Los Angeles – The Lakers at the zenith among the Suns, the showman Trae Young in record mode, Utah overthrowing against Brooklyn: overview of a starry night in the NBA.
. Lakers reborn in Phoenix
Two days after the stoppage against Toronto, Los Angeles revived with the Suns (123-115). Faced with an unpredictable opponent, who puts a lot of rhythm and shoote at all costs, the Lakers have shown that they can adapt.
Along with LeBron James (19 pts, 11 assists, 7 rbds) and Anthony Davis (24 pts, 12 rbds), factor X was Kyle Kuzma author of 23 points off the bench, including two three-point baskets in the money-time.
The lights go back to green for the now only leaders in the West, who also saw Rajon Rondo make a successful start (5 pts, 6 rbds, 7 assists in 14 minutes).
. Utah never gives up
Accused of 15 lengths at the break, the Jazz finally turned the situation against the Nets (119-114), in the wake of a performing Donovan Mitchell (30 pts) and an imposing Rudy Gobert (18 pts, 15 rbds, 2 counters).
With this 4th consecutive success, Utah is close behind the Lakers, confirming its status as an outsider not to be underestimated.
. Le MVP: Bring Young
In Denver, one of the leaders in the West before this game, the Atlanta playmaker alone ended the Nuggets’ four-game winning streak and three-game losing streak for the Hawks (125-121).
Author of 42 points (11 assists), he registered eight long-distance baskets, one of which was almost midfield. With the same disconcerting ease, he allowed himself a little bridge over Will Barton, before continuing with a perfect shoot. After that, his distrustful gaze towards the bench of the Nuggets could have led to an incident, but no.
The aptly named Young became the youngest player in League history at 21 to make a third straight game with at least 30 points and 10 assists. Oscar Robertson, Kevin Johnson and LeBron James did it at 22.
. Philadelphia on the wire
Nothing like “Gonna fly now“, the theme of the film”Rocky“, to boost the 76ers when the end of the game is tight. Led by a point 13.2 seconds from the end, they could count on Joel Embiid (27 pts, 16 rbds) to crush a dunk and mortgage the hopes of Cleveland surprise victory.
After which, the interior threw itself on a last badly negotiated balloon of the Cavs to extinguish them definitively, ensuring a seventh success (98-97) to Sixers who are doing well for having harvested at three points (8 / 38).
. Miami continues to appeal
The Heat is one of the excellent surprises of the start of the season and proved it again against Detroit with a controlled victory (117-108) after leading by twenty points at the break.
In the wake of a Jimmy Butler finally fulfilled in his role as leader (20 pts, 13 assists), the rookie leader Kevin Nunn (20 pts, 5 assists) and the interior Bam Adebayo (18 pts, 14 rbds) embody the rediscovered and at times flamboyant youth of a team which is in the process of creating a game identity under the leadership of Erick Spoelstra.
. New York can’t do it anymore
Nothing goes well for the Knicks, stuck in last place in the East, after a ninth defeat conceded in Chicago (120-102).
Two days after the dissatisfaction displayed in the press by President Steve Mills, who considerably weakened coach David Fizdale, the New Yorkers cracked again at the end of the match. Where the mind usually makes a difference and where Coby White’s insolent success has been too much.
The Bulls’ replacement point guard made 7 three-point shots (27 pts) in the last quarter – record franchise – under the helpless eyes of Frank Ntilikina (3 pts, 4 assists, 3 interceptions in 29 minutes).