After two defeats in a row, Denver raised its head on Sunday on the floor of the Clippers thanks to a formidable Nikola Jokic on rebounds (22) in particular. Both San Antonio and Chicago lined up for a third straight victory, while Miami edged out Orlando in the Florida derby for the third time this season.
Nikola Jokic digested the capon and oysters well. The Christmas celebrations obviously have no hold on the Serbian. The outgoing MVP proved it Sunday night on the floor of the Clippers, where he allowed Denver, which remained on two defeats, to return to success (103-100) against Nicolas Batum (4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assists) and the Californians. Monstrous, especially on the rebound (22 catches), the « Joker », undoubtedly the man of the evening with Joel Embiid, also colossal on Sunday (36 points, 13 rebounds), against Washington (117-96 victory of the Sixers) , maintained throughout the evening on their floor of the Clippers very close to winning the bet thanks in particular to the efforts of Eric Bledsoe (double-double 18 points, 10 assists). The last word has finally returned to Jokic and the Nuggets, who are raising their heads. And if Denver smiles again, San Antonio and Chicago, for their part, follow suit. The two teams, in great shape, lined up a third victory in a row on Sunday, at the expense of Detroit (144-109) and the Pacers (113-105). For his return to the court, Zach Lavine, author of 32 points, was the great architect of this new success for Bulls who were also able to count on the inevitable DeMar DeRozan (24 points).
Miami wins Florida derby again, Memphis reacts
On the Texas side, the Spurs can especially thank Keldon Johnson, impressive efficiency (27 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist) and by far the man of the game when San Antonio won against the last of the Eastern Conference Detroit . Miami experienced more difficulty (93-83) to overcome Orlando in the third confrontation between the two teams since the start of the season. The Heat however won again against his neighbor for the return of Jimmy Butler (17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists) and during a meeting marked by the expulsion of Tyler Herro on the Heat side for two technical faults. The Magic, beaten for the third time this year in the Florida derby, could not take the opportunity to stop the bleeding. Things are better for Memphis, however. The Grizzlies, who can again count on Ja Morant (18 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds Sunday) ended a series of three losses, on the floor of Sacramento (127-102). The rest of the Tennessee men’s road trip promises to be much more complicated, with a trip to the Phoenix floor.
BASKET – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Sunday December 26, 2021
Miami Heat – Orlando Magic : 93 – 83
Cleveland Cavaliers – Toronto Raptors : 144 – 99
Washington Wizards – Philadelphia 76ers : 96 – 117
Sacramento Kings – Memphis Grizzlies : 102 – 127
Oklahoma City Thunder – New Orleans Pelicans : 117 – 112
San antonio spurs – Detroit Pistons : 144 – 109
Chicago Bulls – Indiana Pacers : 113 – 105
LA Clippers – Denver Nuggets : 100 – 103