NBA results: Atlanta-Brooklyn, Durant 55. Warriors-Jazz

New career high for KD, 15 points for Danilo. Golden State drops 16 points with 7 minutes left, then Thompson takes care of it. No problem for Miami over Chicago

Simone Sandri

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An excellent Danilo Gallinari contributes to the very important success of the Hawks on the Nets, Miami passes to Chicago while Golden State with an incredible final places the comeback on Utah.

Atlanta Hawks-Brooklyn Nets 122-115

Heavy victory in a “play-in game” perspective for the Hawks (41-37) on the Nets (40-38). Atlanta thus jumped to eighth position, pushing the New York team to tenth place. Danilo Gallinari produced a performance of great substance, posted 15 points and gave coach McMillan some very productive minutes off the bench. In Brooklyn, on the other hand, an absolutely unstoppable Kevin Durant isn’t enough, who eventually finishes with something like 55 points, marking his new career high. Young and his teammates take control in the second quarter and keep the guests at bay, despite KD finding the basket from any position. With Dragic going into Covid protocol and Brown and Curry having to forfeit, the reworked Nets can’t keep up with the Hawks, who thus come in at +14 seven minutes from the siren. Durant, however, with a series of space plays, brings the visiting team back into the wake that places the partial 13-0 that reopens the games. The inertia seemed to pass through the Nets’ hands but the tail end belonged to Young who scored nine of his 36 points in the final minute of the game, putting the hosts well within reach. Atlanta thus conquers its fifth consecutive success.

Atlanta: GALLINARI 15 (3/4, 2/5, 3/5 tl), with 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 recovery in 25′. Young 36 (6/15, 4/9, 12/14 tl), Hunter 15, Luwawu-Cabarro 11. Rebounds: Capela 12. Assists: Young 10.

Brooklyn: Durant 55 (11/18, 8/10, 9/11 tl), Irving 31, Edwards 9. Rebounds: Drummond 13. Assists: Irving 6.

Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat 109-127

Good offensive performance for the Heat (50-28) who beat the Bulls (45-33) in Chicago consolidating its leadership in the Eastern Conference. The Florida team places the decisive acceleration in the third quarter thanks to the games of Butler (22 points, seven rebounds and six assists) and the usual production of Herro from the bench (19 points). Miami ultimately shoots with an excellent 54 percent from the field and an excellent 17/34 from long range. 33 points for LaVine, 26, in place of DeRozan, fresh off his fifty-five against the Clippers last Thursday.

Chicago: LaVine 33 (6/9, 5/12, 6/6 tl), DeRozan 26, Vucevic, Williams 12. Rebounds: Vucevic 10. Assist: Vucevic 5.

You love Me: Butler 22 (5/9, 2/3, 6/7 tl), Lowry, Herro 19. Rebounds: Tucker, Herro 8. Assists: Lowry 10.

Golden State Warriors-Utah Jazz 111-107

With a crazy end, the Warriors (49-29) manage to place the sensational return and overcome the self-destructive Jazz (46-32). In front of 16 points seven minutes from the siren, the visiting team fails to slow down a beaming Thompson who with his hat-trick pushes Golden State towards the incredible course of 18-0 which brings him back in front. The Californian team then manages the final possessions with discipline and brings home the unexpected success. Klay Thompson finishes at the end with 36 points, shooting with 8/17 from long range, Poole’s performance is also very good (31 points).

Golden State: Thompson 36 (7/9, 8/17), Poole 31, Wiggins 17. Rebounds: Green 9. Assists: Green 7.

Utah: Mitchell 26 (4/9, 4/10, 6/7 tl), Conley 26 (5/7, 5/11, 1/1 tl), Bogdanovic 17. Rebounds: Gobert 20. Assist: Conley 8.

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