The results of the night in the NBA
Magic @ Hornets : 101-128
Sixers @ Raptors : 114-119
Celtics @ bucks : 121-127
Spurs@ wolves : 121-127
Blazers @ Pelicans : 94-127
Grizzlies@ nuggets : 109-122
Lakers @ Warriors : 112-128
We suspected that a Cameroonian would win his team in the match between Toronto and Philadelphia. We just thought it would be Joel Embiid. Except that Pascal Siakam is in exceptional shape and that the Raptors wanted to show the Sixers that their possible confrontation in the 1st round would not be easy. Toronto won at home with a big triple-double from Spicy-P: 37 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Siakam was phenomenal in helping his team erase a very sluggish start. If he plays at this level during the post-season, it is not sure that the path of the Raptors stops in the 1st round …
The Sixers have only one game left and will probably have to settle for this 4th place in the East.
At the same time, Boston and Milwaukee clashed at the top of the table. The Celtics, deprived of Jayson Tatum in particular, thought they had the game in hand, but the defensive intensity and effectiveness of the Bucks in money time (they finished 9-0) made the difference. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday both had 29 points and Milwaukee sits 2nd in the East.
– In the East still, Charlotte has kept a slim hope of receiving during the play-in by clearly dominating Orlando. LaMelo Ball (26 pts, 9 wt 8 rbds) was the conductor of the day for the Hornets, who keep Atlanta and Brooklyn in the sights.
– Nikola Jokic scored new points in the MVP race. The Serb spearheaded the Nuggets’ home win against Memphis, with a unique accomplishment. With 35 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals, the Joker became the first player in NBA history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season.
Guaranteed to avoid the play-in tournament, Mike Malone’s players can still overtake Utah on the line for 5th place.
🃏 Nikola Jokic became the first player in NBA History to record 2k points, 1k rebounds, and 500 assists in a season as he led the @nuggets to the win, clinching a spot in the #NBAPlayoffs presented by Google Pixel!
Jokic: 35 PTS, 16 REB, 6 AST, 4 STL pic.twitter.com/B81REGJmo3
— NBA (@NBA) April 8, 2022
– The Pelicans have locked a 9th place which seemed quite unexpected not so long ago. NOLA swept Portland and its C team, including 23 points for CJ McCollum. At the same time, San Antonio fell on the floor of Wolves. It must be said thatAnthony Edwards was completely fused. “Ant-Man” exploded his points record in an NBA game, while putting style and spectacle in his performance: 49 points at 16/28 (6 3-point baskets), 11 shots, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and a very heavy dunk.
Anthony Edwards WENT OFF for 29 points in the second half on his way to a career-high 49 points to lead the @Timberwolves to the win! #RaisedByWolves@theantedwards_: 49 PTS, 6 REB, 8 AST, 6 3PM pic.twitter.com/iZqAprQLcO
— NBA (@NBA) April 8, 2022
NOLA will therefore host San Antonio for the 9-10 play-off.
– Freewheeling and without the LeBron-AD-Westbrook trio, left at home, the Lakers logically lost to the Warriors. Despite Talen Horton-Tucker’s 40 points, Golden State imposed its law, with 33 points from Klay Thompson and a double-double from Jordan Poole (19 pts, 11 wt).
Courage, Lakers fans, the NBA season is almost over.