Milwaukee Bucks Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots during a home win against the Detroit Pistons on Nov. 2, 2022. Patrick McDermott
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks (32 points, 12 rebounds) became their seventh victim in a 116-91 win over Detroit on Wednesday. ap).
Early in the season, nothing could stop Milwaukee, certainly not the Detroit Pistons, who swept Antetokounmpo’s squad, improving on his double-double with five blocks and four assists. The Greek giant was well supported on offense by Joe Holiday, who scored 26 points, including four three-point baskets.
The Pistons, who led in the first quarter, then saw the score inexorably spiral, losing their seventh in nine games — the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.
This wide victory, on the other hand, allows the Bucks to hold the lead alone against the surging Cavaliers, who validated the sixth consecutive victory (for loss) at the end of the suspense against the Boston Celtics (114-113 ap). )
In this upset, Cleveland was able to count on Darius Garland’s critical contribution after suffering an eye injury. After missing five games, the Cavs’ young leader (22) collected 29 points, 12 assists and five rebounds. Late in the game, Donovan Mitchell (25 total points), who recently transferred from Utah, joined the party, and Jaylen Brown missed the Celtics’ winning basket (4 v., 3 d.).
“I felt good from my first successful shot and my eye didn’t bother me,” commented Darius Garland, who is entering his fourth season with the Cavs. “We were particularly aggressive in the last five minutes and I’m really happy with the win,” added the 2022 All Stars, while also delighted with Mitchell’s performance.
“He brings a lot to the team. (…) He’s been in the playoffs several times and brought this experience there (…) He’s helped me a lot”, he noted.
– 33 points for Doncic –
In the Western Conference, it’s not time for big celebrations for the Lakers, but the LA franchise, after opening the counter against the Nuggets on Sunday, recorded its second victory over one of the teams, New Orleans (120-117 ap). On form at the start of the season.
If LeBron James achieves a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds), the Californian hero of the day is called Matt Ryan, the buzzer author of a three-point basket, allowing the Lakers to push the Pelicans into overtime, 111 everywhere. .
Throughout the contest, Lonnie Walker was the fourth-leading scorer for LA (28 points) and is now in the hunt for a more balanced record – currently 2-5.
The game was almost as close in Portland, where the Blazers lost 111-106 to Memphis, with 29 points from fullback Desmond Bain.
In the standings, the Grizzlies (5-3) are closing in on Portland (5-2) but missing out on a chance to join the Phoenix Suns (6-1) atop the conference.
Finally, in Dallas, Slovenian Luka Doncic continued his streak by registering 30 points or more (33 in this case, along with 11 assists) for the seventh time on the season in the Mavericks’ win over the Utah Jazz. 103-100).