Super hero Antetokounmpo

After a strange, for what have been his last years, streak of four straight lossesthe Bucks returned to Milwaukee and won again (123-114 to the Timberwolves). Despite not being at their best, they retain second place in the East (23-12), by the hair (tied with the Nets) and trying to keep an eye on the Celtics. The Wolves end the year with five straight losses, at 16-20 and out of the zone. play in from West. Far from what they expected for this season.

The Wolves arrived in Wisconsin without Karl-Anthony Towns (who hasn’t played all of December) and without Rudy Gobert, out last minute due to illness. It’s not that with your attempt Twin Towers They have done very well, but without them… Chris Finch’s rebounding problem was shown in all its harshness (and significance)a bleeding (68-36, 20-7 in attack capture) that was a key factor for the final result and in which Giannis Antetokounmpo fed himself to the blah: 43 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists. The first player since 1982 (Moses Malone) with at least 40+20 on two consecutive nights. The only one along with Wilt Chamberlain (five times) and Elgin Baylor with 40+20+5 in back to back. No one had done it since Wilt in 1966.

A disastrous first half from the line of three (3/22, 1/14 in the first quarter) had the Bucks (50-61) behind, who turned the score around in a furious third quarter (39-22) in the that the triples entered (5/8) with Joe Ingles at the controls. The Australian scored a couple of times from the line of three and unstuck his team. He finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists, some much-needed production without Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. In addition, also from the bench, Bobby Portis finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds (8 attacking, more than all the Wolves). Anthony Edwards had 30 points and 10 of 36 total rebounds for a team that tried almost to the end but fell short. When Towns and Gobert are around, the problem is chemistry and Coupling. Without them… the Wolves don’t have enough to go to courts as tough as the Bucks and scratch wins. And so the season goes by. For now, from disappointment to disappointment.

The day of the NBA was completed with these results:


When they seemed at a bad moment, the Wizards have reacted: four victories and now 16-21, one game from play in from the east. The Magic, weighed down by suspensions after the fight against the Pistons, had only eight players available. Without Bradley Beal, again injured, the Wizards led Kristaps Porzingis (30 points, 13 rebounds), Kyle Kuzma (16 points) and Rai Hachimura (16). The Magic are in the opposite dynamic: after a good run, they have three straight losses. Franz Wagner scored 28 points and Paolo Banchero 21.


Gary Trent Jr. scored 35 points, Pascal Siakam added 26 and the Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak at home to beat the Phoenix Suns, a team for whom life is much more difficult without the injured Devin Booker. The Suns added 25 turnovers to only 12 for the Raptors, an excessive burden if you add the good defense on DeAndre Ayton: 4 points with 2/10 shooting. Chris Paul finished with 20 points and 12 assists… but 6 turnovers, which is rare for him. The Raptors try to straighten out the course (16-20, out of the East play-in) and the Suns end the year in 2017, just one game away from the West quarter but with only one, too, over the next three in a Conference very compressed.

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The Bulls are also going to lurch. Now, after their worst crisis of the season, they have five wins in six games and their stars are responding: 43 points and 6 assists from Zach LaVine, at his best level of the season and splendid in the first quarter. 22 points from DeMar DeRozan despite a bad start and 19 with 9 rebounds from Vucevic. Still, the Bulls (16-19, last in the play in) did not secure the victory until the last minutes against the worst team in the NBA, some Pistons that remain at 9-29. Ivey finished with 22 points and 6 assists and Bogdanovic, with 20+6.


Good game in Denver, where the Nuggets were better in decisive moments and secured a very hard-earned win, despite their lousy defensive start, against a combative Heat who reach New Year’s Eve with 50% wins (18-18). The Nuggets share the West lead with the Pelicans (23-12). Jamal Murray scored 7 of his 14 points in the last two minutes and Nikola Jokic finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Caldwell-Pope (20 points, 4/4 on 3-pointers), Cancar, Hyland also worked… In the Heat, Tyler Herro had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, Bam Adebayo 22 and 7 rebounds, 17+6+8 and 4 steals by Jimmy Butler, 19 by Strus…


Another victory in extremis for the Kings, who are learning that everything in life is a matter of inertia. Now, things are going well: 19-15, in sixth position in the West and ahead of the Jazz who remain at 19-18, already tenth in the Western Conference. The Jazz, after trailing for many minutes, led into the final seconds. But they gave up three shots in the last attack on the Kings. De’Aaron Fox missed twice but Sabonis and Barnes grabbed the rebounds and Kevin Huerter hit the final 3-pointer with nine seconds left. Later, Lauri Markkanen failed and the victory was left in Sacramento. The Finn finished with 36 points and 5 rebounds, Mike Conley with 17 points and 8 assists and Jordan Clarkson with 25 points. In the Kings, 30 points from Huerter, 24 with 10 assists from Fox and 28 with 11 rebounds and 8 assists from Sabonis.

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