Update: 22.11.2022 07:53
New York – Atlanta basketball players lost on Monday in Cleveland 102:114 and dropped from fourth to sixth position in the NBA Eastern Conference table. The only Czech representative in the competition, Vít Krejčí, came on for the Hawks in the last minute of the match and scored one unsuccessful attempt for three points. The star of the game was home winger Donovan Mitchell, who collected 29 points and nine assists.
The Cavaliers met the Hawks for the first time since last season’s play-in tournament, when Atlanta won and Cleveland missed the playoffs for the fourth time in a row. “Today’s game meant a lot to us, we all remember what the opponent did to us last year. We defended well and that made easy baskets,” said Darius Garland.
It was Garland who seconded Mitchell with 26 points and nine assists, and Cedi Osman took care of another 23 points, including three three-pointers. The Cavaliers shot 60 percent from the field, hit 10 of 19 three-pointers and didn’t even mind 20 turnovers against Atlanta.
Although the 22-year-old Krejčí made his eighth start of the season, he did not enter the statistics in his short time on the field. Rather, he followed Trae Young’s 25 points and 10 assists or Onyeka Okongwu’s 18 points and 10 rebounds. The hero of the last game against Toronto, which was decided by a basket in the last second, AJ Griffin, collected 17 points.
The scoring star of the day was Janis Adetokunbo, who led Milwaukee to a 119-111 win over Portland with 37 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The Bucks took advantage of the absence of an injured Damian Lillard to lead by as many as 17 points and improve to 12-4 for second in the East.
Anfernee Simons led the Blazers with 29 points, but Portland, after a great start, lost for the third time in a row and fell from the leading position in the West to seventh place. However, they still only lose 1.5 games to the first Utah. Lillard, who suffered a right calf injury, is on the mend and could be back with the team in two weeks.
Eastern Conference leader Boston also lost, losing 107:121 in Chicago. Although Jayson Tatum played a great game for the Celtics with 28 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Jaylen Brown with 25 points and Malcolm Brogdon with 23, Boston allowed the Bulls to shoot 52 percent.
Chicago’s nine-game winning streak ended thanks to DeMar DeRozan with 28 points, and Zach LaVine added another 22 points. It was LaVine who improved after hitting just 14 shots against Orlando and being held to four points. “Everyone has the worst night of their career once in a while. That was mine,” he said after the match.
Without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors didn’t have much of a chance against New Orleans, which they lost 83-128. Only Jordan Poole with 26 points and Jonathan Kuminga with 18 held the Golden State banner, but the team was still down by 19 points after the first half. “It was a chance for the young guys to play. Even so, it was a tough night,” coach Steve Kerr assessed the defeat.
Brandon Ingram led the winners with 34 points, Devonte’ Graham scored another 19 points. Zion Williamson played 23 minutes, during which he had nine points, four assists and two rebounds.
Jalen Brunson had a great night, contributing 34 points and nine assists to New York’s 129-119 win over Oklahoma City. Julius Randle and RJ Barrett also added 25 points each. The Thunder, who already let a total of 13 players into the game during the duel, on the contrary, even another thirty-point performance by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was not enough.
Chicago – Boston 121:107, Cleveland – Atlanta 114:102, Indiana – Orlando 123:102, LA Clippers – Utah 121:114, Milwaukee – Portland 119:111, Minnesota – Miami 105:101, New Orleans – Golden State 128: 83, Oklahoma City-New York 119:129.
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