On the night of Monday to Tuesday, Phoenix went to win in Milwaukee (127-128, ap), so Stephen Curry and Nikola Jokic did very hard to allow Golden State and Denver to dominate Philadelphia (96-107) respectively. and Memphis (139-137, ap).
The match of the night
The 3rd in the East against the 2nd in the West, the poster was beautiful and kept all its promises. Traveling to the Fiserv Forum, Phoenix has once again done very well by going to win in Milwaukee (127-128, ap) and confirms its role of outsider a little more this season. In a generally balanced meeting, the Bucks made the difference at the end of the 3rd quarter (+7), but the Suns did not abdicate so far and came back to height, then even passed in front in the last moments. Finally, a basket from Devin Booker (24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists) sent everyone into overtime. During it, it is Giannis Antetokounmpo, very good so far (33 points and 8 rebounds), who unfortunately shone by his absence, the double MVP being the victim of cramps. The opportunity was then too good for the franchise of Arizona who won by nothing on a last free throw from Booker and signed another big blow., as the Bucks stall.
MVP of the night
If the big individual performances were not lacking this night, Nikola Jokic was particularly illustrated during the victory of Denver against Memphis (139-137, ap). In the discussion for the MVP title at the end of the season, the Serbian pivot was simply monstrous on the floor of the Ball Arena with 47 points (20 of 31 on shots), 15 rebounds and 8 assists in 45 minutes to lead the Nuggets to victory, the 37th of the season. Opposite, the Grizzlies gave their all, like Ja Morant (36 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists), but logically had to bow to the superiority of Jokic, on a cloud in Colorado last night. Victorious, Denver also took the opportunity to distance himself from the Lakers in the quest for 4th place in the West.
The flop of the night
At the head of the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia had to bow to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors (96-107). Indeed, while the Sixers had a good opportunity to consolidate their pole position at Wells Fargo Center against a less good team than them on paper, they were disillusioned. Because, if a Curry caught fire last night, bad luck for the locals, it was Stephen and not Seth… The double MVP was quite simply untenable for almost 37 minutes on the floor, with 49 points on the clock (including 10 on 17 three-pointers and 11 of 12 on free throws). Faced with this, Doc Rivers’ team was no match and Joel Embiid (28 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists) suffered from the absences of Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris. With this setback, the Sixers therefore remain within reach of Brooklyn, and a little further from Milwaukee.
French of the night
Defeated a few days ago by the Los Angeles Lakers, the Utah Jazz recovered well last night at the Staples Center. Being able in particular to count on the return of a few executives, the leading team of the Western Conference did not tremble against the defending champions (97-111). During the 43rd victory of the season of his franchise, Rudy Gobert was once again very valuable (14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks) in California. In the absence of Donovan Mitchell, the Utah collective stood out and the Frenchman was able to bring offensively and defensively on the floor. Also note, the good performances of Killian Hayes (12 points and 9 assists) with Detroit and Theo Maledon (15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists) with Oklahoma City.
Top 10 of the night
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Monday, April 19, 2021
Detroit Pistons – Cleveland Cavaliers: 109-105
>>> Killian Hayes (DET): 12 points (5 of 8 on shots), 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 fouls, 1 interception and 5 lost balls in 33 minutes
>>> Sekou Doumbouya (DET) did not play
Boston Celtics – Chicago Bulls : 96-102
>>> Adam Mokoka (CHI) did not play
Philadelphia Sixers – Golden State Warriors : 96-107
Indiana Pacers – San Antonio Spurs : 94-109
Miami heat – Houston Rockets: 113-91
Milwaukee Bucks – Phoenix suns : 127-128 (ap)
Washington wizards – Oklahoma City Thunder: 119-107
>>> Théo Maledon (OKC): 14 points (5 out of 15 on shots), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 fouls and 3 lost balls in 29 minutes
>>> Jaylen Hoard (OKC): 6 points (2 of 2 on shots), 6 rebounds, 1 pass, 2 fouls, 1 lost ball and 1 against in 15 minutes
Denver Nuggets – Memphis Grizzlies: 139-137 (ap)
>>> Killian Tillie (MEM) did not play
Los Angeles Lakers – Utah Jazz : 97-111
>>> Rudy Gobert (UTA): 14 points (5 of 7 on shots), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 fouls, 1 interception and 2 blocks in 29 minutes