Houston (USA), Jan. 15 – Star forward Kawhi Leonard lived his best night as a Los Angeles Clippers player by being the winning leader and also establishing the best individual brand so far this season, the first with the Californian team.
While the Utah Jazz remained unstoppable with the tenth consecutive victory and the Memphis Grizzlies confirmed their resurgence as a team that seeks to be among the eight best in the Western Conference that gives them the right to play the playoffs when the end of the season arrives regular.
The Milwaukee Bucks were also part of the group of winners and reinforced the status of the league’s leading team by reaching the fourth straight win.
Leonard had 43 points, his best mark of the season, in just three quarters of the game, and the Clippers defeated the Cavaliers of Cleveland from 128-103.
The Clippers, who have won five of six games and had six players with double-digit scoring, were again without the injured star Paul George.
According to Sportradar data, it is the second time since 1996 that a Clippers player scores at least 40 points in the first three quarters, after Lou Williams had 40 against the Golden State Warriors in 2018.
Leonard had 14 points in the second quarter and established a personal triple mark in a period, with four.
The All-Star player played 29 minutes and scored 14 of 22 field shots and 6 of 10 triples, and was two points away to tie his best mark as a professional.
Australian forward Joe Ingles led the attack with 27 points, matching the best mark of his career, and the Jazz defeated the Brooklyn Nets at home 107-118.
With the victory the Jazz reach 10 consecutive, which allows them to put their mark on 28-12 and remain leading the Northwest Division, in addition to maintaining the biggest winning streak currently in the NBA, followed by Los Angeles Lakers, who have nine, and they rested.
The Jazz got their 15th victory in the last 16 games.
Rookie baseman Ja Morant had 26 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who won 121-110 to the Houston Rockets.
The Grizzlies won their sixth straight game and got their longest winning streak since December 2016.
The Memphis team put their mark on 19-22 and remains third in the Southwest Division and eighth in the Western Conference, which would entitle them to compete in the playoffs.
For the Rockets, the guard James Harden had 41 points, six rebounds and six assists as leader of the attack, which also kept him in charge of the NBA’s encestadores, but without being able to avoid the defeat of the Houston team.
Harden has scored at least 40 points in five straight games against the Grizzlies.
Greek power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 37 points and nine rebounds as director of the Bucks attack, which beat the New York Knicks 128-102.
The Milwaukee team, which had up to 35 points in the first half improved its record to 36-6, the NBA leader.
Antetokounmpo did not play the fourth period after the Bucks built a 32-point lead at the start and “swept” the three-game season series against the Knicks.
The Slovenian base Luka Doncic contributed 20 points and eight rebounds as the second top scorer of the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Golden State Warriors 97-124 at home, adding eight straight losses.
The Mavericks won their fourth consecutive game against the Warriors, three of them followed by visitors.
This time, Doncic was not the great individual figure, but he did a great teamwork like Canadian power forward Dwight Powell, who ended up leading the Mavericks attack by getting 21 points.
But the Mavericks winning surprise factor was veteran Serbian centerman Boban Marjanovic, who as a reserve ended up being the sixth player, and the undisputed leader in the inner game by providing a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Mavericks made a difference in their game by capturing 53 rebounds for just 36 of the Warriors.
Base Trae Young got a double-double of 36 points and 10 assists as leader of the Atlanta Hawks, who beat the Phoenix Suns 123-110, who broke a streak of two straight wins.
While the Hawks, with the victory, broke a streak of four consecutive losses.
Young scored 21 of his 36 points in the last quarter, and had only 15 points before doubling his total in the final period of his twentieth game with at least 30 points this season.
For the Suns, the Hispanic guard Devin Booker achieved 39 points as the best scorer of the Phoenix team before being expelled for his second technical foul with less than two minutes to complete the regulation time.
The Suns had the absence of Spanish base Ricky Rubio, who did not accompany the team on their trip to Atlanta for personal reasons, without the team disclosing more details.