The Warriors won a decisive victory on Saturday for the head of the Western Conference, against the Suns (107-116), in the shock of Christmas Day in the NBA, while the crisis continues among the Lakers, who have suffered a fifth loss in a row, losing to the Nets (115-122).
If the resurgence of Covid cases deprived the five Christmas posters of a number of stars, the show was nevertheless there, like the meeting between the two best teams in the league, Golden State and Phoenix. For their third meeting of the season, the Warriors won for the second time, breaking the Suns’ 15-game home streak.
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Otto Porter Jr. scored 13 of his 19 points in the last quarter, but it was especially the inevitable Stephen Curry who carried the Warriors, with 33 points. Becoming the best 3-point shooter in league history less than two weeks ago, Curry, who has landed 5 of 16 award-winning shots, is only one mark away from 3,000 3-point shots. in career.
« I’m proud of everyone, because not many people gave us the win tonight, » said Curry, for whom the team had their best win of the season. It’s great to win at Christmas, it’s great to win away against the best team in the league, outnumbered. In this context, it is a huge victory ”.
No miracle for the Lakers, Giannis regales for his return
In Los Angeles, the Crypto.com Arena, the new name of the Staples Center, did not bring luck to the Lakers, who however had a good opportunity to recover from a Brooklyn team with seven absent due to the Covid, including Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge. But the Nets were scoring by James Harden and his triple-double (32 pts, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) as well as Patty Mills (34 pts), who scored 8 shots at 3 points, the day’s record for Christmas.
In Milwaukee, the Bucks of Giannis Antetokounmpo made a fantastic comeback to win against the Boston Celtics (117-113). Fresh out of the anti-Covid protocols, after missing five games, the double MVP 2019 and 2020 Giannis Antetokounmpo spared no effort in attack and defense, with 36 points (including 29 in the second half), 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. “It feels good,” said Antetokounmpo. I was happy to be back, happy to be close to my teammates and fans again and happy to play the game. «