Marc Gasol championed Memphis in his victory against Denver (89-87) one of the reference teams at the start of the championship. Two free throws of the Spanish pivot when only four and a half seconds remained for the conclusion established the final result. Serbian center Nikola Jokic missed the triple that could have given his team the mushroom victory in a row.
The Grizzles have opted for a style of play away from the generalized trend. In front of the scoring hatch, the preeminence and the rapidity of the attacks, those of Tennessee practice a very physical and intense defense and a paused rhythm. Against the Nuggets, Marc Gasol was the bastion of his team with a very complete performance: 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks.
Jaren Jackson Jr, the power forward that Memphis chose in fourth place in the last draft, showed an excellent level with 20 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks. The inner pair was indispensable for the triumph of the Grizzlies since their base, Mike Conley, was not successful and only scored four points, in addition to distributing eight assists.
The effectiveness of the Nuggets was far below normal. His outside players, Gary Harris, with 20 points, and Jamal Murray, with 15 points and seven assists, were his best tricks. Jokic only scored four points and Millsap, two. Juancho Hernangómez He contributed seven points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.
Lebron James touched the triple triple and led the Lakers' victory against Minnesota (114-110). The King added 24 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks. LeBron praised the contribution of the brand new signing of the Lakers, Tyson Chandler, from Phoenix Suns. Chandler debuted with the Californian team with two points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes. Hart and Kuzma contributed 21 points each and Brandom Ingram, 20.
Minnesota was unable to enforce its triple play, with 20 hits in 40 pitches. Derrick scored seven of those triples for a total of 31 points and also highlighted Butler, with 24 points, and Wiggins, with 19.
The excellent performance of Luka Doncic, with three of four in the 3-pointers, 24 points, six rebounds and two assists, it was not enough for Dallas, who fell on the court of Utah (117-102). Barnes, with 14 points, and Matthews, with 13, seconded Doncic. Utah broke its four-game losing streak thanks in particular to 23 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals by Donovan Mitchell, who returned to the team after a muscle injury. The French center got, as almost always this season, a double-double: 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio added 10 points, five rebounds, 12 assists and three steals. Burks scored 18 points and Crowder, 14.
Nine stoppers from Whiteside
Pau Gasol, injured on one foot, he could not play the game that San Antonio lost in Miami (95-88). Rudy Gay was also down. The pivot of the Heat Hassan Whiteside was the great protagonist with 29 points, 20 rebounds and nine blocks. Ellington, with 20 points, and Winslow, with 16, also excelled in the Heat's attack.
Mills, with 20 points, DeRozan, with 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, and Bertans, with 19 points, were left alone against the defensive efficiency of Miami. Aldridge, with a two of 14 in field goals, only scored six points.
Oklahoma City won in Cleveland (86-95). Schröder replaced the loss of Russell Westbrook, injured, and added 28 points and seven rebounds. Paul George added 18 points, and Álex Abrines, nine points thanks to three triples.
Serge Ibaka maintains his excellent level of the last days and with 14 points and 14 rebounds in 28 minutes he contributed to the triumph of Toronto in Sacramento (105-114). Kawhi Leonard shone with 25 points and 11 rebounds. The Raptors, with 11 victories and one defeat, remain at the helm of the Eastern Conference.
Oladipo's 36 points were not enough for Indiana, surpassed by Philadelphia (94-100). Joel Embiid, with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Ben Simmons, with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Dario Saric, with 18 points and seven rebounds cemented the Sixers' triumph.