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The Lakers win with LeBron James, Phoenix and Boston follow up

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Saturday 26 November 2022 at 08:06

Fourteen games were on the NBA night schedule, and LeBron James made his return with the Lakers, who went on to beat San Antonio. Phoenix and Boston, respective winners of Detroit (despite the very good game of Killian Hayes) and Sacramento, remain leaders of the two conferences.

He is back! After missing five games with a groin injury, LeBron James returned to the court on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and he helped the Lakers to a 94-105 win in San Antonio by scoring 21 points and grabbing 8 rebounds take. In this one-sided game, Anthony Davis continued his momentum, with 25 points and 15 points, and the suspension of Patrick Beverley was not felt. Despite Tre Jones’ 19 points, San Antonio suffered its seventh straight loss after a strong start to the season. But the Spurs will have the opportunity to get revenge on Saturday by hosting the Lakers again. At the top of the Western Conference, Phoenix still reigns supreme, after their 108-102 success over Detroit, which just sprung a surprise by beating Denver and Utah. The Suns, who still led at the beginning of the third quarter, were able to reverse the trend, in the wake of a Deandre Ayton with 28 points and 12 rebounds and a Devin Booker with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Against this, Killian Hayes, who hit a calf on Wednesday, showed that he was better, brushing the triple-double: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists. Encouraging for the French (who are benefiting from the absence of Cade Cunningham) after a failed start to the season!

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Denver and Memphis deserve

Denver remains runner-up to Phoenix after its 104-114 win at the Clippers, still without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Nuggets led almost from start to finish in this meeting and could count on an Aaron Gordon with 29 points and a Nikola Jokic with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. On the California side, John Wall saved the furniture with 23 points, but the Clippers remain eighth and Nicolas Batum did not return any of his three shots. In one of the shocks of the Western Conference, Memphis (4th) scalped New Orleans (3rd) by a score of 132-111. From the first quarter, the Grizzlies led 44-25, and they continued their momentum, thanks to their trio Dillon Brooks (25pts) – Ja Morant (23pts) – Jaren Jackson Jr (20pts). Only one Pelicans player finished above 20 points: Trey Murphy III (21).

Beautiful Boston and Milwaukee

Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference is still led by Boston, which won its 15th victory in 19 games against Sacramento: 122-104. Leading by six points in the middle of the last quarter, the Celtics finished very strong, to have a 27-point lead with a few minutes left. Jayson Tatum finished with 30 points and 8 rebounds and Jaylen Brown with 25 points. Meanwhile, Milwaukee (2nd) won the showdown against Cleveland (3rd) with a score of 117-102. While the Cavs led for nearly two and a half quarters (+16 in the middle of the second quarter), the Bucks turned everything around, especially thanks to a fiery third quarter that won 35-10. Giannis Antotokounmpo was still excellent, with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists on the clock, while Donovan Mitchell’s 29 points were not enough for the Cavs. Also notable among this Friday’s results are Portland’s 132-129 overtime win against New York with 44 points from Jerami Grant (career record broken by one point) and 38 from Anfernee Simons, Atlanta’s 128-122 loss in Houston despite Trae Young’s 44 points, and Brooklyn’s 128-117 loss to Indiana despite Kevin Durant’s 39 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.

NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Friday 25 November 2022
Charlotte Hornets – Minnesota Timberwolves: 110-108
Statistics of Théo Maledon (CHA): 26 minutes of play, 14 points (4/7 on shots including 1/1 on 3pts, 5/6 on free throws), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 interception, 1 turnover, 1 foul 1
Rudy Gobert (MIN) stats: 34 minutes of play, 17 points (6/10 on shots, including 0 3-point shots, 5/5 on free throws), 17 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers , 4 errors

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New York Knicks – Portland Trail Blazers : 123-132 app
Evan Founier (NYK) did not play according to the coach’s decision

Oklahoma City Thunder – Chicago Bulls: 123-119 ap
Ousmane Dieng (OKC) was not in the group

Phoenix Suns – Detroit Pistons: 108-102
Killian Hayes (DET) stats: 38 minutes of play, 17 points (7/18 on shots including 1/4 to 3pts, 2/2 on free throws), 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 3 drop balls, 5 fouls

Los Angeles Clippers – Denver Nuggets : 104-114
Nicolas Batum (LAC) stats: 24 minutes of play, 0 points (0/3 on shots including 0/3 on 3pts, 0 free throws attempted), 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 fouls
Moussa Diabaté (LAC) was not in the group

Orlando Magic – Philadelphia 76ers : 99-107
Boston Celtics – Sacramento Kings: 122-104
Houston Rockets – Atlanta Hawks : 128-122
Indiana Pacers – Brooklyn Nets: 128-117
Memphis Grizzlies – New Orleans Pelicans: 132-111
Miami Heat – Washington Wizards: 110-107
Milwaukee Bucks – Cleveland Cavaliers: 117-102
San Antonio Spurs – Los Angeles Lakers : 94-105
Golden State Warriors – Utah Jazz: 129-118

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