Chicago (USA), 6 Jan. The Serbian Nikola Jokic led this Friday with a triple double of 28 points, fifteen rebounds and ten assists the victory of the Denver Nuggets, leaders of the West, against the Cleveland Cavaliers, in an NBA day in which the Charlotte Hornets annulled the Milwaukee Bucks and the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo, who did not exceed nine points.
NUGGETS 121 – CAVALIERS 108
Jokic signed his tenth triple double of the year, the sixth in his last twelve games and the 86th of his career, and directed the victory of some Nuggets that assaulted the sole leadership of the West (26-23).
Jokic contributed 28 points, fifteen rebounds, ten assists and two steals, with three of four in triples, against some Cavaliers who still can’t count on the Spanish Ricky Rubio, already in the final phase of his recovery after his cross injury. The best for them was Caris LeVert, with 22 points, supported by Darius Garland’s 21.
BUCKS 109 – HORNETS 138
A record first half, with 84 points scored, 51 of them in the first period, paved the way for the Hornets to a great victory in the Bucks field, in which Giannis Antetokounmpo did not exceed nine points and four rebounds. . The Greek had 107 consecutive games scoring at least ten points.
Terry Rozier shined with 39 points and six triples, while LaMelo Ball made 24, with seven three-point shots, to which he added ten assists in a Hornets quintet in which each player contributed more than ten points.
PELICANS 102 – NETS 108
Kyrie Irving scored ten of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and led the Nets to victory with Kevin Durant against the Pelicans who wasted a fifteen-point lead.
After breaking their twelve-game winning streak last Wednesday with their setback in Chicago, the Nets reactivated with a Durant of 33 points and ten rebounds against some Pelicans who could not count on Zion Williamson or Brandon Ingram.
76ERS 112 – BULLS 126
Zach LaVine signed 41 points and eleven triples in the victory of the Bulls in the field of Philadelphia 76ers, orphans of Joel Embiid, who lost at home after eleven consecutive victories.
LaVine finished with a brilliant eleven of thirteen in triples, after connecting his first eight attempts, and the Bulls confirmed themselves as a team capable of bringing out their best version against a priori favorite teams, after interrupting last Wednesday’s twelve-game winning streak. the Brooklyn Nets.
LAKERS 130 – HAWKS 114
Pushed by LeBron James’ 25 points and ten assists and Russell Westbrook’s 18 points, eleven rebounds and nine assists, the Lakers added their fourth consecutive victory, knocking down the Hawks despite Traey Young’s 32 points.
For the Lakers, without Anthony Davis, injured, Thomas Bryant contributed 19 points and thirteen rebounds while Kendrick Nunn had 23 coming off the bench.
SUNS 96 – HEAT 104
Victor Oladipo turned in the best performance of his season and led with 26 points, 19 of them in the second half, the Heat’s victory at the field of a free-falling Suns without Devin Booker.
The 2021 finalists have five consecutive losses and fell to Miami despite a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds. As if that were not enough, Chris Paul left the game with physical discomfort after twelve minutes on the track.
TIMBERWOLVES 128 – CLIPPERS 115
Frenchman Rudy Gobert responded to the criticism received for his recent performances with a double double of 25 points and 21 rebounds in the Wolves’ victory against some Clippers orphans of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
The Los Angeles team suffered its fifth consecutive defeat, the second in 24 hours, after the humiliation experienced in the Nuggets field, when they lost by 32 points after playing a maximum deficit of 43 points.
RAPTORS 108 – KNICKS 112
The Knicks prolonged the fall of the Raptors at the pace of Julius Randle, with a double double of 32 points and eleven rebounds, to which were added ten points and 18 rebounds from Mitchell Robinson and 26 from Jalen Brunson.
The Raptors lost their third straight game and fifth in the last six, despite Gary Trent’s 27 and Pascal Siakam’s 26. The Spanish Juancho Hernangómez did not have minutes in the rotation of the Canadians.
THUNDER 127 – WIZARDS 110
The Thunder hit 17 3-pointers and their starting five finished in double figures, led by Shai Gilgeous Alexander’s thirty points in a home win over the Wizards.
In the capital team, Kyle Kuzma had 23 points and the Latvian Kristaps Porzingis scored 14, with ten rebounds.
PACERS 108 – BLAZERS 99
With a great group performance, the Pacers added their fifth victory in the last six games, this time at the expense of the Blazers. Six Indiana players finished over ten points, led by Bennedit Mathurin’s 19 coming off the bench.
SPURS 121 – PISTONS 109
The Spurs defeated the Pistons, bottom in the East, pushed by Tre Jones’ 25 points and Jakob Poetl’s double double of eleven points and 16 rebounds.
In the Pistons, the best was the Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic, with 21 points.
. Eastern Conference:
.1. Boston Celtics 27-12
.2. Brooklyn Nets 26-13
.3. Milwaukee Bucks 25-14
.4. Cleveland Cavaliers 25-15
.5. Philadelphia 76ers 23-15
.6. New York Knicks 22-18
.7. Indiana Pacers 22-18
.8. Miami Heat 20-19
.9. Atlanta Hawks 18-20
10. Chicago Bulls 18-21
11. Washington Wizards 17-23
12. Toronto Raptors 16-23
13. Orlando Magic 14-25
14. Charlotte Hornets 11-29
15. Detroit Pistons 11-31
. Western Conference:
.1. Denver Nuggets 26-13
.2. Memphis Grizzlies 25-13
.3. New Orleans Pelicans 24-15
.4. Dallas Mavericks 22-17
.5. Sacramento Kings 20-17
.6. Phoenix Suns 20-19
.7. Golden State Warriors 20-19
.8. LA Clippers 21-20
.9. Portland Trail Blazers 19-19
10. Utah Jazz 20-21
11. Minnesota Timberwolves 19-21
12. LA Lakers 17-21
13. Oklahoma City Thunder 17-22
14. San Antonio Spurs 13-26
15. Houston Rockets 10-29