At the same time, the 28-year-old Serbian Jokič missed the previous match on Wednesday due to a sore back, but two days later, after a short break, he was unstoppable again. “Some of us may take it for granted, but my advice is: cherish every opportunity you have to see him play,” coach Michal Malone said.
Denver picked up its 34th win of the season and is just behind Western Conference leaders Oklahoma and Minnesota. Another Nuggets player Jamal Murray missed a triple double by one rebound: he collected 13 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Scoot Henderson with 30 points and Anfernee Simons with 29 were too lonely in the Portland jersey.
Westbrook imitated teammate James Harden, who became a player with 25,000 points in December. He succeeded with the last basket less than three minutes before the end. “I am grateful to be in such a team. By no means do I take anything for granted,” said the veteran quarterback. Kawhi Leonard was the best scorer for the Clippers against the worst team in the competition with 33 points.
The most balanced game took place on Friday in San Antonio, where the hosts lost to New Orleans 113-114. The result was decided by Zion Williamson with the last four points, he converted the winning run 3.8 seconds before the siren. From the last attack, Devin Vassell tried a difficult three, but did not convert it.
“I really don’t know how Zion turned the last raid. You’re at full speed, you have three opposing players, including Wembanyama, who is a great blocker, and you still make a basket,” Williamson’s teammate José Alvarado praised. Williamson finished the game with 33 points and eight rebounds. The home team, which lost its third straight and closes the West standings, was led by Vassell with 28 points, including five 3-pointers, freshman Victor Wembanyama finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.
Atlanta, still without Víto Krejčí, defeated Phoenix 129:120. It was led by Trae Young with 32 points and 15 assists, the 35 points of Kevin Durant and 24 of Devin Booker were not enough for the Suns.
|Detroit – LA Clippers 125:136
|Indiana – Sacramento 122:133
|Memphis – Golden State 101:121
|Minnesota – Orlando 106:108
|Oklahoma City-Charlotte 126:106
|San Antonio – New Orleans 113:114
|Washington – Miami 102:110