NBA: Nikola Jokic kills the Celtics with a triple-double – The Bucks fall without their stars

Nikola Jokic got his Denver Nuggets back on track with a triple-double against the Boston Celtics. The Washington Wizards have it easy against a decimated Milwaukee Bucks team.

Ja Morant excels against the Sacramento Kings, keeping his Memphis Grizzlies within striking distance of the west for the top spot.

Memphis Grizzlies (23-13) – Sacramento Kings (19-16) 118:108 (BOXSCORE)

  • The Grizzlies are hot on the heels of the Nuggets. Against the Kings, the Grizzlies won a game that had been close for a long time, even without a rested Desmond Bane. At halftime, Memphis was only 1 point ahead. The fact that there was no change in leadership since the middle of the third quarter was mainly due to Ja Morant, who not only brought an effective 35 points (13/23 FG), but also hung up 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • Steven Adams’ performance was also incredible. To the 10 defensive rebounds of the New Zealander are added 13 (!) offensive rebounds (+ 11 points). “That’s where his house is, in the trenches,” Morant said of his partner. “I don’t think anyone else will go out there and fight him. He’s a man among boys.”
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. had a solid performance with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Tyus Jones was Memphis’ second-best player with 18 points (5/7 threes) and he also had 8 assists. Dillon Brooks scored 15 points.
  • Just like the Grizzlies, every Kings starter has scored in double figures. De’Aaron Fox was the most successful with 19 points and Domantas Sabonis with 18. The Lithuanian even had something to counter in the duel with Adams (14 rebounds including 6 offensive), but did not quite match the impressive numbers from his opponent. . Sixth man Malik Monk also played well (18 points, 5 rebounds).

Milwaukee Bucks (23-13) – Washington Wizards (17-21) 95:118 (BOXSCORE)

  • Even before the game, Bucks fans’ hopes for their 24th win of the season were manageable. The reason: the news that Giannis Antetokounmpo would miss the game against Washington with knee pain. Also, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and George Hill were not used. Bradley Beal was out of Washington with a hamstring problem. Without the star, the ball was often in the hands of Kyle Kuzma, who scored the second triple-double of his NBA career with 10 points (5/16 FG), 11 assists and 13 rebounds.
  • The Wizards were already leading 34:17 after the first quarter. At no time was Milwaukee able to balance the game. Bucks second-line players like Jevon Carter and Grayson Allen struggled to take failures. The Wizards have now won five straight and are back in play-in contention, currently in tenth place.
  • Wizards could switch and do whatever they wanted near the basket. They scored 72 points in the zone – the Bucks only 26! Daniel Gafford was a big part of that, amassing 13 points in the first quarter (17 overall). In the second quarter, Hachimura carried his team with 13 of his 26 points in total (11/18 FG). In the end, six players had double-digit points with the Wizards. Kristaps Porzingis gave the opponent 22 points (9/16 FG, 0/5 three).
  • Among the Bucks, Bobby Portis (19 points, 10 rebounds), Grayson Allen (13 points, 8 assists) and Jevon Carter (14 points) limited the damage. Brook Lopez remained rather discreet (8 points, 3/10 FG, 10 rebounds).

Denver Nuggets (24-12) – Boston Celtics (26-11) 123:111 (BOXSCORE)

  • The best team in the west put the brakes on number one in the east. The victory, clearer than expected, was once again thanks to Nikola Jokic. The center finished the game with another triple-double (30 points, 12 assists, 12 rebounds). He converted his two attempts from three and was extremely accurate in other regards as well (10/13 FG, 8/8 FT).
  • Even in the minutes without Jokic, Denver didn’t crumble. Early in the second quarter, the Nuggets went on a 12-2 run even with Jokic on the bench. With the double MVP on the floor, however, things didn’t go badly either. The interaction between him and Aaron Gordon (18 points, 7 assists) worked brilliantly. Bruce Brown scored 21 points, Michael Porter Jr. 19 and Bones Hyland 17.
  • In the duel between two teams studded with better players, all three made the difference, Boston hit just 27.9%, while Denver scored a solid 17 of 30 attempts (56.7%) in the basket. The Nuggets’ much-criticized defense also kicked into high gear and made it difficult for Celtics players to finish.
  • Nevertheless, Jaylen Brown scored 30 points (12/20 FG), Jayson Tatum scored 25 points (7/16 FG, 0/4 three-pointers, 5 turnovers). Marcus Smart (4 points, 2/12 FG, 7 assists) and Al Horford (8 points, 3/10 FG) will not remember the evening as a highlight. Additional Note: After a Robert Williams dunk, the basket system was damaged, so play had to be halted for approximately 40 minutes.

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