They certainly hadn’t seen that one coming. The Bucks, who remained on two successes in a row, were “undressed” in their living room by Charlotte, and well as it should be! On arrival, a defeat which thunders like a good correction and leaves the buttocks red (109-138)! “We weren’t good in defense, we gave them a lot of offensive rebounds, they shot very well, they played well in transition. It’s not just one thing, it’s a whole lot of things that have been in their favor.”listed, a little apologetically, the interior of the Bucks, Brook Lopez at the exit.
From the start, it was fantastic for Charlotte, who scored 51 points in the first quarter, equaling the NBA record for the largest offensive mark in a first quarter planted by Golden State (against Denver) in 2019. Charlotte had never scored so many points in a quarter.
Carried by an inflamed Terry Rozier (39 points), the Hornets played like a dream, shooting 52% (including 20 of 48 from 3 points) and compiling 32 assists. “We took the opening shots. The starting five was incredible, it set the tone and the players who came from the bench did a great job too. It’s the most sustained and solid game we’ve played this season.”welcomed the coach of the Hornets, Steve Clifford.
The Bucks’ two-time MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, on the other hand, made his palest copy of the season with 9 points on 2 of 7 on shots (5/11 from the free throw line) and 4 rebounds in 22 minutes, while he remained on four consecutive big games including his biggest offensive mark (55 pts against Washington) !
The Nets have 13 wins in their last fourteen matches
The fall of the Bucks is in any case the case of the Brooklyn Nets who seize the place of dolphins alone, now one victory away from the Celtics. Friday, Kevin Durant (33 points, 10 rebounds) and his gang resumed their march forward by bringing New Orleans a significant success against one of the big teams in the West (108-102). Although the “Pelicans”, deprived of Zion Williamsoninjured in the thigh, are no longer quite the same, Jaque Vaughn’s troops do not slow down and have a third success in their last fourteen meetings.
And yet, Durant and Kyrie Irving were damn watered in shooting (9 of 26 for the first, 19 points at 7/22 for the second). But Irving closed the deal perfectly at the end by scoring the last seven points for the Nets. “We are growing as a team, the leaders are ready. It’s in this kind of match that I feel that we progress.summarized the former NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.