The Denver Nuggets suspended a series of 11 consecutive wins (the longest this season) for Yota Jazz with a 128-117 win in the NBA
Nuggets owe this victory to the brilliance of his Serbian star Nikola Jukic, who scored 47 points, including 22 in the first quarter, raising it to 33 at the end of the first half, and added 12 follow-ups to achieve the twentieth “Double Double” this season.
Jukic, the undisputed star of the match, noted his team’s victory, saying, “At the moment, Jazz is considered the best team in the league, they play amazingly and pay brilliantly and have achieved 11 consecutive wins, so the win is very good for us.”
From the start, Nuggets advanced by a large margin, reaching 28 points in the first half, by relying largely on the three-pointers and succeeded in scoring 8 of them in his first 8 attempts, then 15 out of 18 at the end of the first half.
Jazz narrowed the gap to less than 10 points in the third quarter, but the last word was for Nuggets thanks to reserves Jaime Michael Green and Vacundo Campazzo, who scored 9 and 6 consecutive points in the last quarter to take their team out a 9-point winner.
Seven Jazz players surpassed the 10-point barrier, and the best of them was Bojan Bogdanovic with 29 points and Donovan Mitchell with 13, but that did not remove the specter of his first loss since January 6.
Western top spot for clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers returned from an outright victory over the New York Knicks 129-115 thanks to Kawhi Lennard’s 28 points.
After the Clippers made a comfortable lead during the course of the match, the Knicks managed to reduce the difference to only two points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the Clippers responded by scoring the next nine points to settle the score by a large percentage.
Julions Randall was the best scorer in the ranks of the loser, with the best defense in the league, with 27 points.
With this victory, the Clippers clinched the top spot in the Western Region at the expense of Utah Jazz, with a record that is the best in the league so far, including 16 wins and 5 defeats.
Dramatic win the Louiseards
The Washington Wizards scored a thrilling victory over the Brooklyn Nets 149-146, thanks to Russell Westbrook’s three-pointer deflected 4.3 seconds before the end.
Washington’s previous advance was within a short period of the second quarter, before a stunning uprising in the final seconds to make up for a 5-point lead 12.3 seconds from the end.
Bradley Bell scored a hat-trick 8.1 seconds before the end to narrow the deficit to 146-144.
Washington got a chance to tie or advance after Garrison Matthews cut a pass from Joe Harris towards Kevin Durant 6.8 seconds before the match, and quickly passed to Westbrook, who scored the fatal three-shot 4.3 seconds before despite an attempt by Kyrie Irving to clear her.
After Brooklyn had two time-outs, Timothy Lowe-Cabarot missed a long throw before Bell was fouled less than one second before the end and scored two free throws.
Westbrook scored 41 points in its best tally of the season, including 15 points in the final quarter, stopping a series of 4 consecutive defeats for Washington. The same player had 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
Durant scored 37 points and teammate Harris added 32 points, the best of his career, and a streak of 4 wins was interrupted by the Lents, who missed his new player James Harden due to injury.
“At the moment, the most important thing is to achieve victories,” Westbrook said, referring to his team losing 4 of its last six matches, after six matches were postponed due to the repercussions of the new Coronavirus.