After eleven straight wins, Phoenix fell Thursday night on the Atlanta floor, carried by a gala Trae Young (43 points). In the Los Angeles derby, the Clippers crucified the Lakers at the buzzer on a basket from Reggie Jackson. Golden State has chained an eighth victory, at home against Sacramento.
End of series for Phoenix. The Suns, who remained on eleven wins before moving to the Atlanta floor Thursday night, were stopped in their tracks by the Hawks and their serial scorer Trae Young. Ruthless as often, « Ice Trae », author of 43 points in this part, including 27 in the second half (18 in the third quarter) put the best team in the league through hell all evening. A clear victory (124-115) of the Georgians which also owes to the success at long distance Thursday of the Hawks, with again a rather impressive Young (6 out of 11). If Atlanta quickly took the measure of the leader of the Western Conference, the suspense was however complete during the Los Angeles derby between the Clippers and the Lakers. Anthony Davis, author of a new double-double XXL (30 points, 17 rebounds), had the match point at the very last second, but his shot did not hit the mark, unlike the one just before Reggie Jackson, came to shower the enemy brother while Russell Westbrook, however disappointing once again (2 of 9 on shots during the first three quarters), had allowed the Lakers to take a point forward with one minute remaining.
Golden State and Toronto on their way
LeBron James, still absent, and his family are relapsing. Golden State, for its part, does not stop any more. Carried by a wild Klay Thompson in the second quarter (23 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds), the Warriors quietly tamed Sacramento (126-114) in San Francisco. The dolphin of the Suns has not lost for eight outings. Toronto is also running strong right now. The Raptors and Fred Van Vleet, who will play his first All Star Game on February 20, have lined up a fourth success in a row (127-120) by winning in overtime against Chicago.
BASKETBALL – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Detroit Pistons – Minnesota Timberwolves : 117 – 128
Toronto Raptors – Chicago Bulls : 127 – 120 (ap)
Atlanta Hawks – Phoenix Suns : 124 – 115
San Antonio Spurs- Miami Heat : 95 – 112
Golden State Warriors – Sacramento Kings : 126 – 114
LA Clippers – Los Angeles Lakers: 111 – 110