The Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) secured first place in the Eastern Conference thanks to the performance of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 42 points on the rim.
Milwaukee beat the New Orleans Pelicans 128-119 in the 2022-23 NBA regular season away game held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on the 20th (Korean time).
Milwaukee, who ranked first in the East without a win, recorded 22 wins and 8 losses with two consecutive wins, widening the gap with the second place Boston Celtics (22 wins and 9 losses) to 0.5 games.
Antetokounmpo, who skipped a game due to a knee injury, scored the most in the team with 42 points (10 rebounds) and stood at the forefront of the attack, followed by Brook Lopez (30 points, 4 3-pointers, 7 rebounds), and Cruz Halladay (18 points, 11 assists). supported the back On the other hand, in New Orleans, Jonas Balansunas (37 points, 18 rebounds) and CJ McCollum (31 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists) struggled, but lost 4 in a row and recorded 18 wins and 12 losses, slipping from 2nd in the West to 4th.
Milwaukee, who led by 18 points at the beginning of the 4th quarter, was beaten by McCallum for 14 points in the 4th quarter and was chased by 117-114 with 1:32 left in the game. However, Halladay’s 3-point shot cut through the rim and sighed, and Lopez added two free throws to the layup to secure the victory.
The gap between Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) and Luca Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), who are competing for the top scorer, has widened somewhat. Embiid recorded a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds in the home game against the Toronto Raptors that day, and Philadelphia tied the performances of Embiid and Tobias Harris (21 points, 5 3-pointers) and won 104-101. Embiid’s average points per game has come down slightly from 33.3 to 33.0.
Philadelphia, which led by 14 points at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, allowed Toronto to turn around in the 4th quarter, with Pascal Siakam (38 points, 15 rebounds) at the forefront. Following the plug, Harris scored a 3-pointer to win. Philadelphia, which had 5 consecutive wins, ranked 5th in the East with 17-12, and Toronto, which lost 6 straight, ranked 10th in the East with 13-18.메이저사이트
After missing one game due to a muscle injury, Doncic, who was back on the court, scored only 19 points (6 rebounds and 7 assists) in an away game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It is the first time in 28 games that Doncic failed to score more than 20 points this season. Doncic’s average points per game dropped from 33.0 to 32.5, widening the gap with Embiid from 0.3 to 0.5. Dallas lost 106-116. Dallas, which suffered two consecutive losses, is 10th in the West with a record of 15 wins and 16 losses. Minnesota, with 3 consecutive victories, is 8th in the West with 16 wins and 15 losses.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 130-104 at home. The Phoenix (19-12) with 3 consecutive wins was ranked 3rd in the West, and the Lakers (13-17) were ranked 12th. Phoenix’s ace Devin Booker was sidelined due to injury, but Chris Paul had the best performance of the season with 28 points and 8 assists. On the other hand, the Lakers took the loss with Anthony Davis, who left due to a foot injury, and even LeBron James, who suffered an ankle sprain that day.