The perf: Charlotte beats the champion
The Charlotte Hornets, classified in the middle of the Eastern Conference, clinched a nice victory on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks (114-106), the defending champions and third in the same Conference. The North Carolina franchise had escaped in the third quarter (87-70, 35th). But Milwaukee then managed to come back to the score (108-104, 47th).
Terry Rozier, Miles Bridges and LaMelo Ball finally won the Hornets. They were also the best scorers in their team, with 28, 21 and 19 points respectively. On the Bucks side, Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his monstrous series of matches. He scored 43 points and took 12 rebounds. Over his last seven outings, he’s averaging 33.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
The player: Sabonis flies away with Indiana
The Indiana Pacers ended a six-game losing streak, beating the Utah Jazz (125-113). The Indianapolis franchise can thank Domantas Sabonis, its strong Lithuanian winger. The latter has indeed scored 42 points (18/22 shooting including 3/4 three points), the best performance of his career in the NBA.
Utah was still diminished, notably by the absence of Rudy Gobert (Covid protocol). But the Jazz recorded the return of Donovan Mitchell. Successful return since he scored 36 points.
The stat: first for Brown
After Fred VanVleet (Toronto) on Friday, Jaylen Brown, the Boston Celtics winger, in turn achieved the first triple-double of his career in the NBA, on Saturday when his team won against the New York Knicks ( 99-75).
Brown split 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and gave the Celtics their revenge on an opponent who had beaten them two days earlier. Jayson Tatum (19 pts) and Josh Richardson (17) also helped Boston win. Hit in a thigh, Evan Fournier did not play, on the New York side.