Victor Wembanyama's San Antonio Spurs extended their bad moment this Monday by losing to the Los Angeles Clippers by 99-124 and thus reaping their ninth consecutive defeat. The French prodigy, number one in the last draft, did not have his day and was left with only 9 points (4 of 12 on field goals), 3 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes for San Antonio.
Keldon Johnson, with 22 points and 10 rebounds, was the most productive of the Spurs, who are bottom of the West with a record of 3-11. For their part, the Clippers dominated the game quite comfortably and added their second consecutive victory after having lost their first five games with James Harden on Californian soil.
Paul George (28 points and 6 assists) was the top scorer for the balanced Clippers with six players above 10 points. Kawhi Leonard contributed 21 points, Harden had 13 points and 10 assists, Norman Powell and Daniel Theis scored 19 points each and Russell Westbrook, again off the bench, had 10 points and 6 assists. The Clippers have a record of 5-7 and this Wednesday they will face the Spurs again in San Antonio.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, with 42 points and an impressive 20 of 23 from the field, signed the most outstanding performance this Monday in an NBA day marked by the victory of a much-needed Golden State Warriors and the unexpected defeat of the Boston Celtics against the Charlotte Hornets.
With 42 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists, Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to their fifth straight win thanks to a superb 58.5% shooting from the field.
The Washington Wizards continue to be one of the worst in the league (penultimate in the East at 2-11), they have gone six consecutive games without winning and had Jordan Poole as their top scorer with 30 points.
After six consecutive losses, the Warriors got oxygen with a victory suffered until the end against the Rockets thanks to 32 points from Stephen Curry. Alperen Sengun, who had 30 points and 13 rebounds, took the reins of a Houston team that did not give up until the end.
The Celtics wasted a performance by Jayson Tatum (45 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists) and lost in overtime a game they had won by 9 points with only 2.20 left in the fourth quarter.
Boston, which had won six in a row and in which the Dominican Al Horford did not play, thus bowed out against Charlotte, which had not won in its last four games and which benefited from a sensational LaMelo Ball (36 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists).
The Knicks had six wins in seven games but could not beat the amazing Timberwolves in this first month of competition, who have won nine of their last ten games and are at the top of the West.
Anthony Edwards (23 points and 10 rebounds) and the Dominican Karl-Anthony Towns (20 points) illuminated the way for Minnesota while the New Yorkers had 25 points and 6 assists from Jalen Brunson.
Nikola Jokic and coach Mike Malone were ejected before halftime for protesting the referees, but the Nuggets used collective play to further depress the Pistons who have lost their last 12 games and are bottom in the East.
Reggie Jackson (21 points and 6 assists), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20 points), Michael Porter Jr (14 points and 11 rebounds), Aaron Gordon (11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists) and Christian Braun (15 points and 6 rebounds) shined on a solid Denver group night.
Nine losses in a row and last in the West. That is the discouraging situation of the Spurs, who lost to the Clippers in a weak game by Victor Wembanyama (9 points with 4 of 12 field goals, 3 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes).
For their part, the Angelenos took the victory from San Antonio with Paul George (28 points and 6 assists) at the helm of a group of six players with over 10 points.
Puerto Rican José Alvarado, who had not played in the NBA due to various injuries since last February, returned to the court (5 points and 3 assists in 15 minutes) with a resounding victory for his Pelicans against the Kings who had won their last six games. .
Brandon Ingram (31 points on 5 of 5 three-pointers) and Zion Williamson (26 points on 12 of 16 field goals) shined in New Orleans while De'Aaron Fox (14 points on 5 of 18 field goals) He had no luck in Sacramento.
Dominican Chris Duarte played 8 minutes for the Kings, went scoreless and grabbed 2 rebounds.