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Porter Jr. and Durant on fire



One day after being fined by the NBA for violating the Covid protocol, Kevin Porter Jr. turned in an extraordinary performance (50 points, 11 assists) on Thursday to help Houston take on Milwaukee. A first for a 20 years old player. In great shape too, Kevin Durant (42 points) carried Brooklyn, winner on the floor of the Pacers of its fourth game in a row. On the French side, Theo Maledon (16 points) and Killian Hayes (11 assists) shined, but without being able to avoid a new defeat to their respective teams.

Porter Jr and Durant on fire
Twenty-four hours after being fined by the NBA for violating health protocols against Covid-19 (he had gone to a Miami strip club on April 19 despite rules prohibiting indoor gatherings), Kevin Porter Jr. fined the Bucks in turn. The young Rockets guard turned in an incredible performance against a Milwaukee team without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, scoring 50 points (16-of-26 shooting, including 9-of-15 three-pointers) and adding 11 assists. Never before has a 20-year-old player performed like this.

Houston, which was on a five-game losing streak before winning (143-136) on Thursday at home against the Bucks, can thank Porter Jr. for having taken the time of an evening for the former home star James Harden. Kevin Durant, him, is accustomed to panic counters. Thursday, against the Pacers in Indiana, the two-time champion with Golden State had no choice but to take charge in the absence of two of the Nets’ other leaders Kyrie Irving and Harden. He did it in a magnificent way, with a total not far from the one of the man of the night (42 points at 16 on 24 shooting). Particularly impressive in the third quarter, which saw him score 22 of his 42 points, « KD » was also able to rely on his teammate Alize Johnson (20 points, 21 rebounds) to lead Brooklyn, solid leader of the Eastern Conference, to its fourth consecutive win.

Maledon and Hayes were not enough
Of the four French players on the NBA floor Thursday night (Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot and Sekou Doumbouya were also in the lineup), two particularly shined. Unfortunately for them, Theo Maledon could not prevent OKC from falling at home against the Pelicans of Zion Williamson (27 points), just as the excellent game of Killian Hayes was not enough for Detroit, last of the Eastern Conference, to get its 20th victory of the season (the 44th loss on the other hand), on its floor against Dallas and a Tim Hardaway Jr.

Despite a slight failure in shooting (5 of 12), Maledon, certainly one of the best players this season of this Thunder who saw his last hopes to snatch a ticket to the playoffs, compiled 16 points and 4 assists, finishing second best scorer of his team on this game behind Luguentz Dort (17) and signing in passing his sixth highest point total since his arrival in the NBA in the off-season.

Hayes, also 19 years old, did even better than his compatriot from ASVEL. Against the Mavericks, the teammate of the other Frenchy of the Pistons Sekou Doumbouya (14 points) confirmed how valuable he was in the collective game of his team by delivering 11 assists in this game. That is his career record. On the other hand, in terms of shots (1 of 6 including 0 of 2 behind the line, for only 2 points scored), the young French point guard who was sidelined for three months due to a hip injury that greatly tarnished his first season in the Big League, must do better.

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