In partnership with Marvel, the stars of the NBA wore superhero clothes on Monday: Russell Westbrook that of “Iron Man”, Stephen Curry of “Mr. Fantastic” and Julius Randle of “Black Panther” to win respectively Washington, Golden State and New York.
For the occasion, the televised broadcast of the matches was adorned with a comic book. A smoke sometimes traced the trajectory of a long-distance shoot, logos appeared with each marked spectacular basket – such as the “A fléché” of the “Avengers” – and the names of the players were encrusted in a white rectangle like in a comic book .
Joel Embiid was in an average evening (13 pts, 10 rebounds), but the union was the force on the side of Philadelphia to win against Chicago (106-94) and keep the lead in the East in front of Brooklyn. In the end, like the “Avengers”, the five holders each scored between 13 and 21 points, a sign of a well-oiled collective game.
No one has seen them coming this season and they are currently in great shape: the Knicks have lined up a 12th victory in 13 games on the floor of the Grizzlies (118-104) to consolidate their 4th place in the East. Once again, this success bore the stamp of their “Black Panther” Julius Randle (28 pts, 6 rebounds, 6 assists), who found invaluable support in his “Daredevil” Derrick Rose, very sharp off the bench (25 pts, at 11/15 on shots). As for the formidable defense, it caught in its nets the young “Spiderman” of Memphis (9th in the West), Ja Morant (8 pts, reduced to 2/13).
New York is ahead of Atlanta (5th) who beat Portland (123-114), thanks to its Italian shooter Danilo Gallinari, who unleashed poisonous arrows like “Hawkeye” (28 pts, 7/10 behind the bow), and his “Ant-Man” Trae Young who still sneaked around (21 pts, 11 assists).
Not content with stringing together the triple-doubles – he is 32 this season, the 178th of his career to three of the historic record of Oscar Robertson – Westbrook, “Iron Man” to do everything of Washington, takes achieve very rare, as evidenced by the successful one against Indiana (14 pts, 24 assists, 21 rebounds) which largely contributed to the victory (154-141). This is the third time in the history of the league that a “TD” has been successful with a minimum of 20 assists and 20 rebounds. The legendary Wilt Chamberlain was the first to achieve this, “RussWest” will have done it twice. Crazy statistics, which assure him with 7 games from the end of the regular season, even if he did not play them, to finish it with a triple double average. And this for the 4th time in the last five years.
At his side, the Japanese Rui “Ronin” Hachimura (27 pts) and Bradley “Spiderman” Beal (26 pts) were valuable offensive relays in this important duel in the fight for the dams, the Wizards (10th) approaching a half-victory of the Pacers, whose porous defense made the efforts of Domantas Sabonis (32 pts, 20 rebounds, 9 assists) and Caris LeVert (33 pts) in vain.
In the West, the same type of confrontation opposed New Orleans (11th), which is fighting to finish a barrage, to Golden State (8th), anxious to ensure its presence there. And it was the Warriors who won with authority (123-108). A success due to Curry, his inevitable “Mr Fantastic”, who for the 9th time this season exceeded the forty point mark (41, 8 assists), well helped by Draymond Green, generous in the effort as “Captain America” with a triple-double to the key (10 pts, 15 assists, 13 rebounds). On the Pelicans side, the young Zion Williamson was as often as strong as “Hulk”, but without getting angry enough to crush everything in his path (32 pts, 8 rebounds).
The results of the night:
Utah – San Antonio 110 – 99
Chicago – Philadelphia 94 – 106
Memphis – new York 104 – 118
Atlanta – Portland 123 – 114
LA Lakers – Denver 93 – 89
Detroit – Orlando 112 – 119
Washington – Indiana 154 – 141
New Orleans – Golden state 108 – 123