Klay Thompson returns, the Bulls stumble and the Grizzlies crush the Lakers

Marcus Morris Sr # 8 and Ivica Zubac # 40 of LA Clippers defend against Trae Young # 11 of the Atlanta Hawks, in the NBA game played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles (USA). EFE / Phillip Kim

Los Angeles (USA), Jan 9 (EFE) .- Luka Doncic and his Dallas Mavericks cut the Chicago Bulls’ nine-win streak and the Memphis Grizzlies added their ninth straight win by crushing the Los Angeles Lakers in one day in which the leading role went to Klay Thompson, who returned with the Golden State Warriors 941 days later.
Thompson added 17 points (7 of 18 shooting, 3 of 8 3-pointers), 3 rebounds, an assist and a block in 20 minutes that were vitally important for the Golden State Warriors to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry (28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists) led the Warriors and Lamar Stevens (17 points and 4 rebounds) led the Cavaliers in a game with little success from the triple (10 of 42 for the locals and 7 of 24 for visitors).
“The reception of the fans has been a very special moment that I will never forget. I will never forget tonight,” said a Thompson who, due to two very serious injuries, had not played since June 2019.
Luka Doncic with a triple-double (22 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists) stopped the all-powerful Chicago Bulls, who arrived in Dallas as leaders of the East after winning nine games in a row but who this time stumbled against Mavericks who have six consecutive victories .
Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, with 20 points per head, led some Bulls who could not stop the Mavericks attack, who made 50% of their shots, dominated the rebound (48 against 39) and in the that six players achieved at least 10 points.
The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in a duel that they had completely tied up in the third quarter winning by 29 points, but in which in the end, after an amazing 21-0 run for the Angelenos, they ended up suffering to ensure victory.
Desmond Bane (23 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (21 points and 12 rebounds) took the reins of a sextet of Grizzlies players who scored at least 10 points while the Lakers were too much was left alone LeBron James (35 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists).
Spanish Santi Aldama played 3 minutes for the Grizzlies in which he was left without scoring.
NETS 121 – SPURS 119
After an overtime and with much suffering, the Brooklyn Nets edged out the San Antonio Spurs and set the course after winning just one of their last five games.
Kevin Durant (28 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists) and James Harden (26 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists) were one more day the top referents for the Nets against some very coral Spurs in which Lonnie Walker stood out with 25 points , 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Spanish Serge Ibaka signed a very good performance (16 points with 7 of 8 shooting, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in 21 minutes) for the Los Angeles Clippers to beat the Atlanta Hawks solidly.
Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic, with 19 points each, were the main scorers for a disappointing Hawks who made only 26.9% of their 3s and lost the battle for the rebound (39 to 53 for the Clippers). ).
The Toronto Raptors extended their stupendous winning streak to six in a row by beating the New Orleans Pelicans at home from a Willy Hernangómez who had no minutes.
Fred VanVleet, who is in great form (32 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists), and Pascal Siakam (29 points and 10 rebounds) drove the Canadians against some Pelicans in which Jonas Valanciunas stood out (20 points and 17 rebounds).
Kyle Kuzma with a monumental double-double (27 points and 22 rebounds) led the Washington Wizards to beat the Orlando Magic in a tight game, the team with the worst balance in the NBA and which has lost its last nine games.
Terrence Ross, with 32 points, was the leader of the Magic while the Brazilian Raul Neto played 26 minutes for the Wizards in which he got 4 points (0 of 7 in shooting, 4 of 4 in free), 3 rebounds and 2 assists .
Orlando’s team had a Gary Harris 3-pointer in the closing seconds and a Chuma Okeke tap on the horn, but Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma blocked both shots, respectively.
Nikola Jokic stroked a new triple-double (22 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists) to contribute decisively to the Denver Nuggets’ comeback in the last minute against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Argentine Facundo Campazzo played 22 minutes for Denver in which he got a point (0 of 4 in shots), 4 rebounds, 8 assists and a block, while in the Thunder, with a very poor success from the triple (23 , 7%), the leading scorer was Luguentz Dort (14 points and 5 rebounds).
The Dominican-born player Karl-Anthony Towns gave a great game (40 points with 15 of 25 shooting, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and one steal) for the Minnesota Timberwolves to beat the Houston Rockets at home.
Christian Wood (22 points and 8 rebounds) was the most outstanding of the Houston team.
Anfernee Simons (31 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists) was providential for the Portland Trail Blazers to topple the Sacramento Kings.
The most notable performance of the Sacramento team was signed by Tyrese Haliburton (17 points and 9 assists).
1.- Chicago Bulls (26-11)
2.- Brooklyn Nets (25-13)
3.- Miami Heat (25-15)
4.- Milwaukee Bucks (26-16)
5.- Philadelphia 76ers (22-16)
6.- Cleveland Cavaliers (22-18)
7.- Toronto Raptors (20-17)
8.- Charlotte Hornets (21-19)
9.- Washington Wizards (20-20)
10.- Boston Celtics (19-21)
11.- New York Knicks (19-21)
12.- Atlanta Hawks (17-22)
13.- Indiana Pacers (15-25)
14.- Detroit Pistons (8-30)
15.- Orlando Magic (7-34)
1.- Golden State Warriors (30-9)
2.- Phoenix Suns (30-9)
3.- Utah Jazz (28-12)
4.- Memphis Grizzlies (28-14)
5.- Dallas Mavericks (22-18)
6.- Denver Nuggets (20-18)
7.- Los Angeles Lakers (21-20)
8.- Minnesota Timberwolves (20-20)
9.- Los Angeles Clippers (20-21)
10.- San Antonio Spurs (15-24)
11.- Portland Trail Blazers (15-24)
12.- Sacramento Kings (16-26)
13.- New Orleans Pelicans (14-26)
14.- Oklahoma City Thunder (13-26)
15.- Houston Rockets (11-30).


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