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NBA: Bucks break Thunder, Sixers punish Harden

  • March 25, 2024
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The Milwaukee Bucks won the shock of the day against the Oklahoma City Thunder (118-93) on Sunday in the NBA, while James Harden bit the dust with the LA Clippers against his former team the Philadelphia Sixers (121 -107).

. Giannis and Middleton carry the Bucks

After a rather discreet return from injury against the Nets on Thursday, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed himself more to his advantage against the Thunder, signing a decisive double-double, with 30 points and above all 19 rebounds, his season record.

But the Bucks, who consolidate their second place in the East (46 v., 25 l.) far behind Boston, can also thank the faithful Khris Middleton, author of the second triple-double of his career (11 pts, 10 rebounds and 10 passes). “It was great… It’s a great victory against a great team. We must continue to build for the rest of the season,” commented the 32-year-old winger, including more than 10 in Milwaukee.

OKC star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was muzzled by the Bucks’ defense (only 12 pts), but assured after the match that the Thunder, 2nd in the Western Conference, would know how to learn the “lessons” from the disappointment.

. “Phila” manhandles Harden

NBA: Bucks break Thunder, Sixers punish Harden

James Harden, of the LA Clippers, during an NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks, March 17, 2024 in Los Angeles / Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/Archives

For his reunion with the Sixers, who left with a bang last summer, James Harden, 34, had a difficult evening. The former MVP and former top scorer in the League certainly delivered 14 assists, but he only scored 12 points – with 0 out of 6 from 3 points – for the Clippers, defeated on their floor.

With 24 points each, Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey on the contrary guided Philadelphia (8th) to its 39th victory of the season, which allows the Sixers, still deprived of Joel Embiid (knee), to continue to believe in the play-offs.

The Clippers remain 4th in the West (44-26) but are under threat from the New Orleans Pelicans, winners in Detroit (114-101) thanks to 36 points from Zion Williamson, his personal best this season .

. Minnesota on the hunt

Still in the West, Minnesota, 3rd, puts pressure on OKC and Denver thanks to its success at home against the Golden State Warriors (114-110).

The Wolves relied on Anthony Edwards, authors of 23 points including three decisive free throws as the buzzer approached, and on Rudy Gobert (17 pts, 12 rebounds).

Opposite, Stephen Curry struggled, scoring 31 points, but the Warriors, 10th (36-34), are more than ever under threat from the fiery Houston Rockets (35-35), for the last place in play. in.

. River score for the Lakers

NBA: Bucks break Thunder, Sixers punish Harden

LeBron James (L) during the LA Lakers’ victory against the Indiana Pacers, March 24, 2024 in Los Angeles / RONALD MARTINEZ / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

Nearly 300 points were scored in Los Angeles during the Lakers’ victory against the Pacers, 150 to 145. For the first time in more than three years, four players from the same team scored 25 points or more: Anthony Davis (36), LeBron James (26), Spencer Dinwiddie (26) and Austin Reaves (25).

This success allows the LA Lakers to consolidate their 9th place in the West, synonymous with play-in.