The Denver Nuggets had a win ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers before heading to California on Friday. But they left with a large defeat (132-103), allowing the Clippers to return to their height in the classification of the Western conference. L.A. was already ten steps ahead at the end of the first quarter (37-27) and then managed to break the gap on the same spread (66-56).
In the second period, the Clippers escaped definitively, leading by 19 points (98-79) after the third quarter, to finally win 29 units. They thus signed a third victory in a row. Paul George was the top scorer in the California franchise with 24 points, well supported by Kawhi Leonard (19 pts), Montrezl Harrell (18) and Lou Williams (17). Nikola Jokic was the top scorer for the Denver Nuggets, with 21 points.
Utah and Gobert win again
Fifth in the Western Conference, Utah Jazz won at home against the Washington Wizards (129-119), ending a series of four losses in a row. Rudy Gobert scored nine points and took nine rebounds. Follower of the double double since the start of the season, he has not managed such a performance for a week. Donovan Mitchell carried the Jazz, with his 30 points. Opposite, Bradley Beal was impressive (42 points). Ian Mahinmi played 14 minutes for two points and five rebounds.
After two defeats, the Miami Heat got back on track, beating the Dallas Mavericks (126-118), thanks to Jimmy Butler (26 pts) and Duncan Robinson (24). In the Texas ranks, Seth Curry assured, scoring 37 points. Besides the Charlotte Hornets in Toronto, two other teams won away on Friday: Sacramento won in Memphis (104-101), despite 32 points from Dillon Brooks and 25 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas.
Doumbouya and Fournier victorious
For its part, Detroit returned from Phoenix with a win (113-111), stopping its series of seven defeats. Derrick Rose scored 31 points for the Pistons. Sekou Doumbouya spent 20 minutes on the floor, for six points, three rebounds and one assist. On the Suns side, Élie Okobo played 15 minutes, also scoring six points and taking two rebounds.
Evan Fournier (11 points) and Orlando beat Minnesota, after a great battle (136-125). Atlanta corrected Brooklyn (141-118), worn by John Collins (33 pts) and Cam Reddish (26). On the Nets side, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot played 20 minutes and scored six points. Finally New Orleans dominated Cleveland (116-104), thanks to Brandon Ingram (29 pts), Zion Williamson (24) and Jrue Holiday (22).