Memphis, power ten, offers the Warriors, the Suns at the zenith

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Golden State and Klay Thompson – for his second game in the NBA after two and a half years of absence – fell Tuesday on the road to Memphis, beaten by the Grizzlies of the irresistible Ja Morant, Phoenix taking the opportunity to return to the lead in the ‘Where is.

As often this season, this tenth victory in a row (116-108), which sets a new franchise record for Tennessee, will have borne the claw of Morant. The 22-year-old leader, who delivered a beautiful duel from a distance with Stephen Curry, author of a triple-double (27 pts, 10 assists, 10 rebounds), started and finished the meeting very strong.

After putting 15 pawns in the first quarter, he was able to carry the final blow, scoring the last five points for his team in the final minute, while Gary Payton II (13 pts) had just brought back the Warriors at three lengths. He thus finished top scorer (29 pts, 8 assists).

“I wanted to be aggressive from the start. We took a big lead over one of the best teams in the championship, who was able to come back and even take the advantage. But we continued to fight”, commented Morant, in particular supported by Tyus Jones (17 pts), X factor from the bench, including two distant banderillas in quick succession paved the success of Memphis, three minutes from the end (109-100).

Forty-eight hours after his successful comeback against Cleveland (17 pts), Thompson showed good things (14 pts, 3 assists, 3 rebounds) in 20 minutes. In the money-time, it was he who kept the suspense somewhat, with a basket and an assist. If his shot behind the arc had entered two minutes from the buzzer, the match could have been reverted.

Klay Thompson (Golden State) during the NBA game between the Warriors and Memphis on January 11 in Memphis Justin Ford GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

Here is Memphis now very close to the 3rd place occupied by Utah, the 2nd being again the property of Golden State, since Phoenix won in Toronto (99-95).

Stunning Clippers

The Suns collective shone again, with the five holders between 12 and 19 points. And, as often in tight money-times, Chris Paul (15 pts, 12 assists) and Devin Booker (16 pts) made the difference, each scoring four points with one minute to go.

In Los Angeles, the Clippers (8th) were 25 lengths behind against Denver (6th), before reversing the situation (87-85) in the wake of Reggie Jackson, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the last quarter time. All while offering an impressive dunk on Nikola Jokic (21 pts, 13 rebounds, 8 assists).

Reggie Jackson during the NBA game between the LA Clippers and Denver on January 11 in Los Angeles
Reggie Jackson during the NBA game between the LA Clippers and Denver on January 11 in Los Angeles RONALD MARTINEZ GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

After which Nicolas Batum (6 pts, 4 rebounds) was decisive, with a shoot behind the arc which gave LA enough lead to win, before winning a jump ball against the great Serbian.

The latter did bring the Nuggets to two units 28 seconds from the buzzer but missed his attempt to win, just like Aaron Gordon (30 pts) on the rebound.

In the East, where the favorites Brooklyn (2nd) and Milwaukee (4th) mark time, Chicago has increased its lead in the lead. The Bulls have indeed corrected Detroit (133-87), inflicting a terrible 72-35 in the second half.

DeMar DeRozan could have achieved a triple-double (20 pts, 12 rebounds, 7 assists) if he had not remained on the bench during the last 16 minutes, leaving Nikola Vucevic to finish top scorer (22 pts, 8 rebounds).

Note, on the Pistons side, the positive activity of Killian Hayes (8 pts, 5 assists, 4 interceptions, 3 rebounds).

Finally, Washington (9th) defeated Oklahoma City (122-118) with a shot behind the arc from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (16 pts) 30 seconds from time. At the break, he almost came to blows with his teammate Montrezl Harrell …

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