The Jazz are a wall, the Pelicans finally win and the Clippers sweep the Pacers

Fifth victory in a row for the Jazz (and in Denver) that keeps them third in the West. The Pelicans this time they did solve the final minutes.

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Nuggets 105 - Jazz 109

The last time these two teams met was in the seventh game of the first round of the last playoffs. The Nuggets crowned a historic comeback after going 3-1 down (they would repeat it again in the semifinals with the Clippers) in a tie marked by the particular ground between Donovan Mitchell (36.3 points average in the series) and Jamal Murray ( signed a couple of 50-point games). Last night the Jazz had a small rematch in Denver in a game with several differences. Jerami Grant, Torrey Craig and Mason Plumlee are no longer on the home team, and Bojan Bogdanovic played on the visitors (he missed the playoffs due to injury) and was a determining factor with 5 triples and 17 points. The contribution of Jordan Clarkson from the bench was also decisive. The shooting guard finished as the leading scorer for Utah's team with 23 points. In the Nuggets, of course, that role corresponded to Nikola Jokic, with another game of his own: 35 + 14 + 9. But this time the Serbian was more alone than ever. Except for Murray (30 points, 24 before the break), no other teammate reached ten points in a match in which the locals fired a whopping 24 more shots to the basket than the visitors. Facundo Campazzo spent 11 minutes on the track, in which he scored 11 points and gave 2 assists. Great victory for the Jazz against a group that was growing. It is the fifth in a row and only the two teams from Los Angeles are ahead in the standings.

Kings 123 - Pelicans 128

After falling to 14 points two days ago in the Kings' 38 loss to the Clippers, D'Aaron Fox had one of the best games of his career, with his career-high score (43) in which added 13 assists. However, it was not enough for his team to take victory against the Pelicans, who had just lost the last five games they had played. Zion Williamson, who spent much of the fourth quarter on the bench with foul problems, went to 31 points (13/15 shooting). After a first half in which the visitors came to win by 19 (the locals went to halftime with the same rebounds as assists, 10), in the second half the Kings were reducing the advantage until they were one point away ( 116-115). Marvin Bagley had a lot to do with it. The power forward finished the game with a double-double: 26 points and 10 rebounds. However, this time the Pelicans did show seriousness and knew how to solve in the following attacks, in which they scored on Williamson himself, Adams (12 + 15) and Bledsoe (21 + 6). Buddy Hield scored again from the triple (5) and extends his streak of consecutive games hitting from the line from three to 80, the longest at the moment.

Clippers 129 - Pacers 86

The bench (65-14) and triples (19-11) unbalanced a game that was even until after the break. Within minutes of the third quarter the Pacers were only two points down. From that moment until the end of the third period, they conceded a 37-14 partial to face the last 12 minutes 100-75. Game seen for sentence. In that decisive part of the third quarter the Clippers made 8 triples with six different players. Among them two substitutes who shone with their own light: Luc Kennard (20 points, 5/8 in trios of three) and Marcus Morris (20 and 4/7). Both achieved their highest scores of the course. Morris was going to declare later on his success from the line of three that he had found "only" more than necessary and that if he was not able to score those pitches, it is that he had "wrong business". Sabonis, who this time did not stand out so much (19 + 14 + 6), agreed: "They started shooting, I think we left them too open." McDermont (23 points) was the top scorer of the match and Goga Bitadze returned to play after his ankle injury. The Clippers are within one victory of the Lakers after their fourth consecutive win.

Celtics 75 - Knicks 105

The Knicks won by 30 points at the TD Garden. Tremendous defeat of some Celtics that dominated the Eastern Conference until today. Read the chronicle here.

Mavs 101 - Bulls 117

The Mavericks' cascade of casualties leaves Luka Doncic, who outpointed Michale Jordan against the Bulls in triple-double games, with no support to win. Read the chronicle here.



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