NBA – Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson finish strong, Luka Doncic is scared, the play-in posters known

NBA – Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson finish strong, Luka Doncic is scared, the play-in posters known

Kevin Durant and Brooklyn end in style

Within days, the Nets climbed from tenth to seventh in the Eastern Conference. A place validated with the victory against the Pacers on Sunday (134-126). Their fourth consecutive success. Kevin Durant – 20 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists last night – and so his partners are gathering pace and confidence before challenging the Cavaliers in the first leg of the play-in. A victory would automatically qualify them for the playoffs, where they would then challenge the Celtics, second in the East. In case of defeat against Cleveland, the New York formation would have a new chance by facing the winner of the duel between Atlanta and Charlotte.

Kevin Love, 8 three-pointers to secure eighth place

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The Cavaliers could drop to tenth place in their Conference in the event of a loss against the Bucks. They finally won (133-115) under the impetus of 32 points and 10 rebounds from Kevin Love. The veteran even broke one of his personal bests by converting 8 of his 11 three-point attempts. Opposite, the defending champions may not have put the odds on their side. Indeed, all starters have been rested except for Jrue Holiday, who only played a few seconds to unlock a bounty on his contract (by taking part in 67 matches this season) before watching the rest of the game from the bench. By losing, Milwaukee drops to third place and potentially dodges Brooklyn in the first round. The Nets, future opponents of the Cavaliers during the play-in precisely.

Klay Thompson treats before the playoffs

Klay Thompson was sublime when defending third place for the Warriors. A win was needed for Golden State to prevent Dallas from beating them at the post. A mission taken to heart by the All-Star rear, author of his best game of the season just before the start of the playoffs. A success and 41 points against the Pelicans (128-107). The sign that he finds more and more sensations. It’s promising before the campaign that awaits Steve Kerr’s players. Even more in the absence of Stephen Curry, still uncertain for the start of the first round.

Fear for Luka Doncic, Dallas crosses its fingers

Great architect of the success of the Mavericks against the Spurs (130-120) with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists on the clock, Luka Doncic left prematurely due to a calf injury. He never came back into play after that. While awaiting the results of the MRIs, the Texas franchise holds its breath. She wants to be optimistic about the severity of the injury. But it is still possible that the prodigy misses the start of the playoffs or, at best, that he finds himself diminished.

Jalen Green wraps up his first season with a bang

He hasn’t been talked about as much as Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley or Scottie Barnes, his main promotion comrades, but Jalen Green is definitely a very intriguing young player. The second pick of the 2021 draft ended his rookie season by slamming 41 points, his new career high. On the other hand, the Rockets have suffered another defeat (114-130 against the Hawks) and they finish dead last in the NBA.

Boston will seek its second place

It is out of the question to leave the incumbents to rest. Unlike the Bucks, the Celtics played their last game with their main elements. And they inflicted a correction on the Grizzlies (139-110) in the wake of 31 points from Jayson Tatum. With this success, Boston ends the season in second place in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics may challenge the Nets in the first round but they are now sure not to find themselves in the same part of the table as Toronto, where neither Jaylen Brown nor Al Horford will be able to play in the event of a duel because they are not vaccinated.

Young Knicks in record mode

Sophomores Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin delivered career-best games for the Knicks last this season. 34 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for the first, 42 points and 10 rebounds for the second. With the key to a victory for New York over Toronto (105-94).

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Eastern Conference:

Brooklyn Nets (7) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8)
Atlanta Hawks (9) vs. Charlotte Hornets (10)

Western Conference:

Minnesota Timberwolves (7) vs Los Angeles Clippers (8)
New Orleans Pelicans (9) vs. San Antonio Spurs (10)

The results of the night in the NBA

Nets-Pacers: 134-126
Hornets-Wizards: 124-108
Cavaliers – Bucks: 133-115
Rockets-Hawks: 114-130
Grizzlies-Celtics: 110-139
Knicks-Raptors: 105-94
Magic-Heat: 125-111
Sixers – Pistons: 118-106
Timberwolves-Bulls: 120-124
Mavericks-Spurs: 130-120
Clippers-Thunder: 138-88
Pelicans-Warriors: 107-128
Suns-Kings: 109-116
Trail Blazers – Jazz: 80-111
Lakers-Nuggets: 144-141

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