Nikola Jokic finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds to command the comeback of Denver (103-100) over Los Angeles Clippers after the Nuggets blew a 17-point lead on Sunday night.
The Nuggets were up 19 points against Charlotte in their previous home game and lost. For a moment, it seemed that they would suffer the same fate, this time as visitors. Luke Kennard was about to materialize it. His triple from the right corner with 19 seconds left brought the Clippers closer to 101-100.
However, Jokic was fouled by Eric Bledsoe on the entry pass and the Serbian made both free throws, 12.7 seconds from the end, to extend the Nuggets’ lead to three. Brandon Boston Jr. took the last shot from the Clippers, but missed the potential tie triple as the clock expired. Thus the Nuggets broke a small streak of two consecutive falls.
Facundo Campazzo, at 16’52 ”, contributed five points (0-1 in doubles, 1-3 in triples, 2-2 in free), three assists, two steals, a defensive rebound, two lost balls and five fouls.
Nikola Jokic left her small with 26 points and 22 rebounds.
Boston and Bledsoe led the Clippers with 18 points each. Bledsoe also dished out 10 assists. Ivica Zubac finished with 17 units and 11 boards. The Clippers did not have Paul George, who will be absent about a month due to a torn right elbow ligament. Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in five games.
Campazzo scoring without fear.
Without Deck, the Thunder won
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander once again became the key figure of the Oklahoma City Thunder (again with Gabriel Deck, without entering, among the substitutes) by scoring 31 points and guiding his team’s 117-112 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, which They came from four wins in a row.
Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 11-20 on field attempts, added four rebounds, five assists and three blocks to his performance. Josh Hart had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pelicans on a night in which Spaniard Willy Hernangómez had 14 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Miami Heat – Orlando Magic 93-83
Cleveland Cavaliers 144-99 Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards 96-117 Philadelphia 76ers
Sacramento Kings 102-127 Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder 117-112 New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs – Detroit Pistons 144-109
Chicago Bulls 113-105 Indiana Pacers
LA Clippers 100-103 Denver Nuggets
The positions in the NBA
1.- Brooklyn Nets (22-9).
2.- Chicago Bulls (20-10).
3.- Milwaukee Bucks (22-13).
4.- Miami Heat (21-13).
5.- Cleveland Cavaliers (20-13).
6.- Philadelphia 76ers (17-16).
7.-Washington Wizards (17-16).
8.- Charlotte Hornets (17-17).
9.- Boston Celtics (16-17).
10.- Atlanta Hawks (15-17).
11.- Toronto Raptors (14-16).
12.- New York Knicks (15-18).
13.- Indiana Pacers (14-20).
14.- Orlando Magic (7-27).
15.- Detroit Pistons (5-27).
1.- Golden State Warriors (27-6).
2.- Phoenix Suns (26-6).
3.- Utah Jazz (23-9).
4.- Memphis Grizzlies (20-14).
5.- LA Clippers (17-16).
6.- Denver Nuggets (16-16).
7.- Los Angeles Lakers (16-17).
8.- Dallas Mavericks (15-17).
9.- Minnesota Timberwolves (15-17).
10.- San Antonio Spurs (14-18).
11.- Portland Trail Blazers (13-19).
12.- Sacramento Kings (13-21).
13.- Oklahoma City Thunder (12-20).
14.- New Orleans Pelicans (12-22).
15.- Houston Rockets (10-23).
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Campazzo sneaked into Jokic’s triumphant show