzlies who took advantage of the discomfiture of the Californians to win 125-110 under the leadership of Desmond Bane (31 points). Ja Morant had a complete game with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. On the Kings side, a great effort from De’Aaron Fox, with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 interception.
Two other teams are still waiting for their first victory since the start of the season: Orlando (0-5) and the Los Angeles Lakers (0-4).