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Miami takes revenge against the Lakers

Four months after the finals lost to the Lakers, Miami took revenge on Saturday at Staples Center. At the buzzer, Terry Rozier showered Golden State with Charlotte. End of series for Portland, fallen against Washington.

THE MATCH OF THE NIGHT

Miami has its revenge. A little more than four months after the coronation of the Lakers at the expense of the Heat, Jimmy Butler and his family took revenge on Saturday night by winning against the Californians (96-94) on the floor of the Staples Center on the occasion of the reunion between the two teams. Deprived of Anthony Davis, finally absent for a month, but also of Dennis Schröder, the reigning champions, immediately badly embarked, chased the score throughout the game. The Lakers, thanks in particular to LeBron James (19 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists) and Kyle Kuzma (23 points), have never let themselves go so far, and if Miami kept its lead until the end by taking advantage of two Butler’s decisive free throws (24 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) in the dying moments to validate his success, an interception from James offered match point to third in the Western Conference. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Alex Caruso missed his three-point attempt.

THE MVP OF THE NIGHT

Terry Rozier sent Golden State to the … roses to allow Charlotte, beaten by San Antonio in his previous outing at home, to resume success in his room (102-100) on Saturday against the Warriors. Already by far the best player in this match between the Hornets and the double NBA champions, with 36 points scored in total in the evening (Kelly Open Jr, in the camp opposite, was satisfied with 25 points), the leader of the franchise from North Carolina played the heroes to the end by delivering his team to the buzzer (102-100) on a completely crazy shoot. Caught in a pincer movement by the opposing defense, the number 3 succeeded despite this shock treatment of the Warriors to clear a passage and trigger an unimaginable shot close to the end line (but at two points) which hit the mark. Golden State, already deprived of Stephen Curry – the star of the team felt bad before the meeting and preferred to give up – then also played without Draymond Green, sent off nine seconds from the end.

THE NIGHT FLOP

End of series for Portland. After six consecutive victories, the Blazers and their star leader Damian Lillard, irresistible during his last outings, fell on Saturday night (118-111) at home against Washington. The king of “Dame Time” did not however spare his efforts once again, to try to allow his team to continue on its very beautiful momentum. Unfortunately for Lillard and his teammates, his still monstrous performance on Saturday against the Wizards (35 points to 10 out of 30 on shots including 7 of 17 in three points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds), especially after the break (29 points), n This time did not lead to another auspicious evening for Portland. The fault in particular in the fatal 9-0 passed in the last minutes to the Blazers by Bradley Beal (37 points), to a Russell Westbrook again at the top of his art (27 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, third triple-double in a row for him) and the Wizards, winners of their fourth game in a row.

NBA BASKET – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Wednesday February 17, 2021
Charlotte hornets – Golden State Warriors: 102-100
Los Angeles Lakers – Miami heat : 94-96
Chicago Bulls – Sacramento Kings: 122-114
>>> Adam Mokoka (CHI) did not play
Memphis Grizzlies – Phoenix suns : 97-128
Portland Trail Blazers – Washington wizards : 111-118