NBA: Here we go again for Portland, which is getting closer to Utah

NBA: Here we go again for Portland, which is getting closer to Utah

Stopped last Saturday in Phoenix, the Portland Trail Blazers have just signed their third success in a row this week, each time on the floor of the opponent, going to beat New Orleans 106 to 95, Thursday in the NBA.

This new victory, the ninth in twelve games since the opening of the season, brings the Oregon team closer to first place in the Western Conference, held by the Utah Jazz, also defeated three times since the start of this exercise. .

Still deprived of Damian Lillard, who has already missed four games this season, the Trail Blazers have shut down the Pelicans, thanks in particular to 27 points from Jerami Grant, who also took eight rebounds.

“I knew I had to step it up and do even more than I normally do,” said Grant, who also had four assists and four steals.

In a clumsy New Orleans team (41.8% success only on shots), Zion Williamson struggled as best he could by scoring 29 points.

In Washington, the Wizards, despite a slight delay in ignition – first quarter lost – have mastered the Dallas Mavericks 113 to 105, and consolidate their sixth place in the standings of the Eastern Conference.

Kyle Kuzma was particularly distinguished in this part, by registering 36 points with 53.8% of shooting success, embellished with eleven rebounds and six assists.

Miami in overtime

In the ranks of the Mavericks, Spencer Dinwiddle did a little less well with 33 points, while the star of the team, Luka Doncic, little in verve with eight successful baskets out of 21 attempts for a poor 38.1% success rate, couldn’t do better than 22 points.

Dallas, which had attacked better this game by winning the first quarter, still led 80-78 at the end of the third quarter. A gust then fell on the Texas team, to which Kuzma and his gang inflicted a scathing 21-6, fatal to the Mavericks.

The Miami Heat, who remained on two losses, warmed up a bit by beating the Charlotte Hornets, who however only gave up in overtime 117 to 112.

Miami started the fourth quarter with a 12-point lead (85-73). But Charlotte made up for all its delay in the fourth, before giving up in overtime.

This is the seventh consecutive loss for the Hornets, last in the Eastern Conference.

Jimmy Butler for the Heat came close to the “triple double” (three statistical lines at ten units or more), with 35 points, ten rebounds and eight assists.