NBA results – Indomitable Grizzlies, 11th victory in a row. Peak clean

Without Durant Brooklyn collapses with the Thunder. Denver and New Orleans fly with Jokic and Ingram

Riccardo Pratesi


January 14
– Milano

Memphis wins again, for the 11th time in a row. Brooklyn without Durant sinks, Jokic and Ingram drag Denver and New Orleans to comfortable successes. It is the showcase of the 4 games of the NBA night under the magnifying glass. The detail.

Memphis Grizzlies-Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108

And there are eleven! The Grizzlies (30-14) extend their streak of successes, the best in franchise history, and climb to third place in the West taking revenge on the Wolves (20-22) who had inflicted their worst defeat so far in the previous season : November 20 was over 138-95. This time the game is balanced, Memphis, still without Jenkins, with Darko Rajakovic as interim coach, stretches in the third period and “keeps in the sprint”. Morant struggles: he shoots only 5/16, but the Grizzlies find other protagonists, Bane, Jackson and Konchar who amazes from the bench with a performance of 15 points and even 17 rebounds. Memphis lost the French Tillie, who ended up in the Covid protocol. Minny scores at will with the usual Edwards / Towns / Russell trio, but suffers from rebounds, conceding 56 to his opponents, 10 more than collected, and concedes 37 points in the third quarter, too many to win away from the hottest team in the game. League.

Minnesota:Edwards 30 (4/9, 5/11, 7/7 t.l.), Russell 29, Towns 25. Rimbalzi: Vanderbilt 13. Assist: Beverley/Russell 6.

Brooklyn Nets-Oklahoma City Thunder 109-130

Thunder’s first win of 2022. It is not a trivial victory, not only because it comes after 5 knockouts in a row, but because it comes home to the Nets. Surprise. But with Durant and Mills resting after so many extraordinary events, Irving unavailable at home, Aldridge and Claxton injured, Brooklyn (26-15) was in a minimalist version, unrecognizable compared to the one in his best suit. Harden turned out to be alone or poorly accompanied, his 26 points, among other things, shooting 7/22, are not even close to being enough for the guys of Coach Nash. The Thunder (14-27) were led by the usual suspects: Gilgeous-Alexander, short of an assist from the triple double, Dort and Giddey, the best youth of Oklahoma.

Brooklyn:Harden 26 (4/11, 3/11, 9/9 t.l.), Thomas 21, Duke 13. Rimbalzi: Millsap 10. Assist: Harden 9.

Oklahoma City:Gilgeous-Alexander 33 (9/13, 2/5, 9/10 tl), Dort 27, Giddey 19. Rimbalzi: Gilgeous-Alexander 10. Assist: Gilgeous-Alexander 9.

Denver Nuggets-Portland Trail Blazers 140-108

All easy for Denver (21-19) who for once does not have to “pull the neck” of Jokic, limited to 28 minutes of use (20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists). The Joker was awaited by a delicious duel between Slavic centers with Nurkic, but the competition was so one-sided that he lost much of the imagined “pulp”. The Nuggets showed a good Barton, but injured his neck in the 3rd quarter and forced to leave prematurely, the Blazers (16-25) were without Simons (personal reasons), Powell (Covid protocol) and long-term residents McCollum and Lillard, who were operated on for the abdominal problem that tormented him and is likely to have already finished his season: out of action at least 6 weeks.

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Denver:Barton 21 (3/6, 4/6, 3/6 tl), Jokic 20, Gordon 19. Rebounds: Nnaji 9. Assist: Campazzo 12.

Portland:McLemore 18 (2/5, 4/9, 2/3 t.l.), Smith 17, Little 14. Rimbalzi: Nurkic 8. Assist: Smith 8.

New Orleans Pelicans-Los Angeles Clippers 113-89

Ingram is confirmed in an excellent moment of form, the Clippers are confirmed in a complicated moment, for the 11th time without George, and therefore New Orleans (16-26) wins by dominating, ahead from start to finish. The Duke winger scores 24 points, the Pelicans show 23 assists. Los Angeles (21-22) this time fails to recover, as he did with Denver: it pays for the bad day of Jackson (5 points, 2/11) and Morris (3/14), the guests shoot with 38% from the field, arguing with the basket all evening.

New Orleans: Ingram 24 (9/15, 1/4, 3/4 tsp), Valanciunas 18, Jones 14. Rimbalzi: Valanciunas 16. Assist: Graham 7.

The Angels: Mann 15 (4/9, 1/1, 4/5 t.l.), Morris 12, Ibaka/Boston/Moon 10.


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