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The Cavs are hot, Ricky Rubio hot

The results of the night in the NBA

net @Raptors: 116-103
Cavs @ Knicks: 126-109
Jazz @ Magic : 100-107
Bucks@ Wizards : 94-101
Pacers @Kings: 94-91
Spurs@ Thunder : 94-99
@Rockets Warriors : 107-120
Hornets @ Clippers : 106-120

Ricky the good life

Ricky Rubio probably wanted to remind you that he was not just anyone and that you are not MVP of a World Cup for no reason. Or he simply saw that a Frenchman, Evan Fournier (15 pts), played in the opposite camp, and instantly transformed into “Spain Ricky”. We don’t really have the explanation for the deafening performance of the Cavs point guard last night at Madison Square Garden.

Still, Rubio had the biggest offensive card of his career (37 points, 10 assists at 13/19, with 8 3-point baskets) in the NBA on Sunday, coming off the bench and winning at the end. The Spaniard was elusive and largely contributed to the success of his team against the Knicks. It’s the fourth straight victory for this exciting Cleveland team, which lost Collin Sexton to injury. Indirectly, it is also what allowed Ricky Rubio to make his monstrous match.

Evan Mobley (26 pts, 9 rebds, 5 asts) continues to lead the race for the title of Rookie of the Year.

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Nets received 5 of 5, Cole Anthony dries Utah

– Brooklyn went to win a 5th straight victory in Toronto, for Steve Nash’s first match as coach in his native country. Kevin Durant (31-7-7) led the dance, but it was the 16 points of James Harden (28 pts) in the 4th quarter and the increased defensive intensity of the Nets at the end of the match which allowed them to win.

– Utah was surprised in Orlando after taking control for most of the game. The Jazz took a 24-11 at the end of the game, taking the blows of Cole Anthony (33 pts) and RJ Hampton (8 points, all registered in the 4th, including the outside shot which folded the match) without managing to answer.

Rudy Gobert did his best with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals, but not everyone was as focused as the Blues center last night.

– Milwaukee continues to seek consistency, with little success. Facing very serious Wizards in defense and carried by Bradley Beal (30 pts), the defending champions recorded their 6th defeat in 10 matches since the start of the season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo despite having compiled 29 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez are still very much missed by this group.

– The start of the season is a long calm river for the Warriors. Golden State signed its 8th victory in 9 games by taking over, unsurprisingly, the Rockets. The pair Stephen Curry (20 pts) – Jordan Poole (25 pts) and their comrades folded the case in three quarters, without worrying too much about the sometimes spectacular cavalcades of Jalen Green (9 pts).

Otto Porter seemed on his legs as he has rarely seen in recent years and his three 3-pointers in 40 seconds at one point in the game, reminded us that the Warriors had theoretically made a superb shot with him.

Charlotte is in the hard, the Clippers win at the finish

– After a good start, the Hornets are clearly in a dip. Charlotte was still 9 points ahead of the Clippers floor 7 minutes from the end of the match. That’s where they fell apart, or where the Clippers woke up, depending. Paul George (20 points), Reggie Jackson (19 pts) or Nicholas Batum (16 pts, 6 rbds 3 stls) threw a 22-0 run to turn in the lead and win this game.

Coming off the bench, Terance Mann (17 pts, 10 rebounds) and Luke Kennard (18 ps) were essential and changed the dynamics of the meeting.

– The Pacers held on after almost completely squandering their 15-point lead and squandering their first chance to win in Sacramento since 2018. In the wake of Caris LeVert (22 pts) and Domantas Sabonis (17-10), Indiana imposed its law on the floor of Kings much less dashing than when they stuck 140 points in Charlotte.

Muscala, everything was fine

– Leading by more than 10 points against the Thunder is never a very good sign this season in the NBA. The Spurs made the bitter experience of it, by being made up their 16 points advance to finally bow to OKC.

In each of their three wins this season (the other two were against the Lakers), Mark Daigneault’s players were at least 16 points behind at some point. Spurs probably didn’t anticipate that Mike Muscala (20 points in 14 minutes), would partly cause their loss, especially on a night when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was a bit awkward (14-9-8 at 5/16).

Theo Maledon played 7 minutes without succeeding in showing off: 0 points at 0/5 and 1 assist.

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