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The Sixers, carried by the indispensable Joel Embiid, have laboriously won (123-117) their duel at the top of the Eastern Conference against the Nets, Wednesday in the NBA, in a night where Luka Doncic and Stephen Curry have again made miracles.

Philadelphia is scared

Given their regular season, both teams could be vying for a spot in the championship finals in July. This third rehearsal has again turned to the advantage of the 76ers, who now lead two wins to one, after having largely dominated (20 pts difference) and then let the Nets come back to three lengths in the last two minutes. While he thought he would not return to the floor in the last quarter, Joel Embiid (39 pts, 9 rbds) came back to play the fireman. A counter and two free throws later, he ensured the essential for his team, which could also count on Tobias Harris (26 pts). « We made a succession of mistakes on defense, and we also lost the ball. We were not as concentrated as in the first three quarters and a half. But it is necessary, if we want to be competitive for the title, » he said, rather unhappy. On the other side, the substitutes were heroic at the end of the game with a 21-2 run inflicted on the opponent. All without Kyrie Irving who had held the house alone until then (37 pts, 9 assists). In the standings, Philly keeps the lead, with Brooklyn slipping to 2nd place ahead of Milwaukee, which quietly followed up with a second straight win in Minnesota (130-105).

Attention artists!

For those who want to understand the expression « hallelujah shot »: see the floating shot, between two opponents, on one leg, behind the three-point line, made at the buzzer by Luka Doncic, synonymous with Dallas’ victory in Memphis (114-113). This last chance shot that only talent can provoke has made LeBron James react, who therefore watches the games of his competitors when he does not play: « WOW WOW WOW!!!!! Luka Doncic you can’t be serious here!!! ». Earlier in Oklahoma City, Stephen Curry was deprived of 4th quarter by his coach Steve Kerr and perhaps a new NBA record for the most three-point baskets in a game. The Warriors’ point guard had just made 11 in 29 minutes – enough to ensure Golden State’s success (147-109) – and seemed to be able to reach Klay Thompson’s mark (14). Consolation: he is the only player in history to have managed two consecutive games with at least ten primary shots (he put 11 on Monday against Denver). The first one dates from 2016.

New York contains Zion

Intenable (35 pts average) during the last three victorious outings of the Pelicans, the phenomenon Williamson did not lose out against the Knicks (25 pts, 8 rbds, 7 assists), but the New York defense limited him to 1/4 in the shots and intercepted him twice in the last quarter, to finally win (116-106). A 4th consecutive success in particular due to Julius Randle, still excellent (32 pts, 8 rbds). NY remains 7th in the East, ahead of Charlotte, beaten at home by Cleveland (103-90). Further down, in the fight for the play-offs, Indiana (9th) won in Houston (132-124), thanks in particular to the 27 points of Caris LeVert, amazing more than three months after the removal of a kidney tumor. The 10th place of last play-off still remains that of Chicago, beaten by Orlando (115-106), Toronto coming slightly closer thanks to its victory against San Antonio (117-112).

All smiles for the Clippers

Deprived of their major five, the Californians found the resources to erase a five-point deficit in the last minute, thanks to a mid-range shot by Reggie Jackson at 2 seconds from the buzzer (100-98). The point guard finished with 29 points (6 rbds). Third in the West, ahead of Denver who also won against Miami (123-106), L.A. has seven consecutive wins and will challenge Philadelphia on Friday.

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