The Cavs, however, had a 13-point lead five minutes from the end (98-111) on ten straight points from Californian Kevin Love, an early candidate for the best sixth man trophy. But the Clips nibbling their delay with free throws before going ahead with 37 seconds remaining on a 2 + 1 from Paul George, while the Cavaliers missed their last seven shots. Note that the young rookie interior Moussa Diabate was not on the score sheet for LA
For the Frenchies, the evening should also have been marked by the duel between Evan Fournier (New York) and Rudy Gobert (Minnesota). But the latter has still not come out of the Covid protocol, which clearly handicapped the Wolves, heavily beaten at home by Knicks authors of a single rider (107-120) with 76 points from the Brunson-Barrett-Randle trio. Demoted to the bench for three matches, Fournier only played 12 minutes (2 points at 1/3, 3 assists, 2 steals).
To see two French people compete, you had to go instead to Detroit, winner of Oklahoma City at home (112-103). the rookie Ousmane Dieng played 20 minutes for the Thunder (2 points at 1/7, 1 rebound, 2 assists) and Killian Hayes 17 for the Pistons (5 points at 2/5, 4 assists). Theo Maledonhe only had the right to five minutes (0 shots, 1 assist) on the floor during Charlotte’s defeat at home against Washington (100-108), yet deprived of Bradley Beal (Covid).