By dominating the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers returned to victory before the derby against the Clippers. At the same time, thanks to their victory, Philadelphia and Utah alone occupy the head of the two Conferences.
In the night from Monday to Tuesday, The Capital One Arena saw the match between Washington and Indiana take a turn worthy of the All Star Game… with a victory for the locals 154-141 in just four quarters! Well launched early in the game, the Wizards were on fire and chained the baskets against an opposing defense far from its best level. At the break, Scott Brooks’ players had already passed the 80 point mark and led by 16 units (82-66). Back from the locker room, the two attacks did not really slow down with an end to the game just as crazy offensively, with a 40-36 for Washington, then a 39-32 to conclude in favor of Indiana. On arrival, the locals won by 13 points and on a score close to what we saw in Atlanta in early March between Team Durant and Team LeBron (150-170). Obviously, with such a score, some players display crazy personal statistics, such as Russell Westbrook, author of a new triple-double of which he alone has the secret (14 points, 21 rebounds and 24 assists), Domantas Sabonis (32 points, 19 rebounds and 9 assists), or Caris LeVert (33 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists) and Rui Hachimura (27 points and 7 rebounds). Surprisingly in such a match, Bradley Beal has shown himself to be rather “discreet” (26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists).
MVP of the night
In an encounter where the Marvel universe mingled with that of the NBA, “Captain Marvel” (including Stephen Curry) hurt the Pelicans in their lair very badly. At the Smoothie King Center, the leader of Golden State indeed shone offensively to lead his team to victory (108-123). With 41 points (14 of 26 on shots, including 8 of 18 with three points) and 8 assists in particular, the double MVP was impressive and very valuable for the Warriors. Opposite, Captain America’s teammates (Zion Williamson) failed to stop him and had to bow at the finish in a match that will count in the race for the play-in. Because, with now 33 victories, the players of Steve Kerr (8th in the West) now have four more successes than New Orleans (11th), seven games from the end of the regular season. If the Warriors have taken a big step towards qualifying for the pre-playoff mini-tournament, the Pelicans are lagging behind especially the Spurs, which remain on four setbacks in a row.
The flop of the night
Facing the Lakers not at best and deprived in particular of LeBron James, Denver had a good opportunity to widen the gap even further on 5th place and put pressure on the top 3 in the West, it was missed … Barely beaten at Staples Center in a playoff-like game (93-89), the Nuggets revived the Californians a few games from the end of the regular season. If Nikola Jokic’s teammates (32 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists) had started their meeting rather well, Frank Vogel’s players rectified the situation before half-time to take control of the match. Behind, the Lakers were able to manage their lead and contain their opponents to break away and have more than ten lengths in advance at the start of the 4th quarter time. Denver’s good end to the game was not enough to win them, as they see their five-game unbeaten streak come to an end. Conversely, Anthony Davis’ teammates (25 points and 7 rebounds) return to victory after three consecutive defeats. This success allows them to take a little lead over other franchises in the fight for the playoffs, before an expected derby against the Clippers (May 7).
French of the night
In the fight with Phoenix for 1st place in the West, Utah was once again able to count on a very good Rudy Gobert. In the absence of Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, the French pivot responded in the victory of his people against the San Antonio (110-99). Author of 24 points, 15 rebounds, 2 interceptions and 3 blocks in just under 30 minutes, the number 27 was as usual very active on both sides of the field to allow the Jazz to pocket a rather quiet success. facing the Spurs at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Now with 47 wins in 65 games, Utah took the opportunity to regain the lead of the Western Conference alone from the Suns, who have one game less and move to Cleveland next night. Also note, that Sekou Doumbouya and Killian Hayes were titular with the Pistons, during the defeat of Detroit against the Orlando Magic (112-119).
THE TOP 10 OF THE NIGHT:
NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Monday, May 3, 2021
Detroit Pistons – Orlando Magic : 112-119
>>> Sekou Doumbouya (DET): 6 points (3 out of 10 on shots, including 0 of 4 on three points), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 fouls in 31 minutes
>>> Killian Hayes (DET): 7 points (3 of 7 on shots), 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 fouls, 2 steals and 5 balls lost in 28 minutes
Washington wizards – Indiana Pacers: 154-141
New Orleans Pelicans – Golden State Warriors : 108-123
Atlanta hawks – Portland Trail Blazers: 123-114
Chicago Bulls – Philadelphia sixers : 94-106
>>> Adam Mokoka (CHI) did not play
Memphis Grizzlies – New York Knicks : 104-118
>>> Killian Tillie (MEM) did not play
>>> Frank Ntilikina (NYK) did not play
Los Angeles Lakers – Denver Nuggets: 93-89
Utah Jazz – San Antonio Spurs: 110-99
>>> Rudy Gobert (UTA): 24 points (10 out of 14 on shots), 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 fouls, 2 steals, 3 lost balls and 3 blocks in 30 minutes