Denver, Memphis and Sacramento continue

Posted by Aurélie Sacchelli, Media365, Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 11:23 am

The Western Conference’s top three teams, Denver, Memphis and Sacramento, continued their winning streaks on Wednesday by dominating Minnesota, Cleveland and the Lakers, respectively.

As the NBA packs its bags in Paris with Detroit vs. Chicago this Thursday at Accor Arena, the season continues its course on the other side of the Atlantic and things are heating up at the top of the Western Conference! Denver, Memphis and Sacramento, who were ranked in the top three, continued their winning streak. For the Nuggets, this is the eighth consecutive victory at the expense of Minnesota. The Colorado franchise won 122-118 against the Wolves, who were without the “twin towers” Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns. Nikola Jokic, the author of 31 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, became the best passer in Nuggets history (3686 assists) ahead of Alex English. But the game was close, with neither team able to score more than ten points early, and it was Jamal Murray (28 points) who scored a basket with 56 seconds left to make it 120-118. Aaron Gordon then sealed the win with a dunk 14 seconds after the layup. And the Grizzlies won their eleventh game in a row (franchise record, tied from last season). It was tough for them too, but in the end they won 115-114 over Cleveland. Memphis had a 19-point lead in the second quarter, but the Cavaliers came back and led several times in the final quarter. At 1’14 from the end, Ohio players were still ahead 114-111, but Ja Morant (24 points, 8 points) brought his team back to -2 thanks to free throws, and finally Stephen Adams (13 points, 10 rbds) won. A narrow victory after Morant’s missed shot sixteen seconds from the buzzer. Darius Garland (23 points, 14 points) then missed the game-winning layup by Dillon Brooks.

Sacramento offers Lakers without Sabonis

In the West, the surprise of this first half of the season is called Sacramento, and the Kings went to the sixth consecutive victory on the Lakers floor without Domantas Sabonis (illness): 111-116. Leading by fourteen points at the end of the first quarter, Sacramento changed its lead by fourteen points at the end of the third quarter. The two teams then tied several times in the final quarter. The score was tied at 108-108 with 1’10 left, but the Lakers made an 8-3 run in a small free throw game. Backed by De’Aaron Fox’s 31 points and 6 assists, the Kings can start thinking about a playoff run they haven’t made since 2006 (no team has done worse than that).LeBron James (32 pts, 8 pts, 9 pts) and Russell Westbrook (19 pts, 7 pts, 5 pts) will need to string wins to close the game for the Lakers… the standings are Atlanta (122-130, Luka Doncic and 30 points for Dejounte Murray) and lost to Miami (98-124).

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
New York Knicks – Washington Wizards : 105-116
Evan Fournier (NYK) did not play by coach’s decision

Dallas Mavericks – Atlanta Hawks : 122-130
Frank Ntilina (DAL) did not appear by the decision of the head coach

Houston Rockets – Charlotte Hornets : 117-122
Sent to the G-League, Theo Maledon (CHA) did not play

Oklahoma City Thunder – Indiana Pacers: 126-106
Ousmane Dieng (OKC) did not play with a wrist injury

utah jazz -Los Angeles Clippers: 126-103
Nicolas Batum (LAC) stats: 23 minutes of play, 11 points (3/4, 4/5 on shots including 0 free throw attempts), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 fouls
Moussa Diabaté (LAC) stats: 22 minutes of play, 3 points (1/4 shots, including 0 3-pointers, 1/4 free throws), 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 2 loose balls, 3 fouls

Denver Nuggets – Minnesota Timberwolves: 122-118
Rudy Gobert (MIN) did not play with a groin injury

Los Angeles Lakers – Sacramento Kings : 111-116
New Orleans Pelicans – Miami Heat : 98-124
Memphis Grizzlies – Cleveland Cavaliers: 115-114

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