Miami Heat

The Miami Heat conceded a third straight loss on the night of Friday to Saturday. Its first place in the East is threatened.

Miami is a leader that is languishing in the East. Despite Jimmy Butler in a good night, the Heat squandered a 17-point lead in the last quarter to lose to New York on Friday in the NBA, where Philadelphia took the opportunity to make a rapprochement.

How else to explain this third consecutive setback (111-103), quite avoidable, if not by the mental feverishness that currently seems to be stifling the Florida team? Miami seemed to master the debates until these last twelve minutes were synonymous with collapse (38-13).

If offensively the Miami Heat suffered from the very damaging absence of Tyler Herro (knee), his usual defensive virtues have disappeared, which is more appealing. Are there any traces of the surreal clash between Jimmy Butler on one side and Erik Spoelstra and veteran Udonis Hasleem on the other, Wednesday in the home loss to Golden State?

No one knows. But in any case, the first wanted to show that it did not alter his combativeness and talent on the floor (30 pts, 7 assists, 7 rbds), even if he died, like his teammates, in the money-time during which Immanuel Quickley sounded the Revolt new York by scoring 20 of his 23 points.

The Knicks, where Evan Fournier remained discreet (7 pts, 4 assists), chain the 2nd success in a row and remain 11th. The Heat sees its runner-up Philadelphia get closer to a small victory (like Milwaukee, 3rd, who did not play) after his success with the Clippers (122-97). The James Harden/Joel Embiid duo worked at full throttle for the Sixers.

The former managed 29 points (15 rbds, 7 assists), the second added 27 pawns (10 assists).

Thompson on fire

On the Clippers side (8th in the West), where Paul George (elbow) seems close to a return that will do well offensively, only Amir Coffey (21 pts) has shown some grains of madness on offense.

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Nicolas Batum was active but in the shadows (9 pts, 3 counters). Earlier, Atlanta consolidated a little more its place of 10th, synonymous with a playoff for the playoffs, by defeating Golden State (121-110). Trae Young (33 pts, 15 assists) and Danilo Gallinari (25 pts) were not too much to contain Klay Thompson, on fire behind the arc (9/16) and who finished with 37 points, well supported by Jordan Poole (24 pts) in the absence of Stephen Curry.

The Hawks thus keep a comfortable mattress in New York. Still, they do not yet manage to catch Charlotte (9th), who inflicted a third consecutive setback on Utah (107-101), relying on Miles Bridges (26 pts, 11 rbds), Terry Rozier (25 pts), and LaMelo Ball (21 pts).

Conversely, Donovan Mitchell did not deserve (26 pts), but he missed two attempts in the last minute that could have changed the game. Rudy Gobert, although dominating inside, was little used in the attack (5/7, 11 pts, 19 rbds).

The Jazz remains 4th in the West, as Dallas, which could overtake them, was defeated in Minnesota (116-95). The Timberwolves chased in packs in the wake of leader Karl-Anthony Towns (20 pts, 9 rbds) as six players scored between 10 and 16 points, for an overall skill of 51.2%. On the Mavericks side, only Luka Doncic survived (24 pts, 10 rbds, 8 assists).

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