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NBA : The shock for Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Phoenix ensure, new disappointment for the LA Lakers



Winner of Brooklyn, Milwaukee does not let go of the leading duo in the East and reassures thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo. In the West, if Phoenix has assured in Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Lakers have experienced a new defeat, which Dallas could not take advantage.

Game of the night:
Tonight, the Fiserv Forum floor vibrated during the East clash between Milwaukee (3rd) and Brooklyn (2nd). Especially since Giannis Antetokounmpo, recovered from his sprain, was present to challenge Kevin Durant. Highly anticipated in the NBA, this duel between title candidates saw the Bucks dominate the Nets by a whisker (117-114) at the end of a game where the two stars went blow for blow. If the visitors struck first at the beginning of the game (28-37), the response was just as strong from the Wisconsin franchise, which led at the break (62-59). A short advantage that Mike Budenholzer’s players finally kept at the end of the second half, even if Brooklyn went back ahead at the end of the third quarter. In the absence of James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo (49 points and 8 rebounds) and Kevin Durant (42 points and 10 rebounds) were the main characters of this top-of-the-line clash, while Khris Middleton (26 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists) and Kyrie Irving (20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) were also important on both sides. After the defeat of the Bucks at the Barclays Center last January (125-123), the « beautiful » in a few days (May 5) already promises to make sparks fly.

MVP of the night:
Behind the two huge performances of the « Greek Freak » and « KB », Joel Embiid also did very well last night. On the road to face San Antonio, the Cameroonian pivot had to pull out all the stops to help Philadelphia get out of the Texan trap (111-113, ap). With 34 points and 12 rebounds in just over 34 minutes, the Sixers player did a lot of damage to the Spurs’ bench on both sides of the court. Much less visible during the game, it is however Ben Simmons (5 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists) who had the last word in overtime to offer the victory to his team at the buzzer. With this short but precious success against a team always annoying, Doc Rivers’ players took advantage of Brooklyn’s slip-up in Milwaukee to take back the lead of the Eastern Conference, with a record of 43 wins in 64 games.

Flop of the night:
Despite the return of LeBron James, the situation does not improve for the defending champion. The Los Angeles Lakers were defeated again on Sunday night at the Staples Center (114-121). Opposed to Toronto, the Californians have fallen on a duo in great shape in front. Indeed, carried by Pascal Siakam (39 points and 13 rebounds) and Kyle Lowry (37 points and 11 assists), the Raptors have ended a series of three consecutive setbacks in the most beautiful way. If the locals started the game better, a 40-21 in favor of the franchise based in Tampa (Florida) this season has changed the game. Because after that, the Lakers only chased the score … in vain. If James (19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) and Andre Drummond (19 points and 11 rebounds), but also Kyle Kuzma (24 points), have answered present, it is less the case of Anthony Davis (12 points at 5 on 16 shooting, 9 rebounds and 7 assists). Luckily, Dallas also lost at the same time, against Sacramento (99-111), which allows Frank Vogel’s players to remain in 5th place. However, a reaction is expected on Monday against the Denver Nuggets.

Frenchman of the night:
Overall, the French did not play much and therefore could not really highlight this night, like the three short minutes on the floor of Frank Ntilikina, where he made no statistics, during the victory of New York in Houston (97-122). On the other hand, despite a new defeat of Oklahoma City, Theo Maledon is still as regular. With notably 18 points (5 out of 10 on shots, including 3 out of 6 three-pointers), 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes to his credit, the Thunder’s point guard continues to progress at the end of this season, during which his franchise tries to have a good position in the next draft. Badly beaten the day before, OKC showed however a much better face at the Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Phoenix Suns, with a short defeat (120-123) against one of the best teams of the season. Also beaten, Evan Fournier seems to be on the rise with Boston, despite the loss against Portland (119-129). With 21 points (8 out of 10 in shooting, including 5 out of 7 three-pointers), 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in 34 minutes, the Celtics guard is back to his best after a long absence due to coronavirus.

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