Spurs gave a lesson to the Clippers, without Chris Paul, last night in San Antonio (116-92). And with good Tony Parker. Alexis Ajinça also shone with New Orleans. Kevin Durant has meanwhile caught fire with OKC, Minneapolis (111-115).
Summary Of The Night:
Private Chris Paul, touched his right shoulder Friday , the Clippers took the water in San Antonio last night. At least in the first period. Tim Duncan (19 pts, 11 rbs), Tony Parker (17 pts, 9 wt, see elsewhere ), Manu Ginobili (15 pts) company and led 70-35 in effect at the break.
LA had already conceded 37 points at the end of the first quarter, with one rebound captured! Difficult to envisage anything other than a defeat in these conditions Jamal Crawford (24 pts) and his teammates are back to -13 at the beginning of the last quarter (92-79), but never closer (116-92 final score ). Note the 22 points of Tiago Splitter, touched his right shoulder 10 minutes from the end, but still the best scorer of the match.
22 points is one less than the sum of Kevin Durant the only last quarter of the match Minnesota-OKC! KD finished with 48 points and returned the basket wins ( see elsewhere ) on the floor Timberwolves (111-115). Kevin Love, also author of a huge benefit as well (30 pts, 14 rbs), missed four free throws that could have been decisive in the final minute, including one at 111-111 with 27 seconds to play. Kendrick Perkins sent him back on the line 113-111 to 2 seconds of the final buzzer while shootait three points. Love missed the first, then the second shot of repair. He deliberately missed the third, but gave nothing (115-111 final score).
Among the other highlights of the night, we note that the Pacers and the Heat have long chased the score before winning respectively against New Orleans (99-82) and Orlando (94-110). Thaddeus Young (30 pts) and the 76ers have meanwhile carried on the boards of Portland (99-101), despite 29 points and 14 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge. A fourth consecutive win for Philadelphia, which has won the last quarter 32-23. Once is not custom, Brooklyn Nets lined up a second consecutive win against a Cleveland team still without Kyrie Irving (89-82). Author of 17 points, Paul Pierce passed Allen Iverson in the list of top scorers in NBA history. It is 19th in this ranking. Chicago and Phoenix are among the winners of the day. Charlotte also won in Sacramento with 30 points Kemba Walker signed and 27 Al Jefferson (103-113).
The Frenchy Night:
The Spurs did not tremble against the Clippers (116-92 win). They were able to rely on Tony Parker for the least effective, with 17 points on 8 of 9 shots to (1/1 to lf) and 9 assists in 34 minutes (2 lost ball)! As usual, he also returned a few baskets of beauty which he has the secret, in traffic. Ajinça Alexis was also the show with the Pelicans (beat Indiana, 99-82), with a mammoth dunk on the head of a Roy Hibbert (see: video). The former Strasbourg, tenured in the paint alongside Anthony Davis, especially finished with 17 points (career high) and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Nicolas Batum has meanwhile finished with 4 points (1/9), 10 rebounds and 10 assists despite a dislocated finger with Portland. A double-double (10 pts, 12 rbs), and 5 to the credit of Joakim Noah in Bulls. 2 points for Ian Mahinmi and Colo Nando. Boris Diaw (ill) and Ronny Turiaf (elbow) were not in uniform. Note that Rudy Gobert was sent to D-League by the Utah Jazz, in the Bakersfield Jam.
A. Ajinça (NO): 17 pts, 5/7, 7 rbs, 1 b, 1 int, 1 Co, 32 min (tit)
I. Mahinmi (Ind): 2 pts, 1/3, 2 rbs, 1 Co, 14 min (remp)
J. Noah (Chi): 10 pts, 3/7, 12 rbs, 2 ft., 5 Co, 34 min (tit)
R. Turiaf (Min): inactive (injured)
T. Parker (SA): 17 pts, 8/9, 3 rbs, 9 w, 34 min (tit)
B. Diaw (SA): inactive (ill)
N. Colo (SA): 2 pts, 0/2, 1 b, 2 int, 5 min (remp)
N. Batum (Por): 4 pts, 1/9, 10 rbs, 10 pds, 1 int, 1 Co, 37 min (tit)
The MVP of The Night:
Kevin Durant had visibly heart to find the way to victory after two straight losses. The MVP of December in the West began gently part, but he finished with a bang with 23 of his 48 points (record staff this season) in the last quarter against Minnesota (115-111 victory at Target Center). He returned 16 of its 32 shots (4/9 3pt, 12/13 to lf) throughout the game (43 minutes), and 7 of his 11 shots with 4 shots at winning the famous last quarter time. All with the basket of victory 4 seconds remaining, and 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 1 against! ‘KD’ runs at 35.2 points to 52.6% shooting (41.7% 3pt), 10 rebounds and 5 assists from Russell Westbrook’s injury, ie the last five meetings of Oklahoma City.
K. Durant (OKC): 48 pts, 16/32, 7 rbs, 7 wt, 2 int, 1 Co, 43 min
Indiana New Orleans 99-82
San Antonio-LA Clippers 116-92
Portland Philadelphia 99-101
Sacramento Charlotte 103-113