Rudy Gobert decisive with Utah against Dallas, Boston still beats Brooklyn

Rudy Gobert decisive with Utah against Dallas, Boston still beats Brooklyn

The Utah Jazz returned to the height of the Dallas Mavericks (two wins everywhere), Saturday in Game 4 of the series between the two teams, in the first round of the NBA play-offs. At home, the Salt Lake City franchise won on the wire (100-99). Dallas, fourth in the Western Conference, had yet recorded the return of Luka Doncic, its star player, absent since the start of the play-offs, due to a calf injury.

Mitchell reacts and scores Gobert

I was really happy (to come back), said the Slovenian point guard. I missed basketball. I had fun on the field. What’s better than the play-offs? ” Doncic was more illustrated, with 30 points and 10 rebounds, but could not prevent Utah from finally winning. At the break, the Jazz had widened a gap (54-42), which the “Mavs” however filled in a quarter (78-81, 36th). The two teams then did not leave each other on the score.

40 seconds from the buzzer, Luka Doncic, with a three-point shot, gave Dallas a short advantage (99-95). But that was without counting on the talent of Donovan Mitchell, the Utah star who, after a two-point shot and a free throw, found, on a alley oop, Rudy Gobert who took charge of the winning dunk 11 seconds from the end of the match. A final three-point attempt by Spencer Dinwiddie for Dallas then came to nothing.

“Don’t give a fuck about discussions […] We believe in each other”

While many questions arise about the relationship between Mitchell and Gobert and the future of the team, the French pivot reacted strongly after the match: Don’t give a fuck about discussions (on the team). We just try to be the best team possible, to enjoy the moment, and whatever happens, will happen. We have an opportunity and we are going to make the most of it. We believe in each other. We have to keep moving forward. »

Saturday, Rudy Gobert cracked another double-double, with 17 points and 15 rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points and provided seven assists. Coming from the bench, Jordan Clarkson also stood out, with 25 points. In the ranks of the Mavericks, Frank Ntilikina did not play. Game 5 between Dallas and Utah will be played Monday in Texas.

Tatum: 39 points and a defense on Durant

The Boston Celtics are close to qualifying for the second round of the play-offs, after their victory at the Brooklyn Nets (109-103). They lead three sets to nil now, and another win – Monday in Game 4? – will qualify the Massachusetts franchise. On Saturday, Boston took control of the match at the end of the first quarter and never let go, sometimes with a gap (60-50, 26th; 103-88, 44th) or with the Nets on their heels.

The Celtics were able to count on Jayson Tatum, author of 39 points, but also effective in defense. The Boston winger was limited to 16 points by Nets star Kevin Durant on Saturday, as was Brooklyn’s other star Kyrie Irving. ” I think it shows the growth of our teamTatum said. At the start of the season, we were giving big leads all the time. And we understood. We will never be perfect, what matters is how we react. And we knew how to react. »

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