Orlando knocks out Boston, Denver still down

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Paolo Banchero and the Magic never cease to surprise! Jeremy Reper / REUTERS

The Celtics, the Nuggets and the Timberwolves bit the dust last night on the NBA floors.

Orlando continues

Two days after knocking out champion Denver, Orlando recorded a 6th victory in a row against Boston (113-96), a serious contender for the title. Coming off the bench, the German Moritz Wagner hurt the Celtics with 27 points to ist his leader Paolo Banchero (23 points), the Floridians proving impervious in defense. “This is what makes us proud», appreciated Banchero. Second in the ranking of the Eastern Conference behind Boston, the Magic took an option on qualifying for the quarter-finals of the new mid-season tournament after this match which counted for the group stage, in this evening marked by the new defeat of Spurs.

Denver too

Denver, the defending champion, suffered a fourth defeat in five games, all played away, this time in Houston (105-85), despite another enormous performance from its Serbian pivot Nikola Jokic (38 points, 19 rebounds). , 8 pes). The Nuggets thus fall to 6th place in the West and are already eliminated from the tournament.

Minnesota loses… but keeps the lead

After 10 victories in 11 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves of Anthony Edwards (35 points) fell at home against Sacramento (124-111) and its leader De’Aaron Fox (36 points), but remain in the lead in the West . 12 points and 11 rebounds to the credit of French pivot Rudy Gobert.

Nobody moves

No team joined the Indiana Pacers and the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, the only two teams already qualified for the quarter-finals of the new tournament created to boost the long NBA regular season, the group stage of which will end on Tuesday.

And also…

Brook Lopez (39 pts), Giannis Antetokounmpo (31), Damian Lillard (31) and the Milwaukee Bucks won 131-128 on the Washington Wizards floor, while Devin Booker scored 40 points to allow in Phoenix to win in Memphis (89-110) in the absence of Kevin Durant (right foot pain) and Bradley Beal (lower back tension). Sixth consecutive victory for the Suns. We will also remember that the Knicks came back from a 21-point deficit to beat Miami (100-98). Toronto, Indiana and New Orleans are also among the winners of the day. The Pelicans were able to count on 62 points from the Ingram/Williamson duo against the Clippers (106-116).

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