Los Angeles (AFP) – The Philadelphia Seventy Sixers continued their revival when they defeated guest Brooklyn Nets and former Australian star Ben Simmons 137-133 Wednesday in the NBA, while Damian Lillard scored 60 points for his Portland Trail Blazers team in the basket of his guest Utah Jazz and settled the confrontation in his favor 134-124.
In the first match, Simmons’ second return to his former home was unsuccessful and he returned with a new defeat after the first last year 106-115, which came after nine months since the exchange deal under which he moved to the Nets last February.
Simmons once again faced a hostile reception from the Sixers crowd, as was his first match against former Cameroonian teammate Joel Embiid, who was one of the reasons he left the Sixers due to the strained relationship between them.
The match witnessed a great rivalry between the two teams from the start, and its first quarter ended in an exciting tie 41-41, before the Sixers imposed their advantage in the second, by 10 points, 34-24.
The competition intensified again in the third quarter, which the Nets decided by only one point, 33-32, then tried to remedy the situation in the fourth quarter (35-30), to no avail.
Substitute Tyrese Maxi was the best scorer among the Sixers with 27 points, Embiid added 26 with 10 rebounds, and James Harden 23 with seven assists.
On the other hand, another substitute, Seth Curry, brother of the defending champion Golden State Warriors star Stephen, emerged in the ranks of the Nets, who continued to play in the absence of his injured star Kevin Durant, by scoring 32 points, and Kyrie Irving added 30 points with 10 assists, while Simmons settled for 12 points. Just.
It is the sixth successive victory for Philadelphia and the 31st in 47 games so far this season, so it strengthened its position in the second place in the eastern region, while the Mini Nets lost its eighteenth in 47 games, and fell to fourth place behind the Milwaukee Bucks, the winner at home, the Denver Nuggets, leaders of the western region 107-99 thanks to 33 points and 14 rebounds for his Greek star, Yannis Antetokounmpo.
The Pax benefited from the absence of Serbian giant Nikola Jokic from the Nuggets, with Aaron Gordon scoring 26 points.
60 points for Lillard for the fourth time in his career
And Lillard imposed himself as a star in the Trail Blazers match against his guest, Utah Jazz, by scoring 60 points, for the fourth time in his professional career.
Lillard, who scored nine hat-tricks, commented on his achievement, saying, “Even when things were not going well, I always felt that I could bring the team back into the match,” adding, “When you get into that kind of feeling, you feel that you can control the outcome.”
His coach Chauncey Billups also praised him, saying, “That was amazing. You can’t see that often.”--
Lillard is one of only six players in NBA history to score 60 points more than once. Wilt Chamberlain holds the record 32 times, while the late Kobe Bryant achieved it six times. The other players on the list are Michael Jordan (5), Elgin Baylor (4), and Harden (4).-
And the Warriors snatched a fatal victory from its guest, Memphis Grizzler, 122-120, thanks to a basket by Jordan Paul, with 2.4 seconds left in the match.
The two teams presented a strong match that witnessed the dismissal of Warriors star Stephen Curry 1 minute and 14 seconds before the end, for only the third time in his professional career.
And Currie was sent off after throwing a mouthguard in frustration after a rushing three-point attempt by teammate Paul. However, he made up for the latter by scoring the winning basket to put his team back on the winning streak.
The match witnessed a change in its outcome 24 times. Despite the expulsion, Curry was the best scorer in the match with 34 points, Klay Thompson added 24 points, while Paul finished the match with 21 points.
On the other hand, Ja Morant emerged in the losing ranks with 29 points.
Anthony Davis returned to action after missing 20 matches due to injury, and contributed to the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the San Antonio Spurs 113-104.
Davis scored 21 points with 12 rebounds in 26 minutes, and “The King” LeBron James added 20 points and 11 assists and was close to achieving the “Triple Double” with nine rebounds.
And James is 158 points away from breaking the record for the number of points in the history of the league, which was registered in the name of Karim Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points).
In the rest of the matches, the New Orleans Pelicans suffered their sixth consecutive loss when they fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-111, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Atlanta Hawks 132-137, the Sacramento Kings to the Toronto Raptors 95-113, and the Houston Rockets to the Washington Wizards 103-108 The Orlando Magic defeated the Indiana Pacers 126-120.
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