Le come-back : Hayward sauve Charlotte
Already beaten on the wire against Indiana two days earlier, Orlando still missed the end of the game on Sunday in Charlotte. While leading by 12 points at the start of the last quarter, the Magic squandered his lead against the Hornets of a very great Gordon Hayward (39 points at 15/25) who, after keeping his team at flow throughout the meeting, scored the victory basket less than a second from the buzzer. Evan Fournier was not unworthy (21 points and 6 assists), but could not prevent his team from suffering an eighth defeat in nine matches.
La perf : Jaylen Brown coule Cleveland
There was no suspense between Boston and Cleveland on Sunday: the Celtics, yet still deprived of Jayson Tatum, were already leading by 17 lengths at the end of the first act and ended up winning very widely (141-103 ). It only took 19 minutes and 14 seconds of presence on the floor for Jaylen Brown to register 33 points (13/20), including 20 in the only third quarter.
“We were coming out of three defeats in a row: we had to win tonight, reacted the American back, who had scored 42 points two days earlier against Philadelphia. We wanted to put in a lot of energy from the start. ” No Cleveland player has crossed the 13-point mark.
The MVP: carefree Antetokounmpo against Atlanta
The Bucks saw their task much easier against the Hawks, deprived at the last moment of their two best players: Trae Young, victim of back pain, and Clint Capela, touched in the hand after his nice triple-double against Minnesota. Driven by a great start to the match, the Milwaukee franchise was then content to maintain its lead by relying on Giannis Antetokounmpo (27 points to 9/13, 14 rebounds, 8 assists). At the end of an easily controlled meeting (129-115), coach Mike Budenholzer, however, underlined the generosity of his defense, which has conceded more than 30 points in the last three quarters.