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Record night for Embiid, Fournier wears Orlando

After nine consecutive victories, Utah fell on the floor of the Los Angeles Clippers (112-116) but remains the leader of the Western Conference. With 50 points and 17 rebounds, Joel Embiid is still the big favorite for the MVP title while Evan Fournier has had the best game of his season.

The match of the night

In full, the Los Angeles Clippers knocked down Utah (116-112). With his five major lined up for one of the first times this season, the Californian franchise ended the Jazz’s nine-game winning streak. The teammates of a Nicolas Batum who has evolved in his range of facilitator dominated the meeting but they were still hot. The Clippers’ lead has surpassed 10 units several times, but one last run of the Salt Lake City-based franchise in the money-time almost changed everything. Donovan Mitchell, the game’s top scorer with 35 points, brought his team to two points ten seconds from the buzzer. Less than two minutes earlier, there was a 12 point difference. This heat stroke was not enough for Rudy Gobert’s partners. They came across an Angelino collective which is gaining momentum with five players over 15 points and in particular Kawhi Leonard who has 29 points.

The MVP (s) of the night

In the race for the MVP title, the distance duel continues between Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid. If the first has once again finished in triple-double against Cleveland (16 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists), it is Jamal Murray with 50 points who brought Denver on the floor of the Cavaliers (103-120). The Canadian made history with incredible skill (84%) but it was not enough for Embiid’s performance to go unnoticed. Phila’s pivot reached the 50-point mark for the first time in his career. Unstoppable inside, the Cameroonian pivot damaged the Chicago racquet (112-105). His excellent scoring performance was accompanied by 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks: a mammoth performance! The Yaoundé native has been incredible since the start of the season and allows Philadelphia to be the best team in the Eastern Conference. In the Sixers, the last time a player scored 50 points was Allen Iverson in 2005. Enough to bring back good memories …

French of the night

To help Orlando defeat Golden State (124-120), Evan Fournier had his best game of the season. Very clean in the first period, he finished with 28 units, his season record. Left alone by his back pain, the rear was particularly adept at 3 points to show the way for the Magic. His duet with Nikola Vucevic (30 points) allowed the Florida franchise to contain Steph Curry’s Warriors to string together a third success in four games. Holder with Oklahoma City, Theo Maledon blackened the sheet of statistics by filling the five main categories but he did not succeed in preventing the victory of Milwaukee which is revived after five consecutive defeats (85-98).

NBA BASKET – NBA / REGULAR SEASON
Friday, February 19, 2021
Orlando – Golden State: 124-120
>>> Evan Fournier (ORL): 28 points (11/18 on shots including 5/9 3 points), 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals in 32 minutes
Cleveland – Denver : 103-120
Philadelphia – Chicago: 112-105
>>> Vincent Poirier (PHI) did not play
>>> Adam Mokoka (CHI) did not play
Boston – Atlanta: 121-109
Memphis – Detroit: 109-95
>>> Kim Tillie (MEM) did not play
>>> Sekou Doumbouya (DET): 5 points (2/3 on shots including 1/1 with 3 points), 2 rebounds in 6 minutes
>>> Killian Hayes (DET) did not play
Milwaukee – Oklahoma City: 98-85
>>> Théo Maledon (OKC): 5 points (2/6 on shots including 1/4 in 3 points), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 against, 1 interception in 30 minutes
New Orleans – Phoenix : 114-132
Minnesota – Toronto : 81-86
Los Angeles Clippers – Utah: 116-112
>>> Nicolas Batum (LAC): 0 points (0/2 on shots), 3 rebounds, 1 interception, 1 against in 30 minutes
>>> Rudy Gobert (UTAH): 8 points (4/7 on shots), 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks in 31 minutes