Winners of the Cavaliers, the Nets chip in 7th place

Winners of the Cavaliers, the Nets chip in 7th place


If the Top 6 and the play-in participants are known in the East, the positions can still move in the standings and the Nets just took advantage to double the Cavaliers tonight.

In the wake of a great Kevin Durant (36 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), the New York franchise dominated (118-107) Darius Garland’s teammates (31 points), to snatch 7th place in his opponent of the evening.

With only two games left to play, Brooklyn managed the perfect operation in front of their fans, while Cleveland will still have to whip up a bit, to avoid completely ruining its beautiful season. coming out of the Top 8.

WHAT TO REMEMBER

Brooklyn passes Cleveland. The calculations are now very simple for the Nets: if they win their next two home games, they will go to the playoffs. First to secure the 7th place in the East, which they have just recovered from the Cavaliers, and then to validate it definitively during the “play-in”, against the 8th of this same conference. And it could be Cleveland, if the Ohio franchise manages to win it on Sunday, in its last regular-season game. So the suspense remains whole in this Top 8 race, as Atlanta and Charlotte are not far behind.

The return of Evan Mobley. Absent for ten days, the Cavaliers rookie was returning to competition tonight. Recovering from his painful ankle, he finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 interceptions and 2 RBIs in 34 minutes. A reassuring recovery that is good for Cleveland morale, approaching the “play-in” and potentially the playoffs. Especially since the questions remain about Jarrett Allen’s health, not yet allowed to replay

TOPS / FLOPS

Kevin Durant. Author of a perfect start and a finish just as canon, “KD” has assumed its responsibilities. While Kyrie Irving struggled to cope with the defense of these Knights he knows well, the Nets winger made his defenders (as usual) live an ordeal. Both effective in the shoot (11/20) and aggressive towards the circle (10/10 at the throws), KD delivered a full game and we are already looking forward to seeing him work in the “play-in”, if this is not in the playoffs. Why not face Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks in the first round?

Bruce Brown. The Nets’ designated Swiss Army Knife honored his status. Author of 18 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 counters, he has effectively contributed to each side of the floor for his team. Outstandingly as Kevin Durant’s most reliable lieutenant, ahead of Kyrie Irving. Making very few mistakes, he confirms that he did not steal his place in the starting five of Steve Nash, who has a valiant soldier there for the upcoming key matches.

Darius Garland. As since the end of All-Star Weekend, the Cavaliers leader has carried his team’s attack on his own, or almost. “Almost,” because the Nets managed to cut him off from his teammates and he couldn’t create shifts and distribute the game as usual. But in scoring, between penetrations and award-winning baskets, Darius Garland did his best to keep Cleveland from falling further in the standings and finding himself under threat from the Hawks and Hornets. Unfortunately, his efforts were in vain on arrival.

The regularity of both teams. Each team was entitled to dominance tonight: in the first and fourth quarters for the Nets; in the second and third quarters for the Cavaliers. The perfect definition of the series game, or even the boxing match, between these two franchises that have struggled to keep the momentum of the meeting over time. And in this little game, Brooklyn got the best of it, to pick it up tiebreaker facing Cleveland, valuable in the event of a tie in the standings as at present.

THE SUITE

Brooklyn (43-38) : Indiana reception, Sunday night, to end this regular season (9:30 p.m.)

Cleveland (43-38) : Milwaukee Reception, Sunday Night, to End This Regular Season (9:30 p.m.)

Net / 118 Shoot Rebounds
Players Min Shoot 3pts LF O D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
K. Durant 41 11/20 4/6 10/10 1 4 5 5 2 1 5 2 +16 36 35
B. Brown 40 6/12 2/4 4/4 4 6 10 8 3 1 1 4 +2 18 34
A. Drummond 24 7/11 0/0 1/1 5 7 12 2 4 1 1 1 +9 15 26
K. Irving 39 7/22 1/7 3/3 0 6 6 8 4 2 2 0 +11 18 17
S. Curry 29 5/9 2/6 0/0 1 2 3 4 2 0 1 0 -1 12 14
N. Claxton 16 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 5 5 1 4 0 0 1 +9 4 10
D. Duke Jr. 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0
K. Edwards 24 3/10 1/4 0/0 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 +8 7 5
P. Mills 24 2/5 2/5 2/3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 +5 8 5
C. Thomas 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0
Total 43/92 12/32 20/21 13 32 45 30 20 5 10 8 118
Knights / 107 Shoot Rebounds
Players Min Shoot 3pts LF O D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
L. Markkanen 25 7/14 2/5 1/1 1 3 4 0 4 0 2 0 -19 17 12
I. Okoro 28 1/2 0/1 1/2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 -11 3 3
E. Mobley 34 6/11 0/1 5/7 4 3 7 3 2 2 0 2 -13 17 24
D. Garland 41 12/24 3/6 4/4 0 0 0 3 1 2 2 0 -3 31 22
C. LeVert 34 5/10 0/1 6/8 0 4 4 4 5 0 1 1 -7 16 17
K. Love 21 4/9 2/6 0/0 4 5 9 0 1 0 2 1 -9 10 13
L. Stevens 15 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 +4 2 0
C. Osman 26 3/6 1/4 2/2 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 +6 9 10
E. Davis 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0 0
M. Brown 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +1 2 2
R. Rondo 9 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 5 1 0 1 0 -10 0 6
D. Windler 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 +2 0 1
B. Goodwin 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0 0
Total 40/82 8/27 19/24 10 21 31 19 20 4 8 4 107

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